With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Little Orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Auditions: Sunday Sept 16: 10am-2pm and Monday Sept 17: 7pm
The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous and haunting stories to emerge from the 20th Century. The memoirs of this young Jewish girl, forced to hide for nearly two years to escape Nazi persecution, are an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of our human history.
Auditions: December 4 & 5, @ 7pm
Jesus Christ Superstar tells the story of biblical Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Superstar follows, the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire.
Auditions: January 14 & 15, 2019 @ 7pm
This masterpiece is probably the most famous of all comedies. Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly clever comedic tour de force tells the story of two young gentlemen in London who each live a double-life, creating elaborate deceptions to find some balance in their lives.
Auditions: April 1 & 2 @ 7pm
Aretha - The Queen of Soul
Power vocalists Dianna Parks ("Ring of Fire," Linda Ronstadt tribute, Dianna Parks Band), LaSonja Natividad (KnuFunk), and Mary Lieser (Incognito and Bee Hive) return to The Civic Theatre stage to honor their hero, the legendary Aretha Franklin. Incognito, several times voted Rochester's Favorite Band, will provide the soundtrack to a special tribute covering Franklin's storied career from gospel to pop.
The Rochester Civic Theatre Company's Award Winning Civic Action Outreach Programming presents: Women on Wednesdays: Exploring social issues impacting our community, promoting inclusiveness for a healthy society, providing a stage to showcase the richness of our shared cultural heritage.
Urinetown - The Musical
Urinetown is a satirical musical comedy that premiered in 2001. It satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Winner of 3 Tony Awards.
What would it take for you to betray someone? Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think.
After their mother’s death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own. Theresa Rebeck’s Mauritius is a well-made, engrossing and unpretentious play rarely encountered on Broadway these days.
A corkscrew-twist drama of suspense ... NY Times.com
A sharp and beguiling play ... Vanity.com
The 1940's Radio Hour - Sponsored by Charter House
A different time is evoked in this award-winning, marvelous theatrical show, a live broadcast of “The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era, when the world was at war, is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with all manner of mishaps between cast and crew. Song list includes “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo,” ”Love Is Here to Stay,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Blue Moon,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and more.
The Addams Family
This musical comedy is based upon The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, which depict a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night when they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents.
Author: Michael McKeever
It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel -- assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance...that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30’s and 40’s.
Suite Surrender was sponsored by Rochester Motor Cars.
August: Osage County
Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County centers around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and “truth-telling,” is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers, who harbor their own deep secrets, her sister Mattie Fae and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Native American housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate - an unforgettable evening of theatre.