St Croix: Caribbean Community Theatre Announces 31st Season

A scene from my 2 angels

A report from The St Croix Source:

Caribbean Community Theatre’s 31st season will open with its new season: “My Three Angels,” a comedy (November); followed by “9 to 5 – The Musical” by Dolly Parton (February); “Rumors,” a farce by Neil Simon (March and April); “A Raisin in the Sun,” an award-winning play (May), and“Smile Orange,” a Caribbean comedy (June).
CCT also plans to hold one of its popular FUNdraisers – a cabaret performance/variety show – on March 12, 2016. In December and May, there will be performances by students of the Calico Cat Company, CCT’s after-school theater program for children.
“My Three Angels” (from the French play “Cuisine des Anges” by Albert Husson) begins on Christmas Eve in the tropical prison colony of Cayenne in French Guiana. Felix, a hopeless storekeeper, is fearfully awaiting the owner’s arrival. Providence has given Felix and his family three guardian angels – three convicts! In no time they have cooked Christmas lunch (and Felix’s books) and gotten into lots of other mischief that will have the audience howling with laughter. This play is directed by Fred Handleman, and it features a cast of new performers and CCT regulars: Michael Baker, Madeleine Borth, Tony Emanuel, Paul Knipler, Tyler Olson, Robin Seila, Rahul Sethia, Glen Wells, Marie Elise Witmer and Michael Wright. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 through 21, with a matinee at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Auditions for “9 to 5 – The Musical” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 10 and 11. The book by Patricia Resnick, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, tells the story of three female co-workers who concoct a plan to get even with their sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical boss. As they conspire to take control of the company, they learn there’s nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. The production will be directed by Eileen Bishop Des Jardins and Jamile Smith, with music direction by Patrick Baron. “9 to 5 – The Musical” will be performed over three weekends between Feb. 5 and Feb. 20, 2016.
“Rumors” is a comedy by award-winning playwright Neil Simon. At a large townhouse, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. They arrive for their friends’ tenth wedding anniversary, only to discover the host lies unconscious and unresponsive in his bedroom, and his wife is nowhere to be found. The first guests to arrive must get the story straight before the other guests show up. As the confusion and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. “Neil Simon makes people laugh a lot!” – USA Today. Director Michael Baker will hold auditions in January 2016. Performances will be held March 25 through April 9.
Lorraine Hansberry’s award-winning play “A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by Lionel Downer and Sylvia Smith Brady, will run for seven performances between May 6 and May 21, 2016. Set on Chicago’s south side during the 1950s, the play revolves around the divergent dreams of and conflicts among three generations of the Younger family. Mama dreams of moving to a decent home. Her son dreams of buying a liquor store and being his own man. Her young, liberated daughter dreams of medical school. This powerful drama is built on sacrifice, heartbreak, trust, love and Mama’s heroic struggle to keep the family together. It received Best Play of the Year, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. “A pivotal play in the history of the American Black Theatre.” – Newsweek.

CCT’s final production this season will be“Smile Orange,” a Caribbean comedy written by the late Trevor Rhone, a well-known, award-winning Jamaican playwright. It will be directed by Opal Palmer Adisa, with performances June 10 through June 25, 2016. This popular play is a hilarious romp through a tourist-trap hotel. “A savage little comedy.” – Sunday Telegraph. “A rollicking slapstick satire.” – Washington Star.
All auditions and performances will be held at the Caribbean Community Theatre at No. 18 Estate Orange Grove in Christiansted, St. Croix. CCT is jointly supported by a grant from the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call 778-1983, e-mail eileencct@gmail.com, or visit the CCT Web site at www.cct.vi.

For the original report go to http://stcroixsource.com/content/arts-entertainment/showcase/2015/11/05/caribbean-community-theatre-announces-31st-season

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