Upcoming Shows

2020/21 Season

Marion Civic Theatre's YAWAC Children's Theatre Program presents

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

 By Allison Gregory     

 

Performance Dates: October 8-11, 2020

 

Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. And guess what? There's a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. The only thing is both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will love Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen! It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. 

(https://www.playscripts.com/play/2884#readmore)

 

Marion Civic Theatre Presents

The 39 Steps

adapted by Patrick Barlow

From the novel by John Buchan

From the movie by Alfred Hitchcock

 

Performance Dates: October 22-25, 2020

 

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! 

(https://www.concordtheatricals.com/p/1920/the-39-steps)

 

Marion Civic Theatre presents

Meredith Wilson's

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Wilson

 

Performance Dates: December 3-6, 2020

 

Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn't want her six-year-old Susan's head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy's, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy's Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.

 

Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as "Pinecones and Hollyberries," "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and "My State, My Kansas," this joyous, heartwarming musical is pure family entertainment, wholesome without being cloying. A star-vehicle for a female actress that features great roles for children, the show is a cast- and crowd-pleaser. With its built-in audience base, Miracle on 34th Street The Musical is the perfect holiday treat for any theatre! (https://www.mtishows.com/meredith-willsons-miracle-on-34th-street-the-musical)

Marion Civic Theatre YAWAC Children's Theatre presents

Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play

 

Performance Dates: February 4-7, 2021

 

One is the Norse God of Thunder, Master of the Storm, Lord of the Living Lightning, and heir to the throne of eternal Asgard. The other born of a Frost Giant, but now the Norse God of Mischief. Yet they are brothers, and together they are… The Mighty Thor and Loki.

 

(https://www.concordtheatricals.com/p/65714/hammered-a-thor-loki-play)

 

Marion Civic Theatre presents

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

                                                        Music & Lyrics.                      Book by.

                                                           William Flinn.                Rachel Sheinkin

Conceived by

Rebecca Feldman

 

Performance Dates: February 18-21. 2021

 

An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

 

A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. The small cast and unit set make this a perfect option for high schools or community theatres. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a fast-paced crowd pleaser and an instant theatre patron favorite.

 

(https://www.mtishows.com/the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee)

Marion Civic Theatre Presents

Cheaper By the Dozen

Adapted By Christopher Sergel

 

Performance Dates: April 15-18, 2021

 

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 that 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. (https://www.dramaticpublishing.com/browse/cheaper-by-the-dozen-19343)

 

Marion Civic Theatre presents

Chicago

                                            Book by                     Music by             Lyrics by 

                              Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse     John Kander          Fred Ebb

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Script adaptation by David Thompson

 

Performance Dates: June 11-13 & 18-20, 2021

 

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

 

 

Marion Civic Theatre's YAWAC Children's Theatre Presents

13

Music & Lyrics

Jason Robert Brown

Book by

Dan Elish and Robert Horn

 

Performance Dates: July 22-25, 2021

 

Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain... or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!?

 

Composed of a precocious cast, no character in 13 is older than the show's title, making it wonderful for theatre companies that feature young artists. In the Broadway production, even the band was made up of teens, which is a fantastic way to involve a diverse group of artists. The cast is comprised entirely of teenagers, but the stories that come to life here are ageless, the emotions they explore timeless, the laughter and the memories they provide priceless. (https://www.mtishows.com/13)

 

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Sponsor: The Wizard of Oz

 

 

The Ott Foundation

Sponsor: Peter Pan

 

 

Wesley Williams 

Sponsor: The Homecoming

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