August 22, 2017
Susan Goes, Executive Director, 541-942-8001
Cottage Theatre announces 2018 season
Cottage Grove, OR — On August 16, before an invited audience of donors and advertisers, Cottage Theatre announced its 2018 season. The community theatre's 36th season will begin in February 2018 and include three musicals and three plays, including a world premiere drama.
Cottage Theatre's 2018 season begins in February with Noises Off, a hilarious farce-within-a-farce written by Michael Frayn. Noises Off, called "the funniest farce ever written" by the New York Post, will be directed by Tony Rust and run for three weekends from February 2 - 18, 2018.
April 2018 brings Legally Blonde, a musical comedy stage adaptation of the 2001 movie of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon. Legally Blonde features music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin, and book by Heather Hach. It is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture. Madison Baker will direct Cottage Theatre's production, which runs for four weekends April 6 - 29, 2018.
Arthur Miller's classic drama The Crucible will be the third production in the theatre's 2018 season. This 1953 drama, written at the height of McCarthyism, is a fictionalized dramatization of the Salem Witch trials that took place in Massachusetts in 1692. Joel Ibanez will direct this production, which runs for three weekends June 8 - 24, 2018.
In August 2018, Cottage Theatre will present the world premiere of Treehouse by Alabama playwright Joe Musso. This contemporary drama is one of the six winners of the American Association of Community Theatre's 2018 NewPlayFest, selected from over 300 submissions nationwide. Cottage Theatre is one of just six community theatres in the country selected to produce one of the winning scripts. Other world premieres in the 2018 NewPlayFest will be offered in Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Tara Wibrew will direct Cottage Theatre's production of Treehouse, which will run for three weekends August 10 - 26, 2018.
The theatre's 2018 season continues in October with Shrek the Musical. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig, Shrek the Musical features book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, and music by Jeanine Tesori. This family-friendly fairytale adventure will be directed by Keith Kessler and will run for four weekends October 5 - 28, 2018.
Cottage Theatre's 2018 season will end with a production of the world's longest-running musical. The Fantasticks, which opened in New York in 1960 and ran continuously there until June 2017, is a romantic parable about a boy, a girl, and a wall. The musical features book and lyrics by Tom Jones, and music by Harvey Schmidt, including the well-known song "Try to Remember." Cottage Theatre's production of The Fantasticks will be directed by Kory Weimer and will run for three weekends from November 30 - December 16, 2018.
Cottage Theatre is a volunteer-centered community theatre and all auditions are open to any interested actors. Auditions for Noises Off will be Sunday, November 5. Audition dates for the rest of the 2018 shows will be set at a later date.
2018 Season tickets go on sale October 1, 2017 to current subscribers only, and then November 1 to the general public. Season tickets represent up to a 30% discount over the cost of individual show tickets and special discounts are also offered for seniors (age 60+) and youth.
Cottage Theatre's current 35th anniversary season continues through December, with productions of the musicals Jekyll & Hyde October 6 - 29, 2017 and Seussical December 1 - 23, 2017.
For more information visit www.cottagetheatre.org or contact Cottage Theatre at 541-942-8001.