All performances will be held at Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 12866, unless otherwise noted.
Almost, Maine – September 24 – 26, October 1 – 3
by John Cariani
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
Moonlight and Magnolias – December 3, 4, 5 & 10, 11, 12
by Ron Hutchinson
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind. The screenplay just doesn’t work. So what’s an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful films of all time.
“Moonlight and Magnolias is an entertaining trip to the mythical world of Tinsel Town during a bygone era. However, through the comedy and mayhem, there are serious references to society and cultural concerns. One is how being Jewish in the 1930’s Hollywood was perceived. Another is the perception of slavery during The Civil War. Others deal with the Nazis coming to power, membership in Country Clubs, and how some romance ‘The Old South’. Hopefully, one day these and other prejudices will also be, ‘gone with the wind’.” – TOM VALENTINE Correspondent, Allegany Magazine
They’re Playing Our Song – February 11, 12, 13 & 18, 19, 20
Book by Neil Simon / Music by Marvin Hamlisch / Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
A funny, romantic show about an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring young female lyricist, not unlike Carole Bayer Sager. Professionally, their relationship works beautifully, but personally they hit a few bumps: romance blossoms, conflict rears its head, and comic sparks fly.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – April 29, 30 May 1 & May 6, 7, 8
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens
15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics but 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. Now it is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
The Last Five Years – June 10, 11, 12 & 17, 18, 19
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
The Last Five Years is an emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show. Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk winner, The Last Five Years, has been translated into a handful of languages and was named one of TIME Magazine’s ten best shows of 2001. A testament to the show’s longevity, and spurred by the show’s regional popularity, The Last Five Years enjoyed an Off-Broadway revival at Second Stage in 2013. A film adaptation was released in 2014, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
OTHER PRODUCTION PLANS
All Together Now – A Global Event Celebrating Local Theater – November 12 & 13
SARATOGA MUSIC HALL – Saratoga Springs Town Hall
This special fundraising event will be a celebration of Community! It will feature members of our Youth Musical Theater Conservatory as well as local Adult Actors. All Together Now is an opportunity for schools and theaters around the world to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from some of Musical Theater’s most beloved shows.
We also are planning some exciting productions for July or August – Watch our social media and your email for announcements!