From MURDER to MARRIAGE and everything in between, Season 2017-18 has it all!

 

Tickets are $16 general admission/$13 for students under 18 and seniors over 60.

 

BEST VALUE: Flex passes are available beginning Sept 1 for $70.  Each pass allows the owner a total of 6 admissions to any show during the season (special events throughout the year are not included). Use all the passes on one show or spread them out throughout the season, your choice! Call (205) 621-2128 and leave a message or email info@southcitytheatre.com.

 

 

Oct 6-14, 2017 

Rehearsal for Murder

(Travels to Homewood Library October 20 & 21)

Director Donna Love

 

After his leading lady (and fiancée) commits suicide, Alex Dennison is left heartbroken and believes she was actually murdered. On the anniversary of her death, he gathers the cast and crew of his last play in an old Broadway theatre in order to find out what really happened that fateful night.  The dazzling, yet basically logical twists build to a climax and solution that are theatrically stunning! Created by the writers of “Murder She Wrote”!

 

Dec 8-17, 2017  

Christmas Belles 

Director Sharon Morgan

 

A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.  It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb's Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising: Miss Geneva, the ousted director of the previous twenty-seven productions, is ruthless in her attempts to take over the show. The celebrity guest Santa Claus—played by Frankie's long-suffering husband, Dub—is passing a kidney stone. One of the shepherds refuses to watch over his flock by night without pulling his little red wagon behind him. And the entire cast is dropping like flies due to food poisoning from the Band Boosters' Pancake Supper. And when Frankie lets slip a family secret that has been carefully guarded for decades, all hope for a successful Christmas program seems lost, even with an Elvis impersonator at the manger. But in true Futrelle fashion, the feuding sisters find a way to pull together in order to present a Christmas program the citizens of Fayro will never forget. Their hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

 

Jan. 26-Feb 3, 2018

Romantic Comedy

(Travels to Homewood Library Feb. 9 & 10)

Director Pat Yates

 

Arrogant, self centered and sharp tongued Jason Carmichael, successful co-author of Broadway romantic comedies, is facing two momentous events: he is about to marry a society belle and his collaborator is retiring. Enter Phoebe Craddock, Vermont schoolteacher and budding playwright. Quicker than a flash, Jason acquires a talented and adoring collaborator in the mousy Phoebe. Fame and success are theirs for ten years and then Jason's world falls apart. His wife divorces him to go into politics and Phoebe, her love for Jason unrequited, marries a breezy journalist and moves to Paris. Jason goes into professional, financial and physical decline as a newly chic Phoebe returns, solo and successful. "A darling of a play...zesty entertainment of cool wit and warm sentiment." - New York Post "An utterly disarming, lighthearted confection about love, friendship and theatrical trauma." - Women's Wear Daily  "It's brilliant comedy. It's also a hit. Funniest comedy on Broadway in years." - WABC-TV

 

March 23-31, 2018

Godspell

Director Tracy Webster

 

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side.” A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Boasting a score with chart topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. Because of its small technical demands and minimal cast size, it has become a staple of theatre companies, large and small.s back into the world of the living on the streets of New York

 

May 11-23, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest (A modern adaptation by Daniel Strickland)

Director JJ Marrs

 

Set in Modern day. Poor Jack Worthing is in a pickle: his responsibilities at his beautiful estate in the English countryside call for him to be societally above reproach, yet his heart yearns for the decadent pleasures of London, no matter how un-virtuous these delights may seem to his constituents in Hertfordshire.    How to fix this?  Why not invent a conveniently wicked younger brother who constantly needs rescuing from London’s dens of iniquity?  Surely this will lead to no humorous complications further down the road…. Undoubtedly the literary jewel in the crown of the late, great Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest combines all of what we love best about Wilde.  Free from the moralizing constraints that hemmed in his other popular works, Earnest is as sinfully delicious as that extra slice of cake you cannot seem to resist.  Full of the best put downs and the most decorous fight at a tea table ever to be written, The Importance of Being Earnest seems effortlessly charming at all times, whether enjoying the Town or strolling along an English country garden.  Always delightful, whether reading it for the first or hundred and first time.

 

August 10-18, 2018

Sylvia

Directed by JJ Marrs

 

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives. A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. "Dramatic literature is stuffed with memorable love scenes, but none is as immediately delicious and dizzy as the one that begins the redeeming affair in A.R. Gurney's new comedy, SYLVIA…" —NY Times. "I can only call it one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I have ever seen…" —NY Daily News. "Gurney's mad comedy is the most endearing good time to trot down the pike in many a moon. Howlingly funny…" —BackStage.

 

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