Buck Creek Players Announce 40th Anniversary 2013-2014 Season
Buck Creek Players is proud to announce their 40th Anniversary Season in 2013-2014!
Celebrating forty years of quality community theater, the award-winning all-volunteer group will open their season with Rumors by Neil Simon. In this hilarious comedy, several affluent couples gather in the posh suburban residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their tenth anniversary. When they arrive, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host - the deputy mayor of New York City - has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when, given everyone's upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening's events from the local police and the media. John D. Carver returns to direct these high-energy hijinks after directing BCP's past productions of Bus Stop and Escanaba in da Moonlight. Rumors will take the stage for two weekends, September 27-October 6, 2013.
In December, visit The Little Town of Christmas as Buck Creek Players presents Pat Cook's comedy package of twelve yuletide sketches just perfect for the holiday season! Everybody in the little town of Christmas is friendly and funny, including Skeezix and Sylvester, an elf comedy team that is short in stature and long in laughter; Dancer, the reindeer with a wacky sense of humor; Mrs. Claus, the REAL boss of the outfit; and a hilarious street corner Santa, tested and almost bested by one tough little kid with a sticky sucker. Also included are old favorite stories such as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "A Christmas Carol," updated and aimed right for the funny bone, of course. Throw in a wandering group of carolers who cough and sneeze on cue, three kids trying their best to be wise men in the Christmas play, and a riotous lecture on Christmas etiquette, and you're in for an evening of holiday laughter and warmth. Clance LaTurner makes her BCP directorial debut as this production performs for three weekends, December 6-22, 2013.
Gold-diggers, schemers, gossips, and social climbers -- these are the women who populate The Women, the classic 1936 comedy by Clare Boothe Luce. Known heavily due to the 1939 MGM film of the same name starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard, and Acton, Indiana's own Marjorie Main, this hilarious catfight made "jungle red" nail polish synonymous with sharp-clawed backstabbing. The Women take over The Playhouse for a two-weekend run, March 21-30, 2014. After directing BCP's production of Auntie Mame in 2011, Andrew Ranck returns to direct all the fun, jealousy, gossip, and humor. This will definitely be a night to remember!
Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King, the musical Carrie hasn't been seen since its legendary Broadway production in 1988. Now, the show's original authors have fully reworked and re-imagined this gripping tale. Set in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose). Carrie White is a misfit. At school, she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it. D. Scott Robinson, director of BCP's The Drowsy Chaperone,The Brain from Planet X, Lizzie Borden: The Musical, and others, will return to direct this exciting Indianapolis premiere musical as it takes The Playhouse stage for three weekends, May 30-June 15, 2014.
The brainy and beautiful Belle yearns to escape her provincial life...and her brute of a suitor, Gaston. However, Belle gets more adventurous than she wanted when she becomes a captive in the Beast's enchanted castle! Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills as Buck Creek Players present The Playhouse Players Youth Production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Junior, a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love. Taking the stage for two weekends, August 1-10, 2014, all roles will be played by area youth ages 18 and under. Phyllis Ann Arthur, director of BCP's previous productions of Two By Two and Disney's Alice in Wonderland Junior, will direct this magical fairy tale based on the 1991 Academy Award-nominated animated film from Walt Disney Pictures.
Buck Creek Players began in 1973 when the Franklin Township Civic League formed a committee to present performing arts under the name of "Four C's Theatre." On November 13, 1974, the name was changed to Buck Creek Players, Inc., and was formalized under the Indiana Not for Profit Corporation Act of 1971 (501(c)3).
Initially, Buck Creek Players performed in elementary and high schools, and in October of 1978, moved to its first home, a historic church located at 7820 Acton Road. The church was built in 1872 with an addition in 1952. The main space of the building was the sanctuary which was 31 feet wide by 48 feet deep, with the stage using one-half of the space and the seating using the other half. The space enabled BCP to offer performing arts in an intimate setting for a maximum of 90 people. In 2002, the church was sold to United Faith Baptist Church.
In 2001, Buck Creek Players moved into its current home, the Buck Creek Playhouse, at 11150 Southeastern Avenue. The space was originally built as an indoor tennis facility that was later converted into a church. Much of the space was rebuilt to accommodate the productions it would now house. While increasing capacity, the space is still intimate, seating a maximum of 130 people.