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2018 Productions

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Kellie Wright as Florence and
Bill Wright as St. Clair

Directed by Thomas Rosengren
used with special permission
from Samuel French

"Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer"
Written by Peter Quilter

April 5th-6th &
12th-13th, 2019
at 7:30pm

April 7th & 14th, 2019
at 2:00pm

Hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world in 1941.

Reserve your tickets now

Tickets: Adults $20
Seniors $15 (opening nite only)
Students $10 (under 25)
Children $5 (under 12)

Tickets will be available 2 weeks prior
to event
at Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar.

A funny comedy about the worst singer in the world. In 1940, in New York, the performer everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose tone was far from perfect. Known as the "first lady of the sliding scale," she screamed and screamed all evening in front of an audience that mostly exploded with laughter. But this delusional and joyful woman paid no attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.

Based on a true story, the play ranges from Florence's charity concerts and extravagant ballets to her bizarre recording sessions and final triumph at Carnegie Hall in this funny and touching comedy.


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Directed by Matt Hegdahl

 Underwriter: New London-Spicer Area Community Fund

A Red Plaid Shirt

Performances:
May 30-June 1 & June 6-8, 2019
at 7:30pm

June 2nd and 9th, 2019
at 2:30pm

A hilarious comedy about the trials of retirement. 

Reserve your tickets now

Tickets: Adults $20
Seniors $15 (opening nite only)
Students $10 (under 25)
Children $5 (under 12)

Tickets will be available 2 weeks prior
to event
at Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar.

Funny comedy about the processes associated with retirement.  You meet a couple of middle-aged weirdos who have retired and are trying to format the coming years.  Marty, a former teacher, was thinking deeply about buying a Harley and hitting the road one day.  An idea that may occur to many at the age of 40, but he is older; and his wife Deb is very worried about his safety and well-being on a two-wheeled vehicle.  Their friends are Fred, a retired accountant, and Gladys, his wife. Gladys and Deb like to have time for other things.  Guys, not really. But somehow men are drawn to learn new skills. Then everything that can go wrong, really goes wrong.


Anyone who has retired will face this real dilemma. Not yet? Here's your secret glimpse into the future!

Cast list:
MARTY: A retired high school English teacher.
DEB: A retired woman. Marty’s wife.
FRED BAXTER: Friend of Marty and Deb, Gladys’s husband. Retired.
GLADYS BAXTER: Friend of Marty and Deb, Fred’s wife. Retired.


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Directed by Thomas Rosengren

Based on characters created by
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Used with special permission from
Steele Spring Stage Rights

Watson the Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes  

Aug. 1st-3rd, 8th-10th, 2019
at 7:30pm

Aug. 4th & 11th, 2019
at 2:00pm

Reserve your tickets now

Tickets: Adults $20
Seniors $15 (opening nite only)
Students $10 (under 25)
Children $5 (under 12)

Tickets will be available 2 weeks prior
to event
at Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar.

This play tells the story of a good man who finds himself in the shadow of a great man. A funny, touching and inventive high-energy theatrical play balances witty comedy and dramatic mystery, telling the last great story of the legendary Sherlock Holmes through the eyes of his faithful friend and colleague, Dr. John H. Watson. From pantomime to Punch and Judy, Watson tells a wonderful story of heroes and villains that will delight you until the very end!

Characters:
John Watson - Male, 35 - 45. The agreeable and bumbling sidekick to Sherlock Holmes who becomes a hero.

Sherlock Holmes - Male, 35 - 45. Arrogant, tortured, and paranoid with a romantic streak. Adept at physical comedy.

Professor Moriarty - Male, 40 - 50. The reptilian arch-nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. Will begin the play as a stagehand as well as play six characters in Victoria Station.

Sigmund Freud - Male or Female, 40 - 50. Zany Austrian doctor with unusual methodology. Will potentially double as Queen Victoria.

Mary Marston - Female, 25 - 35. The concerned, understanding wife of John Watson. Must sing.

Irene Adler - Female, 25 - 35. Tough, brash, and intelligent. She is the only woman to outsmart Sherlock Holmes.

Mycroft
- Male, 40 - 50. Snide, unkempt, and quick with an insult. He is Sherlock's older, smarter, brother.

Stagehands-all types and nationalities; men and women. They play real scenes, moving the scenery on, off and around the stage, as well as various small characters during the performance. They must be athletic and versatile actors who can play several different characters throughout the play. Stagehands almost never leave the stage and play an integral role in the action of history and theatricality of the performance.

