South Bend Civic Theatre Announces 2019 Season
South Bend Civic Theatre has announced details for the 2019 Season: Truth Lies Within. Tickets go on sale July 30th.
A Few Good Men
by Aaron Sorkin
Two Marines are on trial for the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. A plea bargain and cover-up of what really happened is the expected outcome. A pair of idealistic young JAG attorney's think otherwise, putting the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.
Caroline, or Change
Book and Lyrics By Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Tony Kushner's (Angels In America) powerful musical tells the story of Caroline, an African-American maid in Louisiana at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. An unlikely friendship develops between Caroline and her employer's son, Noah, when she vows to keep any money she finds while doing his laundry. However, Noah and the additional money are not the only changes that will affect Caroline's life.
"In ambition and achievement, Caroline handily tops any new musical..." - New York Times
Shelley, an urban nun who has ditched her habit, runs a no-nonsense soup kitchen. She has dedicated her life to religious service, but now finds herself questioning her faith. Enter Emma, a college drop-out looking to volunteer at the soup kitchen. Heidi Schrek's play navigates the mystery of faith, the limits of forgiveness, and the pursuit of something resembling joy.
"A morality play in the most authentic, honest sense..." - Seattle Times
On Golden Pond
Every summer, Ethel and Norman stay in their summer house on Golden Pond. This summer proves to be unique when their daughter comes to visit with her boyfriend, his son in tow. As they spend time together, the boy and Norman grow very close. This new relationship opens old wounds and creates new conflict for the family in this haunting, but humorous play.
"This is the type of play that can be a mirror into our own lives and the lives of our loved ones..." - Broadway World
Between Riverside and Crazy
Retired cop and recent widower Walter "Pops" Washington and his ex-con son are barely holding on to their apartment on Riverside Drive. The NYPD is demanding a settlement on an outstanding lawsuit. Following an enlightening encounter, Pops decides to take things in his own hands with a final ultimatum. This dark comedy looks at the slippery nature of justice, and the grit it takes to finally move on.
"...it deals with the walking contradictions that are human beings..." - New York Times
Music, Lyrics, and Book by Lionel Bart
Based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Bringing Charles Dickens' beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart's Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London's underworld of theft and violence, searching for home, family, and - most importantly - for love. With spirited, timeless songs like "Consider Yourself," "As Long as He Needs Me," "Food, Glorious Food," and "Where is Love," Oliver! is a musical classic.
by David Ives
Adapted from Le Mentour by Pierre Corneille
Mistaken identities, secrets, and blatant lies all play a role in this Restoration comedy. Dorante is incapable of telling the truth. Clinton is incapable of telling a lie. They are both in pursuit of women, who may or may not be who they think they are. All of these lies and misunderstandings eventually collide, leaving our heroes to navigate a tangled web of lies.
"Sometimes you just need to laugh, and with The Liar, that's exactly what you'll do." - Entertainment Weekly
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Music by Alan Mencken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the book by Victor Hugo
The Victor Hugo novel and Disney film songs are reborn on stage in this topsy-turvy musical. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer at the Notre Dame Cathedral, has watched over Paris his whole life from a lonely tower. When the Feast of Fools comes to the city, everything changes. Quasimodo is captivated by the gypsy Esmeralda, but he isn't the only one. The Captain of the Guard and the archdeacon are also vying for her attention. This leads to an all out manhunt for gypsies and those who support them - and it's up to Quasimodo to save them all.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Based on the book by Mark Haddon
Christopher John Francis Boone possesses extraordinary abilities. He is fascinated by outer space and does high-level "maths" in his head... for fun! These abilities are coupled with a struggle to communicate in the same way as those around him. But, when his neighbor's dog is mysteriously murdered, Christopher decides to take on the case. This investigation takes him on an epic journey where he defies expectations and unearths long buried secrets.
Based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon of the same name, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime is the winner of 5 Tony awards, including the 2015 Award for Best Play.
Buddy's Holiday Surprise
NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 22
Coming in December, a production of epic proportions! This sugar-coated musical is sure to be fun for the whole family. Join us as we "spread some Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear!" The official title will be announced on January 1, 2019.
The Santaland Diaries
Adapted by Jon Mantello
Based on the personal experiences of David Sedaris, this adult comedy puts a satirical twist on the commercialism of Christmas. Crumpet, the Macy's elf-gone-bad, is here to tell all about elfin life. Surly parents, greedy children, bad Santas, and others are about to be exposed. Packed with plenty of witty, dry insights, The Santaland Diaries is a welcome antidote to the schmaltz of the holiday season.