“Jesus Christ Superstar” -Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 Broadway rock opera that tells the story of the last week of Jesus’ life through modern rock music and contemporary slang. It is also unusual in its choice to tell most of the story through Judas Iscariot, the apostle who will eventually betray Jesus.
“The Last Five Years” March 23 -25, 2018 at The Hopewell Theatre -The Last Five Years is Jason Robert Brown’s intimate window into a couple’s doomed marriage. Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a budding novelist on the brink of wild success, are 20-somethings in New York who meet, fall in love, marry, and divorce over the span of five years. Cathy tells the story from the end of their marriage; Jamie begins from when they first meet. As the musical unfolds, Cathy moves backward in time to the beginning of the relationship as Jamie moves toward the end; they meet only once, in the middle, at their wedding.
“The Blame Game” January 26-28, 2018 at The Rust Belt Theatre Company – A brand new Millennial written play, written by Brooks Shatraw, chronicles the aftermath of a teenage student’s suicide following a sexual assault. Tensions run high as seven of her classmates attend her memorial service. As they try to decipher what happened and how they will move forward, the inevitable question surfaces: who’s to blame? In a story about identity, betrayal, values, and societal pressure, these characters begin realize things about themselves they never wanted to face until tragedy forces them to.
“Carrie the Musical,” October 2017 at The DeYor Performing Arts Center- Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, this bloody, supernatural musical tells the story of Carrie White, a misfit and social outcast. At school, she’s an outcast who’s bullied by the popular crowd, and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home, she’s at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it…
“Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” July 20,21,22,23,27,28,29,30 2017 at Kent State Trumbull Theatre Summer Stock- From the creative team behind The Millennial Theatre Company’s 2016 production of Heathers the Musical comes the classic Disney musical about finding and expressing your voice and embracing the journey of adulthood. The Little Mermaid tells the story of the princess Ariel in her quest of self-discovery. She dreams of life in the human world, but her father, king of the sea, forbids this behavior. Ariel decides to take matters into her own hands, sacrificing her voice to see if she’s meant to be part of that human world.
“Nothing or All,” May 19,20,26,27 at The Rust Belt Theatre Company- From the local Millennial writing team of Joe Asente and Savannah Florkowski comes a new musical about the struggle to understand ourselves, as well as those around us. Following the story of Jason, the audience is taken into the mind of a young person dealing with crippling depression. Jason, at the end of his rope, walks to a bridge to end his life. It is there that he meets Emelia, a young business professional at the end of her own rope. Jason saves Emelia from her fate, and the two quickly fall in love. But as Emelia’s wounds begin to heal, Jason is left in an even darker, more isolated spot. Will Emelia be enough to heal Jason’s broken soul?
“Heathers the Musical,” July 22,23,24 at The Akron Civic Theatre- Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.