 


Past Productions 2010-2018

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Written by Sumner Arthur Long
Directed By Connie Heath
used with special permission from Samuel French

November 8th-10th,
15th-17th at 7:30 PM
& November 18th, 2018
at 2:00 PM

This is the play that the television series “All in the Family” is based on. 

Tickets will be available 2 weeks prior
to event
at Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar.


 

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Translated by Beverley Cross
& Francis Evans
Directed by Matt Hegdahl
Produced with special permission
from Samuel French

"Boeing Boeing"
by Marc Camoletti

June 21st-23rd & 28th-30th
at 7:30pm
July 6-7th at
7:30pm
Sunday Matinee at 2:00pm

 



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Book, Music and Lyrics by
Denver Casado & Betina Hershey
Music Arranged by Denver Casado

Licensing by Beat by Beat Press


Musicville
Directed by Pauline Prawl 

May. 18th & 19th
at 7:30pm

Tickets will be available 2 weeks prior
to event
at Giving Tree Children’s Boutique in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar.



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Directed By Jan Buzzeo
used with special permission
from Samuel French

"Love Letters"
Written by A.R. Gurney

Feb. 22nd-24th at 7:30pm,
Sun. Feb. 25th at 2:00pm

The song consists of a series of letters exchanged throughout their lives by two people who grew up together, walked different paths, but still shared trust. Reading the letters, we see how much they really meant and gave to each other over the years - physically apart, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.


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used with special permission
from Dramatists Play Service


"Blithe Spirits"
Written by Noel Coward

Feb. 1st-3rd & 8th-10th
at 7:30pm
Feb. 11th at 2:00pm

Imagine surviving the tragic loss of your first wife then finding love again, only to have your first wife come back to haunt you. See how Charles Condomine handles two wives at the same time!!





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"Directed by Thomas Rosengren."
Used with special permission
from Dramatic Publishing

"Three Murders And It's Only Monday"
A comedy by Pat Cook

August 3-5th, 10-12th
at 7:30pm and
August 13th at 2:00pm

Reserve your tickets now

Tickets: Adults - $15.00
Children 12 and under - $8.00
Family Rate (Parent(s) w/children or Grandparent(s) w/grandchildren) - $40
(5 maximum)

Advance tickets will be sold
two weeks prior to the event at
The Giving Tree Children's
Boutique in New London
and Whitney Music in Willmar.


"It was the kind of night you caught yourself holding your breath for no reason."So says private investigator Harry Monday, investigating three murders at the peaceful pines sanitarium. Even the police got tired of going out and asking Dr. Morrissey if he could call and give me the details. Then, when Tara, the steamy heiress of the future, shows up, Harry puts his best foot forward... right in the mouth. "It's strange that relatives always top the list of suspects," he notes, when the families of the victims arrive. It's even more strange when he finds out that they all belong to the same family! Harry has difficulty trying to determine who killed the old sea captain, ventriloquist and vagabond. What did those three have to do with each other? And why would Lilly drumkin's lawyer get involved in questionable legal cases? Or maybe larramore took the day off work? And why no one can ever follow the social Mary Tobias, "one of those who are who ladies who do not know what is what," says Harry. Add an Indian, a Swedish gardener, and a disgruntled nurse, and the confusion multiplies. This instant comedy / mystery is complemented by its own lightning when the storm blows out all the fuses...and murders happen all the time! In this parody of old-fashioned P. I. movies, laughter is fast and furious... and the ending will kill you!




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"Directed by April Clark."
Used with special permission from
Samuel French



"Red, White and Tuna"
A comedy by Ed Howard,
Joe Sears & Jason Williams

June 15-17th, 22-24
7:00pm

Tickets: Adults - $15.00
CAUTIONS: Strong Language,
Mild Adult Themes

Advance tickets will be sold
two weeks prior to the event at
The Giving Tree Children's
Boutique in New London
and Whitney Music in Willmar.


The third part of" Tuna through transfers", on the other hand" hearts "and" mind " of the Polish settlement of the third, the most city of Texas.

Together with long-time tuna lovers, some new residents of tuna came to the reunion of tuna high school classes on July 4. It's the act scene for a show full of fireworks and fun from a country where lion's club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.

