schoolOfTheatrePresents

Matthews Playhouse School of Theatre productions are cast exclusively with students from our year-long theatre classes.  Only students in our classes will appear in these productions, and their performance is a culmination of the training they receive throughout the year.  School of Theatre productions typically run 1-2 weekends with both evening and matinee performances.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Gilbert and sullivan's hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates.  He disavows the pirate's way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel.  Frederic's melodious tones win over the heart of Major General Stanley's songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an "ingenious paradox" may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of "The very model of a modern Major General".

THE TEMPEST

Set on a remote island, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation.  He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island.  There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.

THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.

Based on one of Hans Christian Anderson's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.  With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alen Menken, this fishy fable will capture your heart with it's irrestible songs including "Under the Sea", "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World".  Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains 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 in the ocean's depths.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Join Alice as she goes down the rabbit hole to a magical fantasyland full of zany, fun creatures!  Lewis Carroll's unflappable young heroine, Alice, takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world of mock turtles, dancing flora, punctual rabbits and mad tea parties.  Playing cards hold court and nothing is as it seems in this land where whimsy and wordplay are the order of the day.  Will Alice be able to find her footing in this bizarre place?  More importantly, will she ever figure out how to get home?

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