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OnStage Playhouse announces 2011-2012 season schedule Press Release | Sat, Jul 23 2011 12:39 AM

OnStage Playhouse, Chula Vista’s community theater, celebrates its 26th anniversary with the opening of its 2011-12 season.

Highlights include:

By Ken Ludwig, directed by Mark Zweifach
July 15 to Aug. 13 

The author of "Lend Me a Tenor" delivers another fantastic farce. Fading stage stars George and Charlotte Hay come to Buffalo performing with a lackluster cast. With their final shot at stardom on the line, miscommunication and hilarity ensue in this laugh-a-minute look at backstage antics.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


By Jon Jory (based on the novel by Jane Austen), directed by Sandra Lynn Kraus
Sept. 9 to Oct. 8

In 1813 England, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy match wits in this sparkling romance, wading through challenges of social class, snobbery, misunderstandings, and a meddling, marriage-minded mother. All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s hugely popular classic novel come to life in this fast-paced and engaging new adaptation. Presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.


By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (adaptation by Wendy Kesselman), directed by Kym Pappas
Nov. 4 to Dec. 4

The true story of Anne Frank, a young Jew, tells a claustrophobic reality; eight lives hiding from the Nazi threat of World War II. Yet her voice shines through: "I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people ... even after death." 

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The show is a co-production with the OnStage Playhouse High School Intern Program.

By Bernard Pomerance, directed by Steve Murdock
Jan. 13 to Feb. 4, 2012

Based on the true story of John Merrick, a grotesquely deformed Victorian sideshow attraction, this compelling and heartbreaking drama explores the depths of human emotion by asking what makes a man a man. Is it outward appearance or inner morality?

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
By Tom Stoppard, directed by Jenna Long
March 2-31, 2012

Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" is turned comically upside down and inside out through the eyes of Hamlet’s college friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Even for those not familiar with "Hamlet,” it will likely make them ponder life, laugh and possibly reconsider if indeed the world is a stage and we are merely players.

A surprise musical

Directed by Thomas Fitzpatrick, musical direction by Kirk Valles
April 27 to May 26, 2012
Due to contractual obligations, the playhouse cannot officially announce this musical until the upcoming national tour is over. But it is one of the most popular musicals about high school in the 1950s. It’s "the word" on everyone’s lips!

OnStage Playhouse is located at 291Third Ave. in downtown Chula Vista. Single performance as well as series tickets are available by calling 422-7787 or by visiting the Web site at www.onstageplayhouse.org.

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