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2015-2016 Season

Merrily We Roll Along
book by George Furth
music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
directed by Steven Marc Weiss
musical direction by Michelle Perrin Blair & Loralee Songer
choreography by Carol Maxwell Rezabek

November 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m.
November 8 at 2 p.m.

Merrily We Roll Along

The years do roll along, but backward, in this musical loosely based on a 1930s play by George Kaufman and Moss Hart. Updated to span the years 1957 to 1976, the subject is fame and how it can ruin the lives of individuals and sour their most precious and valuable friendships. The exceptionally strong Sondheim score includes some of his most brilliant musical numbers - including "Not a Day Goes By," "Old Friends," "Good Thing Going," "Our Time," "Now You Know," and the title song, "Merrily We Roll Along."

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I Dreamed the Last Diamond Darter
by Lisa Schlesinger
directed by Dennis Barnett

February 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.
February 7 at 2 p.m.

I Dreamed the Last Diamond Darter

A girl and a fish. A fork of the river. An impending environmental disaster. What happens when something or someone is about to disappear? Forever?

We are excited to be presenting this original work by one of Iowa's most highly regarded playwrights, many of whose works have been produced throughout the U.S. and the world.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
directed by Steven Marc Weiss

April 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 7:30 p.m.
April 10 at 2 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

One of the bard's most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream conjures a unique world that draws inspiration from such diverse sources as ancient Greek history, Ovid's Metamorphosis, and English folk legends. Theseus, Duke of Athens, is making plans for his marriage to the queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, whom he has conquered in battle. During the course of one overnight, a wondrously hilarious sequence of events ensues, playing out in tandem with a colossal quarrel between Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the fairies.