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2017-18 Productions

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Directed By Thomas Rosengren
used with special permission
from Samuel French

"Blithe Spirits"
Written by Noel Coward

Auditions:
Nov. 13th & 14th at 7pm

Production Dates:
Feb. 1st-3rd, 8th-10th
at 7:30pm,
Feb. 11th at 2:00pm

Imagine surviving the tragic loss of your first wife then finding love again, only to have your first wife come back to haunt you. See how Charles Condomine handles two wives at the same time!!

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Tickets: $15 adults and $8 Children
12 and under, Family rate $40


A successful novelist, Charles Condomine, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, so he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. At the seance, she inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. This encounter leaves only Charles with the ability to see and hear his ghostly wife. As the days go by, Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth. When Ruth is accidentally killed, her ghost comes back to seak revenge on Elvira. With the ghosts of two wives in the house, Charles is desperate to put an end to the turmoil. He calls Madame Arcati to come back in an attempt to exorcise both of the spirits. Will they be successful? Come join us for the zany antics of the supernatural.

Cast List:

EDITH - a maid, retired from the Navy
RUTH - Charles' current wife, stylish in her mid-thirties
CHARLES - husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira in his forties
DR. BRADMAN wealthy middle-aged
MRS. BRADMAN wealthy middle-aged, fair and rather faded
MADAME ARCATI - a medium, a striking middle-aged woman
ELVIRA - Charles' late wife


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Directed By Jan Buzzeo
used with special permission
from Samuel French

"Love Letters"
Written by A.R. Gurney

Feb. 22nd-24th at 7:30pm,
Sun. Feb. 25th at 2:00pm

The piece is comprised of a series of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. With the reading of the letters, we see how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

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Tickets: $15 adults and $8 Children 12
and under, Family rate $40


Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years-where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools." While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children.
As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.



Directed by Pauline Prawl
Performed with special permission from
Steele Spring Stage Rights


"The Andrews Brothers"
Created by Roger Bean

AUDITIONS:
Feb. 19th & 20th at 7:00pm
at the Little Theatre

PRODUCTIONS:
April 26th-28th, May 3rd-5th
at 7:30pm,
Sunday, May 6th at 2:00pm

This comedy is filled to the brim with over 25 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters.

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Tickets: $20 adults and $10 Children 12
and under, Family rate $55


A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appear shortly before curtain. Thankfully three earnest stagehands are determined to go on with the show! The Andrews Brothers is filled to the brim with over 25 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including the showstoppers: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Slow Boat to China," "Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree," and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive." Mistaken identities and madcap adventures-imagine Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in a road movie of Some Like It Hot-along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II.

Characters:

Max Andrews: Baritone/Bass. His Andrews counterpart is Maxene. His 4F ailment is flat feet. He is the stage manager and strives to remain in charge in the face of total disaster. Max is the oldest of the three brothers, and takes on the role of older brother.
Lawrence Andrews: Tenor. His Andrews counterpart is LaVerne. His 4F ailment is incredibly poor eyesight. Wears thick glasses. Lawrence is the middle brother, and takes on that role. He is perhaps a little resentful of his older brother, and always ready to crack jokes at his expense.
Patrick Andrews: Tenor/Baritone. His Andrews counterpart is Patty. His 4F ailment is asthma. When nervous, Patrick wheezes heavily. When really nervous, he stutters. When incredibly nervous, he faints. Patrick is the baby brother of the other two, and Max and Lawrence are careful to take care of him. He sings lead in act two - front and center as Patty.
Peggy Jones: Mezzo-Soprano. A cross between Betty Hutton and Betty Grable, Peggy is a WWII pin-up girl, and she longs to show everyone she's more than just another pretty face. Warm, loving and sincere.


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Directed by Thomas Rosengren
Produced with special permission
from Samuel French

"Glorious!
The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer"
Written by Peter Quilter

AUDITIONS:
May 21 & 22 at 7:00 PM at the Little Theatre

PRODUCTION DATES:
Aug. 2nd-4th & 9th-11th
at 7:30pm
Sun. Aug. 12th at 2:00pm

Hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world in 1941.

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Tickets: $15 adults and $8 Children 12
and under, Family rate $40


Hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world. In 1940's New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as 'the first lady of the sliding scale', she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.
Based upon a true story, the play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagent balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy.

