STREATOR — Community Players of Streator Inc. has announced the production lineup for its 61st season.
• May 13-19 — "Cry-Baby, the Musical" will be directed by Nik Frig, who just directed "Sister Act, the Musical" at Engle Lane Theatre. "Cry-Baby" is filled with unforgettable songs and a truly unique and fresh story to kick off the season. Based on the cult classic 1990 John Waters film, the energetic juvenile delinquents in "Cry-Baby" will dance their way right into your hearts.
In June, Kathy Missel will direct "The Dixie Swim Club." This comedy focused on the relationships of five Southern women whose friendships began on their college swim team. As their lives unfold and the years pass, they rely on each other to get through the challenges that life throws at them. Running June 10-16, this hilarious and touching comedy is a tribute to friendships that last forever.
"The Producers" takes the stage July 8-14, directed by Tyler Reviglio. This hysterical show with music and lyrics by none other than Mel Brooks skewers Broadway traditions and sets the standard for modern, outrageous in-your-face humor. In 2001, "The Producers" won a record-breaking 10 Tony Awards on Broadway.
The children and youth production of "James and the Giant Peach Jr." will be directed by Cheyenne Sunken. A boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean in this delightful adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure. This lively musical is a lesson about courage and self-discovery, perfect for kids of all ages in this new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Production dates are Aug. 5-11.
Bill Jankowski will bring the classic "On Golden Pond" to the stage Sept. 9-15. This comedy/drama is the story of retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer who spend every summer at their home on Golden Pond. The rocky relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage all combine to give us a unique insight into the modern family. This beloved theater classic is touching, funny and warmly perceptive.
The 61st season will conclude with the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Oct. 7-13. Directed by Samantha Farb, this dark comedy musical is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s to the early 1970s. The show tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad scientist unveiling his new creation – Rocky Horror! It’s a time warp to close out the season.
Season tickets are now on sale starting at just $60 for all six productions. Super Saver season tickets may be purchased online at englelane.org. For more information, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.