Foothills Playhouse 2016-17 Season

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MAINSTAGE  & B SIDE SEASON

Foothills Playhouse
201 S 5th St,
Easley, South Carolina 29640
(864) 855-1817
http://fhplayhouse.com/


MAINSTAGE SEASON

The lovable Clampett family rides onto our stage for an evening of hillbilly hilarity. Starting in the Clampett’s mountain cabin, the play follows them through the discovery of oil, their improbably invasion of hi-falutin’ Beverly Hills society and the absurd adventures and ridiculous romances they encounter there. They and the people they meet in “Californy” provide an entertaining evening for audiences of all ages.


 

 

All’s Well in Roswell (Isn’t It?)
Oct. 21-30, 2016

After an unidentified flying object crashes onto a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, ranch owner Ulysses T. Boone has his hands full trying to deal with the press, government authorities, his own family and Jake, a mysterious ranch hand who has been living on the ranch for the past 10 years. It turns out this is not the first time T. Boone has had a close encounter. In fact, Jake is a space alien waiting for a ride home. Aided by a nosy science fiction writer, agents from Area 51 are about to discover T. Boone’s secret. With only minutes to spare, everything hinges on a third-rate film company making a cheesy science fiction film to create a diversion.

 


The One and Only Santa Claus
Dec. 2-11, 2016

Live in your living room, it’s your favorite TV show, “American Profiles”!  When a family is startled to find host Yul Tide literally in their living room one Christmas morning, the show begins.  In a series of hilarious and heart-warming sketches, Yul Tide and co-host Chrystal Flakes explore what Santa Claus really represents, introducing us to various people who know and love him.  The show is full of bloopers and comical bickering as the TV crew clamors to find old St. Nick.  But Santa’s not the only thing that’s missing.  They can’t seem to find their Christmas spirit, either!  Though they might have lost track of what Christmas is all about, kids in the audience haven’t, for they see Santa throughout the show, even though none of the adults can!  Along the way, we meet the mail carrier for the North Pole, Santa’s staff of elves as they run through their final check-list, mall Santas, moms and dads, and even a shadowy figure with big ears who’s not so keen on the great gift-giver (think other furry holiday figures).  This series of 11 sketches may be done as written, or your group can pick and choose to make the show any length.  It’s a snap to spread the Christmas spirit with this easy-to-produce show, full of comedy, clever twists, and the warmth of the holiday season!


Nunsense
Jan. 27 – Feb. 5, 2017

Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first in charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead nuns to bury (whose bodies are being stored in the kitchen freezer!). The nuns decide to put on a benefit talent show in order to raise the rest of the money before the health department discovers their secret.


The Diary of Anne Frank
March 17-26, 2017

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

 

The Story of the Velveteen Rabit

April 28-May 7, 2017

Like a favorite stuffed animal from childhood, this delightful musical will touch your heart and remain forever in your sweet memories.  The magic begins as the toy cabinet comes to life when the lights go out in the nursery.  Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat, and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life with actors representing the “spirit” of each toy in their entertaining and touching interactions onstage.  With narration by the grandfatherly Skin Horse Spirit, you’ll laugh and cry along with the characters — especially the Rabbit Spirit, who learns about love when he gains the affection of the young boy.  Andrew and Rabbit are inseparable until the boy comes down with scarlet fever, and the doctor proclaims that the germ-ridden toy must be destroyed.  Luckily, Rabbit escapes and finds himself among the wild rabbits and the beautiful nursery magic fairy.  With a Victorian flavor, this fun and heart-warming musical creatively captures the magic of the original story about a stuffed animal made real by a child’s love.  The delightful “Alone in the Dark,” the spirited “Nursery Magic,” and the adorable wild rabbit march, “Hi, Ho, We Love to Hop,” will make you feel as warm and fuzzy as the Velveteen Rabbit himself!

 

 


 

B-Side Shows

Rememberin’ Stuff

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Remember your first day of school?  Your first date?  The time your dog ran away or when your best friend suddenly wasn’t your best friend anymore?  Memories, whether good, bad or painful, make us who we are.  When a group of high school drama students is given the assignment to share their memories, the result is an eclectic collection of hilarious, heart-felt, serious, intense and inspiring scenes.  From an improbable first date to a candlelight service for a departed friend.  From selling Girl Scout cookies to dealing with divorce to learning the art of baseball.  A truly ’memorable’ play!

Operation Redneck
Nov. 4-6, 2016

Julie’s liberal, tree-hugging, city-bred boyfriend Jacob is coming to her hometown for a visit, throwing Julie into a panic about whether the home folks will accept him or shoot him.  With a little help from her roommates, Beth and Tina, Julie sets out to transform Jacob into someone her family will like.  Hilarity ensues when one misunderstanding leads to another. This funny, down home story will leave you laughing from start to finish, and you may just recognize a few relatives among the characters!

Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner
Feb. 17-19, 2017

What do you do when you have three geriatric sisters as patients and all they want to do is sit at home and talk to one another—all at the same time? You move another person in with them. At least, that’s what Doc Lomax does when he has a new nurse needing a place to live—a nurse with a secret, that is. The hard part is convincing the sisters they need a roomer. In no time, however, Nurse Jean has them planning parties, pulling Halloween pranks and wearing jogging suits while they race each other to the corner. But when the nephew shows up with a plan to sell the family house, things seem to get complicated again, especially with Christmas just around the corner. This heartwarming piece is loaded with wisecracks and one-liners that keep the laughter flowing.


The Farndale Avenue H.E.T.G.D.S. Murder Mystery

May 26-28, 2017

Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on opening night, and the ladies of the F.A.H.E.T.G. Dramatic Society are no different, with the possible exception that almost everything that could happen does! The scenery collapses, cues are missed, lines forgotten, and the sound effects take on a strange note at times, as the ladies present their ambitious evening’s entertainment with the cunning whodunit, “Murder At Checkmate Manor.” And just in case the audience should get bored there’s a Film and Fashion Show and Murder Mystery Quiz, complete with a Prize! The crunch comes in the denouement when the “murderer”, about to be revealed, has to rush home to bandage up an injured daughter. But Mrs. Reece, doyenne of the group, rises above the slings and arrows of outrageous dramatics to save the situation and provide the final inventive twist.

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