Corinth Theatre-Arts 2016-17 season of Merriment and Mirth

Jam-packed with laughter, suspense and yule-tide cheer, Corinth Theatre-Arts’ 2016-17 season will provide patrons with a variety of entertaining shows to attend.
“This season, we’ve kept it lighthearted with a theme of ‘Merriment and Mirth’,” said CT-A Board Member and actress Jan Soltz. “There’s something for everyone – from singing and dancing nuns to talking animals.”

“From a performers standpoint, there are roles available for those ages six to 106,” she continued. “We are hoping to bring a little laughter every couple of months. We’ve tried to provide a good balance of shows from old classics to newer fare.”
The upcoming season line up is as follows:

• “Nunsense 2, The Second Coming”
The action takes place six weeks after the sisters have staged their first benefit. The sisters are back presenting a “thank you” show for all those who supported them in the past. But now, they’re a bit slicker, having been “bitten by the theatre bug.” Things off to a rousing start as the sisters sing Nunsense, the Magic Word, but before long, chaos erupts. Two Franciscans come to claim Sister Mary Amnesia (who has won the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes) as one of their own. At the same time, the nuns hear that a talent scout is in the audience to see them strut their stuff. From the riotous bingo game run by Sister Amnesia to the hilarious duet, “What would Elvis do?”, to the rousing finale, “There’s Only One Way to End Your Prayers and That’s to Say Amen!” – this show will have patrons rolling in the aisles!
Auditions for this show have already been held. Production dates are Aug. 18–21.

• “Robin Hood” (A L.I.N.K production)
Robin Hood, the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, leads a merry life with his followers. Anyone who is hungry or who has no place to live is welcome in the greenwood. The citizens of the forest oppose the wicked Prince John. He’s taken the place of King Richard the Lion-hearted, who has gone to the Holy Land on a crusade. One day a caravan cuts through the wood, In the convoy is Robin’s childhood sweetheart, Maid Marian, ward of King Richard. Alas, the evil lady Merle or Cornwall plans to force Marian to marry the prince in an effort to make John more acceptable to the people of England. It’s up to Robin to stop the marriage, defeat the nasty sheriff and secure Nottingham for the King’s return. He accomplishes it all in a rousing fashion!
Auditions for the show are from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 9. Production date is Sept. 13.

• “Arsenic and Old Lace”
Audiences will meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers, the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the activities of their other brother.The famous comedy success produced a smash hit in New York and on the road.
Auditions for the show are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept.12 and 13. Production dates are Oct. 27–30.

• “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Audiences won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmen’s collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling young adult book and has become a holiday staple for groups across the United States. The production features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few Christmas Carols and a lot of laughs!
Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Production dates are Dec. 12–14 for school shows and Dec. 15-18 for public performances.

• “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will”
Set in a small Texas town in anytime, U.S.A, Daddy’s Dyin’ concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit. Without becoming ponderous, losing a sense of humor or pandering to timeworn cliches about Texans or Texas drawls, the story shares many elements of a good summer novel: It’s a fast, delicious, easy read with funny moments, and characters the audience will care about.
Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 9 and 10. Production dates are Feb. 22–26.

• “Lend me a Tenor”
Set in September of 1934, the play opens to find Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company is primed to welcome the world famous, Tito Morelli, II Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as the lead role in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Otello”. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s II Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume to perform. Now two women are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with II Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.
Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 and 28. Production dates are April 5–9.

• “Dr. Dolittle”
Here is a lovely version of the adventures of Dr. Dolittle, the gentle Englishmen who can talk to animals. All his furry and feathered friends are along for the ride including Jip, the dog; Dab-Dab, the duck; Chee-Chee, the monkey; Gub-Gub the pig; and, of course, Polynesia, the parrot; as well as a slew of seagulls, dolphins and sharks, and the unique two-headed creature, Pushmi–Pullyu. Audiences will follow Dr. Dolittle to Africa to cure a tribe of sick monkeys, watch him thwart a fierce band of greedy pirates, and join him on a mission to rescue Professor Long Arrow, a famous naturalist, on the volcanic island of Popsipetal. In between exotic adventures, there are also money troubles at home, precipitated by the tax collector’s greedy wife, that Sarah Dolittle, the doctor’s sister and housekeeper, can hardly deal with. Dr, Dolittle finally lands in court for a climactic trial with a surprising resolution. Craig Sodaro’s adaptation beautifully captures the whimsical humor and deep-felt love for all creatures of the Dolittle stories.
Auditions are from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 10 and 11. Production dates are May 18–21.

Spectators should note that all showtimes are 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) with the exception of Sunday matinee’s which are at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.) Season tickets are now available for purchase at a cost of $70 which is just $10 per show. At $12 for regular admission, buying a season equates to a savings of $14 for patrons.

“It is a wonderful value and a great opportunity for those who would like to see all seven shows,” said Soltz. “It is also a good option for families since the tickets can be split up however they want. They may choose to reserve seats for each show or use them all on one production. The choice is completely up to them.”

(For more information and to purchase season tickets contact Corinth Theatre-Arts at 662-287-2995. The theatre is located at 303 Fulton Drive in Corinth.)

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Corinth Theatre-Arts is proud to be part of northeast Mississippi's strong and vibrant performing-arts community. And we know that you are, too.

As the only community theatre in this section of northeast Mississippi, CT-A takes seriously our responsibility to enrich and enhance the quality of life here. Our varied and diverse performances entertain thousands of audience members each season, our educational outreaches bring the magic of theatre to thousands of youngsters and our series of talent showcases, workshops and classes open our theatre to everyone interested in the stage.
And we'd be honored to have you join us.

You can be a key element in achieving our mission - and let Corinth know you support the performing arts -- by becoming a CT-A donor. Our upcoming season includes seven productions including musicals, family shows, adult comedies and plays from local authors as well as a summer camp, school shows, workshops, our always popular monthly Cabarets and other events. Becoming a donor means you're strengthening our community and making northeast Mississippi a destination for talent and creativity. In addition, your donation nets you benefits such as season tickets, season t-shirts, your name in the CT-A playbill and an invitation to our end-of-season awards program. Plus, your donation qualifies for a tax-deductible donation under IRS code 501(c)3 to the full amount the law provides.

With several donor packages to choose from, you'll find the one that's perfect for you. Below are the levels of donor-ship to choose from, and attached is a donor form you can fill out and return to us by email at; postal mail at P.O. Box 127, Corinth MS 38835; or fax at 662.287.6272.

Questions? Call us at 662.287.2995 (business-office hours are 1-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays) or email us. Thank you so much for joining CT-A in support of local arts. We could not do what we do without you. Click here to download donor form.

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