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Market House Theatre: 55th Season Productions
By WestKyStar & Market House Theatre Staff
PADUCAH, KY - As the 54th Season draws to a close, Market House Theatre announces their Signature Season and Family Series productions for their 55th season which runs from July 2018 - June 2019. 

The 55th Signature Season productions include:
Mamma Mia! - September 6 - 23, 2018
Written by Catherine Johnson.
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!
The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make a smash hit.

Eternity - November 8 - 18, 2018
Written by Michael Cochran, Executive Director of Market House Theatre.
A Brand New Comedy and Winner of the National AACT NEWPLAY FEST 2018 competition.  Abe, sick of sticking to a sensible diet, decides to move a client appointment to later in the day in favor of getting an ice cream sandwich. The only problem is Abe the angel of death and his "appointments" are to greet the newly deceased and take them to the next stop. Things quickly spiral out of control when Abe's repeated attempts to "bump off" his delayed appointment fails and the real threat of a new "unauthorized life" will occur unless Abe gets everything back on track.  Meanwhile Abe keeps collecting additional "clients" as he makes a desperate plan to set things right. Abe and a collection of the living and the dead all end up in a Vegas Wedding Chapel where a surprise visit from the Boss helps Abe rediscover what the real meaning of life, death, and relationships are all about.

Sweat - January 17 - 27, 2019.
Written by Lynn Nottage
Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. Set in Allentown Pennsylvania before and after 2008 it is the story of factory workers across America that are still resonating today.

Calendar Girls - April 18 - 28, 2019
Written by Tim Firth
When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new sofa in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow women’s club members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small town.  Based on the true story of eleven women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder - May 30 - June 16, 2019
Book and Lyrics by Robert Freedman Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak.
A distant heir to a family fortune sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm... and a dash of murder.
When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he's eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the second Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing Monty's mind…. a murderous romp filled with unforgettable music, non-stop laughs and a scene-stealing role for one actor playing all eight of the doomed heirs who meet their ends in the most creative and side-splitting ways. A truly original and fresh new comedy that will delight audiences and leave them begging for more.  With ten Tony nominations and four wins, seven Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards and one Drama League Award.

The 55th Family Series productions include:
Ramona Quimby - October 18 - 21, 2018
Based on the book by Beverly Cleary
Dramatized by Len Jenkin
Unpredictable. Exasperating. Boisterous and independent. That's Ramona Quimby for you. Always aggravating her older sister, Beezus, constantly getting into trouble and sometimes "making a big, noisy fuss" when things don't go her way. Ramona's tumultuous passage through third grade and through her family relationships. Along with the discovery that life is not always fair, eventually Ramona and Beezus come to realize that sisters may not always agree, but they can be good to have around.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, JR. - December 6 - 16, 2018
The Award-winning animated film and stage play comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale.
Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. 
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. - Coming March 7 - 17, 2019
Laugh yourself silly with Junie B. Jones in this hilarious Broadway Junior adaptation of Barbara Park's beloved series.
From Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the creators who brought you Dear Edwina and Dear Edwina JR., comes Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a delightful adaptation created specifically for Broadway Junior performers. 
Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie's best friend Lucille has found new best friends - and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary's class Junie has trouble reading the blackboard - and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," and first grade has never been more exciting. 
Featuring many lovable characters and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones JR. will capture your audiences' and Broadway Junior performers' hearts - just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

Continue to monitor Market House Theatre on their website: www.markethousetheatre.org and on Facebook for upcoming show and audition information.

Published 10:48 AM, Sunday Mar. 18, 2018
Updated 11:00 AM, Sunday Mar. 18, 2018

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