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Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s 44th season announcement

Season Announcement May 15, 2015

Article:9698; Posted: May 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Hope’s Summer Repertory Theatre’s upcoming season in Holland has a variety of dramatic and comedic works. The main stage productions include the musicals “Les Misérables” and “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” and the plays “To Kill A Mockingbird” and “Hay Fever.”

The Children’s Performance Troupe series will include “Jingle ARRGH The Way!–A Christmas Pirate Adventure,” and “Junie B. Jones–The Musical.” The season begins on June 11th and runs through August 8th with all performances at the DeWitt Theatre.

The 44th season at HSRT starts with one of the world’s longest running musicals, “Les Misérables.” for a limited 3-week run, which ends June 30. Follow the journey of convict Jean Valjean who vows to redeem himself despite obstacles. Set in post-Revolution France, “Les Misérables” reminds us that love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of justice can change the world. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on June 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 29, 30; and on June 20 at both 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Opening June 26th is Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “To Kill A Mockingbird.” With the upcoming release of “Go Set A Watchman” this summer, you won’t want to miss this cherished classic exploring the racial injustice that threatens to divide a community. An American classic for the whole family. Performances are at 8:00 p.m. on June 26, 27, July 1, 8, 9, 16, 22, 28, and August 8; and at 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on July 18.

“Smokey Joe’s Cafe” is a song and dance celebration of rock & roll featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including, “Jailhouse Rock,” “Charlie Brown,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Stand By Me,” and “Spanish Harlem.” Created by American songwriting legends Leiber and Stoller, “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” will be performed at 8:00 p.m. on July 10, 11, 15, 17, 21, 23, 30, and August 1, 3, 5, 7.

Noël Coward’s “Hay Fever” is a raucous ride of hilarious flirtations and histrionics. Retired stage diva Judith Bliss, her novelist husband and their two adult children have all invited house guests for the weekend. As they indulge their artistic eccentricities, the guests begin to wonder if they’ve landed in a madhouse and if they can survive the weekend with their own sanity intact. Performances are on July 24, 25, 27, 29, 31 and August 4, 6 at 8:00 p.m.

The Holidays will come early this year with the crew from Melinda Long’s “How I Became a Pirate” returning to the Children’s Performance Troupe (CPT) stage in an all- new adventure, “Jingle ARRGH the Way!–A Christmas Pirate Adventure.” A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob. They need his help to solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. Performed at 10:30 a.m. on June 17, 19, 22, 24, 29, July 1, 6, 8, 27, 31 and August 5 and at 1:30 p.m. on July 24, 29 and August 3 and 7.

CPT’s second production this summer will transport you back to your childhood with the entertaining exploits of “Junie B. Jones–The Musical” with book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and music by Zina Goldrich. It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade and a lot of things have changed: her friend Lucille doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore, she has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Based on the book series by Barbara Park, “Junie B. Jones,” is a generational favorite. Performed at 10:30 a.m. on July 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 28, 29, 30 and August 1, 3, 7 and at 1:30 p.m. on July 25, 27, 31 and August 5.

Take advantage of Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s best ticket offer and purchase a season ticket package. A season ticket package saves patrons nearly 30% off individual ticket prices. With free exchanges, purchasing a season ticket package is the best way to support HSRT. Season packages are now on sale at the 8th Street ticket office.

The Best Buy Package includes admission to the four main stage productions for $75 for adults, $70 for seniors and $40 for students. The Super-Saver Package includes orchestra seating only for our four main stage productions for $60 for adults and seniors and $40 for students. An $85 Flex Package includes four tickets in any combination to our main stage performances.

The Children’s Package is great for children under 12 and includes tickets to both CPT performances and one ticket to a main stage show for $30. The Adult CPT Package is great for a parent; it includes a ticket to both CPT performances and one main stage

performance for $46. Add an additional main stage performance and pay $72 for the

Bonus Adult CPT Package.

Individual tickets are now on sale at the 8th Street Ticket Office (100 E. 8th St., Main Level) from Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the DeWitt Ticket Office (141 E. 12th St) from Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. beginning June 8. Prices range from $15-$30 for musicals, and $15-$24 for plays. Patrons can purchase individual tickets online by visiting www.hope.edu/hsrt or by calling 616-395-7890.

For more information visit the HSRT website at www.hope.edu/hsrt or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hopesummertheatre.

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