54th Signature Season and Family Series
Dearly Departed September 7-17, 2017 (by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones)
A group of colorful and dysfunctional Southern eccentrics gathers below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan…including trying to convince his wife not to put “mean and surly” on his tombstone. Last produced by MHT in 1997, Dearly Departed is one of the top comedies listed in audience surveys.
Ripcord November 9-19, 2017 (by David Lindsay-Abaire)
A brand new play on the MHT stage. In the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, the cantankerous Abby has to share her quarters with the infuriatingly chipper new-arrival, Marilyn. A feud between the two women results in a bet to determine who stays and who goes, quickly escalating into an outrageous game of one-upsmanship. A comedy that also includes moving moments about love and forgiveness.
The Mountaintop January 11-21, 2018 (by Katori Hall)
Another new play on the MHT stage. A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives, he doesn’t know if she is an FBI informant, the devil, or an angel. Dr. King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people. *This play contains strong language. Parental discretion is advised.*
Barefoot in the Park April 19-29, 2018 (by Neil Simon)
Last produced by MHT in 1983, this play is the story of Paul and Corie Bratter, newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their older eccentric neighbor. Everything that can go wrong, does!
Sister Act May 31-June 16, 2018 (by Alan Menken)
A new musical presented for the first time on the MHT stage. Featuring original music by a Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, it is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet. A nightclub singer hopeful is also the girlfriend of a mobster. After witnessing a murder, she hides out in a convent and turns everything upside down. This uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Family Series Shows for 2017-2018
The Hobbit October 5-15, 2017 (based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien)
A new adaptation of the classic tale, The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins is a comfortably well-off hobbit with a love for rousing adventure stories. So when Gandalf the wizard knocks at Bilbo’s door, bringing with him a company of dwarfs, and a contract for an adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain. Bilbo’s love of a good story gets the better of him, and before he knows it, he is off on a perilous quest encountering both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe December 7-17, 2017 (based on the book by C.S. Lewis)
Four children are evacuated from London during the Blitz. While exploring the Professor’s house, they stumble across the gateway to another world, and the adventure begins. The land of Narnia is under the spell of the wicked White Witch, and the four very quickly find themselves caught up in a deadly struggle between good and evil.
Junie B. Jones: Is Not A Crook! MARCH 8-18, 2018 (by Allison Clark, based on the books by Barbara Park)
Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.
Just Like I Wanted May 4-6, 2018 (by Rebecca Schlossberg)
At sixteen, Joey has just committed suicide. Through a series of flashbacks, Joey shows us the life he used to lead and why he chose to end it — and we also see the unexpected effect of his death on his classmates, teachers, and family. Just Like I Wanted is a poignant, searing look at an epidemic which is sweeping our nation.
With this list of shows Market House Theatre will have produced over 700 plays in its 54 year of operations. Season tickets are on sale now! Tickets for the entire Signature Series is $90 for Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday Matinees, $95 for Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information contact the Market House Theatre Box Office at 270-444-682 Monday through Friday from Noon to 5 pm.