MICHIGAN CITY — The Footlight Players will be hosting a trip to "Narnia," cultivating some performances of "Steel Magnolias" and producing a return to a "Doublewide, Texas" as part of their 70th season.
All the theatrical magic begins in September with a "Doublewide, Texas." It's a prequil to Footlight's production of "A Doublewide, Texas Christmas," and features the inhabitants of the teeniest town in Texas thrown for a loop when their neighbors in the nearby town of Tugaloo are determined to annex them. The show runs Sept. 6-8 and 12-15.
In November, Footlight Players will present the award winning Neil Simon comedy, "Last of the Red Hot Lovers." The play centers around middle-aged Barney Cashman who wants to join the sexual revolution, albeit that he’s a little too late. He arranges three very awkward seductions with Elaine Navazio, a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses, Bobbi Michele, a young talentless “wanna-be starlet” who is a bit on the wacko side, Jeanette Fisher, a nervously gloomy housewife. The show runs Nov. 1-3 and 7-10.
In March of 2020, Footlight will present the musical "Gypsy," book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jules Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The story behind this production is taken from the memoirs of the Burlesque Queen and stage personality, Gypsy Rose Lee. The score includes such favorites as "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," and "All I Need Now is the Girl." The show runs March 6-8, 13-15, and 20-22.
In May of 2020 will be "Steel Magnolias" written by Robert Harling. The story revolves around the happenings of Chinquapin, Louisiana, that are all discussed and gossiped about in Miss Truvy’s Beauty Salon by six of the most charmingly funny, yet heartful ladies of the south. As these “Steel Magnolias” make their way over life’s many hurdles, they find true comfort and love in one another. Show runs May 1-3 and 7-10
The season will close in July of 2020 with the magical, musical fantasy, "Narnia." The script of this show (book by Jules Tasca, music by Thomas Tierney and lyrics by Ted Drachman) is based on "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" in the Chronicles of Narnia. The land of Narnia is filled with mythical creatures and spirits of fable, both good and evil. The show runs July 10-12, 17-19, and 24-26.
Throughout the year, with the exception of November and December, Footlight Players will continue with their Friday Night at Footlight open-mic night. The event is held every fourth Friday of the month with scheduled guest artists. It is open to the public and admission is free with a $2 entertainer’s fee for a 15 minute spot.
Footlight said they will continue to offer their patron drive to audience members and friends at 8 different levels of support. The Copper plan is $40, Bronze at $55, Silver at $75, Gold at $100, Platinum at $150, Sapphire at $150, Emerald at $500 and Diamond at $1,000 +. As a way of showing appreciation for your financial donation, they will offer you 5 complimentary admissions to be used for any or all shows, a $75 value. The gem categories will receive 10 passes worth $150. Single ticket prices are $15 with a $10 price for children 12 or younger.
The Footlight Players are always on the lookout for members, patrons and volunteers. There is no experience needed. If you’d like to check the organization out, their meeting are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month at the theater at 7 p.m. For more information on this or any of these events, contact Footlight Theater at 1705 Franklin Street in Michigan City, phone number 219-874-4035 or online at www.footlightplayers.org and a Footlight Players representative will call you back as soon as possible.