The Summer Theatre in Meredith Village is abuzz as 49 actors and staff members are pouring into town to bring the Lakes Region the best season of feel-good Broadway style musicals yet! Nancy Barry, Producing Director has travelled the country to bring a terrific ensemble of theatre professionals and college theatre students to work create the magic of Broadway right here at home.
The season will kick off with the crowd pleasing “My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra” opening June 29 and running until July 4th. As a special treat this fantastic collection of Ol Blue Eyes songs will continue to run throughout the season with “My Way” Mondays, July 12, 26 and August 9th, with extra showings at 2:00 and 7:00.
Opening July 6th is show steeped in Tradition, “Fiddler on the Roof” running for two weeks thru July 18th. This show will feature a cast of 50, including our local Junior Apprentice Teens.
Following will be “Chicago”, from July 20-August 1st. “We waited for months to get permission to do this one”, says Barry, and it was worth the wait. This Kander and Ebb musical features choreography in the style of the great Bob Fosse, and tells the story of Billy Flynn and the merry murderesses of the 1920’s media hype. It’s fun and sexy and has fabulous music and dancing.”
Unbelievable as it seems, the Summer Theatre will then follow August 3-15th with “Camelot” the gorgeous Lerner and Lowe score, the beautiful maidens and handsome knights. This production is being directed by Norb Joerder who directed the last revival with Robert Goulet. Says Barry of Norb, “We are so lucky to have him come to Meredith again this summer!”
The final show of the season is “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, a brand new show that is still enjoying a Broadway run. “ I happen to be friends with one of the Broadway Producers and she has been very helpful in helping us prepare for this production” says Barry. Her son, Will Carlyon, who appeared in STMV’s Sound of Music as Friedrich last year will play the role of “Chip Tolantino”in this show which runs for one week only Aug 17-22. “It is a musical and has plenty of laughs and audience participation.
Performances of mainstage productions are Tuesday-Saturday at 8:00, Sunday at 7: with matinees every Wednesday. In addition, each mainstage production will feature a special Family Day Saturday Matinee, with special pricing to help make a family outing more affordable.
For the younger children, the Junior Apprentice Company, made up of local teens who are aspiring actors, will perform three shows for the young and the young at heart. They will be on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:00 and include “Peter Pan” on July 15th and 17th, “Charlotte’s Web” on July 29th and 31st , and “Winnie the Pooh” on Aug 14th and 16th. All tickets for children’s theatre are $8.00.