MILL HALL - The old barn theater is getting spruced up for the 2012 summer season. With a new artistic director, Teresa K. Pond, at the helm, Millbrook Playhouse, 258 Country Club Lane, announces its 49th season lineup with four shows scheduled for the 275-seat Main Stage upstairs and four in the 100-seat Cabaret downstairs.
Erla Mae Frederick, president of Millbrook's board of directors, enthusiastically promises a "fantastic season with truly something for everyone."
“Dead Man’s Cellphone” will be performed at Millbrook Playhouse, 258 Country Club Lane, July 5 through 8 and 11 through 15 as a part of its new season.
"All Shook Up" - June 14 through 17 and 20 through 24 - Joe DiPietro's jukebox musical features an explosion of romance with Elvis Presley music and a story loosely based upon Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."
"She Loves Me" - June 28 through July 1 and July 5 through 8 - Two Budapest perfume shop employees, who despite constantly bickering at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal who met in a lonely hearts ad.
"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" - July 12 through 15 and 18 through 22 - Charles Schultz's lovable characters, based upon the comic strip "Peanuts," are brought to life in this popular musical comedy.
"The 39 Steps" - July 26 through 29 and Aug. 1 through 5 - The only non-musical on the Main Stage is a broad farce based upon Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film. With only a cast of four playing multiple characters, including an inanimate object, the serious spy story is played strictly for laughs.
"Lend Me a Tenor" - June 21 through 24 and June 27 through July 1 - Ken Ludwig's comedy, set in a Cleveland hotel, room spins a tale with plot twists, double entendres, slamming doors and innuendoes when a famous womanizing opera star arrives for a fundraiser.
"Dead Man's Cellphone" - July 5 through 8 and 11 through 15 - A dark romantic comedy has a woman answering a dead man's cell phone which turns out to be a wakeup call for her. In rapid order, answering the call triggers a date with the dead man's brother, a drinking binge with his wife and a mysterious meeting with his mistress.
"I'll Be Home Before Midnight" - July 19 through 22 and 25 through 29 - A wife recovering from a nervous breakdown is taken to a lonely farmhouse in this comic drama with peculiar neighbors, atmospheric thunderstorms and other tense-filled happenings.
"The Fantastiks" - Aug. 2 through 5 and 8 through 12 - The sole musical slated for the Cabaret is allegorical story of two neighbors, fathers who trick their children to fall in love by pretending to feud and erecting a fence to keep them apart. The ballad "Try to Remember" is the show's "signature song." Millbrook also presented The Fantastiks" in 1999 on the Main Stage with veteran area actor Ted Cockley playing the girl's father.
Millbrook Playhouse is filling out its casts with community actors mainly for the bigger musicals and occasional comedies. Teresa K. Pond has scheduled auditions on March 10 at Central Mountain's Middle School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callbacks will be held March 11.
Pond and her casting director will hold auditions for the professional actors in New York City next month. At least one familiar face is returning to bring smiles. The vastly popular Marc De la Cocha will entertain audiences as a comical performer and will teach youngsters, heading up the Theater Camp.
Children Shows and Theatre Camps
Two shows for children are listed for Saturday morning performances at 10 a.m. in June and July.
"Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly" - June 23, 30 and July 7 - From migration to metamorphosis, this musical follows a little schoolgirl, Velma, on her class trip when a very friendly butterfly changes her life.
"Pinnochio" July 14, 21 and 28 - An interactive version of the classic during which the audience may help Pinnochio, who yearns to become a real boy.
"Seussical Jr." - With camp director Marc De la Cocha teaching acting, dancing, singing and tech theater, the week-long theater camp will perform the junior version of Dr. Seuss's whimsical musical on Aug. 6 through 11.
For season tickets and more information, call 748-8083.