The Erie Playhouse is thrilled to announce our 2014-2015 season. Filled with fun, fantasy, drama and a bit of mayhem, this season promises to deliver one memorable theatre experience after another. Season tickets for new subscribers go on sale June 9.
(MS) Mainstage (YT) Youtheatre (SE) Special Event
Shrek The Musical (MS) Sept. 19 & 20, 25-28, Oct. 1-5, 2014
In a faraway kingdom, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand and his name is Shrek.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a Musical tale (YT) October 17-19, 24-26, 2014
Based on the classic Washington Irving story, it is Halloween night, when three modern-day kids decide to trick or treat at the old "Crane House," where they are magically transported right into the middle of the classic tale of Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, Katie Van Tassel, and - of course - the Headless Horseman! Lots of spooky and hilarious moments in this far-out time-travel-tale, as the three kids cope with life in 1790, goblins, and how to find their way back home.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (MS) Nov. 7 & 8, 13-16, 19-23, 2014
Vanya and his stepsister, Sonia have spent their entire lives taking care of their ailing parents, while their sister, Masha has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress. Their soothsaying cleaning woman, Cassandra, keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twenty-something boy toy Spike. Will Vanya and Sonia ever find happiness? Will Masha sell the Bucks County farmhouse out from under them? And will Spike ever put his pants on?
Elf (MS) December 5 & 6, 11-14, 17-21, 27, 28, 2014, Jan. 2-4, 2015
It’s the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his step-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help us all remember the true meaning of Christmas.
New Year’s Eve Gala - Nine in Concert (SE) December 31, 2014
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical (1982) and Best Revival of a Musical (2003), Nine is the story of celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women.
Sleeping Beauty (YT) January 16-18, 23-25, 2015
A sleeping princess, a spellbound Prince and more fairies than you can shake a stick at are all part of this quirky adaptation of the popular tale. The King and Queen failed to invite Trollarina to the christening of their new daughter, Princess Melisande. The evil Trollarina exacts her revenge on the royal family by sending the beautiful Princess into an everlasting sleep, but little does she realize more than one spell is about to be broken by the kiss of an enchanted Faun.
The Addams Family (MS) February 13 & 14, 19-22, 25 – March 1, 2015
In this magnificently macabre musical comedy, 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. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she begs her father not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
To Kill a Mockingbird (MS) March 13 & 14, 19-22, 25-29, 2015
Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, this iconic story follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man framed for a crime he didn’t commit. As the trial progresses, Jem and Scout witness their community in a tense tug of war between justice and racism. This timeless classic compels us to take an honest look at our nation’s past and our moral responsibility to each other.
The Civil War in Concert (SE) April 10 & 11, 2015
Nominated for numerous awards, The Civil War, is a moving song-cycle, which weaves an emotional tapestry from our nation’s history, drawing on letters and speeches that delve into one our most defining times. It is packed with feeling expressed through a wide variety of musical numbers.
Peter Pan (YT) May 8-10, 15-17, 2015
It’s the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up. The score includes classic Disney songs, such as "You Can Fly," "The Second Star to the Right" and "Yo Ho, A Pirate's Life for Me." Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. The adventure features the Lost Boys, singing Mermaids, dancing Indians and of course the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!
Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard (MS) June 5 & 6, 11-14, 17-21, 2015
In a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition, silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of “talkies.” Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion.
Elvis Has Left the Building (MS) July 10 & 11, 16-19, 22-26
It's December 20th, 1970, and Elvis Presley has disappeared. No one, not even his wily manager, "The Colonel," knows of his whereabouts. But the Colonel is all shook up because he has racked up a secret debt -- and with the King himself missing, the only way to pay it off is to find an Elvis impersonator within 24 hours. Hijinks ensue as the Colonel takes desperate measures to replace a man who is irreplaceable. This riotously funny story will have you wanting more and keep you guessing until the end.
All Shook Up (MS) August 7 & 8, 13-16, 19-23, 2015
Set in 1955, a mysterious, guitar-playing stranger rides through a square little town in a square little state helping everyone he meets rediscover the magic of romance and the power of rock and roll. Throw in some mixed-up love stories, whacky, Shakespearean-inspired hijinks, and you have this delightfully energetic musical adventure that features 24 of Elvis’s greatest hits including such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”