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Aiken Community Playhouse schedule packed with upcoming productions

Aiken Standard — STEPHANIE TURNER Aiken Standard, S.C.

April 20--The Aiken Community Playhouse has planned a varied set of plays for the upcoming year, as well as summer auditions for upcoming plays.

Ticket prices differ for musicals and non-musicals and depend on where in the theater the show is presented; season subscriptions are also available.

The Playhouse is at the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. S.W.

For more information, visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com or call 803-648-1438.


"Noises Off"

Show dates: April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 3 p.m.

Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. "The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium." -- The New York Times


"The Mystery of Edwin Drood"

Show dates: May 26, 27, June 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and June 4 at 3 p.m.

This wildly warm-hearted interactive theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale (a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe) "puts on" its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Now, Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper's nephew, young Edwin Drood. Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve-but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit?


"Barefoot in the Park"

Show dates: July 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m. and July 16 at 3 p.m.

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.


"Outside Mullingar"

Show dates: August 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m. and August 13 at 3 p.m.

Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony's father threatening to disinherit him and a feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. In this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness.


"Peter Pan"

Auditions: June 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.

Show dates: September 1, 2 ,7, 8, 9, 15 at 7:30 p.m. and September 10 at 3 p.m.

Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, "Peter Pan" has delighted audiences for 60 years. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.


"Breath of Spring"

Auditions: Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. and Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

Show dates: October 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. and October 22 at 3 p.m.

When Dame Beatrice is given a mink stole by her maid, she is reminded of the maid's shady past and immediately suspects that it was stolen. Others endeavor to return the stole. The plan is devised and all of them take such delight in the secretive scheme that they wonder why they don't do this more often. They form a syndicate for stealing and returning furs. Everything goes well until a loss is reported and the police come charging in.


"The Giver"

Youth Wing show in the Bechtel Experimental Theatre

Show dates: Nov 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.

Auditions: Dates to be determined


"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

Auditions: Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.; Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

Show dates: December 1, 2 , 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 10 at 3 p.m.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids -- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem -- and the fun -- when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on.


"The Rainmaker"

Auditions: Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m.

Show dates: January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and January 21 at 3 p.m.

At the time of a paralyzing drought in the West, a girl's father and two brothers are worried as much about her becoming an old maid as they are about their dying cattle. Suddenly, a self-proclaimed "Rainmaker" comes on the scene. He will bring rain and break the drought if they agree to pay a hefty sum. Unlikely though his claim may be, the man eventually wins over the entire family. Eventually, the rain comes ... and so does love.


"Sense and Sensibility"

Youth Wing show

Show dates: Feb. 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 18 at 3 p.m.

Auditions: Dates to be determined


"The Dixie Swim Club"

Auditions: Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. and Feb 5 at 7 p.m.

Show dates: April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 15 at 3 p.m.

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.


"Sister Act"

Auditions: Feb. 4 and 6 at 7 p.m.

Show dates: May 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30 p.m. and May 13, 20 at 3 p.m.

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.


"Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will?"

Auditions: May 27 at 3 p.m. and May 28 at 7 p.m.

Show dates: July 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and July 15 at 3 p.m.

"Daddy's Dyin'" concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit.


"Prodigal Son"

Auditions: June 24 at 3 p.m. and June 25 at 7 p.m.

Show dates: August 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. and August 19 at 3 p.m.

From the author of "Doubt," a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He's violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction.


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