Something Rotten!

Main Stage Musical at Jackson College’s Potter Center

**Postponed**
Dates to be determined

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.

Something Rotten! features large song and dance numbers and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine. Something Rotten! officially opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in 2015. It was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Its cast album received a nomination for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Click here to see the Tony Award Show video clip for Something Rotten!

Director to be determined. If you are interested in directing this production, get more information here.

Auditions dates to be determined. Check out our Auditions Page for more info or sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

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The Enchanted Bookshop

Youth Theater Play at Jackson’s First Presbyterian Church

**Postponed**
Dates to be determined

During the day, A Likely Story may look like any other used bookstore. But at night, it’s a place where magic happens. That’s when the characters inside the books come alive! Six of those characters — Dorothy Gale, Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, and Tom Sawyer — long to help Margie, the scatterbrained owner, save her struggling store. But they’re not allowed to leave the building or be seen by human eyes. So when a pair of smugglers comes looking for a stolen necklace hidden inside one of the books, the characters are torn. Should they warn Margie and risk disappearing forever? Or can they find a way to defeat the crooks without being seen? Featuring additional appearances by such beloved literary characters as the Queen of Hearts, Long John Silver, and Doctor Dolittle, this charming comedy celebrates the joy of reading in a fresh, fun-filled way.

Youth theater productions are open to all Jackson County 3rd-9th grade youth, no experience necessary! Learn more on our Youth Theater FAQ page.

Director to be determined. If you are interested in directing with our Youth Theater program, contact Youth Theater committee chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net.

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Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery

Main Stage Dinner Theatre at Sandhill Crane Vineyards

**Postponed**
Dates to be determined

The players at The Murder Mystery Playhouse are rehearsing a new show, “Putting a Little English On It.” It’s a not-so-good attempt at a British murder mystery, complete with cheesy dramatic music and British accents. As expected at the final dress rehearsal, the lights go out and a character dies onstage — only this murder wasn’t in the script! The authorities are quickly called, and soon the company finds themselves replaying the death scene. When yet another person dies at the end of the same scene, the cast finds themselves replaying the same scene over and over for other investigators, a theatre critic, and even the playwright himself! But every time they get to the end of the scene, someone else ends up with a fire poker in the chest. The actors are left scratching their heads at the strange circumstances and also worried that they could be next. It all culminates in a wild surprise ending in which the actors must work together to defeat the murderer before he murders them all.

Director to be determined. If you are interested in directing this production, get more information here.

Audition dates to be determined. Check out our Auditions Page or sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

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Jungle Book

Youth Theater Musical at The Middle School at Parkside’s Kiesel Auditorium

March 2021
Dates to be determined

Come hear the incredible tale of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves.  With the help of his friends — the bear Baloo, the panther Bagheera and the python Kaa — Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle. Some of the jungle boy’s adventures are gripping, like the time he encounters the hooded cobra who guards the treasure vault in the Deserted City. Others, like the coconut-tossing monkeys who take him prisoner, are hysterical. But the jungle is also dangerous, for it is the home of Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger who has vowed to destroy Mowgli. With his fawning jackal follower, Shere Khan plots to take control of the jungle. Mowgli must use all his strength and courage to stop Shere Khan before it is too late.

Youth theater productions are open to all Jackson County 3rd-9th grade youth, no experience necessary! Learn more on our Youth Theater FAQ page.

Director to be determined. If you are interested in directing with our Youth Theater program, contact Youth Theater committee chair Doug Meyers at drmeyers14@sbcglobal.net.

Auditions to be held in January 2021. Check out our Auditions Page or sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

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12th Youth Singing Competition

January 2021
Date to be determined

Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category: Child (age 12 and younger) and Teen (age 13 through 12th grade).

Details regarding registration will be announced in December 2020.


Dinner Cabaret

Dinner Theatre at Sandhill Crane Vineyards

April 9, 10, 11
April 16, 17, 18
2021

This event, which was originally scheduled for April 3-11, has been postponed to April 9-18, 2021. However, if restrictions surrounding COVID-19 lift in the coming months, this cabaret may be held before the end of 2020. If this is the case, we will interview for a 2021 cabaret director at that time.

Enjoy an evening of great food, wine, and live music in our third year of cabaret at the Sandhill Crane Vineyards! The theme: “To know thyself is to love thyself”. The theme of this cabaret is to raise awareness for suicide prevention and spread a much-needed sense of love throughout the community, starting with ourselves. Loving ourselves leaves us open to loving others and spreading joy.

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The Wizard of Oz

Main Stage Musical at Jackson College’s Potter Center

June 4, 5, 6
June 11, 12, 13
2021

This beloved tale, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home, has been entertaining audiences for generations!

Directed by Kelly Crippen. This production was postponed from June 2020 to June 2021, so we will not be re-interviewing for this production.

Auditions to be held in March 2021. Check out our Auditions Page for more info or sign up for our email list to get Audition announcements throughout the year.

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Additional Events

Additional season events to look forward to include various selections from the free Reader’s Theatre Series, workshops and more, dates to be announced.

Contact

Administrative Director Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.