In celebration of Geauga Lyric Theater Guild’s (GLTG) 60th season, the theater is offering a discount on season tickets for a limited time. The promotion, “$60 for 60” offers season passes at $60 for all six shows, but only for 60 days (from May 19 to July 19) or until 600 season passes are sold. At the end of the special promotion, season tickets will revert to the normal prices, $72 for a student/senior, and $84 for an adult, still a one show savings over the single-ticket price.
The 2014-2015 season will feature newly mounted productions of shows from GLTG’s rich history.
The Geauga Theater will open the season with the world’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, a tale of a boy and girl who fall in, out, and back in love due to their parents’ meddling – or maybe in spite of it. The Tony and Obie award-winning musical features the beloved “Try to Remember” and many other favorites. Directed by Director J.E. Ballantyne, who recently brought us The Wizard of Oz.
Next will be the stage adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s best-selling mysteries, And Then There Were None. Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island – each accused of murder. One by one they die mysteriously, following the words of an unlikely nursery rhyme. Directed by Debbie Clutts, new to our main stage productions; Debbie was a summer workshop director last year at GLTG.
Christmas will bring the critically lauded sequel to Annie, Annie Warbucks. The action picks up where Annie left off: Christmas morning, 1933. A Child Welfare Commissioner informs Daddy Warbucks that he must marry within sixty days or lose the newly-adopted Annie from his family. All the characters that you loved from Annie are in this new family friendly holiday musical. “Warbucks” will be directed by Karen Porter, who staged Geauga theater’s hits Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I and many more.
To chase the winter blues away, GLTG will present another Tony winner, Bye Bye Birdie. The Skip Kelley Youth Production presents a flamboyant rock and roll singer who, Elvis Presley-style, gets drafted into the army. His farewell tour wreaks havoc. Screaming girls, broken hearts and irritated boyfriends add to the chaos. This production will be directed by Bruce Bogart, who we welcome to our stage for the first time.
Geauga Theater revives one of the most successful dramas in its recent history, the life-affirming To Kill A Mockingbird based on Harper Lee’s timeless classic. Life in a southern town is changed when a local lawyer, Atticus Finch, defends a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman. Mockingbird sees the return of director Angela Miloro-Hansen, whose production of The Westing Game was a 2013-2014 success.
The season concludes with another Tony winning musical: The Music Man by Meredith Willson. Fast-talking salesman Harold Hill makes his living selling band instruments in small towns, although he doesn’t know a note of music. All goes well until he meets River City’s librarian, Marion, who changes him forever. Music Man, with the songs “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Trouble,” “Till There Was You,” and many more, is considered to be among the best musicals ever written. Music Man is the GLTG musical debut of director Mark Cipra, whose productions of Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream highlighted recent seasons.
Tickets or season passes can be purchased through the website or by calling the box office at (440) 286-2255. The historic Geauga Theater is located on beautiful Chardon Square at 101 Water Street, Chardon, Ohio.