70+ Volunteers all gathered in the Lobby of Strauss Theatre Center to celebrate a successful season and announce our new 2019-20 Season. Strauss Board of Directors hosted all volunteers and future volunteers on Tuesday, March 19th at Strauss. Thanks to NEWKS for providing food and drinks for a great “family” celebration.

At this special event, we REVEALED our upcoming 2019-20 Season which will include the following shows:

By Stephen Swartz and John-Michael Tebelak 
September 5,6,7,8,12,13,14
Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love in a masterful retelling of the original sensation  with dazzling new arrangements and contemporary references. Godspell,2012 Revised Version, featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz, (known for the Broadway hits WICKED and PIPPIN), uses song, dance and storytelling to retell the passion story and parables of the gospels. Filled with high spirited musical styles ranging from pop to vaudeville, this theatrical celebration is a reminder that kindness, tolerance, and love should live on vibrantly.

Louisa Mae Alcott and John Ravold
November 7,8,9,10,15,16
Based on the timeless story of love of family and determination to face the problems of life during crisis, LITTLE WOMEN begins that memorable Christmas when Marmee leaves to visit her sick husband and Jo sells her beautiful hair to help finance the trip. It ends just a year later when the   family is again preparing to celebrate not only Christmas, but also the return of Mr. March. In between these two events, we again live, laugh, love and cry with Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth as they go through the many trials and tribulations that have made this story a classic.

Ken Ludwig
January 30,31
February 1,2,7,8 2020

Ken Ludwig, author of LEND ME A TENOR and numerous other hit comedies) takes a very broad leap from Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES as he turns it into a snappy comic mystery with five actors performing nearly 40 roles. Sherlock Holmes, along with Dr. Watson, is called into a case involving the male heirs of the Baskerville line who are being murdered one by one. Will Holmes solve the baffling case before, Henry Baskerville, the next male heir who arrives from Texas, is also murdered?  

Book by Abe Burrows Jack Weinstock Willie Gilbert
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser

March 19,20,21,22,26,27,28
Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, tells the story of  J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction, and, of course, true love.

Neil Simon
April 30 May 1,2,3,8,9 2020
Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying suite 719 at the Plaza. A suburban couple takes the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? Then a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages is looking for fresh fields, calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. He finds she is more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her.

New season flyers coming soon!