Play On! — Fridays & Saturdays, September 14, 15 & 21, 22 @ 7:00 & Sundays, September 16 & 23 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

Logic Says to Call It Off, but It’s…
Play On!

Fridays & Saturdays, September 14, 15 & 21, 22 at 7:00PM
Sundays, September 16 & 23 at 2:00PM

Our little theater group did this play and had the most wonderful time. Props, sets and costumes are as much or as little as you want. I’ve never had so much fun with play in my life. I don’t think it can miss whether you are a little larger group or one almost as small as the group portrayed!
 – Review on Samuel French Website

Play On! is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

Auditions for this full length (90-minute) comedy will be announced soon. The absolute best way to be informed of these—and all other—auditions at the Lyric is to subscribe to our OAC eNews.

About the Play and the Characters

Time Period:

  • The play itself: Present Day
  • Play within a play: Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play: The Stage of a Community Theatre.

Features:

  • Physical Comedy
  • Non-traditional casting
  • Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, plus Period Costumes

Cast of Characters: (parentheses is character in the play-within-a-play)

  • AGGIE MANVILLE – a stage manager and prompter.
  • GERALDINE “GERRY” DUNBAR – a community theatre director.
  • HENRY BENISH (“Lord Dudley”) – a Character Actor.
  • POLLY BENISH (“Lady Margaret”) – a Character Actress.
  • MARLA “SMITTY” SMITH (“Doris the maid”) – a supporting player.
  • SAUL WATSON (“Doctor Rex Forbes”) – a Villain.
  • BILLY CAREWE (“Stephen Sellers”) -a Juvenile.
  • VIOLET IMBRY (“Diana Lassiter”) – an Ingenue.
  • LOUISE PEARY – a sound-and-lighting-and-scenic technician.
  • PHYLLIS MONTAGUE – a novice playwright in the community.

About the Playwright

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He served at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a Special Services worker. He wrote, produced, and directed one show per month for the Enlisted Men’s Club. In 1958, Mr. Sharkey went to New York to begin a full-time freelance writing career. He wrote Science Fiction stories and novels, humor articles, and mystery novels. In 1961, he returned to Chicago where he worked as joke editor for Playboy Magazine and then was Editor of the Allstate Insurance Company Magazine for 11 years from 1964-75. Mr. Sharkey wrote his first stage comedy in 1965. At the end of 1975, he went exclusively into playwriting, which he continued until a few months before his death. He has 83 published plays written under his own name and four others – Rick AbbotMonk FerrisMark Chandler, and Mike Johnson. Mike Johnson wrote only stage thrillers. All the other plays are comedies and/or musicals. The plays are performed all around the world. Mr. Sharkey passed away on September 28, 1992 after a bout with cancer.

Tickets available by clicking any “Get Tickets” link on this site or by calling (870) 391-3504. Advance Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students; tickets purchased at the door are $15 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students.

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Play On! — Fridays & Saturdays, September 14, 15 & 21, 22 @ 7:00 & Sundays, September 16 & 23 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

Logic Says to Call It Off, but It’s…
Play On!

Fridays & Saturdays, September 14, 15 & 21, 22 at 7:00PM
Sundays, September 16 & 23 at 2:00PM

Our little theater group did this play and had the most wonderful time. Props, sets and costumes are as much or as little as you want. I’ve never had so much fun with play in my life. I don’t think it can miss whether you are a little larger group or one almost as small as the group portrayed!
 – Review on Samuel French Website

Play On! is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

Auditions for this full length (90-minute) comedy will be announced soon. The absolute best way to be informed of these—and all other—auditions at the Lyric is to subscribe to our OAC eNews.

About the Play and the Characters

Time Period:

  • The play itself: Present Day
  • Play within a play: Victorian (British and American)

Settings Of Play: The Stage of a Community Theatre.

Features:

  • Physical Comedy
  • Non-traditional casting
  • Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, plus Period Costumes

Cast of Characters: (parentheses is character in the play-within-a-play)

  • AGGIE MANVILLE – a stage manager and prompter.
  • GERALDINE “GERRY” DUNBAR – a community theatre director.
  • HENRY BENISH (“Lord Dudley”) – a Character Actor.
  • POLLY BENISH (“Lady Margaret”) – a Character Actress.
  • MARLA “SMITTY” SMITH (“Doris the maid”) – a supporting player.
  • SAUL WATSON (“Doctor Rex Forbes”) – a Villain.
  • BILLY CAREWE (“Stephen Sellers”) -a Juvenile.
  • VIOLET IMBRY (“Diana Lassiter”) – an Ingenue.
  • LOUISE PEARY – a sound-and-lighting-and-scenic technician.
  • PHYLLIS MONTAGUE – a novice playwright in the community.

About the Playwright

Rick Abbot is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army. He served at Sandia Base, New Mexico as a Special Services worker. He wrote, produced, and directed one show per month for the Enlisted Men’s Club. In 1958, Mr. Sharkey went to New York to begin a full-time freelance writing career. He wrote Science Fiction stories and novels, humor articles, and mystery novels. In 1961, he returned to Chicago where he worked as joke editor for Playboy Magazine and then was Editor of the Allstate Insurance Company Magazine for 11 years from 1964-75. Mr. Sharkey wrote his first stage comedy in 1965. At the end of 1975, he went exclusively into playwriting, which he continued until a few months before his death. He has 83 published plays written under his own name and four others – Rick AbbotMonk FerrisMark Chandler, and Mike Johnson. Mike Johnson wrote only stage thrillers. All the other plays are comedies and/or musicals. The plays are performed all around the world. Mr. Sharkey passed away on September 28, 1992 after a bout with cancer.

