Theatre West 2017 / 2018 Season of Entertainment

Calendar Girls – a comedy by Tim Firth.

Directed by Stina Seeger-Gibson. 

Auditions August 13 & 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Runs October 19 - November 11, 2017 

All performances at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC).

When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Calendar Girls is based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fun. 

It's a Wonderful Life - a live radio play by Joe Landry

Directed by Lewis Smith

Runs at Theatre West December 15, 16 and 17  (Friday and Saturday curtain at 7:30 and Sunday matinee at 2:00 P.M.).  All tickets $10, first come first served with no reserved seating.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

For Better – a comedy by Eric Coble.

Directed by Danielle Ryan.

Auditions November 5 & 6, 7:00 p.m. 

Runs January 4 - 27, 2018. 

All performances at the LCCC. 

Cast requirements 3 male, 3 female.

In this plugged-in world of email, text-messaging and camera phones, do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon? Karen and Max are getting married. At least, if their jobs will ever let them be in the same city at the same time. A romantic comedy for the digital age, For Better is a hilarious new farce that pokes fun at our overdependence on the gadgets in our lives. 

Meanwhile, Back on the Couch – a comedy by Jack Sharkey.

Directed by Rich Emery.

Auditions January 7 & 8, 2018.

Runs March 8 - 31, 2018.

All performances at Theatre West.

Cast requirements 4 male, 4 female.

Psychiatrist Victor Karleen is financially pressed between the rental of his posh office apartment and his fiancée’s expensive tastes. A colleague has written a best-selling case history book and is now rolling in royalties. Good friend Parker Donnelly has rejected Victor’s similar work because the public is tired of such things and prefers torrid fiction. Needing cash, Victor reluctantly takes on a new patient who, due to love frustration, is grinding out a rip-roaring sex novel. By mistake, his nurse gives the patient’s manuscript to Donnelly believing it to be Victor’s work. Suddenly Victor has an enormous advance royalty check, a Book of the Month Club selection, and a potential Pulitzer Prize. When he discovers that it is his patient’s inviolate confidences and not his clinical casebook that has saved the day, Victor determines to keep his patient crazy until he dreams up the final chapter. Meanwhile, Back on the Couch is fast-paced, hilarious, and zany. 

Borderline Crazies – a comedy by Leo W. Sears.

Directed by Wes Ryan.

Auditions March 11 & 12, 2018.

Runs May 10 - June 2.

Cast requirements 3 male, 3 female.

All performances at Theatre West.

Ellen hopes to ski and put some spark into her dull marriage to Stu, an efficiency author, while at Lake Tahoe in a rustic cabin owned by Stu's publisher. They are startled when a horror author and his sexy wife also arrive at the apparently double-booked cabin. The women immediately bond but the men squabble like spoiled two-year-olds and devise several wagers to determine who stays and who goes. Before anyone can leave, a police officer reports that a snowstorm has closed the roads and an axe murderer is on the loose. Stranded with no phone, no television and no radio, the writers may kill each other before the murderer gets to them. It's an avalanche of laughter with more twists and turns than a giant slalom. 

Sylvia – a romantic comedy by A.R. Gurney

Directed by Bonnie Ross.

Auditions May 6 & 7, 2018.

Runs July 12-September 1, 2018.

Cast requirements 2 male 2female.

All performances at Theatre West.

Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park—or that has found him—bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her name tag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.


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