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2004-2005 Season

 

Greater Tuna

by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears & Ed Howard
The Roadside Theater is very pleased to present an encore performance of our hit production of GREATER TUNA from 1998. GREATER TUNA is the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals.

GREATER TUNA will be presented as “Barbecue Theater.” - Set yourself down in front of a slab of meat or a chunk of chicken and lots of other good stuff. Gorge yourself silly, then waddle on into the theater to watch the show.

Season Ticket Reservations begin Aug 24. General Seating reservations begin Aug 31.
Performances:
Sept. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. , with optional dinner served at 6 p.m.  
Sept. 19, 26 at 3 p.m. Show only, no dinner.
(Separate ticket prices apply for dinner and show)

US Forces One-Act Play Festival

Once again Roadside Theater hosts this exciting Europe-wide event October 8 - 10, 2004. This festival celebrates the best of Army Entertainment programs with one-acts plays from Germany, Italy and Belgium, and also includes theater workshops, guest performances and an awards ceremony honoring the best of the festival. Adjuticators for the Festival are theatre professionals from the US, Canada or Europe. All performances and workshops are free to the public.

An Evening of One Act Plays

In conjunction with the 2004 US Army Entertainment Tournament of One Act Plays, the Roadside is proud to present two remarkable pieces of theater.

SUBURB, a new musical comedy by David Javerbaun and Bob Cohen, takes an insightful and witty view of the world of the lawnmower, the barbecue, and the mall, exploring Suburb's rites and rituals. This production will be the European premiere of this new musical comedy. "On the surface, this award-winning musical is about one Manhattan couple’s housing decision. On all the important levels, it’s about the courage to make change.” — The New York Times

WHEN SHAKESPEARE'S LADIES MEET, by Charles George, is a delightful comedy with a bite of satire.  Juliet has just fallen for Romeo.  Six of the Bard's most noted heroines, including the untamed shrew, Kate, and the slightly bonkers Ophelia, descend on the Capulet household to offer their oh-so-helpful opinions on men, love, men, marriage, men and more men.

Season Ticket Reservations begin Sep 28. General Seating reservations begin Oct 5.
Performances:
Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.

Cinderella

Music by Richard Rodgers, Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
The timeless enchantment of this magical fairy tale is reborn with originality, charm and elegance in Rodgers’ & Hammerstein’s hallmark musical. The story of Cinderella, her ugly step sisters, her wicked stepmother and her loving Fairy Godmother is perfect for the holiday season and the whole family. Told with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. "RandH songs are forever in fashion...The musical tale of the glass-slippered gal is as timeless as ever." -- ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Season Ticket Reservations begin Nov 23. General Seating reservations begin Nov 30.
Performances:
Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18, and Jan  7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12, 19 (special ACS/EFMP Invited Performance), and Jan 9, 16, 2005 at 3 p.m.

Auditions:
Oct. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. (16 yrs and up)
Oct. 20 at 6:30 (ages 5 and up)

The School For Scandal

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The wealthy, middle-aged bachelor, Sir Peter Teazle, thinks his reputation and, more importantly, his money is safe. His new innocent young wife knows nothing of the “fashionable” society of London…but she takes to it all too quickly…and all too well! She is the cleverest new member of Lady Sneerwell’s scandalous “Salon”, where wit, gossip and character assassination leave no one safe! Meanwhile, Sir Peter’s friend Sir Oliver must choose his heir from his two nephews…one “good”; the other “reprobate”…but which is which? This masterpiece of Restoration Comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan made its debut in 1776 – but its comic look at human frailty and hypocrisy is as relevant today as it was then. Brimming with witty dialogue, mistaken identities, supposed infidelity, eavesdropping and Scandal, both real and invented, The School For Scandal is a delightful , madcap and malicious romp!

Season Ticket Reservations begin Feb 8. General Seating reservations begin Feb 15.
Performances:
Feb. 25, 26, and Mar. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 6, 13 at 3 p.m

Auditions:
Jan 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. (16 yrs and up)

The Belle of Amherst

by William Luce
Roadside Theater is thrilled to host Giessen's Keller Theatre touring production of "The Belle of Amherst." Miss Emily Dickinson is brought to life by Kerri Pangman in this Tony-award winning play. Miss Emily Dickinson became the local eccentric of her small Massachusetts town - not its belle, as she'd hoped. Wearing "bridal white" and rarely leaving her father's house for 56 years, she spent her hours secretly recording her private thoughts in over 1,700 epigrammatic poems. They were discovered only after her death and have since become some of the most enduring and endearing verses in American literature.

Performances: 25 and 26 March only
Free to our Season Ticket holders!

 

The Great American Game Show Comedy Mystery

This is your chance to be on stage without auditions or long weeks of rehearsals! This show will be produced by two guest artists from the U.S. with participants from the Heidelberg community, who will tailor the production just for our community! The "actors" will play characters including the Game Show Host, Announcer, Prize Models, Producer, Director, etc. During the performances, audience members will be selected (ala "The Price Is Right") to come on down and play various games for a chance to solve the who-done-it mystery.

Performances: 1 and 2 April only
Special Discounts to our Season Ticket holders!
This production will be presented as Cocktail Theater - a light pre-show hors d'oeuvre buffet is included with your ticket!

 

The Annual US Forces "Topper" Awards

Join us for our regional version of the Tony Awards! After a tux-and-tails opening revue, the best US Forces actors, directors, designers and technicians from overseas productions will be honored at this Tournament of Plays awards gala. The professional theater judges from the US, Canada or Europe will review productions presented between the last week of February through the first week in April, 2005.
Date: April 23, 2004 at 7 pm in the Village Pavilion, Heidelberg

 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Book by: Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim, Based on the plays of Plautus
“Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!" Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written – the perfect escape from life's troubles. “…Forum” takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the ancient comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic American vaudeville. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave (Pseudolus) struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan (Philia) for his young master (Hero), in exchange for freedom. "Thumbs up for this uninhibited romp!" -The New York Times. "It's funny, true nonsense! A merry good time!" - Herald Tribune. "A good, clean, dirty show! Brings back belly laughs!" –Time. 
Due to adult humor, this production is recommended for mature audience members.

Season Ticket Reservations begin Apr 26. General Seating reservations begin May 3.
Performances:
May 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 and June 3, 4, 9, 11 at 7:30 p.m..
May 22 and 29 at 3 pm, June 5 at 6 p.m.

Auditions:
Mar 21 & 22 at 7 p.m. (16 yrs and up)

 

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