WELCOME TO OUR 70th SEASON!

WORKSHOP PLAYERS THEATER PRESENTS

OUR 70th SEASON

                  THE SECOND TIME AROUND                  

1948-2018

Our 70th Season will highlight reboots of shows done here across the decades. It is an exciting line up and we hope you will want to be season subscribers.

 

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARILIE BROWN

Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Based on the Comic Strip by Charles M. Schultz

Additional Music by Michael Mayer Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Directed By Kristina Rivera 

Sept 14, 15, 16,  and 22, 23, 24, and 29, 30, Oct 1

Back from the 80s, Workshop Players serves up something for the whole family as America’s favorite gang gets together again. Charlie Brown, Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and Sally bring pangs of nostalgia into audience members’ hearts. This delightful collection of vignettes with these characters, who have been woven into the fabric of our lives, features smiles, inviting songs and familiar messages. You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, under the direction of Jarred Nichols will enchant and amuse all lucky enough to be in attendance.

BLITHE SPIRIT

By Noel Coward

Directed By Dave MacKeigan

Nov. 2, 3, 4, and 10, 11, 12, and 13, 17, 18, 19

This Noel Coward classic made its debut in the 40s, and Director Dave MacKeigan’s rendition will grace Workshop Players’ stage for the third time This charming play tickles audiences each and every time it is presented. Charles Condomine struggles to reconcile his life after a séance brings back his sexy, deceased wife Elvira. Needless to say, current down-toearth wife Ruth is less than pleased with the turn of events. Things spiral out of control and the hapless Charles is caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. Will the haunting stretch into perpetuity? Come to see it and find out!

MISS PELL IS MISSING

by Leonard Gershe, based on a story by Saki

Directed by Shelbey Linder

January 11, 12, 13, and 19, 20, and 26,27, 28

First produced here in the early 60s, Miss Pell Is Missing is set in a much earlier time. Miss Pell has been missing for six weeks and it seems no one is in much of a hurry to get her and her tyrannical nature back. Her brother purposefully hires an overeager yet inexperienced detective in the hopes that the case will drag on. Meanwhile the money flows freely as the house is redecorated and hearts flutter as Miss Pell’s niece treads the slippery slope of romantic love versus an arranged engagement. Will they ever find Miss Pell? They certainly hope not, but as Director Shelbey Linder may tell you, “Sometimes things turn out differently than expected. Surprises are in store for our audiences.”

STEEL MAGNOLIAS

by Robert Harling

Directed by Judy MacKeigan

March 8, 9, 10 and 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24, 25

Steel Magnolias takes Workshop Players back to the 90s with this epic tale set in Truvy’s beauty parlor. Since everybody who is anybody in Chinquapin, Louisiana gathers in Truvy’s salon, audiences are treated to a slice of southern life that is alternately hilarious and touching. Truvy dispenses free advice to the town curmudgeon Ouiser, the eccentric Miss Clairee and the practical M’Lynne whose pretty daughter Shelby is about to be married as the play opens. The sustaining quality of friendship is reinforced as these women’s stories unfold.

THE SECOND TIME AROUND

by Henry Denker

Directed by Dave Stacko

May 3, 4, 5, and  11, 12, 13, and 18, 19, 20 Director Dave Stacko propels us back to the early 80s with his choice of The Second Time Around. Not only is it the second time around for this script, it is also the second time around for senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow who strike up a love affair. The potential loss of social security benefits make living in sin more attractive than tying the knot; that is until their grown children become involved. The erstwhile couples’ offspring are not free of neuroses themselves, shown clearly as they raise their objections to what they perceive to be their parents’ precarious situation. Laughs will abound as this comedy unfolds.

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PRESENSs MURDER MYSTERY DINNER THEATER

PHANTOM OF AMHERST   By Eileen Moushey of Mysteries by Moushey

Directed by Pat Price

February 23 Evening performance February 24 Matinee performance

Marco Virelli’s dream of producing his own Phantom show comes true right here in Amherst!  Guests are invited to the final preview of this “better than Webber’s” extravaganza. Bankrolled by Virelli’s older wealthy wife and produced by worry wart Clinton Slade, this evening will feature fine food by Cork Tree Catering and much merriment with a dash of mayhem. Join us for this annual tradition.

TICKET PRICES AND SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS Individual tickets are $15 each. Groups of 10 or more to the same performance will receive a $2 discount per ticket. A 5-ticket subscription package is just $60 and includes one ticket to every regular season show.

CURTAIN TIMES HAVE CHANGED! Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm Sunday Matinees are at 3pm

Doors open 45 minutes before the show time.

RESERVATION POLICY Reservations can be made by phone or online at www.workshopplayers.com We accept cash, check and most major credit cards. There is a small convenience fee when using credit cards. All reservations must be paid for in advance. Contact the box office for more information.

BOX OFFICE 440-988-5613