With the exception of the season opener Always, Patsy Cline, the selected works will all be premieres of sorts. Jumping for Joy, Jon Marans' tale of a prodigal son, and Mark Saltzman's Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood, which speculates on meetings between George Bernard Shaw and several Hollywood legends, are both world premieres. Bernard Farrell's Lovers at Versailles is a U.S. premiere. There will also be two West Coast premieres: the musical The Spitfire Grill, which recently played Off-Broadway, and Rounding Third by Richard Dresser, whose plays Wonderful World and Gun-Shy were both produced at Laguna in the recent past. A seventh show, which will open in January of 2003, has yet to be announced.
The Laguna Playhouse will commence its 82nd season on July 9. For tickets and information, call 949-497-ARTS (2787). Below is the complete schedule for the theater's mainstage season, followed by a list of the shows to be presented at the Laguna Playhouse Youth Theatre:
2002-2003 MAINSTAGE SEASON:
Always, Patsy Cline
by Ted Swindley
July 13-August 11, 2002 (Previews: July 9-12)
Jumping for Joy
by Jon Marans
September 7-October 6, 2002 (Previews: Sep. 3-6)
The Spitfire Grill
Music & lyrics by James Valq, Book & lyrics by Fred Alley, Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
November 2-December 1, 2002 (Previews: October 29-November 1)
January 4-February 2, 2003 (Previews: Jan. 1-3)
Lovers at Versailles
by Bernard Farrell
February 22-March 23, 2003 (Previews: Feb. 18-21)
Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood
by Mark Saltzman
April 5-May 4, 2003 (Previews: Apr. 1-4)
by Richard Dresser
May 31-June 29, 2003 (Previews: May 27-30)
YOUTH THEATRE SEASON:
Adapted by Meryl Friedman from the book by Lois Lowry.
October 11 - 20, 2002
The Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
Adapted from the MGM musical film by John Kane, music & lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg.
December 6 - 22, 2002
The Wrestling Season
by Laurie Brooks
February 7 - 9, 2003
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain; adapted by Joe Lauderdale with music & lyrics by Mark Turnbull
May 9 - 18, 2003
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