Community Theatre League 2020-2021 Season

Theatre, Cinema & Dance Events

November 13, 2020 to November 15, 2021

Community Theatre League

2020 – 2021 Mainstage Season

Brighton Beach Memoirs

November 13-15
Set in the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn in the Great Depression, Eugene, dreaming of baseball and girls, must cope with the mundane existence of his family life: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style.

Elf: The Musical

December 4-6, 10-13, 2020
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum, starring Will Ferrell
Notable songs: “Sparklejollytwinklejingley,” “World’s Greatest Dad,” “The Story of Buddy”

Murder on the Orient Express

A new adaptation by Ken Ludwig, based on the mystery by Agatha Christie
January 22 & 23, 28-31, 2021
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks.T he luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, with his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, Detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Calendar Girls

April 16-18, 22-25, 2021
When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.
Based on the 2003 Touchstone Pictures film.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

June 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, 2021
Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film that was produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements. Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.
Notable Songs: “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls”

2020 – 2021 Moyer Studio Series

The Nerd

February 19-21, 2021
by Larry Shue
Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, The Nerd centers on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow former GI whom he has never met, but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam.

On Golden Pond

May 7-9, 2021
by Ernest Thompson
Aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend each summer at their home on Lake Golden Pond. During the year, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiance Billy Ray and his son. The play explores the often turbulent relationship Chelsea shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.

Same Time, Next Year

July 16-18, 2021
by Bernard Slade
New Jersey accountant George and Oakland housewife Doris meet at northern California inn. After a one-night affair, they agree to meet once a year, despite the fact that they are each married and have six children between them. Over the course of the next 24 years, they develop an emotional intimacy deeper than what one would expect to find in such a clandestine relationship, just once a year.

2020 – 2021 CTL Family Series

A Year with Frog & Toad

(Theatre for Young Audiences)
Music by Robert Reale; Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel
November 6-8, 2021
Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.
Notable Songs: “I’m Coming Out of My Shell,” “Cookies”

Disney's Frozen, Jr.

February 5-7, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; Book by Jennifer Lee
based on the Disney Motion Picture

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen, Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

Monty Python’s Spamalot [email protected]

July 31, August 1 & 2, 2021
Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this middle school adaptation of MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake will delight casts and audiences as they search for the Holy Grail and “always look on the bright side of life.”

Into the Woods, Jr.

August 13-15, 2021
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine
The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse, and wind up changed forever.


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