It's been a few years, we found Berta and Arles dancing at the end of the tuna feast...Did romanization flourish? Did Didi snavley receive any "cosmic" communications from UFO R. R.? Did Stanley make a fortune shoveling Albuquerque? These and other questions will be asked and will not be responsible for the splintering of life in rural America.


"At first glance, it seems that there are only two men in the room-one slim and ferret-like, the other a large round facet with a sweet, pillow-like face. But you sit down and talk with Jason Williams and Joe Sears-the creators and stars of the transparent, home theater trilogy Greater Tuna, a tuna Christmas and the current red, white and tuna. All come from the fictional burg of tuna, the third smallest city in Texas. One is more fruitful or troublesome than the next. And everyone has a crystal clear program. - The Washington Post


 


"Produced with special permission from
Dramatists Play Service, Inc."

"Opal's Million Dollar Duck"
A comedy by John Patrick
Directed by Jan Buzzeo

February 9-11th, 16-18th
at 7:00pm

Tickets: Adults - $15.00
Children 12 and under - $8.00

Advance tickets will be sold
two weeks prior to the event at
The Giving Tree Children's
Boutique in New London
and Whitney Music in Willmar.


In search of costumes for the next production, Desmond and Queenie, the "stars" of a local summer joint-stock company, go to the "Opal Antique Store". Looking through Opal's treasures, they notice an indescribable oil painting, a dead cross-eyed duck and an apple, and recall an article in the morning newspaper about an old master who disappeared from a local art museum, they suddenly realize that it may be a missing canvas, for which the insurance company offers a large prize. Remembering all his acting abilities, they try to charm Opal so that he sells the painting for pennies, but he explains that he plans to give it to his girlfriend Rosie as a birthday present, after which the plot twists merrily. Desmond and Queenie resort to everything from outrageous flattery to knockout falls in an attempt to get a shot. Rosie, however, rejects him on the grounds that he reminds her of a duck (who was run over by a truck).; and the conspirators, to their joy, march triumphantly with their prize, unaware that a new object appeared in a later issue of the newspaper: the old master was found, and the missing canvas was a worthless copy that the museum threw away along with the garbage!


 

Presented by special arrangement with
Dramatic Publishing

Those Crazy Ladies in the House on the Corner
A comedy by Pat Cook
Directed by Thom Rosengren

August 4-6,
August 11-13th

at 7:00pm



Tickets: Adults - $15.00
Children 12 and under - $8.00

Advance tickets will be sold
one month prior to the event at
The Giving Tree Childrens Boutique
or It's about Hair, both in New London
and Whitney Music in Willmar.

What do you do when you have three geriatric nurses as patients and all they want to do is sit at home and talk to each other at the same time? You're transferring another person to them. At least that's what Doc Lomax does when he gets a new nurse who needs an apartment, which is a nurse with a secret. The hardest part is convincing the sisters that they need a neighbor. But in the blink of an eye, nurse Jean forces them to plan parties, put on Halloween costumes, and put on tracksuits as they race each other to the corner. But when the nephew shows up with a plan to sell the family home, things seem to get complicated again, especially considering Christmas is just around the corner. This touching play is full of jokes and jokes that make you laugh.


 


Presented by special arrangement
with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.,
New York.


You Can't Take It
With You

by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Merica Overcash

June 29th-July 2nd
at 7:00pm


Tickets will be available June 18th.

Tickets: Adults - $15.00
Children 12 and under - $8.00

At first the plane trees seem crazy, but soon we realize that if they are crazy, then the rest of the world is even crazier. Unlike these wonderful people, the Kirbys are unhappy. The plot shows how Tony, Kirby's attractive young son, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dinner at the Sycamore house on a bad night. The shock caused by Kirby being invited to eat cheap food shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. Sycamores, although sympathetic to Alice, find it difficult to understand her point of view. Meanwhile, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his people are wrong, won't give her up.

So far, no mention has been made of the strange actions of some family members related to the production of fireworks; nor of the printer installed in the living room; nor of the Rebbe's maid and her friend Donald; nor of the grandfather's conversation with the tax collector when he tells him that he does not believe in income tax.


This art will make you feel that maybe your strange relatives are not so strange.


by Todd Wallinger (produced with special arrangement by Pioneer Drama)

NL-S Fall Play
The Butler Did It!


It' a British murder mystery
comedy set in the 1930s.

