The Belfry Theatre 57th Season, 2021-22

Hamilton County Theatre Guild proudly announces The Belfry Theatre’s 57th season for 2021-22 in Noblesville.

There are five shows -- four shows in The Belfry’s upcoming regular season and one Apprentice Players summer youth production -- all at larger venues, including Noblesville First United Methodist Church and at The Auditorium at The Annex at Ivy Tech in Noblesville.

Here’s the season:  

Cheaper by the Dozen

“Cheaper by the Dozen,” a comedy, directed by Carla Crandall of Noblesville, will be Oct. 21-31,  at Noblesville First United Methodist Church. Based on a true story, the play tells the account of the Gilbreth family whose inventor father, known for bringing better efficiency to factories, keeps his family of 12 children running just as efficiently. This play is told from the point of view of two of his children reflecting on the last few months before the death of their father, who was preparing the family for his imminent departure (but most of his children were unaware of the fact). The play is an extremely funny, heart-warming, and family-friendly tale. Auditions will be 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 23 at The Belfry Theatre, 10690 Greenfield Ave., Noblesville. Cast of 16. Play adapted by Christopher Sergel. From the book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.  


The Dining Room

“The Dining Room,” a comedy/drama, directed by new Belfry director Diane Wilson of Carmel, will be Jan. 21-30, at The Switch Theater, Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, 10029 East 126th Street, Fishers, Indiana.

The play is a comedy of manners set in a dining room where a dozen-and-a-half scenes from different households overlap and intertwine. Actors change roles, personalities and ages with virtuoso skill as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers and from giggling teenagers to Irish housemaids. Cast of six. Play by A.R. Gurney. Presented with permission by Dramatists Play Service.


The Lilies of the Field

“The Lilies of the Field,” a comedy/drama directed by Linnea Leatherman, will be March 18-27, at The Ivy Tech Auditorium. 

When traveling African-American handyman Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier starred in the 1963 film “Lilies of the Field”) stops by a farm in rural Arizona, he is welcomed by a group of Roman Catholic nuns who have emigrated from Germany. Realizing that the farm needs a lot of work, Homer takes on a number of repair projects for the women, who are led by the headstrong Mother Maria. Impressed by Homer's kindness and strong work ethic, the nuns come to believe that he has been sent by God to help build them a chapel. Cast of nine. Play by F. Andrew Leslie from the novel by William E. Barrett. Presented with permission by Dramatists Play Service.

 


Drinking Habits

”Drinking Habits,” a comedy, directed by Nancy Lafferty of McCordsville, will be June 24-July 3, at The Auditorium at The Annex at Ivy Tech. In this hilarious comedy, two sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail as they go undercover as a nun and priest. Accusations, mistaken identities and romances run wild in this laugh-out-loud farce where spirits and secrets are spilled. Cast of eight. Play by Tom Smith and presented with permission by Playscripts. 

 


Frozen Jr. 

The Belfry Theatre’s Apprentice Players youth production will be Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” musical, directed by James H. Williams of Fishers, July 28-31, at The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville.

Unlike past years for the youth -- which alternated age groups, ages 5-13 during odd years and 13-20 during even years -- this summer's Disney “Frozen Jr.” production will open auditions to all youth ages 5-18. Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure and plenty of humor, Disney’s “Frozen Jr.” is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Presented with permission by Music Theatre International.
Auditions will be 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2022, for ages 5-18. Watch for location and more information on cast and an audition packet coming soon.

Please Note: The show times have changed to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and will stay at the same at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Belfry Theatre and Hamilton County Theatre Guild are proud to announce shows for the 58th season, for 2022-2023. 

 

“Rehearsal for Murder”

Adapted for stage by D.D. Brooke from the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link
Directed by Diane W. Wilson of Carmel
Sept. 23 - Oct. 2, 2022
At The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville

“The Sound of Music”

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed by Evan Elliott of Noblesville
Nov. 25 - Dec. 4, 2022
At The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville

“Around the World in 80 Days”

Adapted by Mark Brown
From the novel by Jules Verne
Directed by Eric Matters of New Palestine
Feb. 10-19, 2023
At Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort

“The Great Gatsby”

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby
Adapted for stage by Simon Levy
Directed by Andrea Odle
March 17-26, 2023
At Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort

“Crimes of the Heart”

by Beth Henley
Directed by Jen Otterman
April 28 - May 7, 2023
At Arts for Lawrence's Theater at the Fort

"Willy Wonka, Jr." (Apprentice Players Summer Youth Musical)

Words and music by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley adopted for stage by Leslie Bricusse & Timothy A. McDonald. Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Directed by Nancy Lafferty
July 27 - July 30, 2023
At The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville

 

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