Lucky Penny Productions has announced the plays and musicals for the 2018-19 Professional Season, their 10th year as a producing theater company in Napa.
The season includes five musicals and four plays, ranging from the legendary creations of Sondheim and Kander and Ebb, to contemporary dark comedy by Neil LaBute, and a new musical for the holiday season.
“We love to create a season that offers something for everyone, and for our 10th year we have a mix of classics and new creations,” said company co-founder and Artistic Director Taylor Bartolucci. “We’ve also included a show specifically for young actors as part of our mission to give opportunities to up and coming performers.”
The shows selected for the 2018-19 season are:
-- "Into the Woods," Music by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, Sept. 7-23.
Sondheim’s fairy tale mash-up, with its whimsical first act and darkly poignant second act, reminds us to be careful what we wish for.
-- "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward, Oct. 19-Nov. 4.
Coward’s 1941 classic, written as Londoners endured “the blitz”, brings us the world-weary writer Charles Condomine who is haunted by the ghost of his first wife, conjured by the comically mystical Madame Arcati.
-- "Scrooge in Love," music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Kellen Blair, book by Duane Poole, Nov. 31-Dec. 16.
One year after the events of “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge’s life takes a turn for the romantic. This new Christmas musical was produced for the first time in 2015 in San Francisco. Our production will be only the third time this holiday show for the whole family has been brought to the stage.
-- "The Enchanted Bookshop: A Lucky Penny Young Actors Production, by Todd Wallinger, Jan. 18-27, 2019.
Imagine a bookshop that’s like any other during the day, but at night the characters inside the books come alive. This play will feature young actors as famous literary characters as it celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.
-- "Forever Plaid," compiled by Stuart Ross, Feb. 15-March 3, 2019.
The Plaids, their singing career tragically cut short, return to Earth for one final concert that tells the stories of their lives, set to the greatest hits from the 1950s.
"Bingo, the Winning Musical," by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid and David Holcenberg, March 22-April 7, 2019.
When a storm knocks out power at the Bingo Hall, old memories bring back old problems. Can a sweet, but headstrong, daughter reunite her ailing mother with a long-lost best friend? The audience gets involved and plays Bingo as the story is told.
"Reasons to be Pretty/Reasons to be Happy" by Neil Labute, April 26-May 12, 2019.
-- "Reasons to be Pretty/Reasons to be Happy" is the third play in Neil LaBute's trilogy about body image, introducing us to two couples – Greg and Steph, and Kent and Carly. A casual remark draws all four into a darkly comic relationship crisis with growing complications. "reasons to be happy" picks up the story three years later. Greg and Steph may be getting back together, but the trouble is, she's married to someone else and he's now with Carly, Steph’s best friend, and has to deal with jealous ex-husband Kent.
These two plays will be presented in repertory over a three-weekend span with the same cast. Audiences are encouraged you to see both for the best experience of Neil LaBute's compelling storytelling.
-- "Cabaret," by John Kander and Fred Ebb, May 31-June 16, 2019
Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis rise to power, this legendary musical uses the seedy Kit Kat Klub to represent the libertine world of late Weimar Germany. The Master of Ceremonies, Sally Bowles and the chorus of dancers, make love and music while ominous political clouds roll in.
Season tickets are now on sale, and general auditions for the season have been set for March 4, 5 and 6. Information on both topics can be found at www.luckypennynapa.com.