2018-19 Main Series

Our 2018-19 Season truly features something for every theatre lover and opens with the comedy genius of Mel Brooks and his adaptation of the wildly popular, Young Frankenstein.  Our play reading committee worked hard to identify works that are joyful and uplifting but also include selections relevant to the challenges of our world.  We are so proud of the unique experience our thrust stage provides and the comfort our inviting space brings to our audiences. We hope you will consider joining us as a member for the coming season and again, welcome you to the Temple Civic Theatre.

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Young Frankenstein – Auditions July 29-30 / Performances Sept 28-Oct 7, 2018

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation – Young Frankenstein!

Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers, Young Frankenstein has all of the panache of the screen sensation with a little extra theatrical flair added.

Dancing at Lughnasa – Auditions Sept 23 – 24 / Performances Nov 30 – Dec 8, 2018

Set in the fictional Irish village of Ballybeg, Ireland, Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play, told from the perspective of an adult Michael. He recalls one summer at his aunts’ home when he was seven years old. The five Mundy sisters, all unmarried, live in a big cottage just outside of the small village. Their older brother, Jack, a Catholic priest, who has lived in a Ugandan leper colony, has recently returned home. He is suffering from malaria, has trouble remembering many things and has also clearly lost his faith. Meanwhile Michael’s father, Gerry, pops in and out of his son’ life, keeping Michael and his mother Christina on tenterhooks as to whether he will ever settle down with them. Brian Friel’s multi award-winning play is a masterpiece, portraying the strength and bravery of five sisters who dance wildly in a final celebration of their lives, before they change forever.

Next to Normal – Auditions Nov 4-5 / Performances Feb 1 – 10, 2019

This groundbreaking musical takes an unflinching look into the lives of the Goodman family and their struggle to cope with a family member’s mental illness.  The family’s journey is told through an electrifying score, powerful lyrics, and a book that won the 2010 Pulitzter Prize for Drama.  In the words of the New York Times, Next to Normal is “much more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-EVERYTHING musical.”  Not recommended for youth under 14.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone – Auditions Feb 10 – 11 / Performances Mar 29 – Apr 7, 2019

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice.

Over the Tavern – Auditions Mar 31 – Apr 1 / Performances May 24 – Jun 2, 2019

It’s 1959 in Buffalo New York. Ed Sullivan is on TV every Sunday night, gas is 25 cents and kids pretend to be superman. Boys slick their hair back and girls tease their hair up. It was a simpler time but not around the Pazinski household over their father’s tavern. Dad runs the bar, Mom runs the family and 12 year-old Rudy is running everybody crazy. He’s a smart, wise-cracking kid who’s starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. When he goes up against the ruler-wielding Sister Clarissa and announces that instead of being confirmed he’d rather shop around for a more “fun” religion, all hell breaks loose.  A warm and hilarious look at family and growing up with lots of love and laughs.

Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach – Auditions May 26 – 27 / Performances Jul 26 – Aug 11, 2019

Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony Award winning team of Pasek and Paul (La La Land and Dear Evan Hansen, A Christmas Story, Smash, The Greatest Showman). A curiously quirky musical for the whole family to enjoy. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach… and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach – among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities – but, after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’ quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.

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