Two beloved musicals are coming to the stage at the Racine Theatre Guild this spring and summer.
“Fiddler on the Roof,” the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family, runs May 13-29. It is followed by “Little Shop of Horrors” a deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical that introduces Racine Theatre Guild’s 2016-17 season from July 8-17 at 2519 Northwestern Ave.
Set in the little village of Anatevka, the “Fiddler on the Roof” story centers on Tevye, played by Davidson Kane, a poor dairyman and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, “Fiddler On The Roof’s” universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.
Sponsored by Rasmussen Diamonds, the Racine Theatre Guild cast of 37 will give performances of “Fiddler on the Roof” from May 13-29. There are shows on each of the three weekends at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons. There are 7 p.m. shows on Sunday, May 22, and Thursday, May 26.
In July, Racine Theatre Guild presents “Little Shop of Horrors.” When meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant, he names it “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. Audrey II grows into a foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore who promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Seymour as long as he keeps feeding it human BLOOD. Soon Seymour discovers Audrey II’s intent towards global domination. Can Seymour save the world, get the girl and live happily ever?
“Little Shop of Horrors,” also sponsored by Rasmussen Diamonds, runs two weekends only, from July 8-17. On both weekends there are performances Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets prices for both shows are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $15 for students.
Anyone who purchases a ticket to opening night is invited to attend Racine Theatre Guild’s opening night reception before the show. The reception starts at 6 p.m. Food and drink will be generously donated by Malicki’s Piggly Wiggly on Washington Ave.
The Racine Theatre Guild box office at 2519 Northwestern Ave. is open from noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 90 minutes prior to curtain through intermission at performances. For tickets, including season tickets, call 262-633-4218. Individual tickets may be ordered online at www.racinetheatre.org; however, discounts cannot be applied to online orders.