Saturday,
October 29. 30, 31

at 7:00pm

(The show is approximately
90 minutes long)

Tickets $5 at the door

We all know the murder mystery cliche of "the butler did it," but what if he really did? Jenkins the butler and Sarah the maid are getting the manor ready for Colonel Nigel and Lady Miranda's party in honor of their special guest, famous murder mystery author, Edwina Corry. But when the party is interrupted by someone turning up dead in the kitchen, the lies and accusations start to fly. See if you can figure out whodunnit in this 1930s British murder mystery comedy!



Cinderella's
Glass Slipper

Book by Vera Morris
Music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur
.

July 23-25th
July 30-August 1st

at 7:00pm

Tickets will be available one month prior to the production at Whitney Music in Willmar, and Inspirations Books & Gifts and A Thousand Cranes in New London

This delightful, large-cast musical will charm audiences of all ages.  Cinderella works hard in the home of her cruel stepmother.  Her silly stepsisters, Brunhilda and Cleopatra, see themselves as beautiful and think the prince will marry them.  Of course, the handsome prince spends most of the evening at a palace ball trying to escape from them!  The story is ages old, but you’ll meet playful new characters in this fresh adaptation:  a brave mouse, a hesitant cat and the amazing Pumpkinhead, who changes into a coach!  Our Fairy Godmother has her hands full tutoring an apprentice but still makes time for Cinderella, and sends her off to the palace ball.

Produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado


 
By Faye Couch Reeves
Directed by April Kummrow
Produced by special arrangement with
Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Englewood, Colorado


Christmas production of

Dec. 4th - 6th
at 7:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 7th
at 2:00pm


 


 

New London-Spicer high school production of
Mixed Nuts

Oct. 31st, Nov.1
at 7:00pm

Sunday, Nov.2nd
at 2:00pm

Tickets: Adult $5, Students $4


 

August 22-24, 29-31st
at 7:00pm
Sunday Matinee 2:30pm

Special Meet the Playwright Night!
See how an actor transforms into the character on stage!

August 22 at 6:30pm

  Ticket price is $15.00 for adults
$10.00 teens 12-18
$5.00 under 12


  Sold at Mord’s Hardware in New London
or Whitney Music in Willmar.


It's time for the puppies to go to bed, but not before dad Toto tells them his favorite bedtime story.  Join Toto and the puppies, who will tell their version of what happened in Oz.  This new adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum was written specifically for the small theatre stage and requires a cast of all ages.  Students up to Grade 8 can take part in the summer theatre workshops organised by community ed. and they will have the chance to be puppies, munchkins, flying monkeys, flowers and much more!  They will learn their roles and then join the rest of the actors for a full production at the Maly Theatre in August.  Adults and students in grades 9-12 will be auditioned for the roles of Toto, his friends and other residents of Oz. 


 

Crazy Town
Written by Jonathan Rand,
Produced by special permission
from Playscripts Inc.


July 11, 12, 13, 17 and 19th  
at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee 2:00


 
Ticket price is $15.00 for adults
$10.00 teens 12-18
$5.00 under 12


  Sold at Mord’s Hardware in New London or Whitney Music in Willmar.

Welcome to Crazy Town!  Babs and Jim are the hapless anchors for the most messed up news broadcast in the strangest town in America, where the news features a spectator sport commentary, a bizarre look into the local police interrogation room, the elementary school’s heated political debate on critical issues like tater tots, ridiculous infomercials and more. This fast paced comedy by Jonathan Rand, directed by April Kummrow and Lucas Nelson, stars several former NL-S students and is sure to be a night of fun for the whole family!  *parent guide* Family friendly.


 


Flanagan’s Wake

Friday - Sunday
June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, & 29th
at 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee 2:00

 
Ticket price is $15.00 for adults

  Sold at Mord’s Hardware in New London or Whitney Music in Willmar.

Flanagan’s Wake:  Conceived by Jack Bronis.  Created by: Jimmy Binns, Amy Binns-Calvey, Geoff Binns-Calvey, Jack Bronis, Mark Czoske, Phil Lusardi, Patricia Musker, Bonnie Shadrake.  Originally produced on March 19, 1994, at the Improv Institute in Chicago.  Directed by: April Kummrow. Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois
Join the residents of the beautiful fictional village of Grapplin in County Sligo, Ireland as they gather at a local pub to tell stories, sing songs and mourn the death of one of their own, Flanagan. You will be transported to the Emerald Isle to grieve like the Irish. You can share stories about your own experiences and misfortunes with dear old Flanagan, or just have a pint of beer and listen to stories, songs, obscene limericks and local toasts. When you get to grappling, pay homage to Flanagan's beaming mother and poor Fiona Finn fiancee. Listen to the speech of Sligo County's most famous writer Mickey Finn and have a beer with Brian Ballybunion, who is himself a storyteller. You can cross yourself with the blessing of the parish priest of St. Gregory, Father Damon Fitzgerald, or keep your fingers crossed so that the local pagan Kathleen Mooney does not put a spell on you. Mayor Martin O'dowl will preside over the hearing with an iron hand (and with a dry throat).