Cast List:

LORENCE FOSTER JENKINS - an eccentric American lady, 60s/70s
COSME MCMOON - a pianist, early 30s
ST. CLAIR - Florence's English boyfriend, 60s
DOROTHY - Florence's friend, 60s
MARIA - Florence and St Clair's Mexican cook and housemaid
MRS. VERRINDER-GEDGE - an American lady, late middle age

 

Past Productions 2010-2017



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"Directed by Thomas Rosengren."
Used with special permission
from Dramatic Publishing

"Three Murders And It's Only Monday"
A comedy by Pat Cook

August 3-5th, 10-12th
at 7:30pm and
August 13th at 2:00pm

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Tickets: Adults - $15.00
Children 12 and under - $8.00
Family Rate (Parent(s) w/children or Grandparent(s) w/grandchildren) - $40
(5 maximum)

Advance tickets will be sold
two weeks prior to the event at
The Giving Tree Children's
Boutique in New London
and Whitney Music in Willmar.


"It was the kind of night when you caught yourself holding your breath for no reason at all." So says private eye Harry Monday as he investigates three murders at the Peaceful Pines Sanitarium. Even the police are getting tired of coming out and ask Doctor Morrissey if he could just phone in the details. Then when Tara, a sultry soon-to-be-heiress, shows up, Harry puts his best foot forward... right in his mouth. "Odd how relatives always head up a suspect list," he notes as the deceased's families arrive. Odder still when he finds out they all belong to the same family! Harry finds it tough going when he tries to determine who killed an old sea captain, a ventriloquist and a tramp. What did these three have in common? And why would lawyer Lilly Dramkean get involved in shady legalities? Or Larramore take a night off on the date when the murders took place? And how come no one can ever keep track of socialite Mary Tobias, "One of those dames from Who's Who who don't know what's what," Harry says. Throw in an Indian, a Swedish gardener and a disgruntled nurse and the confusion multiplies. This lightning-paced comedy/mystery comes complete with its own lightning as a storm blows out all the fuses...and the murders keep coming! In this spoof on the old-style private-eye movies, the laughs are fast and furious... and the ending will simply kill you!

 



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"Directed by April Clark."
Used with special permission from
Samuel French



"Red, White and Tuna"
A comedy by Ed Howard,
Joe Sears & Jason Williams

June 15-17th, 22-24
7:00pm

Tickets: Adults - $15.00
CAUTIONS: Strong Language,
Mild Adult Themes

Advance tickets will be sold
two weeks prior to the event at
The Giving Tree Children's
Boutique in New London
and Whitney Music in Willmar.


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 Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
It's been several years since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of A Tuna Christmas...Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any "cosmic" communications from R.R.'s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Albuquerque taxidermy business? These and other burning questions will be asked and answered in the side-splitting spoof of life in rural America.

"At first glance, it appears there are only two men in room" -- one slim and ferretlike, the other a big round fellow with a sweet, pillowy face. But sit down for a chat with Jaston Williams and Joe Sears -- the creators and stars of the hilarious, home-fried theatrical trilogy Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas and the current Red, White & Tuna, and before too long a host of others have horned in on the conversation. They all hail from the fictional burg of Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. One's more of a fruitcake or troublemaker than the next. And each has a crystal-clear agenda. - The Washington Post

 


"Produced with special permission from
Dramatists Play Service, Inc."

"Opal's Million Dollar Duck"
A comedy by John Patrick
Directed by Jan Buzzeo

February 9-11th, 16-18th
at 7:00pm

Tickets: Adults - $15.00
Children 12 and under - $8.00

Advance tickets will be sold
two weeks prior to the event at
The Giving Tree Children's
Boutique in New London
and Whitney Music in Willmar.


Searching for costumes for their next production, Desmond and Queenie, the "stars" of the local summer-stock company, drop by "Opal's Antique Junque Shop." While rooting through Opal's treasures they spot a nondescript oil painting, a still life of a dead mallard duck and an apple and recalling an item in the morning newspaper about an old master who has disappeared from the local art museum, suddenly realize that this may be the missing canvas, for which the insurance company is offering a sizable reward. Summoning up all their acting skills, they try to charm Opal into selling the painting for a pittance, but she explains that she plans to give it to her friend, Rosie, as a birthday present, whereupon the plot thickens hilariously. Desmond and Queenie resort to everything from outrageous flattery to knock-out drops trying to get their hands on the picture. Rosie, however, rejects it on the grounds that it reminds her of her pet duck (which was run over by a truck); and the plotters, much to their glee, march off triumphantly with their prize, unaware that a later edition of the paper carries a new item: The old master has been found, and the canvas that disappeared was a worthless copy that the museum had thrown out with the garbage!


 

Presented by special arrangement with
Dramatic Publishing

Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner
A comedy by Pat Cook
Directed by Thom Rosengren

August 4-6,
August 11-13th

at 7:00pm



Tickets: Adults - $15.00
Children 12 and under - $8.00

Advance tickets will be sold
one month prior to the event at
The Giving Tree Childrens Boutique
or It's about Hair, both in New London
and Whitney Music in Willmar.

