Here’s a list of the shows in our 2024 season. All performances are at Park Hall in beautiful downtown Ben Lomond.
March 22-April 14
THE ODD COUPLE: Two Versions of the Classic Play in Repertoire!
Both Versions by Neil Simon
Oscar & Felix
Directed by Stephen Phillipps
Plays March 23, 24, 29, 30, April 6, 7, 12, 13
America’s comic mastermind, Neil Simon, updated his classic comedy The Odd Couple in 2004, giving the trials and tribulations of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison a more modern approach. Those who love the original version will laugh all over again at the classic characters in an all-new setting. The play opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the messy apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. Recently separated Felix Unger arrives, fastidious and suicidal. After the clean freak and the slob decide to room together with hilarious results, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind.
The Odd Couple, Female Version
Directed by Simon Hayward
Plays March 22, 23, 30, 31, April 5, 6, 13, 14
Instead of a poker party, messy Olive Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, and fastidious Florence Unger comes to share the apartment. Simon brilliantly translates his original classic, reimagining the familiar and hilarious situations for two women who can’t possibly coexist, but somehow manage to do just that.
May 17-June 9
BECKY’S NEW CAR
By Steven Dietz
Directed by Hannah Eckstein
Becky Foster is mired in middle age, middle management, and a middling marriage. Then one night a grief-stricken millionaire appears and offers her a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride along in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare. It adds up to an exciting, delightful, and moving romp down the road not taken.
August 16 – 18
NEW WORKS WEEKEND
An exciting evening of a reading of a new play by a local playwright! TBA.
Sept. 20- Oct. 20
THE MUSIC MAN
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Directed by Andrew Roubal
Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. The Music Man follows fast-talking Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian. The whole family will be singing along with great and familiar songs like “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Ya Got Trouble,” and “Gary, Indiana.”
Nov. 22-Dec. 22
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, THE PLAY
Adapted by Mountain Community Theatre from the Novel
by Valentine Davies
Directed by Daria Troxell
“This is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. What we want Christmas to be all about, really.” So writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel of this most heartwarming holiday story about Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, who gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of goodwill by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing that tests one little girl’s belief in Santa. This MCT staple has delighted SLV families for over 40 years.