posted May 11, 2009

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Announces 2009 Season

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre announces a 38th season that will be sure to please.  Follow HSRT as they bring new shows paired with old classics to the Holland community.  The season begins on June 19th and runs through August 15th at three Hope College locations, DeWitt Theatre, the Knickerbocker Theatre and DeWitt Center Studio Theatre, and the Baker Lofts at Til Midnight.

Opening the season on June 19th is Room Service, by John Murray and Allen Boretz, a hit Broadway show, later adapted into a Marx Brothers movie.  Watch what happens as nineteen starving actors are holed up in a hotel room as the director of a new play tries to avoid eviction.  Tension builds as the bills keep piling on, the opening of the show is fast approaching, and a businessman finds an interesting discovery in the bathroom.  Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on June 19, 20, 25, 30, July 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 22, and 25. 

Suds:The Rocking 60s Soap Opera Musical created by Melinda Gilb, Steve Gunderson, and Bryan Scott will open on June 26th in Holland's picturesque downtown Knickerbocker Theatre.  Cindy the Wash-O-Rama attendant is visited by three guardian angels that attempt to teach her lessons about life, love, and Mr. Right. Hit songs include "I Will Follow Him," " It's My Party," "Please Mr. Postman," " Respect," "Secret Agent Man," " Shout," and "Wishin And Hopin." Additional performances are at 8:00 p.m. on June 27 July 1, 8, 27, 30, August 5, 8, 10, and 13. 

The season continues with The Cmplt Wrks of Wm Shkspr...Abrdgd by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, an HSRT favorite last performed in 1998, opening on July 10th.  Come watch as three actors take a high speed trip through Shakespeare's works and be ready for a night pratfalls, puns, willful misreadings of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque.  This show is sure to keep you laughing while enjoying a little song and dance.  Performances continue on July 11, 15, 29, August 1, 3, 7, 11, and 14 at 8:00  p.m.

Six generations have read the story. This one will sing it! Little Women (the musical) with music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and the book written by Allan Knee, brings a new twist to the traditional story and will open on July 17th.  Watch as the four March sisters try to overcome their character flaws while taking care of their family and each other, all the while learning about life's journey.  Performances continue on July 18, 24, 28, 31, August 4, 6, 12, and 15.   

New from the creators of Chaps! comes the musical DogPark by Jahnna Beecham, Malcom Hillgarner, and Michael J. Hume with songs by Malcom Hillgartner opening on July 23rd.  This brand new musical, performed at the Baker Lofts at Til Midnight, comes straight from the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Meet Daisy, Champ, Bogie and Itchy at the coolest place in town, the dog park.  Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. on July 23, 24, 28, 31, August 4, 6, and 12.

Also watch for our upcoming Children's Troupe shows opening on June 24th.  CPT will be performing Click Clack Moo on June 24, 29, July 1, 6, 8, 27, 31 August 5, 10, and 14 at 10:30 a.m. and July 29, August 3, 7, and 12 at 1:30 p.m.  Charlotte's Web is at 10:30 a.m. on July 15, 20, 22, 29, August 3, 7, and 12 and 1:30 p.m. on July 20, 22, 27, 31, August 5, 10, and 14.

Tickets are on sale through the DeVos Fieldhouse ticket office.  The DeWitt Theatre Ticket Office opens May 27.  Prices range from $8-$26 for musicals, and $8-$18 for plays. Season tickets, ranging from $45-$85, are also available.

The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning June 14 the ticket office is open on Saturday's at noon. On performance dates, the DeWitt Ticket Office will be open through intermission.  The ticket office is located in DeWitt Cultural Center at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. For tickets call the ticket office at 616-395-7890. For more information visit the HSRT website at www.hope.edu/hsrt. 

The DeWitt Theatre is located at 141 East 12th Street. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in Holland's downtown on 8th St. and Till Midnight is located at 171 East 24th Street.