What do you do when you have three geriatric sisters as patients and all they want to do is sit at home and talk to one another all at the same time? You move another person in with them. At least, that's what Doc Lomax does when he has a new nurse needing a place to live; a nurse with a secret, that is. The hard part is convincing the sisters they need a roomer. In no time, however, Nurse Jean has them planning parties, pulling Halloween pranks and wearing jogging suits while they race each other to the corner. But when the nephew shows up with a plan to sell the family house, things seem to get complicated again, especially with Christmas just around the corner. This heartwarming piece is loaded with wisecracks and one-liners that keep the laughter flowing.


 


Presented by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.


You Can't Take It
With You

by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Merica Overcash

June 29th-July 2nd
at 7:00pm


Tickets will be available June 18th.

Tickets: Adults - $15.00
Children 12 and under - $8.00

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up.
No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax.

This play will leave you feeling that maybe your strange relatives aren't so strange after all.

by Todd Wallinger (produced with special arrangement by Pioneer Drama)

NL-S Fall Play
The Butler Did It!


It' a British murder mystery
comedy set in the 1930s.

Saturday,
October 29. 30, 31

at 7:00pm

(The show is approximately
90 minutes long)

Tickets $5 at the door

We all know the murder mystery cliche of "the butler did it," but what if he really did? Jenkins the butler and Sarah the maid are getting the manor ready for Colonel Nigel and Lady Miranda's party in honor of their special guest, famous murder mystery author, Edwina Corry. But when the party is interrupted by someone turning up dead in the kitchen, the lies and accusations start to fly. See if you can figure out whodunnit in this 1930s British murder mystery comedy!


Cinderella's
Glass Slipper

Book by Vera Morris
Music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur
.

July 23-25th
July 30-August 1st

at 7:00pm

Tickets will be available one month prior to the production at Whitney Music in Willmar, and Inspirations Books & Gifts and A Thousand Cranes in New London

This delightful, large-cast musical will charm audiences of all ages.  Cinderella works hard in the home of her cruel stepmother.  Her silly stepsisters, Brunhilda and Cleopatra, see themselves as beautiful and think the prince will marry them.  Of course, the handsome prince spends most of the evening at a palace ball trying to escape from them!  The story is ages old, but you’ll meet playful new characters in this fresh adaptation:  a brave mouse, a hesitant cat and the amazing Pumpkinhead, who changes into a coach!  Our Fairy Godmother has her hands full tutoring an apprentice but still makes time for Cinderella, and sends her off to the palace ball.

Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado


 
By Faye Couch Reeves
Directed by April Kummrow
Produced by special arrangement with
Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Englewood, Colorado


Christmas production of

Dec. 4th - 6th
at 7:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 7th
at 2:00pm


 


 

New London-Spicer high school production of
Mixed Nuts

Oct. 31st, Nov.1
at 7:00pm

Sunday, Nov.2nd
at 2:00pm

Tickets: Adult $5, Students $4


 

August 22-24, 29-31st
at 7:00pm
Sunday Matinee 2:30pm

Special Meet the Playwright Night!
See how an actor transforms into the character on stage!

August 22 at 6:30pm

  Ticket price is $15.00 for adults
$10.00 teens 12-18
$5.00 under 12


  Sold at Mord’s Hardware in New London
or Whitney Music in Willmar.

It’s bedtime for the puppies but not before Papa Toto tells their favorite bedtime story.  Join Toto and the pups as he tells his version of how things happened in the land of Oz.  This new adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written specifically for the Little Theatre stage and calls for a cast of all ages.  Students up to grade 8 can take the Summer Theater Workshop offered through Community Ed. and will have the chance to be puppies, munchkins, flying monkeys, flowers and more!  They will learn their roles and then join the rest of the cast for the Little Theater’s full production in August.  Adults and students grades 9-12 will audition for the roles of Toto, his friends, and the other citizens of Oz.  


 

Crazy Town
Written by Jonathan Rand,
Produced by special permission
from Playscripts Inc.


July 11, 12, 13, 17 and 19th  
at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee 2:00


 
Ticket price is $15.00 for adults
$10.00 teens 12-18
$5.00 under 12


  Sold at Mord’s Hardware in New London or Whitney Music in Willmar.

Welcome to Crazy Town!  Babs and Jim are the hapless anchors for the most messed up news broadcast in the strangest town in America, where the news features a spectator sport commentary, a bizarre look into the local police interrogation room, the elementary school’s heated political debate on critical issues like tater tots, ridiculous infomercials and more. This fast paced comedy by Jonathan Rand, directed by April Kummrow and Lucas Nelson, stars several former NL-S students and is sure to be a night of fun for the whole family!  *parent guide* Family friendly.


 


Flanagan’s Wake

Friday - Sunday
June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29th
at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee 2:00

 
Ticket price is $15.00 for adults

  Sold at Mord’s Hardware in New London or Whitney Music in Willmar.

