The Richmond Community Theatre has announced the upcoming 2012-13 season of shows.
The season will begin with “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley, a heart-warming southern comedy. The McGrath sisters, Lenny, Meg and Babe rally in their grandaddy’s house in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, amidst a family crisis. Prior to their reunion, each sister has been separately coping with unsavory predicaments, the results of the past. As they come together, they find the strength to reckon with the past and face their individual crimes of the heart. It will be presented Nov. 1-4 and Nov. 8-10. Auditions will be held Sept. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. There are parts for four women and two men, ages 25-50.
Next, the theatre will present “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” by Frederick Knott. Tony Wendice marries his wife, Margot, for money and for the same reason plots her murder. He arranges, he thinks, the perfect murder. But the hired murderer gets killed by Margot and she survives. Will Margot be convicted? Or will Scotland Yard discover the truth and free Margot? This show will be a feast for suspense lovers. This will be produced Jan. 31, Feb. 1 - 3 and Feb. 7 - 9.
Finally, the season will finish with “End Days” by Deborah Laufer. Sixteen year old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn’t changed out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a 16-year-old Elvis impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday. Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all. This production can be seen April 25 - 28 and May 2 - 4. “End Days” is a relatively new play that has critics rejoicing.
The Huffington Post said, “Both poignantly redemptive and often hilariously funny. I hope others will have the opportunity to see this special play. It begs the question of what we would hold most sacred if we knew the end was near. And it brings to life our broad range of choices, including laughter, and the treasured traveling companions who are there even when we face our own personal Armageddon.”
This season, single tickets on a show by show basis will be $10. Season tickets are still $25, a 50 percent savings on the final show of the season. For arts philanthropists, there are three tiers of giving that will help the theatre with its operating budget. Community members who would like to become season ticket holders or financial sponsors of the theatre should contact Director Shelly Walker at email@example.com.
Richmond Community Theatre is located on East Washington Street in Rockingham, on Harrington Square.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.