BY JOYCELYN FISH
The Racine Theatre Guild recently announced the lineup for its 2019 – 2020 season. The community theatre is entering its 82nd season of exciting plays and musicals packed with wonderful music, memorable stories, classic tales and great fun all year long.
Full season subscriptions are on sale now, starting at just $55 and include “Lost in Yonkers,” “The Mousetrap,” “On Golden Pond,” “A Fox on the Fairway” and “Mamma Mia!.” Limited run bonus shows, “Grease,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Akeelah and the Bee” can also be added on to subscriptions.
For audience members with varying schedules and interests, flex passes are also available. They allow patrons the opportunity to pick and choose which shows they would like to see during times and dates that work best for them. Individual tickets will go on sale for “Grease” on Friday, May 10 and the rest of the season on Monday, July 1.
Season ticket packages, flex passes, and more information can be found online, racinetheatre.org, by phone, (262) 633-4218, or by visiting the box office, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine.
Racine Theatre Guild’s
2019 – 2020 Season
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
July 19 – 28, 2019
Limited Run Bonus Show
Time to dust off your leather jackets and poodle skirts and get ready to rock ‘n roll! Bad boy Danny Zuko and good girl Sandy Dumbrowski had a secret summer romance, but back at Rydell High School with cliques and peer-pressure, everything is different. The Burger Palace Boys and Pink Ladies sing and dance their way through hit songs such as “Greased Lightnin’,” “We Go Together,” and “Born to Hand-Jive” as the young couple tries to rekindle those “Summer Nights.”
Lost in Yonkers
Written by Neil Simon
Sept. 13 – 29, 2019
After the death of their mother, Arty and Jay’s father is weighed down by debts. They are left to live with their stern grandmother, childlike Aunt Bella, and hoodlum Uncle Louie so their father can pay back the loan sharks. In their strange new world of Yonkers, the young boys learn lessons about love, responsibility and the importance of family that will carry them into adulthood.
Written by Agatha Christie
Oct. 18 – Nov. 3, 2019
A heavy snow has fallen upon Monkswell Manor, trapping a group of strangers inside, one of whom is a murderer. Could it be the married couple, the curious spinster, the architect, the retired Army major, the jurist or the traveler? A policeman arrives, but before he can solve “whodunnit,” one of the guests is killed. Experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.
The Wizard of Oz
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Dec. 13 – 22, 2019
Limited Run Bonus Show
Dorothy Gale is tired of her unexciting life in Kansas and dreams of a world full of new adventures. When a twister sweeps her away over the rainbow to the magical land of Oz, she begins a journey down the Yellow Brick Road to get back home. Along the way, she meets good and bad witches, animals that talk, and scarecrows that walk. With a new group of friends, ruby slippers and her brains, heart and courage in tow, Dorothy discovers an important lesson: there’s no place like home!
On Golden Pond
Written by Ernest Thompson
Jan. 10 – 26, 2020
Ethel and Norman Thayer have spent every summer over the last 48 years at their lake home on Golden Pond. This year is blanketed in melancholy from Norman’s failing memory and health until their daughter comes to visit. She brings her new fiancé’s son, Billy Ray Jr., to live with them. He and Norman form an unexpected bond in this beloved theatre classic that is touching, funny, and warmly perceptive.
A Fox on the Fairway
Written by Ken Ludwig
Feb. 21 – March 8, 2020
Two rival country clubs, Quail Valley and Crouching Squirrel, are competing head-to-head in the Annual Inter-club Golf Tournament. With money, jobs, and reputations on the line, madcap adventures ensue with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans. Filled with love, lust, and more laughs than you could shake a 9-iron at, golf and theatre lovers alike will want to take a swing at this farce.
Akeelah and the Bee
Based on the screenplay by Doug Atchison
Adapted for the stage by Cheryl L. West
March 27 – April 5, 2020
Limited Run Bonus Show
Akeelah lives and breathes words and has a gift for spelling. This passion is overshadowed by the daily realities of her life in a tough Chicago neighborhood. Despite her mother’s objections, she studies and prepares for the National Spelling Bee with a determined spirit. As the underdog, Akeelah’s spunk and tenacity teach us all a little something about triumphing over any obstacle.
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
And some songs by Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
May 8 – 24, 2020
On a Greek island paradise, Sophie is getting ready to marry her fiancé, Sky. To make her wedding day perfect, Sophie only has one wish – that her father walks her down the aisle. The only problem? She doesn’t know who he is! After discovering secrets from her mother’s past, Sophie invites three men who could all be her father to the wedding. Intertwined with ABBA’s timeless songs, the hit musical is a celebration of love, laughter, family and friendship.
Joycelyn Fish is the Director of Marketing and Development at the Racine Theatre Guild.