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2017-2018 Season

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LES MISERABLES School Edition (Musical performed entirely by Students)
September 15-17 & 21-24, 2017
(By ALAIN BOUBLIL and CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG. Based on the novel by VICTOR HUGO. Music by CLAUDE-MICHEL SCHONBERG. Lyrics by HERBERT KRETZMER. Original French text by ALAIN BOUBLIL and JEAN-MARC NATEL. Additional material by JAMES FENTON. Orchestrations by JOHN CAMERON. School Edition specially adapted and licensed by MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL and CAMERON MACKINTOSHO.)

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.
 

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FRANKENSTEIN (Play by Victor Gialanella, from the novel by Mary Shelley)
October 20-22 & 26-29, 2017
Sponsored by: CGA LAW FIRM
Supporting Sponsor: M&T BANK

Set in nineteenth-century Switzerland, this classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Purchasing cadavers from two unsavory grave robbers, he gives life to a creature both hideous and touching—and so physically powerful and mentally twisted that he soon brings death or destruction to all who stand in his way. Adhering more closely to the original novel than did the famous motion picture versions, the play blends moments of brooding terror and sudden shock with questions of morality and the dangers of unrestrained scientific inquiry.
 

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OLIVER! (Musical: Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart)
November 17-19 & 24-26, 2017
Sponsored by: KELLER-BROWN INSURANCE SERVICES, MENCHEY MUSIC SERVICE
Supporting sponsors: BUCHMEYER’S POOLS, INC., NEW CUMBERLAND FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, OSS HEALTH

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike. 

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
 

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PLAZA SUITE (Comedy by Neil Simon)
January 12-14 & 18-21, 2018
Sponsored by: FULTON BANK
Supporting Sponsor: THEODORE Z. MYERS MASONRY

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before and was yesterday the anniversary, or is it today? This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little sexual diversion. Over the years she has idolized him from afar and is now more than the match he bargained for. The last couple is a mother and father fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests await her or as Mother yells, “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!”
 

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INTO THE WOODS (Musical: Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM. Book by JAMES LAPINE. Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.)
February 16-18 & 22-25, 2018
Sponsored by: YORK TRADITIONS BANK
Supporting Sponsor: GLATFELTER

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together with a Tony Award-winning book and score. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.
 

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THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (Play adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, edited by Otto Frank)
April 13-15 & 19-22, 2018
Sponsored by: THE MARKETS AT HANOVER
Supporting Sponsor: BARLEY SNYDER LLP
Supporting Sponsor: YORK COLLEGE OF PA

Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.
 

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SOUTH PACIFIC (Musical: Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan . Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Tales of the South Pacific” by James Michener.)
June 15-17 & 21-24, 2018
Sponsored by: WIN BRADLEY AND FAMILY
Supporting Sponsor: NEW CUMBERLAND FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe’s life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.
 

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THE RAT PACK LOUNGE (Musical: Written by James Hindman & Ray Roderick. Musical Arrangements by John Glaudini.)
August 10-12 & 16-19, 2018
Supported by: DR. JOANNE TRAPENI AND DR. HOWARD GOLDBERG
Supporting Sponsor: VICTORY ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, JACK M. HARTMAN AND DR. JULIE DROLET

Frank, Dean and Sammy are up in heaven, but God tells them they left some unfinished business back on earth. It seems Frank made an unfulfilled promise to Vic, the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. Now he and the boys have one night to make things right.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” meets “Ocean’s Eleven!” With over 30 hit songs, including hits like “My Way,” “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.”