Flanagan’s Wake:  Conceived by Jack Bronis.  Created by: Jimmy Binns, Amy Binns-Calvey, Geoff Binns-Calvey, Jack Bronis, Mark Czoske, Phil Lusardi, Patricia Musker, Bonnie Shadrake.  Originally produced on March 19, 1994, at the Improv Institute in Chicago.  Directed by: April Kummrow. Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois
Join the villagers of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin, County Sligo, Ireland, as they gather at the local pub to tell tales, sing songs and mourn the passing of one of their own, Flanagan. You'll be transported to the Emerald Isle to grieve as only the Irish can. You can share tales of your own experiences and misadventures with dear old Flanagan or simply enjoy a pint and the stories, songs, bawdy limericks, and toasts of the locals. Once you have arrived in Grapplin, you'll pay your respects to glowering Mother Flanagan and to poor grieving fiancée, Fiona Finn. Listen to a eulogy written by County Sligo's best-known writer, Mickey Finn, and tip a pint with Brian Ballybunion, himself a weaver of tales. You can cross yourself with the blessings from St. Gregory's parish priest, Father Damon Fitzgerald, or cross your fingers that local pagan Kathleen Mooney doesn't cast a spell on you. Mayor Martin O'Doul will preside over the proceedings with an iron hand (and a parched throat).

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

Directed by Laura Molenaar

June 22-24, and
June 29th-July 1st, 2012

at 7:00 pm,
Sunday Matinees at 3:00pm

$14.00 for Adults
$7.00 for children 12 & Under

Advance tickets will be available at
Mord’s Hardware in New London,
or Call the theatre box office
to reserve your ticket 320-354-2559

Suppose you're an attractive high school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and—it must be admitted—extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school—especially to the boys! Dad pushes ahead with better organization for his large and delightful family. He puts up a chart for the young people to initial after completing each household task, uses a rung as an imaginary bathtub to demonstrate how to take a really efficient bath and appoints a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity. While the situations are often uproarious, there's a serious reason. Dad has a heart condition which he's keeping secret. The children don't understand them. Anne, the oldest, rebels. Both Dad and she are miserable at the lack of understanding between them. Then in a deft and moving scene, Dad becomes aware of how much Anne has grown up. This is a play for the whole family to enjoy.

Children's Play
The Elves and the Shoemaker


August 20-25th, 2012

Class -
August 20-24th,
12:30-4:30pm

Performances -
Friday, August 24th, 7:00pm
Saturday, August 25th, 1:00pm

General Admission - $5.00

Ever wanted to be a Fairy, a Princess, a Super Hero, a Dancer, or a Pirate? Would you like to  tell an amazing tale, wear great costumes, wow an audience, smear stage make-up all over you face or sing like someone is listening?  Be a STAR and join us for a fun week where we will learn all about the different areas of theatre. The week ends with a full musical theatre performance with lights, costumes, and all!  The production is open to the public with tickets on sale at the performance. Instructor Nikki Betcher-Erickson

Register for summer acting classes through New London-Spicer Community Education and Recreation  320-354-2252 ext. 2710  For Children going into grades 1-9


A Mother in My Head
by Christopher L. King

February 10th-12th, 2010
at 7:30pm

February 13th, 2010

Sunday Matinee at 2:00pm

Tickets:
Advanced Sales - 2 for $15.00
Day of Show - 2 for $17.00


Please call the Theatre and leave
a message to reserve your tickets:
320-354-2559

 

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a story of
young Love and a variety of your favorite love songs?

Start your evening of entertainment with love songs from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s…to the present.  Then slip into the lives of two young people as they begin their careers, meet, and fall in love, each coached every step of the way by the "mothers in their heads."


Valentine Date Night?..... Bring your Theatre Tickets to the
New London Legion Feb. 10-12
and get a $1.00 off your Dinner Entrees.   

Advance ticket sales at Latte Da in New London 2 for $15.00.



STOCKING
STUFFERS
2010

by Geff Moyer

For ticket information or to reserve your seat, please call: 320-354-2559
Please leave a detailed message.

If you enjoyed Stocking Stuffers in 2010 you can catch up with your favorite, quirky cast of irresistible characters in Geff Moyer’s highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Stocking Stuffers.  Ring in your holiday with Jack-in-the-box, a couple of plump stockings, hard working elves, surfer reindeers Donner & Blitzen, and the holiday icons: Uncle Sam, The Easter Bunny, Hagatha the Witch, Zeke the Pilgrim, Cupid, and Ebenezer Scrooge.



~ Directed by Mark Monfils
~ Book by Tom Jones
~ Music by Harvey Schmidt
~ Lyrics by Tom Jones
~ Based on the Fourposter by Jan de Hartog


~ by David W. Rintels




~ Directed by Nikki Bettcher-Erickson

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