Mainstage 2020

Disaster! the Musial

Disaster! is a musical comedy created by Seth Rudetsky, and written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the songs of the '70s take center stage in this comedic homage to 1970s disaster films.

(Director: Lisa Foss)

DATES: February 13 - March 1, 2020

(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)

Matilda the Musical (As of 3/17/2020, Postponed)

Matilda the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.

(Co-Directors: Geralyn Kozel Fishman and Carroll Brogan Mailhot)

DATES:  March 19 - April 5, 2020

(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)


12 Angry Women (As of 3/17/2020, Postponed)

A 19-year-old boy has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case—until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts. "This is a remarkable thing about democracy," says the foreign-born juror, "that we are notified by mail to come down to this place—and decide on the guilt or innocence of a man, of a man we have not known before. We have nothing to gain or lose by our verdict. We should not make it a personal thing." But personal it does become, with each juror revealing his or her own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their own eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become twelve angry people. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it—in tense scenes that will electrify your audience and keep them on the edge of their seats—add up to a fine, mature piece of dramatic literature, an experience.

(Director: Eugene Celico)

Dates: May 28 - June 7, 2020

(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)



Chicago the Musical (CANCELED - Rights denied due to Tour)

Chicago is an American musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Jazz-age Chicago, the musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the "celebrity criminal".

(Director: Derek Corriveau)

Dates: July 30 - Aug 16, 2020

(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)


The Day They Shot John Lennon, a play (As of 3/17/2020, Postponed)


Written by: James McLure.  Every generation has a day that is etched into their memory, a day they’ll never forget, a day that shocked their collective soul…the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, the day JFK was assassinated, September 11th 2001, the day John Lennon was shot…

(Director: Bobby Schultz)

DATES: October 8 - 18, 2020

(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)


Elf the Musical (As of 3/17/2020, Postponed)


Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf 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 realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.

(Directed by Mark Adam Rampmeyer)

Dates: December 3 - 20, 2020
(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:00pm)

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