Musicals, comedies, and world premieres in new season at Hill Country Community Theatre
The Hill Country Community Theatre’s upcoming season features two musicals and three comedies, including two world premieres.
The five productions for 2019-20 at the nonprofit Cottonwood Shores theater, 4003 FM 2147, are the musical comedy “More Senior Moments,” the holiday comedy “A Twisted Christmas Carol,” comedy “Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo,” comedy “The Savannah Sipping Society,” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “Carousel.”
This marks the Hill Country Community Theatre’s 34th year. “Many plays were considered for the 2019-20 season,” said Mike Rademaekers, the theater’s executive director. “… We know that the plays we’ve chosen are ones our audiences will enjoy.” The season opens in September with the world premiere of the hilarious “More Senior Moments,” book and lyrics by Linda Kaufman. The “Senior Moments” sequel is a series of rollicking musical vignettes dealing with aging. Growing older has many facets and can be uproarious at times and deeply moving at others. The show is guaranteed to produce laughter as it moves from scene to scene, touching on relatable life experiences. The theater stages another world premiere in December: “A Twisted Christmas Carol” by Phil Olson. It’s Christmas Eve in a small Texas town, and cantankerous barbecue joint owner Buford Johnson argues with his wife, tells her he’s skipping Christmas, storms out of the restaurant, gets hit by a twister, rolls his truck, and slips into a coma. In his dream, he’s visited by an ex-business partner who takes him on a Dickensian journey, Texas style. “Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo” follows in February 2020. From mastermind of mayhem Ken Ludwig (“Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” and “Lend Me a Tenor”) comes a comedy about Charlotte and George Hay, who are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of “Cyrano de Bergerac” — the “revised, one-nostril version” — and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” when they receive word they might just have one last chance at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee! In April is “The Savannah Sipping Society” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate – and an impromptu happy hour – and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost over the years. In July, audiences will enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel.” Set on the Maine coastline, carousel barker Billy Bigelow’s romance with millworker Julie Jordan comes at the price of both their jobs. He participates in a robbery to provide for Julie and their unborn child, but after it goes tragically wrong, he is given a chance to make things right. Season subscriptions are on sale now on the Hill Country Community Theatre’s website. Season tickets offer savings over single ticket prices, advance ticket reservations, and recognition in each program. General tickets will go on sale as each production date nears. For more information about season subscriptions, call the box office at (830) 798-8944.
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