2020-2021 Belfry Theatre Season Schedule
The Hamilton County Theatre Guild, which operates The Belfry Theater in its 56th season, announces its 2020-21 theater season.
The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays
Murder-mystery holiday comedy
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Eric Matters
Nov. 27-Dec. 13, 2020
It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
By Tom Smith
Directed by Nancy Lafferty
“Drinking Habits,” written by Tom Smith, is a traditional, laugh-out-loud farce filled with accusations, mistaken identities, and romance. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.
Leading Ladies - CANCELLED
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Barcia Miller Alejos
Performance dates: To Be Determined
In this hilarious comedy by the author of "Lend Me A Tenor," "Moon Over Buffalo" and "The Game's Afoot: Holmes for the Holidays," two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, Pa., is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it!
("Once Upon A Mattress" comedy musical has been postponed this season due to its large cast size and other factors and has been replaced by this popular comedy, "Leading Ladies," by Ken Ludwig.
By Jack Heifner
Directed by Jen Otterman
“Vanities” is a comedy-drama stage production written by Jack Heifner. The story centers on the lives and friendship of three Texas cheerleaders starting from high school in 1963, continuing through college as sorority sisters in 1968, and ending with the dissolution of their friendship in 1974 New York as their interests and livelihoods change and they are no longer as compatible with one another as they had been in their school days.
A Chorus Line: High School Edition
Directed by James H. Williams
Apprentice Players youth production musical
This Apprentice Players production is not part of The Belfry Theatre’s regular season)
Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett.
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante.
Music by Marvin Hamlisch.
Lyrics by Edward Kleban. Co-Choreographed by Bob Avian.
Original Broadway production produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp, Producer, in association with Plum Productions Inc. Adaptation and support materials for the High School Edition.
Developed by iTheatrics under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.
“A Chorus Line” Is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the American Musical Theatre: the chorus dancers – those valiant, over dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star or stars and often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a celebration of the American Musical itself. “A Chorus Line” is also about competition, and competition might easily be the common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective heartstrings until the final, ultimate choices are made. For everyone, at one time or another, puts his life on the line. We all compete, no matter what business we’re in, for promotion, for attention, for approval and for love. Specifically, “A Chorus Line” takes the audience through the final grueling audition run by the director, Zach, for a new Broadway musical.