Summer Musicals Show the Magic of Live Theatre
Northeast Texas continues to grow its offerings for summer musicals each year and this one is no exception. Stages in Greenville, Lindale, Longview, Nacogdoches, Palestine, and Tyler are bringing great entertainment to audiences of all ages with some classic and comedic favorites.
Lindale Community Theater presents Nunsense July 7-9 and 14-16. The show begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of Grease. The characters include Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Get tickets at lindalecommunitytheater.org or call 903.638.0402 for more information.
Singin’ in the Rain
The Greenville Family Theater presents Singin’ in the Rain July 7-8 and 14-15 at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium. The show is set in 1927 Hollywood and features the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont as the toast of Tinseltown. While Don and Lina personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life the down-to-earth Don can’t stand the egotistical, brainless Lina. He prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden, whom he met while escaping his screaming fans. Watching these intrigues from the sidelines is Cosmo Brown, Don’s best pal and on-set pianist. Cosmo is promoted to musical director of Monumental Pictures by studio head R.F. Simpson when the talking-picture revolution commences. Don, an accomplished song-and-dance man, should have no trouble adapting to the microphone. Lina, however, is another matter — put as charitably as possible, she has a voice that sounds like fingernails on a blackboard. Singin’ in the Rain features many musical favorites including “You Are My Lucky Star,” “Good Morning,” and of course the title song “Singin’ in the Rain.” For times and tickets, call 903.457.3126 or visit showtimeatthegma.com.
The Wizard of Oz
Nita Hudson, Jennifer Weems, and Sarah McMullan team up to lead a cast of 30-plus adults and children “down the yellow brick road” this summer at the Lamp-Lite Theatre in Nacogdoches. The Wizard of Oz is presented July 7-9 and 14-16. The story has a tornado ripping through Kansas that takes a young girl, Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, away to the magical land of Oz. They follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City to meet the Wizard and along the way they befriend a Tin Man missing a heart, a Scarecrow that needs a brain, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The show features the ever-popular song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and timeless quotes from the characters including Dorothy’s statement, “If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” Go to lamplitetheatre.com for tickets or call 936.564.8300 for more information.
The Pirates of Penzance Jr.
ArtsView Children’s Theatre presents The Pirates of Penzance Jr. July 27-30 in Longview. This classic comedy features the wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score suffused with a modern sensibility in this swashbuckling musical journey.
Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall, England, The Pirates of Penzance Jr. begins with a group of pirates celebrating the birthday of Frederic, who has reached his 21st year. Having served his time with the pirates, he decides to strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen — which may even mean bringing the pirates to justice. This turns out to be a tricky prospect indeed. Get tickets through artsviewchildrenstheatre.com or call 903.236.7535 for more information.
Presented by the Tyler Civic Theatre, Legally Blonde, The Musical follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. The action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, the musical takes the audience from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Elle and her Chihuahua Bruiser. Sarah Smith plays Elle, leading a lengthy cast of talent during performances July 20-23, 27-30, and August 3-6. Visit tylercivictheatre.com for tickets and call 903.592.0561 for more information.
James and the Giant Peach
The Palestine Community Theatre presents James and the Giant Peach July 28-30 and August 4-6. As a full-length, child-friendly musical, the show is about a boy and his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building. For more information, go to thetexastheater.com.