Fountain Hills Theater Announces 2014-15 Season

Fountain Hills Theater Announces 2014-15 Season

Fountain Hills Theater is proud to present its 2014-15 seasons for its three venues, Mainstage, Mainstage Too! and Youth Theater. For additional information call Patty Torrilhon at 480-837-9661 or email patty@fhtaz.org.

MAINSTAGE 2014-15 SEASON

Cats
August 29-September 14, 2014

Now and Forever
The second longest running musical in the history of Broadway Cats is Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats. The Jellicle cats are celebrating at the Jellicle Ball, awaiting Old Deuteronomy's choice of which cat will be reborn into a new life. One by one, the cats step forward to introduce themselves, auditioning for the chance to take the journey to the Heaviside layer.
Music and Lyrics by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Orchestration by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Produced through special arrangement with The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization

Night Watch
October 3 - 19, 2014

Once Her Nightmare Begins...The Terror Never Ends!
Once her nightmare begins...the terror never ends! A rich widow witnesses a murder but does anyone believe her? This suspenseful thriller, in the tradition of Rear Window and Wait Until Dark will keep you guessing until the very end. The brilliant Lucille Fletcher who wrote 'Sorry, Wrong Number' has devised a thriller that builds steadily in menace and suspense until the final, breath-stopping moment of its unexpected, "twist" ending.

Written by Lucille Fletcher and produced through special arrangement with Dramatist's Play Service.

Same Time, Next Year
January 9 -25, 2015

Genuinely Funny and Genuinely Romantic
The fresh, touching, and hilariously funny story of lovers Doris and George, married - to other people - who meet by chance while on separate business trips in 1951. The pair vow to rendezvous each year in the same place, and end up finding a connection that transcends the initial spark of passion to span a quarter of a century's worth of love, loss, joy, conflict, but ultimately a common ground that sustains their unique friendship. Same Time, Next Year is a delicious tryst about the complexities of human relationships and the phenomenon of love. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers.

Written by Bernard Slade and produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The New Mel Brook's Musical Young Frankenstein
February 13 - March 1, 2015

It's Alive!
A wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece, the story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein (that's Fronkensteen) as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. Together with his oddly shaped and endearing helper Igor (that's Eye-gor), his curvaceous lab assistant Inga, and in spite of his incredibly self-involved madcap fiancé Elizabeth, Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster -- but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications.
Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

Young Frankenstein is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International

Laughter on the 23rd Floor
March 20 - April 5, 2015

Neil Simon at his most hilarious
From Neil Simon's real life experience on the Sid Caesar show comes this side-splitting comedy following the writing, fighting, and wacky antics in the writers' room of a weekly variety show. While chaos reigns backstage, star Max Prince battles with NBC executives who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. With characters based on his co-writers, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Sid Caesar, Simon perfectly showcases the hilarious jokes and banter of the original kings of comedy.
Written by Neil Simon and produced through special arrangement with Samuel French.

** Contains adult language.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
May 8 - 24, 2015

It's Spelled W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest. As they navigate the tournament's pressures, the eccentric coterie finds a new sense of belonging. Along the way, they learn that there is more to life than winning a trophy.
Music and Lyrics by Book by William - Additional Material by Jay Reiss

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International

MAINSTAGE TOO 2014-15 SEASON

Always a Bridesmaid
August 15 - 24, 2014

'Til Death Do Us Part!
In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other's weddings ... no matter what. More than thirty years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making "the long walk" for each other, determined to honor that vow. Libby Ruth, the hopeful romantic with the perfect marriage, believes - in spite of all evidence to the contrary - that her friends can find the very same happiness. Headstrong Deedra's "rock-solid" union hangs by a thread when she discovers her husband of many years has not only a wandering eye but the hands to match. Monette, flashy, high-spirited and self-involved, continues to test her friends' love and patience with all-too-frequent trips down the aisle. And salt-of-the-earth, tree-hugging Charlie discovers - the hard way - that marital bliss
is not the end of her rainbow and panics in outrageous style when the opportunity presents itself. Hop on this marriage-go round for a laugh-out-loud journey with these beleaguered bridesmaids as they navigate the choppy waters of love and matrimony. hen the opportunity presents itself.

Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and produced through special arrangement with Dramatist's Play Service.

