2018-2019 Belfry Theatre Season Schedule
by Thornton Wilder
A PLAY in THREE ACTS
DIRECTED BY NANCY LAFFERTY
September 14 - 30
Please join us as we open The Belfry’s 54th season in celebration of the 80th year of the American classic Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Our Town, by Thornton Wilder. Our Town tells the story of a fictional small town in America during the early 1900s, through the everyday lives of its citizens. On a bare stage, with the use of heavy pantomime, the story of life, love and death unfolds before us with delicacy and tenderness. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Our Town offers us universal truths about what it means to be human—in any town, at any time.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Adapted by Doug Rand
DIRECTED BY SAM BROWN
November 23 - December 9
A professional adaptation of Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life, the play is a traditional stage drama based on the short story and booklet The Greatest Gift, which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945. The play is based on the fictional character of George Bailey. The character is a building and loan banker who sacrifices his dreams in order to help his community, to the point where he feels life has passed him by. Eventually, due to a cruel business rival's manipulations, Bailey falls into despair so deep that he contemplates suicide, until his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, gives him a valuable perspective on the worth of his life. A classic holiday season presentation you won’t want to miss.
The Savannah Sipping Society
By Jones, Hope & Wooten
DIRECTED BY BARCIA MILLER ALEJOS
February 1 - 17
Four unique women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate....
And an impromptu Happy Hour!
They decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jump-start their new lives on the verandah of a Savannah, Georgia home.
Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment.
Most importantly, they realize it’s never too late to make new “old friends.”
So raise your glass to these strong women and their fierce embrace of life and say “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching comedy. Don’t miss this laugh-a-minute comedy from the Jones, Hope & Wooten team.
Gilligan's Island: The Musical
Words & Music by Hope and Laurence Juber
Book by Sherwood Schwartz and Lloyd J. Schwartz
Based on the TV show “Gilligan’s Island”
Created by Sherwood Schwartz
DIRECTED BY JAMES H. WILLIAMS
March 29 - April 14
"Gilligan" patriarch Sherwood Schwartz -- collaborating with son Lloyd (book), daughter Hope and her husband, ex-Wings lead guitarist Laurence Juber (music and lyrics) -- has created an original play that could well be an elongated "Gilligan's Island" episode.
In Hawaii, Gilligan and The Skipper are giving out tours. Five passengers - a movie star from Hollywood, a general store sales clerk from Kansas, a professor, and two millionaires - board the SS Minnow for a three-hour tour.
Shipwrecked on a remote Pacific island, the seven castaways build huts and begin to explore their surroundings. They discover strange hieroglyphics in a spooky cave, which speak of an ancient legend. The weather gets rough; Gilligan foils the best-laid of the castaway’s rescue plans........ romance develops.....
It’s fun, wacky and entertaining with 18 original, tuneful and memorable songs.
Red, White and Tuna
Written by Jaston Williams, Ed Howard, and Joe Sears
DIRECTED BY RON RICHARDS
May 31 - June 16
The much-anticipated third installment in the Tuna trilogy takes the audience through another satirical ride into the hearts and minds of the polyester-clad citizens of Texas' third- smallest town. Along with Tuna's perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. This sets the stage for a show full of fireworks and fun from the land where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
HONK! The Musical
by Anthony Drewe
DIRECTED BY JAMES H. WILLIAMS
Presented by The Belfry Apprentice Players
(Not part of the season ticket package)
July 26 - August 4
Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, incorporating a message of tolerance. The book and lyrics are by Anthony Drewe and music is by George Stiles. The musical is set in the countryside and features Ugly, a cygnet that is mistaken as an ugly duckling upon falling into his mother's nest and is rejected by everyone but Ida, a sly tomcat who only befriends him out of hunger, and several other barnyard characters.