Denton Community Theatre will open its 50th anniversary season in September. Most of the shows have been produced by the company in the past 50 years.
The milestone season opens with Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias. The classic comedy examines the lives and experiences of a group of women in Chinquapin, Louisiana. The women come together at Truvy’s Salon to laugh and cry about love, life and death. Directed by Nancy Chumbley. Performances are Sept. 12-15 and Sept. 19-22. The play was first produced by the company in 1991.
The company will produce William Shakespeare’s most famous play, Romeo & Juliet. The Bard’s story of young lovers defying the wishes of their warring families will be set in the American Southwest, where two ranching titans clash. Co-directed by Betty Kay Seibt and Bonnie McCormick. Performances are Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 14-17. The company first staged Romeo & Juliet in 2006.
Stephen Karam’s Tony Award-winning show The Humans takes the third spot in the 2019-20 season. The drama follows the Blake family on Thanksgiving as they celebrate in their run-down New York apartment. The family faces broken relationships, sibling rivalry and illness. Directed by Caleb Norris and Andrea Ray. Performances are Jan. 10-12 and Jan. 16-19.
Next up is the beloved musical classic by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart and Stephen Sondheim, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. A whip-smart slave, Pseudolus, plots to win his freedom by delivering a lovely courtesan to his young master. The musical was first performed by Denton Community Theatre in 1982. Performances are March 27-29 and April 2-5.
Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit follows socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who hires a psychic to conduct a seance. His aim? To gather information for a new book. Charles ends up living with the ghost of his dead wife. Directed by Richard Dennis. The comedy was first performed by the company in 1992. Performances are June 5-7 and June 11-14.
The season closes with Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson and Catherine Johnson’s Mamma Mia! The new musical uses the famous disco music of ABBA to tell the story of a young woman trying to find her father on the eve of her wedding. Bill Kirkley will direct. Performances are Aug. 7-9 and Aug. 13-16.
The season also includes A Tuna Christmas in December and The Who’s Tommy in June and July. All performances are at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.
The Black Box season features: Wait Until Dark by Frederick Knott and Jeffrey Hatcher, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, Lucky John by David Harper and Andy Mullins, and Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies.