On the heels of its highly successful Young Actors presentation of “The Music Man, Jr,” which was recently presented to sold-out audiences, New Horizon Community Theatre in West Point has announced the remaining five shows in its 2015-2016 Theatre season which will run through May 21, 2016.
In October, the theatre will present the romantic comedy Farce Of Nature. From the successful writing team that brought The Hallelujah Girls, Christmas Belles, Funny Little Thing Called Love, and The Dixie Swim Club, comes the newest Jones, Hope, Wooten Southern-fried comedy! Meet the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas, and spend an outrageously funny day at The Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. Can the lodge be saved from gangsters, love-starved females, jealous husbands, ruthless corporate executives, bad Swedish accents, a cranky, senior citizen maid packing heat, a jittery young man masquerading as a woman, and hungry, vicious animals right outside the door? By the delightfully chaotic climax of this one remarkable day, love has blossomed, truths have been revealed and the lives of all – family, guests and gangsters alike – change in incredible and surprising ways in this laugh-’til-your-sides ache comedy. Currently in production, performance dates are scheduled for October 22 – 24.
This season’s Christmas Classic is The Gifts of the Magi, a musical based on the O.Henry short stories. Jim and Della are young and in love – and broke! It is Christmas in New York and the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. But as those familiar with the famous O. Henry story are aware, their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions (she her beautiful long hair, he his heirloom pocket watch) in order to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city. In addition to their story there are glimpses of various city folk (played by the same two performers) going about their holiday business, and the hilarious plight of a cheerful bum named Soapy, who wants only to get arrested so he can spend the night in a cozy cell, all gracefully enhanced by tuneful songs and neatly tied together by a newsboy-narrator, Willy, who adds his own melodious contribution and informative observations to the delightful proceedings. Auditions for 2-3 women and 2-4 men, aged 16 and up are October 12 and 13. Performance dates are December 3-5.
What would an election year be without a political comedy? In February New Horizon will present the hilarious, relatively unknown comedy No Body Like Jimmy. Eloise Vanlandingham has announced she is running for State Senate. On the evening of her first political fundraising dinner, her husband’s best friend from college – who just happens to work for a mobster – shows up with a problem. Jimmy. Harold has a dead body in the back of his van and he needs a place to stash him. Harold’s timing couldn’t be more awful as the Vanlandingham’s guests begin arriving along with an overzealous Campaign Manager, a snooty speech writer, a butler with an attitude, and two very curious police officers. Auditions for 4 women and 7 men, aged 18 and up are December 7 and 8. Performance dates are February 11 – 13.
This season’s major musical will be performed April 7 – 9. Happy Days, A New Musical takes us back to the 1950’s – the days of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Join the Cunninghams – Richie, Joanie, Howard, and Marian – along with all of Richie’s friends: Ralph, Potsie, Al, Chachi, Lori Beth, and, of course, Fonzie as they rock and roll themselves back into our hearts. Written by the ‘70’s TV show’s creator, Garry Marshall and with a musical score by Paul Williams, Happy Days will bring back memories of a simpler time. Good old-fashioned family entertainment at its best and fun for the entire family! Auditions for ages 16 and up are February 1 and 2.
The final production of the season is Robin Hood. Robin Hood, the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, leads a merry life with his followers. Anyone who is hungry or who has no place to live is welcome in the greenwood. The citizens of the forest oppose wicked Prince John who has taken the place of King Richard the Lion-Hearted, gone to the Holy Land on a crusade. One day a caravan cuts through the wood. In the convoy is Robin’s childhood sweetheart, Maid Marian, ward of King Richard. Alas, the evil Lady Merle of Cornwall plans to force Marian to marry the Prince in an effort to make John more acceptable to the people of England. To arms! It’s up to Robin to stop the marriage, defeat a nasty sheriff and secure Nottingham for the king’s return. In rousing, sword-fighting, vine-swinging fashion Robin and his men defeat the evil sheriff and save the day! Performance dates are May 19 – 21, 2016. Auditions for actors aged 7 – 17 are March 28 and 29.
New Horizon Theatre is open to all interested actors, musicians, singers, dancers, or backstage people regardless of experience. (None of us had any when we started). For more information about performance dates, audition dates, or ticket sales, please call the theatre at 706/643-7529, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.nhct.org.