Foothill Playhouse Unveils 2017-18 Season

The Foothills Playhouse board of directors announced the 2017-2018 season at the company’s season reveal on Friday,May 19 for the 36 year old non-profit theatre.  FHP invites you to sit back and “share the drama!”

This season features an assortment of nine dynamic productions for its charming 230-seat theatre.  Sponsorships deadlines for season sponsors is July 17, 2017 and show sponsors are one month prior to the production. Show times are- Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

The lineup includes:

Mainstage:

Happy Days, The Musical by Garry Marshall and Paul Williams (August 18-20, 25-27, September 1-3, 2017)

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward (October 13-15 & 20-22, 2017)

A Seussified Christmas Carol by Peter Bloedel (December 8-10, 15-17 2017)

The Foreigner by Larry Shue (February 2-4, 9-11, 2018)

Raggedy Anne and Andy by Patricia Thackray (April 13-15 & 20-22, 2018)

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring (June 8-10 & 15-17, 2018)

B-Side

Clumsy Custard Horror Show (presented by the FHP Youth board) by William Gleason

(June 23-25, 2017)

Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley (November 3-5, 2017)

The Farnsdale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Macbeth by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr (February 23-25, 2018)

 

Clumsy Custard Horror Show (Presented by the FHP Youth board)

By William Gleason (June 23-25, 2017)

Your audience will get into the act (as they do in The Rocky Horror Picture Show) in this hilarious comedy. King Dumb is ready for his daughter to select a husband and all the Knights of the Realm are anxious to claim her hand. But the sweet Princess Prince has fallen for a gentle yet courageous lad she assumes to be a pauper. Not so! Little does she know that this scruffy stranger is Swashbuck Valpariso, bearer of the magic sword and Master of Fast Feet. With audience participation throughout, the play will leave you breathless with anticipation, reckless with abandon and proud to be a Zobian.

Happy Days, The Musical by Gary Marshal and Paul Williams (August 18-20 & 25-27, September 1-3, 2017)

Goodbye gray skies, hello blue! Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable “king of cool” Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli. Based on the hit Paramount Pictures television series, Happy Days, A New Musical reintroduces one of America’s best loved families, the Cunninghams — yes, Howard, Marion and Joanie are here too — to a whole new generation of kids and parents.

The famed drive-in malt shop and number one hangout, Arnold’s, is in danger of demolition. So the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match. Even Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie’s childhood sweetheart, returns to help and — lo and behold! — they rekindle their old flame.

Happy Days, A New Musical, with amazing music from Oscar-winner Paul Williams and a book by the TV series original creator Garry Marshall, is perfect for regional theatres to perform. High schools can also perform the show with any number of cast members they wish. This show is so versatile it can be done with a full orchestra or just a piano! Return to the days of 1959 Milwaukee complete with varsity sweaters, hula hoops and jukebox sock-hoppin’ fun. This perfectly family friendly musical will have you rockin’ and rollin’ all week long!

Blithe Spirit By Noel Coward (October 13-15 & 20-22, 2017)

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantakerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium”, one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over”, joins Elvira and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Doubt, A Parable By John Patrick Shanley (November 3-5, 2017)

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. “All the elements come invigoratingly together like clockwork in John Patrick Shanley’s provocative new play, DOUBT, a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest’s behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty. Something rare for this season: a laudable new American play.” —Variety. “How splendid it feels to be trusted with such passionate, exquisite ambiguity unlike anything we have seen from this prolific playwright so far. Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides, the play is set in 1964 but could not be more timely. In just ninety fast-moving minutes, Shanley creates four blazingly individual people. DOUBT is a lean, potent drama…passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.” —NY Newsday. “A beautifully balanced drama. Shanley is a writer working at the top of his craft, making the most of a muted but evocative palette in the pursuit of truth’s shadows. Here, for the first time in a long time, is a play that is about something.” —Chicago Tribune. “An eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequences. A gripping mystery, tightly written.” —Time Out NY.

A Seussified Christmas Carol By Peter Bloedel (December 8-10 & 15-17 2017)

A whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with — if he ever had his way with the story..

The Foreigner  By Larry Shue (February 2-4 & 9-11, 2018)

The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by “Froggy” LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time “Froggy” has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So “Froggy,” before departing, tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant.

The Farnsdale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Macbeth

By David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr (February 23-25, 2018)

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society ladies mount yet another assault on the classics with a startlingly original production of Macbeth staged to get them to the Welwyn Garden City Finals. Under the carefully mascara’d eye of adjudicator George Peach, all events conspire hilariously against them.

Raggedy Anne and Andy By Patricia Thackray (April 13-15 & 20-22, 2018)

Raggedy Ann, America’s most endearing and enduring folk doll, comes to life in a production that captures the imagination. This free-wheeling romp combines simple inventive staging with an action-packed plot and lively audience participation. Through it all shines the gentle, loving spirit of Raggedy Ann. The story unfolds in a special playroom where wonderful, magical events transpire. A newcomer has arrived in the playroom, a fancy French doll named Babette. But that very evening, a certain prince Leonard-the-Looney-Hearted comes riding by on his hobby horse and whisks her away to Looney-land. Raggedy Ann knows what she must do! She and Andy climb out the window into the “deep, deep woods” to fetch Babette back home.

Arsenic and Old Lace By Joseph Kesselring (June 8-10 & 15-17 2018)

We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other nephew—these require no further description or amplification here. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a must for all nonprofessionals, a ready-made comedy hit.

For more information about Foothills Playhouse and our upcoming season, please visit

www.fhplayhouse.com

Tickets: $5 for children (6 and under)
$10 for Seniors, Students, Military & First Responders (with ID)
$15 for Adults

The acclaimed Foothills Playhouse is the premier destination for family entertainment.  FHP is located just minutes off of highway 123, in Easley, and is nestled in the area’s quaint historic West End district. Parking is free.

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