Alpena Civic Theatre announces upcoming season

Alpena Civic Theatre recently announced the shows selected for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Those shows include:

  • “Leap of Faith” (October 2014)

A musical by Janus Cercone and Warren Leight, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, is being directed by Robert Sylvester.

A con artist, posing as a reverend, has a traveling ministry. When his bus breaks down in a small Kansas town “Reverend” Jonas Nightingale opens a revival tent for the townspeople.

The town’s female sheriff is determined to prevent Nightingale from taking the people’s money. Instead, Nightingale becomes romantically involved with the sheriff.

Events challenge Nightingale to evaluate his choices he has made in life.

  • “Lend Me a Tenor” (January 2015)

Scott Edgar is directing this comedy written by Ken Ludwig.

In 1934, Tito Merelli, a world famous tenor, agrees to play Otello for an opera company. Merelli arrives late for the show, and due to a crazy state of affairs, passes out from drinking wine after taking tranquilizers.

The opera manager thinks Merelli is dead, and so calls in an aspiring singer named Max to play the part. Then begins slapstick action in hotel suite, involving Merelli’s jealous wife, his ambitious female co-star, Max’s girlfriend and the flirtatious head of the opera guild, all of whom fight for Max’s attention.

  • “I Hate Hamlet” (March 2015)

“I Hate Hamlet,” directed by Matt Southwell, is a comedy written by Paul Rudnick.

Andrew Rally, a successful television star, moves into an old apartment which was once home to legendary stage actor John Barrymore. Rally meets the ghost of John Barrymore, famed for having portrayed a perfect Hamlet.

During a seance, Barrymore convinces Rally to play Hamlet, but another acting opportunity presents itself – a part in a television pilot which offers a potential to make a large salary.

Rally must decide between Shakespeare, who his girlfriend loves, and the television pilot, which his Hollywood friend says could make millions of dollars for Rally.

Complicating matters, his girlfriend insists on keeping her virginity, at the same time Rally’s long term television show is canceled.

  • “A Piece of My Heart” (May 2015)

“A Piece of My Heart,” to be directed by Carol Rundell, is written by Shirley Lauro.

The story explores the true stories of six American women who go to the Vietnam War: Five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops.

The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the Vietnam memorial wall in Washington.

It was named “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association.

For more information about season tickets. call 354-3624. If no answer, please leave a message.