The Vero Beach Theatre Guild has a brand new schedule and platform for the upcoming 2018-2019 season! For the first time in its 60 year history there will be a show each and every month of the year! The Guild went to a six-show season when the board decided it wanted to operate on a year- round basis, then added four staged play readings in front of the grand drape, affectionately deemed the Apron Series.
The main stage line-up features five contemporary plays and a perennial favorite musical.
The new season opens July 10 with “The Dixie Swim Club”, a touching comedy about friendships that last forever by the comedic playwright team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The production features a cast of five women who reunite every year for more than 40 years at a North Carolina beach house. The banter that ensues is hilarious, “very funny” according to the show’s director Art Pingree.
“Yankee Tavern” is a 9/11 conspiracy thriller by Steven Dietz and will open aptly on September 11. Already a widely produced dramatic thriller, “Yankee Tavern” is described as a fierce, funny and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power and will be directed by Guild President, Jon Putzke.
“The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays”, a hilarious and thrilling alternative to standard holiday entertainment by Ken Ludwig, will open November 6 and kicking off the New Year on January 15 will be “Miracle on South Division Street” by Tom Dudzick. This delightful comedy will keep audiences chuckling over the antics of a Polish family and the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a Buffalo, New York barbershop.
March features “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” which will entertain audiences with a hilarious musical romp around the Seven Hills of Rome by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, and music by Stephen Sondheim. Another Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy will close out the mainstage season in May. “The Savannah Sipping Society” is a laugh-a-minute comedy about four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate; and an impromptu happy hour.
The Apron Series for Readers Theatre originated with the highly successful three-week Theatre Festival this past February when they introduced 35 Guild actors in five readers theatre plays over four days. “This series brings in an array of talent and an entirely new audience,” explained Jon Putzke, Guild President. The term ‘apron’ refers to the area of most stages between the curtain and the audience where these productions are performed.
“This year’s series will include a classic drama, a heartwarming Christmas tale and two contemporary comedies from the present-day’s most popular playwrights” he added.
“12 Angry Men” a classic courtroom drama by Sherman L. Serge will open on October 12, followed on December 7 by a holiday favorite, “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” by Tom Mula. “A Night in the Theatre” by Lawrence Casler, a biting comedy about rude theatre goers, opens February 8 and the final Apron Series production will feature the adult only comedy “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight” by Peter Ackerman opening April 12.
Season ticket options include four show passes for $100 and six show passes for $150. Individual tickets are $30 and student tickets are always half price. All main stage shows run two weeks, Tuesday through Friday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.
Single tickets for the Apron Series are only $12.50. Flex passes for all four productions for the price of three are $37.50. Visit verobeachtheatreguild.com for more information and ticket purchases or phone the box office at 772-562-8300 Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm.