Seasons Archives: 2014-2015
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and join us at our Straw Hat Theatre for the 2015 summer music series. Bring a picnic supper and dine on our lawn or pick up a snack from our concessions stand.
Directed by Brook Hall
Music Direction by Caitlin Rose
One of the most beloved musicals ever, Oliver! brings to life Charles Dickens’s vivid characters including the Artful Dodger, Fagin, and of course, the young orphan Oliver. Oliver’s quest to find a home and family takes us on a heart-wrenching and heart-warming musical journey that features such iconic songs as “Consider Yourself,” “Food, Glorious Food,” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” and “As Long As He Needs Me.” Don’t miss this classic that’s fun for the entire family!
With Lauren Perry as Oliver Twist, Mark Pendleton as Fagin, Jacob McKee as The Artful Dodger, Sarah Mudd as Nancy, Derek Lebzelter as Bill Sykes, Lauren Massaro as Bet, Brook Hall as Mr. Bumble, Tiffany Kiphart as Widow Corney, Brandon Carlson as Mr. Sowerberry, Amy Gustafson as Mrs. Sowerberry, Eric Slayton as Noah Claypool, Angela Orr as Mrs. Bedwin, and Curtiss Barron as Mr. Brownlow.
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Rachel Meyer
Music Direction by Debra Fleming and Caitlin Rose
Choreography by Kimberly Godfrey and Rachel Meyer
In this ever popular rock opera, the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth are seen through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas. A powerful tale of men and women driven to their fate by forces beyond their control, Jesus’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity and explosive theatricality.
With David Clayman as Jesus, Josh Theilan as Judas, Susanne Morrison as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Carlson as Peter, Jayson Gage as Simon, Nik Tressler as Caiaphas, Jonathan Rose as Annas, Rob Covert as Pilate, Brook Hall as Herod, and Bill Daywalt and Gerry Severino as Priests.
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs
Original Dance by Agnes de Mille
Directed and Choreographed by Kimberly Godfrey
Music Direction by Debra Fleming
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed is making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant Oklahoma!
With Linda Fundis as Aunt Eller, Dane Gustafson as Curly, Caitlyn Dubeansky as Laurey, Tyler Pew as Will Parker, Brandon Long as Jud Fry, Emily Baker as Ado Annie Carnes, Doug Warren as Ali Hakim, Kate Crooks as Gertie Cummings, and Max Seymour as Andrew Carnes.
Hot dogs and snacks will be available in our concession stand. We’re open rain or shine – see what new treasures you can find!
All proceeds benefit the Ashtabula Arts Center.