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN

Directed by Laura Molenaar

June 22-24, and
June 29th-July 1st, 2012

at 7:00 pm,
Sunday Matinees at 3:00pm

$14.00 for Adults
$7.00 for children 12 & Under

Advance tickets will be available at
Mord’s Hardware in New London,
or Call the theatre box office
to reserve your ticket 320-354-2559

Suppose you are an attractive high school student and you are not only a member of a large and unique family, but also your father, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial productivity. So let's say that for no apparent reason he decides to use his unconventional methods against you and the rest of your family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and-admittedly-extremely effective! However, for Ann, the main effect seems to be that they seem fun to everyone at school-especially the boys! Dad is moving forward, improving the organization of his large and charming family. He sets up a table that young people must fill at the end of each homework, uses a step as an imaginary bath to demonstrate how to take a really effective bath, and appoints a utility worker to collect fines for wasting electricity. Although situations are often noisy, there is a good reason for this. Dad has a heart condition that he keeps a secret. Children don't understand them. Ann, the eldest, is rebelling. Both dad and she are unhappy because of the lack of mutual understanding between them. Then, in an artful and moving scene, dad realizes how much Ann has grown. This is a game for the whole family to enjoy.

Children's Play
The Elves and the Shoemaker


August 20-25th, 2012

Class -
August 20-24th,
12:30-4:30pm

Performances -
Friday, August 24th, 7:00pm
Saturday, August 25th, 1:00pm

General Admission - $5.00

Ever wanted to be a Fairy, a Princess, a Super Hero, a Dancer, or a Pirate? Would you like to  tell an amazing tale, wear great costumes, wow an audience, smear stage make-up all over you face or sing like someone is listening?  Be a STAR and join us for a fun week where we will learn all about the different areas of theatre. The week ends with a full musical theatre performance with lights, costumes, and all!  The production is open to the public with tickets on sale at the performance. Instructor Nikki Betcher-Erickson

Register for summer acting classes through New London-Spicer Community Education and Recreation  320-354-2252 ext. 2710  For Children going into grades 1-9


A Mother in My Head
by Christopher L. King

February 10th-12th, 2010
at 7:30pm

February 13th, 2010

Sunday Matinee at 2:00pm

Tickets:
Advanced Sales - 2 for $15.00
Day of Show - 2 for $17.00


Please call the Theatre and leave
a message to reserve your tickets:
320-354-2559

 

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a story of
young Love and a variety of your favorite love songs?

Start your evening of entertainment with love songs from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s…to the present.  Then slip into the lives of two young people as they begin their careers, meet, and fall in love, each coached every step of the way by the "mothers in their heads."


Valentine Date Night?..... Bring your Theatre Tickets to the
New London Legion Feb. 10-12
and get a $1.00 off your Dinner Entrees.   

Advance ticket sales at Latte Da in New London 2 for $15.00.



STOCKING
STUFFERS
2010

by Geff Moyer

For ticket information or to reserve your seat, please call: 320-354-2559
Please leave a detailed message.

If you enjoyed Stocking Stuffers in 2010 you can catch up with your favorite, quirky cast of irresistible characters in Geff Moyer’s highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling Stocking Stuffers.  Ring in your holiday with Jack-in-the-box, a couple of plump stockings, hard working elves, surfer reindeers Donner & Blitzen, and the holiday icons: Uncle Sam, The Easter Bunny, Hagatha the Witch, Zeke the Pilgrim, Cupid, and Ebenezer Scrooge.




~ Directed by Mark Monfils
~ Book by Tom Jones
~ Music by Harvey Schmidt
~ Lyrics by Tom Jones
~ Based on the Fourposter by Jan de Hartog



~ by David W. Rintels




~ Directed by Nikki Bettcher-Erickson

 

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