(Pictured above, our 2016/17 Season Reveal at Reformation Brewery)
Urinetown (Mark Hollmann, Greg Koltis)
August 12-28, 2016
A hilarious parody of greed, love, revolution…. and musical theatre! Set in the not-so-distant future, when water is worth its weight in gold. A 20-year drought has led to a government ban on private toilets and a proliferation of paid public toilets, owned and operated by a single company: The Urine Good Company. If the poor don’t obey the strict laws prohibiting free urination, they’ll be sent to the dreaded and mysterious “Urinetown.” After too long under the heel of the malevolent Caldwell B. Cladwell, the poor stage a revolt, led by a brave young hero, fighting tooth and nail for the freedom to pee “wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like, and with whomever you like.” A brilliant satire modeled off the plays of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Urinetown is a wickedly funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly intelligent comedic romp. This is truly a musical comedy to relieve yourself. Andrew Berardi (Rapunzel) returns to Elm Street to direct.
The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams)
September 30- October 9, 2016
A theatrical piece of distinct power, with some of Tennessee Williams’ most potent lyricism, The Glass Menagerie is a memory play as told to us by Tom Wingflied, a merchant marine looking back on the Depression years he spent with his overbearing Southern genteel mother, Amanda, and his physically disabled, cripplingly shy sister, Laura. While Amanda strives to give her children a life beyond the decrepit St. Louis tenement they inhabit, she is herself trapped by the memory of her life past – a life of cotillions and suitors and wealth, now long gone. Tom, working at a shoe factory and paying the family’s rent, finds his own escape in drinking and going to the movies, while Laura pours her energy into caring for her delicate glass figurines. Tom, pressured by his mother to help find Laura a suitable husband, invites an acquaintance from the factory to the apartment, a powerful possibility that pushed Amanda deeper into her obsessions and makes Laura even more vulnerable to shattering, exposed like the glass menagerie she treasures. Williams’’ intensely personal and brilliantly tender masterpiece exposes the complexity of our memories, and the ways in which we can never truly escape them.
A Christmas Carol (Adapted for the Stage by Siobhan Brumbelow)
December 3; and 9-24, 2016
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. This music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. A must-see holiday tradition! Tom Milley directs.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Neil Simon)
February 10-19, 2017
Neil Simon’s fun-filled and wacky behind-the-scenes look at the insanity of the writer’s room during the early days of live television. The characters in the play are based on the real-life comedy greats who worked alongside Simon on “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” in the 1950s, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, Aaron Ruben, and Sid Caesar. With a plot based on actual people and events, the result is not only stranger but funnier than fiction.
Annie Get your Gun (Irving Berlin; Dorothy and Herbert Fields)
May 5-21, 2017
This classic musical is loosely based on the real-life child-prodigy sharp-shooter, Annie Oakley. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. Annie meets her match in Frank Butler, Buffalo Bill’s leading man and star marksman. She falls head over heels for Frank, but soon eclipses him as the main attraction in the show. Her success with a gun makes trouble for Annie’s chance at romance. Annie Get Your Gun follows the journey of Annie and Frank, revealing their competitive natures as they vie for best shot – and each other’s hearts. This fictionalized version of the life of real-life Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler boasts a score of Irving Berlin gems including, “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “I Got Lost in His Arms,” “I Got the Sun in the Mornin’,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”
Honk! (Anthony Drew, George Stiles)
July 12-26, 2017
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, “The Ugly Duckling,” Honk! tells the story of an odd looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape, but has no idea how to return home. He embarks on an adventure in which he encounters a beautiful swan, Penny, tangled in a fishing line. After saving her, the two birds fall in love. Penny, however, must return to her flock and fly south for the winter. Determined to find his family, Ugly journeys on, only to become frozen in the snow. Eventually, Ugly’s mother finds him and her warm tears manage to that him out. He revives, and is surprised to discover that he is now a handsome swan! Soon, Ugly is reunited with Penny and the two swans decide to live the rest of their days in the same pond as Ugly’s loyal mother. Musical. New to Elm Street, Christie Whitney directs.
Art on the Green
August 27, 2016
The annual celebration of all that makes Woodstock vibrant. Artists, musicians, vendors, and the community gather together to enjoy a day celebrating our community.
Grimm (Colton Combs)
October 20-31, 2016
A fresh and interactive take on the Brothers Grimm will be presented on the Event Green
Whose Line is it, Woodstock?
Date: January 20-27, 2017
That whacky iThink Troupe is at it again! Whose Line is it, Woodstock? Is returning to the Elm Street stage to make you laugh until you are blue in the face! Similar to the iconic television show, Whose Line is it Anyway? the troupe will take you on a journey through crazy games and improve their way to the end of the show! This unscripted show is never the same twice as our fearless cast creates hilarious scenes based on audience suggestions.
Date: January 28, 2017
Comedians compete for the audience’s favor in this comedy competition featuring some of the best in our area. A sure-fire way to beat the mid-winter blues.
Secret Garden, Concert Edition (Marsha Norman, Lucy Simon)
March 17-19, 2017
This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox, returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son, Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past, who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling take of forgiveness and renewal.
New Works Festival
June 7-10, 2017
Elm Street’s annual showcase for new, original works, by local writers and performers. Local students get an opportunity to develop their creative writing and collaboration by rubbing shoulders with professionals.
Elm Street Stars and Stripes
July 4, 2017
Elm Street stars and guests mount the Outdoor Stage for a 4th of July concern featuring your favorite classic and patriotic hits.
Fall Collage Recital
November 12, 2016
Participants in Fall Classes (see above) will present their works in a recital format.
Little Mermaid, Jr. (Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, Doug Wright)
November 11-13, 2016
In a magical kingdom below the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. In order to do so, she must defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with an evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney’s 2008 Broadway production, The Little Mermaid, Jr. features the hit songs “Part of Your World,” “She’s in Love,” and “Under the Sea.”
RepTouR/Storybook Festival 2017
March 11-12, 2017
Elm Street’s RepTouR company brings storybooks to life in this energetic and engaging original work.
Spring Collage Recital
April 22, 2017
Participants in the spring classes at Elm Street present their works in a recital format.
This Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton) and centers on a group of friends in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. When the winning lottery ticket, a power outage, and romantic tension all hit the ‘hood, the long-time friends and neighbors make discoveries about each other, about themselves, and about the place they all call home.
Frog Prince (Siobhan Brumbelow)
Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince. An original work based on the fairy tale of the same name.