Cary’s longest-running community theatre company announces its 14th season of theatrical productions to be performed in downtown Cary. Riding on the success of its record-setting production of The Wizard of Oz this past spring, Cary Players hopes to continue drawing large audiences with a lineup of popular and crowd-pleasing shows.
“The Wizard of Oz set a new standard in ticket sales for us,” said Cary Players founder and CEO Dan Martschenko. “Since that production ended, we’ve received more requests for season tickets than ever before. That speaks volumes about the quality of work produced by our local artists and volunteers to bring these shows to life.”
The new season kicks off this fall with fanfare and celebration as Cary Players will produce the 50th production of its 15-year history by bringing the beloved musical Oklahoma! to the stage of the Cary Arts Center. “What better way to acknowledge this milestone than by producing one of the best-loved musicals of all time by Rogers and Hammerstein,” said Debra Grannan, Cary Players Chief Operations Officer. The popular musical will be directed by veteran stage director Gina Winter and runs September 30 – October 9, 2016.
In December, the toughest kids in town take over the annual holiday pageant, as Cary Players presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a fun-filled comedy for the whole family. Directed by Grannan and Martschenko, this popular Barbara Robinson show is sure to please audiences looking for a way to kick off the holiday season. The show runs from December 1-5, 2016, at the Cary Arts Center.
In the spring, Cary Players returns to the smaller venue at The Cary Theatre with a little something for those who hate Shakespeare and for those who love him. Director Nancy Rich will navigate the many nuances of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged/Revised) for those looking to both poke fun at the bard, and witness some of his most brilliant moments. Complied by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, this mashup of many of Shakespeare’s plays will keep audiences laughing, whether you’re a fan of his work or not. The show runs select dates from February 17-26, 2017.
The season wraps up in the spring with the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery The Mousetrap. Guess along with the characters on stage as director Tim Wiest conceals, misdirects and confuses until the very end! Performances are March 31 – April 9, 2017, at The Cary Arts Center.
Tickets will go on sale June 21. In an effort to encourage season ticket holders, Cary Players has lowered its season ticket price to $66 for adults and $58 for seniors and students. Tickets can also be purchased individually for each show. Advance tickets for all shows are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. (All tickets at the door are $20.) Groups of ten or more patrons may purchase individual show tickets for $17/each. See caryplayers.org for ticket details.
Founded in 2001, Cary Players is a non-profit community theatre company with a mission to showcase and enhance the theatrical talents of its community members. Volunteer opportunities are always available for those wishing to get involved. Auditions are open to everyone. See caryplayers.org for details.