BOILING SPRINGS - Auditions are underway for the new season at Allenberry Playhouse and Resort, 1559 Boiling Springs Road, which resumes its weekends of murder, music and mayhem Feb. 17 with "All Bets Are Off: A Casino Comes to Allenberry and Makes a Killing!" "All Bets" will be performed each weekend through April 29.
The professional playhouse seats 360 and new this season, according to Artistic Director Rogue Berlanga, is a Black Box theater, seating 75 patrons. Also new will be the staging of "Honky Tonk Angels" and "Nunsense," in repertoire with some rotating performances dates.
As is customary, the first three shows are small in scope and cast, leading into the big summer musicals with expanded runs. The last attraction is the only non-musical in Allenberry's 2012 lineup.
“The Sound of Music” will come to Allenberry Playhouse and Resort, 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, July 11 through Aug. 20.
"Forever Plaid" (April 11 through May 6) - The "Heavenly Musical" is the tale of four high school pals, who, having met an untimely death, return to Earth for one big final gig. There's plenty of laughs and harmony as the charming quartet sing '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll tunes.
"Honky Tonk Angels" (May 19 through June 24) - Three women, who dream of a recording career, met on a bus to Nashville and impulsively form a country-western group. The score features many country classics, including "Stand By Your Man," "9 to 5," "These Boots are Made for Walking" and a dozen more.
"Nunsense" (May 23 through July 8) - Five nuns resort to a zany fundraiser in this popular "habit-forming musical." From tap to ballet, these nuns dance up a storm and vie for attention much to the dismay of the reverend Mother, as the Little Sisters generate big funny entertainment.
"The Sound of Music" (July 11 through Aug. 20) - Set against the panorama of the Austrian Alps and the looming World War II, Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic revisits the Von Trapp family. With Maria and the children, the familiar score is bound to be among the audiences' "favorite things."
"Chicago" (Aug. 15 through Sept. 16) - Celebrities and corruption in the 1920s Windy City are highlighted in this "razzle dazzle" musical. A big Tony award-winner, "Chicago" is a visual delight with a fine blend of music, dancing and "All That Jazz."
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" (Sept. 19 through Oct. 14) - The longest-running music revue in Broadway history features a whirlwind of characters flowing out of the high-energy singing and dancing. A broad range of musical stylings include "Fools Fall In Love," Jailhouse Rock," Spanish Harlem," "Hound Dog," "Stand By Me" and many more.
"The 39 Steps" (Oct. 17 through Nov. 4) - A recent broadway hit based upon Alfred Hitchcock's movie features the cast portraying more than 150 characters in the zany spoofs of who-dun-its. This promises to be a funny, fitting finale.
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