Prince Hamlet has been summoned home to Denmark to attend his father's funeral. One night, a Ghost reveals itself to Hamlet, claiming to be the ghost of Hamlet's father, the former king. The Ghost claims that the old king was murdered by Hamlet's uncle, Claudius, who has since married Hamlet's mother and assumed the throne. Hamlet decides to uncover the truth for himself.
Older teens will adore the dark humor that turns age-old tragedy into this clever modern comedy. Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are having some very supernatural problems. The Montgomerys are a family of zombies. Their sworn enemies, the Decapitates, are zombie hunters. When Juliet’s cousin Ty kills Romeo, Romeo becomes a zombie, making the Montgomery family proud. Soon after at the Decapitate’s costume party, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love, but poor Juliet Decapitate doesn’t know her love is one of her undead adversaries. It isn’t until Romeo kills Ty and gets banned from the mall — tragically cutting off his Orange Julius supply — that Juliet learns the truth about her love. She is faced with a difficult decision: does she abandon her family for her true love or does she perform her family duties and send Romeo to his grave for good? Finally, a version of Romeo and Juliet where your audience won’t know the ending!
There is no better way to celebrate America than with beautiful, patriotic music — from America’s favorite anthems to poignant and uplifting original compositions. This patriotic tableau begins as a committee discusses putting on a patriotic show for their town. Just what does America mean to them? One person pulls out the Preamble to the Constitution, and they decide to use it as a framework for their show. Through a series of sketches and songs organized phrase by phrase from the Preamble, they show not only how the Constitution applies to our past, but also to our present and future. Everyday life is showcased in both funny and touching vignettes, offering a variety of moods as it explores the deeper meanings of the language of the Constitution. From two neighbors arguing their constitutional rights to have crab grass to an immigrant’s heartwarming rendition of her coming to America, this Norman Rockwellesque review offers slices of life in America. Picnics... tributes to the military... letters home from war... all become part of this patchwork quilt of American life. This musical will serve as a fine reminder that the remarkable words written by our forefathers many years ago are still a living document, part of our lives each and every day.
The timeless “Wizard of Oz” tale has been adapted into a dazzling musical. A cyclone carries Dorothy and Toto to the magical Land of Oz. When Dorothy’s house squashes the Wicked Witch of the East, she is ecstatically thanked by the liberated Munchkins and given permission to wear the witch’s powerful silver slippers. From there, Baum’s lovable characters, rubber-legged Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Woodsman, join Dorothy on a journey to meet the great Oz. While on their trek, they battle the Wicked Witch of the West, who is determined to get revenge for the death of her sister. This bright musical is charged with a bundle of wonderful songs and thrill after thrill... like the escape from the Fighting Trees and encountering the enchanted poppies. Eventually, Glinda the Good Witch helps Dorothy defeat the evil witch and her winged monkeys. The great and powerful wizard grants Dorothy’s friends their wishes and of course, helps Dorothy return to Kansas.
Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment. All the famous fairy-tale characters take on all of the memorable roles of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. You’ll never know who will show up next as the Big Bad Wolf (as Ebenezer Scrooge) meets his old business partner Jacob Midas (Marley), who could turn anything to gold. Midas warns Big Bad that he’ll be visited by The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (played by a Fairy Godmother, Old King Cole, and the Queen of Hearts respectively). The ghosts make Scrooge realize what a scoundrel he’s been to the Charming (or Crachit) family — including Prince Philip, Cinderella and their kids, Hansel, Gretel, and Tabitha, their Little Match Girl — and help him to remember what the Christmas spirit is all about. This fun-filled adaptation stays true to the warmth and heart of the classic.
An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!
Two married couples have been best friends for years. In their Connecticut home, Karen and Gabe, international food writers, are giving a dinner for Beth and Tom, which he doesn't attend. It emerges from the heartbroken Beth that he has left her for another woman. Gabe and Karen are almost as crushed, having expected 'to grow old and fat together, the four of us.' When Tom shows up at his home in the next scene, late at night, he is enraged that Beth broke the news of their breakup in his absence. Late as it is, he rushes over to his friends in the next scene to present his side of the story. Act Two begins with another dinner, twelve and a half years earlier, in a summer house on Martha's Vineyard, where Karen and Gabe are introducing Beth to Tom. Then we skip five months after the events in Act One, as Beth reveals to Karen that she has fallen in love with an old friend whom she intends to marry. Later that day, in a Manhattan bar, Tom, a lawyer, tells Gabe about his newfound happiness, to which Gabe reacts sourly. Still later that night, Gabe and Karen are going to bed in the Vineyard house, and discuss the Tom-and-Beth situation, as well as their own marriage clinging to it like the shipwrecked to their raft.
In this comedic thriller, eight strangers are summoned to a derelict vaudeville theater to fulfill the wishes of the theater's founding members -- their grandparents. A series of sinister events makes them realize their gathering was for a completely different purpose than previously believed.
Two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady's vivacious niece, Meg, who's engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there's a wide world out there, but it's not until she meets "Maxine and Stephanie" that she finally gets a taste of it.
Movie Masterworks is a slew of classic scenes from classic films reenacted live on stage! Come see moments from some of your favorite films (and some unfamiliar treasures) performed on the Dover Little Theatre stage. We will be recreating scenes from Sullivan’s Travels, All About Eve, Double Indemnity, Crossfire, National Velvet, Rebel Without a Cause, Imitation of Life, Dr. Strangelove, The Hospital, The Breakfast Club, City Slickers, The Magnificent Seven, The Shootist, The Cheyenne Social Club, Bite the Bullet, Will Penny, King Kong, Ninotchka, Requiem for a Dream, Sixteen Candles, Chasing Amy, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Adam’s Rib, Dead Man Walking, Millions, The Americanization of Emily, and When Harry Met Sally. This show is a treat for film buffs and theatre fans alike. Join us for a unique and original presentation by Dover Little Theatre's own Alex Oleksij!