The Soul of Broadway - Act II
October 24 - November 2, 2014

A Powerhouse Musical
THE SOUL OF BROADWAY -ACT II celebrates some famous tunes from a number of Great White Way "soul" musicals and characters from the classics of Porgy and Bess and Big River to showstoppers from Dreamgirls and Ain't Misbehavin' and the most recent hits from The Color Purple and Passing Strange. But it doesn't stop there. This musical revue takes the audience on a journey through other classic and contemporary shows such as The Lion King, Once on this Island, Aida, Hairspray and The Wiz.

A Christmas Carol, The Musical
December 2 - 21, 2014

A Holiday Tradition!
We've taken the spirit of the season, wrapped it in beautiful original melodies and tied it with all the holiday magic and wonder of your childhood. Fountain Hills Theater is proud to present a new musical adaptation, 'A Christmas Carol'. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul. This delightful musical, an original adaptation written by Fountain Hills Artistic Director Peter J. Hill, with music and lyrics by Peter J. Hill and Jay Melberg, follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, where he ultimately discovers the true spirit of the holiday season. (performed on the Mainstage)

Bleacher Bums
March 6 - 15, 2015

A Nine Inning Comedy

In the bleachers at Chicago's Wrigley Field, die-hard Cub fans root for their team. The group includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio and does his own play by play, a bathing beauty, a nerd and various other bleacher denizens. As the game proceeds, they bet among themselves on every conceivable event, go out for frosty malts or beers, try to pick up the bathing beauty and, occasionally, watch the game. The Cubs inevitably blow it in the ninth and the villainous Marvin, who always bets against the Cubs figuring he can't lose, cleans up. The bleacher bums remain undaunted they will be back tomorrow to root for the home team.

Conceived by Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and written by The Organic Theatre Company and produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

The Runner Stumbles
May 1 - 10, 2015

A Forbidden Love Story
Based on a true life murder mystery. A young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita; and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. In the spring he was in love with her, in the winter he was on trial for her murder.

Written by Milan Stitt and produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

FOUNTAIN HILLS YOUTH THEATER

Peter Pan and Wendy
September 19 - 28, 2014

A Rollicking Adventure to Neverland!
Take an unforgettable trip to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael in this wonderful adaptation of the J. M. Barrie classic tale of The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Join the Lost Boys as they battle pirates, crocodiles and, of course, the nefarious Captain Hook! Adaptation & Music by J. A. Ayers- Hackman

The Giver
November 14 - 23, 2014

An Unforgettable Journey of Discovery
Jonas lives in a perfect world - without war, fear, or pain. When chosen to be The Receiver of Memories, he meets an ancient man named The Giver. What follows is an unimaginable journey. Will Jonas accept his destiny or will he make a decision that will alter his life - and perhaps millions of others - forever? This exhilarating adaptation of the award-winning book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Adapted by Eric Coble from the Newberry Award Winning novel by Lois Lowry and produced through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

Disney's The Little Mermaid, JR.
January 30 - Feb. 8, 2015

Let's go Under the Sea!
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home - and her fins - behind and live in the world above. But first she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater, Music by Alan Menken, Book by Doug Wright

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film - produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker
and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements

Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684
www.MTIShows.com

The Fabulous Fable Factory
April 10- 19, 2015

And the Moral of the Story is...
This delightful story of an inquisitive youngster who discovers an old factory operated by a mysterious Mr. Aesop and an assembly line of 'fable-makers. Some of Aesop's most famous fables including The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare and others are presented and the youngster surprises everyone with a remarkable moral making ability. Written by Joseph Robinette, based on his musical of the same name and, produced through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

Disney's The Aristocats KIDS
May 29 - June 7, 2015

What's a Cat to Do?
Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and abandons them in the Parisian countryside. Luckily, Thomas O'Malley and his rag-tag bunch of alley cats come to their rescue! The show, based on the Disney film is a feline adventure that is sure to have you tapping your feet to its upbeat, jazzy beat with a score that includes the Disney favorites "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat".

Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman,

Al Rinker and Floyd Huddleston, Terry Giklyson

Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music by Bryan Louiselle

Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Michael Bernard

Based on the 1970 Disney film "The Aristocats"

Disney's The Aristocats KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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