Hawthorne Players has announced that they will present “A New Brain,” “Footloose” and “The Dining Room” during their 74th season in 2019.
“A New Brain” will be performed April 5 – 14, to be directed by Stephen Peirick. Auditions will be held Sunday, Nov. 4.
Music and lyrics are by William Finn, with book by Finn and James Lapine. It’s about an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his seafaring lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children’s television show that features a frog, Mr. Bungee. The specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal.
“Footloose the Musical” will be the summer music, to be stages Aug. 2 – 11, and directed by Larry D. Quiggins. The stage adaptation of the movie is by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, based on Pitchford’s original screenplay. Music is by Tom Snow, with lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Additional music is by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
Based on the movie full of Top 40 hits and with dynamic new songs! Ren and his mother have moved from Chicago to a small town. As the new kid, he finds himself at odds with most of the town and struggles against the local preacher’s ban on dancing. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation. What emerges is a heartfelt story of longing.
“The Dining Room” by A.R. Gurney will be presented Nov. 1 – 10, directed by Lori Renna.
Once the center of family life, the dining room has become an endangered species in many modern households. Written by the creator of Love Letters, this play challenges a small group of actors to portray numerous roles of all ages and backgrounds. These vignettes of upper-middle-class family life from not long ago create a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.
On Dec 14, 2019, we will also have two performances of our Best of Hawthorne: Songs of Christmas benefit for the Duckie DeMere Scholarship Fund.
Visit their Facebook page or website to find out more about auditions and when tickets go on sale!www.HawthornePlayers.com.
Lynn Venhaus has had a continuous byline in St. Louis metro region publications since 1978. She is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic, currently reviews films for Webster-Kirkwood Times and KTRS Radio, covers entertainment for PopLifeSTL.com and co-hosts podcast PopLifeSTL.com…Presents, and writes features and news for Belleville News-Democrat and contributes to other publications. She is a member of CCA, AWFJ and St. Louis Film Critics Association. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Theater Circle.