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Something's Afoot

Something's Afoot

Music by James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach, and Ed Linderman
Book and Lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach

On Stage: February 5 – March 1, 2015
On Sale:  Monday, January 5, 2015
Price: Adults - $25   Full Time Students - $12


Join us for the opening night performance of "Something's Afoot" on Thursday, February 5! Directly after the show we will have a "Meet the cast" reception! Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to talk with the performers and director who brought this marvelous, mysterious musical to life.

Ten unfortunate souls are invited for "a marvelous weekend in the country air" at a secluded English estate… but find a dead host and more bodies piling up in the library as they're stranded during a thunderstorm. It's a frantic race against the clock for the captive survivors to find out "whodunit" and catch the cunning culprit before they're all killed one by one with fiendishly clever traps. Will it all end with "And then there were none"? Set in 1935 with a rousing vaudeville-style score, this suspenseful satire is a smashingly good time and far funnier than foul play should be. Audiences just might die laughing…

All the classic characters are here in this spoof of Agatha Christie detective stories: Lettie the saucy housemaid, Clive the butler, Flint the caretaker, Hope Langdon the ingénue, Dr. Grayburn the family physician, Nigel Rancour the black-sheep nephew, Lady Grace Manley-Prowe the grande dame, Colonel Gillweather the old army man, Miss Tweed the elderly spinster and amateur detective, and Geoffrey the uninvited guest.

Something's Afoot is directed by Jim Sohre, who made his OCT debut as the director of last season's record-breaking Les Miserables. He has directed or served as music director for more than 150 productions including Hairspray, The Producers, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Sound of Music, Lucky Stiff, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Victor/Victoria, The Wizard of Oz, and many others. Many recent productions were at Heidelberg Roadside Theatre and Kaiserslautern KMC Onstage while Jim served as the Army Europe Command Entertainment (Theatre and Music) Director before his retirement from Army Entertainment after 40 years of service. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's Degree in Theatre from Tulsa University. He has received multiple awards from the U.S. Army for his work improving the quality of life for soldiers throughout Europe, and from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) for "promotion and development of the highest standards for community theatre." He was recently honored with a dedicated chair at the National Theatre in Washington, DC. Jim also has a passion for opera and travels Europe and the U.S. to review productions for the acclaimed internationally known online magazine Opera Today. He serves as Production and Young Artists Program Coordinator for Opera Las Vegas, for which he recently devised and directed A Passion for Puccini, an evening of staged arias and scenes in the Smith Center, Las Vegas' premier cultural venue. He is a founding member of the city's Valley Theatre Awards program, for which he adjudicates and directs the annual awards show. Upcoming projects include coordinating a benefit performance for the grand re-opening of the renovated Liberace mansion, directing The Addams Family for Des Moines Playhouse, and adjudicating the 2015 National Theatre Festival for AACT.

Music director for Something's Afoot is Ryan Pagels. Production stage manager is Emily Stanger. Set design is by Timothy J. Dygert. Costume design is by Maureen S. Demers.

Key: E = Evening 8:00 p.m., M = Matinee 2:00 p.m.
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Tom, Dick, and Harry

Tom, Dick, and Harry

By Ray Cooney and Michael Cooney

On Stage: March 19 – April 12, 2015
On Sale:  Monday, February 23, 2015
Price: Adults - $25   Full Time Students - $12


Tom and his wife Linda are about to adopt a baby. This should be the happiest day of their lives – and would be if it weren't for Tom's brothers, the ne'er-do-well (but well-meaning) Dick and Harry. Anxious to make a good impression on the adoption agency supervisor who is coming to inspect the prospective parents' home, Dick and Harry arrive to "help." Unfortunately, Dick shows up with a van full of smuggled brandy, contraband cigarettes, and a pair of Albanian illegal immigrants who don't speak a word of English – while Harry is in criminal possession of a cadaver he's planning to sell to a medical school. A menacing mobster with the Russian mafia and a curious police constable further complicate matters. Will the bumbling brothers' best-laid plans end miserably, or is there still hope for a happy family? Full of spectacularly silly shenanigans and zany physical comedy, this fast-paced farce is an absurd delight!

Key: E = Evening 8:00 p.m., M = Matinee 2:00 p.m.
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My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Book and Music by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

On Stage: May 14 – June 7, 2015
On Sale:  Monday, April 13, 2015
Price: Adults - $25   Full Time Students - $12


Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle is selling violets outside Covent Garden in Edwardian London when phonetics professor Henry Higgins hears her dreadful accent. "Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?" Higgins laments, declaring that in six months, he could turn Eliza into a lady by teaching her to speak properly. Tempted by the "loverly" idea of a comfortable life, Eliza accepts, and Higgins, aided by his friend Colonel Pickering, gives her speech lessons to pass her off in high society. With gorgeous songs like "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain In Spain," "Get Me To the Church On Time," "With a Little Bit of Luck," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," the wonderfully witty score sparkles brilliantly in this magical masterpiece of musical comedy. Timelessly delightful, this charming classic is just as fresh and fair as ever.

Key: E = Evening 8:00 p.m., M = Matinee 2:00 p.m.
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