Cary’s longest-running community theatre company announces its 2018-2019 season of live theatre with show titles sure to intrigue and capture the imagination. Over the course of Cary Players 16th season of live stage performances, audiences will journey from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the wedding chapels of modern-day Las Vegas, stopping along the way in a 1940s Newark radio studio and a New York apartment on the Upper East Side. A season so entertaining that Elvis Presley himself makes a couple of cameos – in more than one show.

“Sometimes just the title of a show makes you think,” said Cary Players founder and CEO Dan Martschenko. “Certainly our shows this season all fit that bill and if audiences are not already familiar with the show, they’ll definitely be wondering what it’s about. No need to wonder – we’ll be happy to show them.”

The season kicks off in September by honoring the 50th anniversary of the beloved musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by the legendary duo of lyricist Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Award-winning director Nancy Rich offers a light-hearted and musical retelling of the biblical tale of Jacob’s son Joseph, who was sold as a slave into Egypt by his brothers and then rose to power. Rice’s and Webber’s blending of multiple musical and dance genres from country to reggae is as fresh and entertaining today as it was fifty years ago. Though not scripturally accurate, the playwrights hit the mark with a memorable story of redemption and forgiveness that will be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Performances run September 28-30 & October 5-7, 2018, at the Cary Arts Center.

In December, Cary Players gets nostalgic with A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol, directed by Randy Jordan. Although audiences will get a taste of the Charles Dickens classic, this radio-play-within-a-play is more about the juxtaposition of Christmastime and wartime in the 1940s, and how a rag-tag hole-in-the-wall troupe of radio actors deal with both extremes. Based on the book by Walton Jones with music and lyrics by David Wohl and Faye Greenburg, this fast-paced, often hilarious and at times poignant tale with a surprising ending will get your holiday season on the air. Performances run November 30 – December 3, 2018, at the Cary Arts Center.

 “In February we’re going to do something we haven’t done in a while,” said Martschenko. “We’re going to stage the work of a local playwright.” Cary Players will produce Men Always Leave, an original one-act play by local playwright Naima Ince-Griffiths, which tells the story of a woman who must face the pains of the past to move beyond a life on hold and secure a positive future for her and her son. “The title concerned me at first,” Martschenko said. “But then I read the play and knew we had to do it.” The show runs February 1-3, 2019, at the Cary Theater and will include a post-show talk-back session with the playwright and the cast after the Saturday night performance.

To close out the season, director Nicola Lefler will transport audiences to a Las Vegas wedding chapel where they’ll witness Four Weddings and an Elvis. What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily have to stay in Vegas as playwright Nancy Frick’s comedy exposes the kind of characters willing to gamble on matrimony in Sin City and put their faith in the king himself, Elvis Presley. Performances run April 26-28 & May 3-5, 2019, at the Cary Arts Center.

“We’re excited to bring another fantastic season of shows to Cary as our audiences, talent base and following continue to grow,” said Cary Players Chief of Operations Debra Grannan. “We are blessed with a tremendous amount of artistic talent on stage and behind the scenes, and we can’t wait to entertain our new and repeat patrons.”

Both season tickets and individual show tickets will go on sale in June, and ticket prices will be announced at that time.

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. Watch for details and follow Cary Players on Facebook.