posted May 4, 2012

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre Announces 41st Season

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre announces a production change in their 41st season that will be full of sentimentality, laughter, life lessons, and great music. The season will now include An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley which will replace of God of Carnage. Season 41 will also include Chaps!, Pride and Prejudice, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, An Inspector Calls, Songs for a New World, Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly and Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells.

Be sure to fit HSRT’s productions into your summer calendar! The season begins on June 15th and runs through August 11th at four locations: DeWitt Theatre, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland Area Arts Council, and our Studio Theatre.

Opening the season on June 15th is

Chaps! at downtown Holland’s Knickerbocker Theatre. Come see what happens when the worlds of BBC radio and cowboy music collide. It’s London in 1944 and the BBC is preparing for a special troupe of America’s singing cowboys. When they fail to show up, the prim and proper Brits have to "take the reigns" and put on the show for the troops in their place. Comedy, craziness and chaos ensue as the "new" singing cowboys take on classics like, Cowboy’s Sweetheart, Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds, Ride, Cowboy, Ride, Ragtime Cowboy Joe, Cool Water and many more. Be a part of our new BBC "live" radio audience in this hilarious musical which had it’s world premiere right here at HSRT in 1995! Book written by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner with vocal arrangement by Malcolm Hillgartner and Chip Duford, Chaps. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on June 15, 16, 21, 27, 30, July 6, 31, August 2, 6, and 10.

Opening June 22 is Jane Austen’s

Pride and Prejudice. Adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, this new adaptation for the stage breathes fresh life into Jane Austen’s classic romance filled with desperate spinsters, determined bachelors, nosy neighbors, embarrassing relatives and a smarmy cad or two. Darcy, Bingley, Elizabeth and Jane overcome both their pride and prejudices to find love in the midst of Austin’s 19th century classic comic characters. You’ll meet your own neighbors, relatives and friends in this charming evening with one of the world greatest storytellers. Performances are on June 22, 23, 29, July 7, 11, 12, 18, 24, 28 at 8:00 p.m. in the DeWitt Theatre.

Get out your dictionaries and prepare for a H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S night at the theatre.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is sure to warm your heart, challenge your spelling skills and have you humming all the way home! This Tony award-winning musical captures the quirky competition of a county spelling bee with all the usual suspects: from the reigning spelling champion, to the overachiever with a lisp, the big kid with a host of health problems and the second alternate who never expected to compete, all unite through their love of spelling and their hope to succeed at the Bee and at life. Book written by Rachel Sheinkin and music and Lyrics by William Finn, "Spelling Bee" performances are at 8:00 p.m. on July 14, 17, 19, 23, 25, August 1, 4, 8, and 11 in the DeWitt Theatre.


The season continues on July 20th with
An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley. When the mysterious Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling residence, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young working-class woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences. An Inspector Calls  performances are at 8:00 p.m. on July 20, 21, 27, 30, August 3, 7, and 9 in the DeWitt Theatre.

Opening on July 26th is
Songs for A New World -- Join us for unforgettable evening of music that connects the craving for hope and a brighter tomorrow with the reality of having to make choices even when the outlook may be challenging. B.Y.O.B. and we’ll give you the glasses and the ice! Songs for A New World will have a limited run at 8:00 p.m. on July 26, 27, 30, August 3, 7, and 9.

Look for our upcoming Children’s Performance Troupe shows opening on June 18th. CPT will be performing
Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly by Joan Cushing is at 10:30 a.m. on June 18, 20, 25, 27, 29 July 30 August 3, 8 and at 1:30 p.m. on August 1, 6, and 10. Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! by Allison Gregory and adapted for stage from the book series by Barbara Park opens on July 9th. Performances will be held at 10:30 a.m. on July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 August 1, 6, and 10 and at 1:30 p.m. on July 30 August 3, and 8. Both performances are in the Studio Theatre in the DeWitt Center.

Take advantage of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s best ticket offer and purchase a season ticket coupon. Season ticket coupons save patrons up to 27% off individual ticket prices and guarantees a terrific seat for every performance! With Free exchanges, purchasing a season ticket coupon is the best way to support HSRT. Season ticket coupons go on sale May 7th at the DeWitt and DeVos Fieldhouse ticket offices.


The Season Pass Coupon includes Mezzanine seating for four main stage performances and our bonus show for only $87 for adults and $82 for seniors. The Best Buy Coupon includes admission to the four main stage productions for $67 for adults and $62 for seniors. The Super-Saver Coupon includes seating limited to the balcony and orchestra for our four main stage productions for $50 for adults and seniors. The Children’s Pass Coupon  is great for children under 12 and includes tickets to both Children’s Performance Troupe’s performances and one ticket to a main stage musical for $25. Please note that all service fees are including in the coupon ticket rate.

Individual tickets go on sale on May 7th at the DeWitt and DeVos Fieldhouse ticket offices. Prices range from $12-$28 for musicals, and $10-$21 for plays. Please note that all service fees are including in the ticket rates.

HSRT’s ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning June 13th 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. The DeWitt Theatre is located at 141 East 12th street. The Knickerbocker Theatre and the Holland Area Arts Council is located in Holland’s downtown on 8th street.


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