Orange Community Players

Orange Community Players

For the 58th consecutive year, Orange Community Players will open the season with the comedy Lend Me a Tenor. Shows are Aug. 13-15 and Aug. 20-22 at 7:37 p.m., with one matinee Sunday, Aug. 23, at 2:37 p.m.

Written by Ken Ludwig, the show premiered in 1986 and on Broadway in 1989 and received nine Tony nominations, then won two including Best Actor and Best Director.

The play is a madcap, screwball comedy that takes place in 1934 when Tito Merelli, the fiery-tempered and world famous Italian superstar, arrives in Cleveland to make his debut with the local opera and promptly goes missing. As Henry Saunders, the show’s presenter, conspires to cover for Tito’s absence, placate his hot-blooded wife, and distract his most passionate fans, chaos on a truly operatic level ensues. It will be the directorial debut for local Rico Vasquez, who has served in several OCP productions, as well as assistant director.

Bye Bye Birdie will be Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31 at 7:37 p.m. with two matinees on Sunday, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, at 2:37 p.m. Debuting on Broadway in 1960, Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book written by Michael Stewart, song lyrics by Lee Adams and music from Charles Strouse and went on to receive four Tony Awards. Its popularity went on to inspire a sequel, a movie in 1963 and a television show in 1995.

Conrad Birdie is a rock ‘n’ roll singer who is about to get drafted in 1958. Before heading to the Army, Birdie’s manager, Albert Peterson, is desperate and plans a publicity stunt that sends Birdie to a small town for one last performance along with a goodbye kiss for one lucky girl.

Directing will be Thomas May, who directed Shipwrecked at OCP.

“Yuletide IV” will feature holiday music plus hors d’oeuvres, wine and desserts on Dec. 10-12. Tickets are $25.

OCP board president Diana Hill has the directing call for Steel Magnolias, which will be held Feb. 11-13 and Feb. 18-20 at 7:37 p.m., with two matinees on Sunday, Feb. 14, and Feb. 21 at 2:37 p.m.

Written by Roger Harling, Steel Magnolias is a comedy-drama about a group of six gossiping gals who spend their time in Louisiana beauty parlor.

Closing the 2015-16 season will be the four-time Tony Award winner, Into the Woods. Directed by OCP veteran Codie Vasquez with musical direction from Theresa Cronin, the storybook characters from the Brothers Grimm will come to life including “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella” and others.

Show dates are April 14-16 and April 21-23 at 7:37 p.m. with two Sunday matinees: April 17 and April 24 at 2:37 p.m.

OCP is located at 708 West Division in Orange. For more information, view orangecommunityplayers.com or call (409) 882-9137.

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