Upcoming Shows

2019/20 Season

Marion Civic Theatre Presents

F. Scott Fitzgerald's

The Great Gatsby

adapted for the stage by

Simon Levy


Performance POSTONED until May 28-31


Jay Gatsy, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, and in Simon Levy's adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.

Marion Civic Theatre presents


                                            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




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.



Past Shows

Young Actors with a Cause Children's Theatre presents

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

Music and Lyrics by





Performance Dates: August 1-4, 2019


Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.




Marion Civic Theatre presents

Thoroughly Modern Millie

                 Book by                         New Music by           New Lyrics by


           DICK SCANLAN       


Performance Dates: August 16-18 & 23-25, 2019


Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage and the man she actually falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name... or so he tells her.

Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. From explosive tap numbers to a "Fred and Ginger" routine on a window ledge, this is the perfect show for theatres that are looking to show off the dance skills of their performers. In Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages in Thoroughly Modern Millie!           (https://www.mtishows.com/thoroughly-modern-millie)

Marion Civic Theatre presents

These Shining Lives

By Melanie Marnich


Performance Dates: October 10-13, 2019


THESE SHINING LIVES chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits--or endanger the lives of those who come after them.  (https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=4192)


Marion Civic Theatre Presents

Sheiks, Shebas, and Speakeasy Santas

An Original Show By Marsha Vermilion


Performance Dates: December 5-8, 2019


It's the 1920s in Grant County, Indiana, and gangster Bootsy Branson is getting ready to pull off the greatest Christmas Eve caper ever. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Judy is trying to believe Bootsy has turned over a new leaf in time for the holidays and a mysterious speakeasy piano player is trying to create a Christmas miracle of his own. With plenty of Grant County references, holiday tunes, and colorful 1920s slang, SHEIKS, SHEBAS, AND SPEAKEASY SANTAS will bring a tap to your toes and a smile to your face.

Marion Civic Theatre presents

Good Night Ladies

By Cyrus Wood

Based on the original farce by Avery Hopwood and Charlton Andrews


Performance Dates: February 13-16, 2020


The story is that of a young college girl who is in love with a shy professor. Her brother in law, a friend of the professor, brings them together at his apartment one weekend. The professor is more than shy; he's terrified of women. This particular night the women go to the turkish bath while the men take the professor to a nearby Pagan Revel party and to break down his phobia. The party is raided and the men end up in the ladies' turkish bath after donning disguises to shake the police. This is out of the frying pan into the fire. Their disguises finally slip but they lead the policewomen a merry chase by pulling the fire alarm and creating havoc. The morning after is not so lively, but it does have its ending of romance and learning.       (https://www.samuelfrench.com/p/8777/good-night-ladies)



Marion Civic Theatre's Young Actors with a Cause Presents

The Miracle Worker

By William Gibson


Performance Dates: February 27-29, 2020


Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this classic tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: "water."


2018/19 Sponsors

Sponsor: The Wizard of Oz
Sponsor: The Wizard of Oz

Dwight and Gloria Ott

Sponsor: The Wizard of Oz



The Ott Foundation

Sponsor: Peter Pan



Wesley Williams 

Sponsor: The Homecoming

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