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The Peninsula Players performs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. in summer. With the opening of the fall show Sept. 3, curtain times are Tuesday through most Sundays at 7 p.m. The closing Sunday performance of each show will have a 4 p.m. matinee, July 6, July 27, Aug. 17, Aug. 31 and Oct. 19.
Discount tickets are available for season ticket holders and groups. Individual tickets are currently available by phoning the Box Office. Individual tickets will be available online mid-May following the completion of the season renewal process. Individual ticket prices range from $35 to $44. There are no performances on Mondays. For more information or to reserve tickets phone the box office at (920) 868-3287 or visit the website at www.peninsulaplayers.com.
Here is information on the coming season from a press release.
- The season will open June 17 with the world premiere of “The Tin Woman” by Sean Grennan, creator of “Making God Laugh,” which also had its world premiere at the Players. “The Tin Woman” is a comedy about Joy, a woman who unexpectedly gets a new lease on life as the recipient of a donated heart. Joy struggles to accept her twist of fate while Jack’s family adjusts to life without him. Humor and emotions fly back and forth when Alice, Jack’s mom, invites Joy to dinner after receiving a wholehearted thank you note from her. “The Tin Woman” will have a three-week run closing July 6.
Peninsula Players artistic director Greg Vinkler said, “Three years ago the Players presented the world premiere of Sean Grennan’s ‘Making God Laugh’ to open the season. It was a warm and funny story that followed a family through the years as they celebrated various holidays. Audiences fell in love with the show. Soon after, Sean sent me a new script, ‘The Tin Woman,’ which I believe is an even richer, funnier and more moving play.
“‘The Tin Woman’ follows Joy, a young woman who has had a heart transplant. She is having trouble coping with this new life which she didn't expect to have and she somehow feels the need to meet the family of the person whose heart she received. The story of her coming to the decision to contact the family along with the story of the family itself both come together in a funny and touching way. And the play resolves very unexpectedly, but movingly for all. ‘The Tin Woman’ will be our world première season opener and I'm happy to say Sean will be with us again as we put the show together.”
- From July 9 through 27, the Players present Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit “And Then There Were None.” The Queen of Crime’s classic mystery features guests lured to
Vinkler said, “No one writes old-fashioned murder mysteries like Ms. Christie. I think this may be her best one. Great situation, fun characters and a doozy of a puzzler. Eight guests, unknown to each other, are invited to a chic but completely isolated house, where none of them, including the butler, housekeeper and boatman, have ever seen their host. Soon after their arrival a disembodied voice accuses all of them of having each committed a murder. And shortly, one by one, they begin to be inexorably killed off - in some not-too-pleasant ways. And, in the best Christie tradition, you don't find out whodunit till the very end. I’m looking forward to our having a fun thrill ride with this one!”
- Next, July 30 through Aug. 17 is the madcap comedy “The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful” by Charles Ludlam. The romp begins on a dark and stormy night. Lady Enid arrives at her new home to find the portrait of Irma Vep, Lord Edgar’s first wife, still on display above the fireplace and Irma’s mysterious presence looming over the haunted manor. The comedy takes audiences on a comical journey from an austere English manor to the exotic pyramids of
Vinkler said, “What do you get when you combine Victorian melodrama, farce, the penny dreadful, ‘
“It’s quick-change silliness from beginning to end. From Lord Edgar’s haunted estate ‘Mandacrest,’ where his dead wife’s portrait hangs over the mantelpiece, to the tombs of ancient Egypt (Lord Edgar is, after all, an Egyptologist), a motley cast of characters, saintly and evil, human and non-human, thread their zany way through this award-winning comedy. Every time I read it, I laugh out loud.”
- The Midwest premiere of Richard Strand’s “
Vinkler said, “We are very excited to be bringing a fully-realized production to our audiences. ‘
“Based on true events from the first year of the Civil War, it’s the story of a runaway slave and a brand-new general who butt heads over what to do with this very smart and stubborn young man seeking asylum at
- Closing the season Sept. 3 through Oct. 19 is Ted Swindley’s enduring musical revue, “Always … Patsy Cline.” Cline is one of the best-loved and iconic recording artists of all time. “Always … Patsy Cline” written and originally directed by Ted Swindley tells the true story of the music legend’s friendship with her devoted fan Louise Seger, a Texas housewife who maintained a correspondence with Patsy from 1961 until her untimely death. Filled with toe-tapping music, down-home country charm, humor and heartache, this musical features more than 25 of Cline’s endearing and timeless hits such as “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walking After Midnight.”
Vinkler said, ‘“Always … Patsy Cline’ has a big heart, a lot of music and focuses on a singer who will never grow old. ‘Always … Patsy Cline’ includes many of her biggest hits and a story about her and her friend Louise that is sweet, funny and touching. I never get tired of listening to her unique voice, her style and her songs.”
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