Tickets available by clicking any “Get Tickets” link on this site or by calling (870) 391-3504. Advance Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students; tickets purchased at the door are $15 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students.

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Nunsense — Saturdays, March 10 & 17 @ 7:00 & Sundays, March 11 & 18 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

 

Let the Nun Fun Begin! It’s…
Nunsense!

Saturdays, March 10 & 17 at 7:00PM
Sundays, March 11 & 18 at 2:00PM

A hail of fun and frolic—Nunsense, like the holy mother church, is a bona fide institution.
 – The New York Times

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of Grease. Here we meet Reverend Mother Mary Regina (Jeanie Hunt), a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert (Lisa Johnson), the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne (Ann Lemley); Sister Mary Leo (Serena Bolonsky), a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia (Karen McKaig), the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

Want to get a little taste in advance? Check out the Nunsense YouTube Channel!

Want a little local taste in advance? Besides watching this site for upcoming cast photos, etc., be sure to watch Hometown TV’s 726 and The Weekly Daily Show with Jim and Alicia for upcoming interviews!

Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. Join us at The Lyric to see these singing, dancing, trapeze-ing nuns! Tickets available by clicking any “Get Tickets” link on this site or by calling (870) 391-3504. Advance Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors/Students; tickets purchased at the door are $15 Adults, $14 Seniors/Students.

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Opera with a Touch of Broadway…and a Lot of Love! — Of Maids and Men: Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30 at 7:00, Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

Of Maids and Men:
Opera with a Touch of Broadway
and a Lot of Love!
Friday/Saturday, September 29/30 at 7:00PM Sunday, October 1 at 2:00PM 

Of Maids and Men, a double feature of operatic comedy, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30 and on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at our historic Lyric Theater.

Soprano Genevieve Fulks, and baritone Marvin Murphree will sing some of your favorites from musical theatre to cover the range of a relationship from beginning to full maturity in the first act, then present the opera The Maid Mistress by Pergolesi as the second. Rich in meaning, yet bringing that meaning through humor and some of the most wonderful music the world has ever known, Of Maids and Men will leave the audience both touched and laughing.

Ms. Fulks recently portrayed Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Ozarks in its 67th season, reprising the role she debuted with Springfield Regional Opera in its 2016 production of Figaro. Fulks is southern raised and trained, originally from the delta of Jonesboro. She made her professional debut with Opera Experience Southeast as Nella and Lauretta cover in Gianni Schicchi. She is at home in both opera and musical theatre and has since performed with Springfield Regional Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera in the Rock, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, The Messiah Project, Forum Sinfonia of Krakow, Poland, Ozark Family Opera Company, Conway Dinner Theatre, Springfield Little Theatre, and Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre.

Mr. Murphree has performed opera, oratorio and song recital throughout the United States, having sung with Lyric Artists of the West in Denver, Heartland Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, MSU Opera Workshop, Classic Arts Chamber Works, Branson Arts Council, as a University of Central Missouri guest artist, Jubilee Concerts in St. Louis, Kansas City Bach Festival, and many others in Missouri, Central OK Concert Series in Oklahoma City, as guest artist at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and Trinity Concerts in Hutchinson, Kansas.

For tickets to Of Maids and Men, click any of our ticketing links or call (870) 391-3504.

James and the Giant Peach, Jr. — Saturdays Aug. 5 & 12 @ 2:00 AND 7:00 and Sundays, Aug. 6 & 13 @ 2:00 — #LiveAtTheLyric!

Theatre of the Kids, by the Kids, for the Kids (and, well, for everyone else, too):
James and the Giant Peach, Jr.!

Saturdays, August 5 & 12 at 2:00PM AND 7:00PM 
Sundays, August 6 & 13 at 2:00PM

It’s going to be a “peach” of an August! Join us at The Lyric Theater for an outstanding play OF the kids, BY the kids, and FOR the kids: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, Jr.! Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, James and the Giant Peach, the play is a brand new take on this “masterpeach” of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming script, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James (Jerome Sweatman) is sent by his

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conniving and dastardly aunts, Spiker and Sponge (Brinkley Brewer and Anastazja Stewart) to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean, and launches a journey of enormous peach-portions. James befriends a collection of singing creatures—Ladybug (Annejanette Cole), Grasshopper (Chyler Caraway), Spider (Gabriella Balmer), Earthworm (Logan Cole)—that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way.

Narrated by Ladahlord (Jaxon Whitney), a mysterious creature, this musical contains an ensemble of wild, wacky, wonderful characters, from 5 years old to 18 years old! From Willy Wonka and his Oompa-Loompas, to Bitsy Botana and her Ladies Garden Guild, there is sure to be a colorful character that you will love! The ensemble includes children from previous productions, and quite a few new ones too, all lending their time and talent to make this production abso-fruit-ly fantastic: Serena Bolonsky, Zoey Bolonsky, Callie Caraway, Jocelyn Green, Lorelai Green, Declan Jenkins, Kyran Jenkins, Candace Lambert, Zachary Linn, Cammie Linscott, Shyanne Lusk, Chloe Monk, Faith Nix, Emma Pruitt, Sadie Sharp, Elizabeth Smith, Kayla Smith, Lexi Sprenger.

James and the Giant Peach, Jr. will run 2 shows on August 5 & 12 at 2:00 pm AND 7:00 pm, and matinees on August 6 & 13 at 2:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at TheLyric.org or by calling (870) 391-3504.

Early bird ticket prices (online or over the phone): $12 Adult, $10 Senior/Student, $8 Children.

At the door ticket prices: $15 Adult, $13 Senior/Student, $11 Children.

“Give Peach a chance,” and don’t miss this fantastic production!

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