2018-19 Journey Home Theater Season

Join us for our tremendous 2018-19 Journey Home Theater Season.  Thank you to our season ticket subscribers!

  POPULATION 485 
by Michael Perry.   Based on Perry’s bestselling book by the same title, this newly released stage version picks up when Perry, returns to his childhood town of New Auburn, Wisconsin and joins the volunteer fire and rescue department. This is a sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreaking bestselling memoir of life, death and hilarity. A true story- it looks at the questions: What draws a person back home? and What happens when you get there?
September 21-23 and September 28-30, 2018 under the direction of Mishia Edwards

  A CHRISTMAS STORY
by Philip Grecian.  Set in the 1940s this comedy follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response?? “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking and everything needed to make your holidays hilarious. (This is the play, not the musical version.)
December 7-9 and December 13-16, 2018 under the direction of Justin Cervantes

  THE SECRET GARDEN
book by Marsha Norman – composed by Lucy Simon This Tony Award-winning musical is the enchanting classic re-imagined in brilliant musical style by Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of ‘Night Mother. Set in the early 1900s, Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies dramatizing The Secret Garden‘s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.
April 12-14, April 19-21, and April 26-28, 2019 under the Musical Direction of Kristin Kivell.

  JANE AUSTEN’S MANSFIELD PARK
adapted by Tim Luscombe Fanny Price, an intelligent, sensitive and quiet young woman, is unceremoniously dumped by her unloving parents into the noisy household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, where she’s buffeted from one crisis to the next. One thing remains certain in her mind, however… her love for charismatic Edmund Bertram. Fanny must battle family duty and everyone’s expectations of her in order to achieve her happiness. Will she be forced to marry the well-connected Henry Crawford or can she triumph over her adopted family’s demands and have the man of her dreams? This is a crisp new adaptation which reveals Austen not as a prissy creator of romantic fiction, but as a moral satirist of enormous stature; the real and unexpected voice of an another age.

June 21-23 and June 27-29, 2019 under the direction of Rachel Haider

  THE ODYSSEY
by Mary Zimmerman. These dramatic scenes from Homer’s myth begin with a modern young woman who is struggling to understand Robert Fitzgerald’s translation of The Odyssey. A classical muse appears, and the young woman becomes the goddess Athena–a tireless advocate for Odysseus in his struggle to get home. With her trademark irreverent and witty twist on classic works, Zimmerman brings to life the story of Odysseus’s ten-year journey, depicting his encounters with characters such as the Cyclops, Poseidon, Calypso, the Sirens, and others. The show is done in “bare bones grandeur” with imagined environments and epic landscapes with creative storytelling.
August 2-4 and August 9-11, 2019 under the direction of Marc Robinson.

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