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Strollers Announce 2014-2015 season

Cynthia Ross

Monday, July 7, 2014 • 6:37am

The Strollers, Community Theater Residence at the Burdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, announces their 2014-2015 Season.

Opening with the annual fundraiser; this year's is titled Comedy Tonight:  An Evening of Sketch comedy.  This 90 minute evening is full of music and original sketch comedy that will be enjoyed by everyone in the family.  If you like Saturday Night Live, then you will love this evening of live comedy. All tickets are $10 UNLESS you buy a season ticket and then it’s FREE.  Performance dates are September 19 &20, 8 pm Sunday, September 21, 2 pm. One week end only so make your reservations now!

The Pulitzer Prize winning play, Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris, and direct by Cynthia S. Ross follows.  Taking characters from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, this razor-sharp new dramady takes a jab at race and real estate in a fictional Chicago neighborhood. The play begins in 1959 as a black family moves into a white enclave. Act Two takes us back to the same house in 2009 as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. One agile ensemble of actors play two sets of characters in the play The Washington Post deemed "one of its feistiest, funniest evenings in years."  The production dates are November 7, 8, 14 & 15 at 8 PM and November 9 at 2 PM. Ticket prices for this show are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors.

This season’s children’s show is an original piece written, directed and choreographed by Stroller member Carol Cornicelli.  This production is based on How the World Got Wisdom, a Collection of African Folktales, Songs, and Dances. Performed by the children of the community, this is a show that embraces our cultural differences and supports inclusion of the diversity that makes us all unique.  All tickets for Children’s Show are $10 and it performs   January 23 & 30 at 7 PM and January 24, 25, 31 & February 1 at 2 PM. You won’t want to miss it.

The third main stage production of the season is the dark comedy Fuddy Meers by David Lindsey-Abaire and directed by Keith Hoovler. It tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who awakens each morning as a blank slate on which her husband and teenage son must imprint the facts of her life. One morning Claire is abducted by a limping, lisping man who claims her husband wants to kill her. The audience views the ensuing mayhem through the kaleidoscope of Claire's world. The play culminates in a cacophony of revelations, proving that everything is not what it appears to be. What does Fuddy Meers mean?  You’ll have to come to the show to find out? Performance dates are March 6, 7, 13 & 14 at 8 PM and March 8 at 2 PM. Ticket prices for this show are $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors.

The final production of the season is the smash hit musical Hairspray. With a Book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan and Music & Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name, it tells the story of plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s. Rob Pape directs this musical that will have you flipping your wig!  It opens May 1 and continues May 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 at 8PM May 3 and 10 at 2 PM.  Prices for the musical are $25 for adults and $20 for student/seniors.

For season tickets or further information go to our website www.thestrollers.org or email us at themaplewoodstrollers@gmail.com

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