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Market House Theatre Unveils 56th Season
By WestKyStar & Market House Theatre Staff
PADUCAH - As the 55th Season draws to a close, Market House Theatre announces their 56th Signature Season and 2019 – 2020 Family Series productions at their annual season announcement party held on April 9th in the MHT Multi-Use building.

New to the schedule this year, is an add-on show in November for the Signature Season. The show will be available to add-on to season tickets for a special price, and early seat choices, or at regular price for single ticket purchases. 

Also new this year, MHT will launch its inaugural performance of the new Shakespeare in the Park summer series. The show this summer is Shakespeare’s romantic comedy As You Like It. This new series, in hopes to bring theatre and community together, will offer free performances on July 12, 13, 14 that will take place in Bob Noble Park. Shakespeare in the Park will be headed up by MHT’s Education Assistant Ashlee Soldo.

As announced by MHT, the 56th Signature Season productions include:
Something Dark, written by Paul Elliott
September 12 - 22, 2019
Neal and Vickie are a young couple who have lost their six-year-old son in a drowning accident and move to another state, another home, to try to start life over again. Unfortunately, they’re only in the new home a couple of nights before Vickie begins hearing a child crying in the darkness. Afraid she may be losing her mind, she keeps it a secret from her husband until one night he hears the crying as well. Frantically tearing the house apart, they try to find the source of the crying, hoping that maybe, just maybe it might be their son trying to reach through to them. The thought of him lost between life and death terrifies them, but once they do find the source, they discover something worse, much worse. Something Dark is a ghost story for the stage guaranteed to chill even the most stalwart and skeptical audience member. You’ll be laughing and screaming with equal abandon.

MHT is excited to be presenting Something Dark in its world premiere alongside the renovations of the theatre lobby – the first construction plans to finalize in The Next Stage Campaign.

The November add-on show:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Written by Mark Haddon; adapted by Simon Stephens
November 7 - 10, 2019
What is it like to enter the mind of a young adult with autism?  Christopher, fifteen years old, stands beside Mrs. Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a journey that upturns his entire world.

Evelyn in Purgatory, written by Topher Payne
January 16 - 26, 2020
When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York's public schools, they're sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year. A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in "the rubber room," where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom. Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. A smart comedy that will have you laughing and then moved to tears. It’s like the Breakfast Club for teachers. 
 
Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarias
March 12 - 22, 2020
Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and his wife Tania, who is very pregnant and working on her dissertation, purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank Butler. Frank has always been the runner up in the local garden club competition, but this year he has meticulously manicured and pesticide-protected his garden. Pablo announces he has invited the firm’s partners to their new home for a backyard BBQ party in 5 days. Panic-stricken Tania tries to plant wild flowers and vines to redo their back yard in natural splendor. As the neighbors work on their gardens for the party on Saturday, they discover a fence between the yards has been put in the wrong place - it should actually be in the middle of Frank’s prize garden. Who will win out in the war of nature? The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose. This brand-new comedy, Native Gardens, was selected in alignment with MHT’s multi-year commitment to present diverse actors in featured roles.


A Comedy of Tenors, written by Ken Ludwig
April 16 – 26, 2020
One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maira, from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight. 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda
Book by Dennis Kelly; Music and Lyrics by Minchin
May 28 – June 14, 2020
A little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers is unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be the school pupils' saving grace!

As announced by MHT, the 2019 - 2020 Family Series productions include:
Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
October 17 - 20, 2019
James, an orphan, is sent to live with his greedy and heartless Aunts Spiker and Sponge.  While there, he spills a magical potion which transforms an old peach into gargantuan size, along with the 7 insects which happened to be nearby. These personality-filled bugs take James under their wing (literally) and they set off on a grand cross-continental journey to New York City!  Roald Dahl’s amazing adventure story is brought hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some and the goodness of others, all while demonstrating the true meaning of family. 
 
Disney’s Frozen, JR.
December 12 - 22, 2019
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! This enchanting modern Disney classic is based on the 2018 Broadway musical and includes all of the memorable songs from the animated film as well as five new songs written especially for the Broadway production!

Stuart Little
Written by Joseph Robinette, an adaptation of the classic E.B. White story
February 20 - 23, 2020
Stuart Little is a wondrously magical tale sure to enchant audiences of all ages.  Stuart is clever, enthusiastic, a 'can do' guy with attitude, and he's a mouse! This mouse is raised by the Littles, a human family who learns to dream big and live large when they think little - Stuart Little! As Stuart embarks on adventures with a variety of characters, including his nemesis, Snowbell the cat, Stuart learns the true meaning of family, loyalty, and friendship and reinforces the lesson that families come in all shapes and sizes and the only common thread needed is love.
Show titles and dates are subject to change, some show titles are still pending approval. Continue to monitor Market House Theatre on their website: www.markethousetheatre.org and on Facebook for upcoming show and audition information. 

About Market House Theatre:
Market House Theatre had its beginning in 1963 when a small acting troupe had the vision to transform the 1905 public market house into a theatre. Since then, the Theatre has seen phenomenal growth and draws audiences from across the region. The mission of the Market House Theatre is to develop and share the creative abilities of children and adults through arts education classes and the production of plays. The organization also brings theatre into the schools as a teaching tool for math, science, social studies, history and literacy.

Published 09:00 PM, Wednesday Apr. 10, 2019
Updated 09:11 PM, Wednesday Apr. 10, 2019

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