Current Season - Annie Russell Theatre

Classics Reimagined

83 Years and Counting!

 

 

 

         WORKING       
Sept 26 - Oct 4, 2014

A Musical by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
Directed by Jennifer Cavenaugh
Musical Direction by Jamey Ray

Based on Studs Terkel’s bestselling book Working  (1974), this musical showcases Americans at work from the  boardroom to the factory floor.  The words of real working class Americans are set to music by a collaborative team of musicians and lyricists including Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin), Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress), Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam), Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and James Taylor.  From farmers to masons, truckers to firefighters, the songs reflect a passion for the American dream and a struggle to balance the American life. Rollins previously produced this play in 1991.

September 26 -27 @ 8pm
September 28 @ 4pm
October 1 – 3 @ 8pm
October 4 @ 2pm & 8pm


        OUR TOWN       
Nov. 14-22, 2014

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Thomas Ouellette
Featuring Peg O'Keef

Grover’s Corners is as familiar as your own hometown, as this Pulitzer Prize-winning play reflects the joy and sadness of life and love.  A young woman is given the chance to review her life after passing away, guided by the mysterious Stage Manager, played by Rollins alumna Peg O’Keef.  First produced in 1938, Our Town has won numerous Tony Awards over the years.  Poignant and tender, audiences are reminded that every moment of life should be cherished.  Rollins produced this play in 1958.

November 14 – 15 @ 8pm
November 16 @ 4pm
November 19-21 @ 8pm
November 22 @ 2pm & 8pm

 

      MACHINAL     
February 13-21, 2015

By Sophie Treadwell
Directed by David Charles

Recently nominated for four Tony Awards for its 2014 Broadway revival, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal is widely considered one of the best plays of the late ‘20s.  Following the life of a young woman repressed by the invisible walls of society, we travel her path from stenographer, to wife and mother, to an accused murderess.  Feeling as if she, herself, is nothing but a cog in the machine of society she tries to break free the only way she can.  This is Annie Russell’s first time producing this timeless expressionistic tale.  

February 13-14 @ 8pm
February 15 @ 4pm
February 18 – 20 @ 8pm
February 21 @ 2pm & 8pm

 

     GUYS AND DOLLS    
April 17-25, 2015

Directed by Missy Barnes
Musical Direction by Jamey Ray

The Save-A-Soul Mission is setting up residency at the Annie Russell Theatre!  Frank Loesser’s sensational musical introduces you to the classiest gang of New York mobsters you’ll ever meet.   Gamblers and sinners like Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit are no match for the dolls who hold their hearts.  With classic songs like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” audiences will be humming along with this multiple Tony Award-winning musical.  You’ll love it a bushel and a peck!  Last produced at Rollins in 1992, Guys and Dolls was originally seen on the Annie in 1953.

April 17-18 @ 8pm
April 19 @ 4pm
April 22 – 24 @ 8pm
April 25 @ 2pm & 8pm