The next play being performed at the live theater is the musical "1776" which the theater owners are sure that the entire family will enjoy. As the name might imply, the play centers around the meeting of the 2nd Continental Congress as they decide whether or not to declare the colonies' independent from Great Britain.
"It's a history lesson on the birth of the United States," says Bob Taylor the director of the play, "and although the author Peter Stone has taken dramatic license with some of the facts, such as the date that the Declaration of Independence was signed, the story is basically true. This combined with the wonderful music and the character development of the primary players in this date in history, makes '1776' a fascinating play for the entire family. It's our first 'G-rated' play and one both Art Lieberman and I initially planned for over a year ago."
Lieberman loves the play for both its dramatic moments as the Declaration is debated but also because of the long-distance romantic story between John Adams and his wife Abigail, which plays out in the song, "Yours, Yours, Yours" reprised 2 times.
"1776" premieres of Friday, June 13th at 7:00 PM and will run for three weekends with performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday matinees. The play will end on Sunday, June 29th, the Sunday before the 4th of July weekend.
Family oriented events will continue throughout June and July when, in rather rapid fashion, the theater becomes a concert hall and a children's camp.
On July 12th, for one night only at 7:00 PM, the theater will host a concert by a group called "BeeGeez USA", a tribute band to the Brothers Gibb. "Close your eyes and the sound is that of the famous group - then open your eyes and there they are!" says Lieberman. The concert is nearly sold out and less than 30 tickets remain. This is the first time that the entire capacity of the seating is being used in the Courtyard Theater.
A week later, well-known local celebrity Frank Fedele will present a concert named "Flash from the Past", a two-part show featuring "Orbisonia" and the sounds of Roy Orbison and the "Boomer Legends Show" which features rock tunes of the '60s and 70's performed by Frank's wonderful band. This show will be held on two nights only, Friday and Saturday, July 18th and 19th at 7:00 PM.
During that week, the children's camp for kids 7-17-years old called "The Young Person's Dramatic Academy will be held, for two weeks, Monday thru Friday, the 14th thru 18th and the 21st thru 25th, from 10AM to 2 PM each day. The kids can bring their own lunch, or Garfield's Restaurant will offer three different lunches delivered to the theater for only $1.00 a day. The cost of the camp is $150, but only 20 kids can attend. A few opening still remain.
Then, on August 1st, the theater offers to more mature audiences, the Burlesque extravaganza, "Madame Burlesque", presented by the famous Boston Babydolls. This one night event, scheduled for 8:00 PM, is a tribute to the ladies of the famous art form of the 1920s thru 1940s when burlesque offered sexy ladies and hilarious comedy. Dozens of famous comedians got their start in burlesque houses and the glamorous girls became as famous as movie stars. Names like: Blaze Starr, Zorita, Sally Rand and Gypsy Rose Lee were well known to the general public. The Boston Babydolls show is touring the US and the Courtyard Theater was happy to be able to give audiences from the Susquehanna Valley a chance to see them LIVE.
Finally, after two more plays: "Over the River and Through the Woods" and "Radio Razzle Dazzle" in August and September, the Courtyard Theater will present the live version of the cult favorite musical, "The Rocky Horror Show" which, although rated "PG", is well known to have audience participation which causes the warning to potential audience members who have never seen either the play or movie to expect shocking language from the viewers. The theater will also be selling bags of "goodies" so essential to audience participation in the play. If you've never seen "Rocky" you are well advised to ask a friend who has seen it what it is about. However, for those who have experienced the movie or play before, be prepared for the absolute fun of the event.
"The Rocky Horror show will be presented for 4 performances on Friday and Saturday nights only, October 3rd and 10th and 4th and 11th at 7:00 PM.
All tickets to all the events mentioned above are $15 and may be purchased either on the website of the theater at www.thecourtyardtheater.com or by calling the box office at 570-374-0060 from 9:30-5:00 weekdays.
(Information from Art Lieberman)
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