The 2015-16 season
The Racine Theatre Guild will be performing seven plays and musicals this season:
The season opener, “Calendar Girls,” is a hit in England and a popular movie, which starred Helen Mirren, also was released in the United States in 2004. “Calendar Girls” is a poignant comedy, based on a true story about the death of one woman’s husband, from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She and her friend decide to do some fundraising for their local hospital, and enlist the help of four friends to pose nude with them for a calendar. Word of their venture quickly spreads, and the media descend on their little village. Shows begin on Sept. 11. See Lee Roberts’ Scene & Heard column on Page 3 for more on the Racine Theatre Guild’s own fundraising calendar.
Next up is “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a dark comedy set in the 1940s. Two spinster aunts turn out to be serial killers and their nephew digs graves in the basement thinking he is Theodore Roosevelt digging locks in Panama. Another nephew learns their secret just as his brother shows up looking for a place to hide and bury his latest victim. Performances begin on Oct. 23.
The musical “Mary Poppins” takes center stage just in time for the holidays. Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins appears at their door. In 1910 England, the nanny spoons up some magic and common sense with that dose of sugar in the “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” musical. Performances begin on Dec. 4.
Then comes “Design for Murder,” a murder mystery complete with a dark and stormy night, stately mansion falling into disrepair, a trenchcoat-clad detective and a dead body or two. There are some skeletons in the closet, and a saucy maid who has a secret. Shows begin on Jan. 15.
Although a wealthy gentleman of leisure, Bertie cannot function without his valet, Jeeves. Bertie and his pal, Eustace, scheme to dupe their meddling relatives so they can maintain carefree, playboy lifestyles — saving Bertie from an unwanted marriage and Eustace from an unwanted job. But can Jeeves manage to rescue these two bumbling fools from themselves? Performances begin on Feb. 26
An adaptation of the Newbery award-winning book “Bridge to Terabithia” is a dramatic comedy in which two lonely children create a magical forest kingdom where they may feel safe from the people who don’t understand them. Jesse is a fearful, angry, artistic boy who is able to cope with tragedy after becoming friends with Leslie, the new girl from the city. Shows begin on April 8.
Book-ending the season is the Tony award-winning hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” complete with its popular score that includes favorites such as “Matchmaker” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” Tevye is a poor milkman in Czarist Russia who is trying to install traditional values in his five daughters. All the while, they are facing changes in society and growing anti-Semitism. Performances begin on May 13, with the last show scheduled for May 29.
The Racine Children’s Theatre will present four plays this season. “Snow White” is scheduled for Oct. 2 through Oct. 4; “Mostly Monster” will be performed between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15; “Pinocchio” is set for Feb. 5 through Feb. 7; and “Pale Pink Dragon” performances are March 18 through March 20. Tickets cost $18 for the season, $20 for four flex passes, or individual tickets cost $6 each.