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RiverStage Community Theatre announces shows for upcoming season

LEWISBURG — After recently concluding this season with an ambitious production of “Mamma Mia,” RiverStage is now readying its 2019-20 season attractions.

With a permanent home in Greenspace Center, 815 Market St., RiverStage Community Theatre hopes to attract area performers from several counties in Central Pennsylvania.

President Jove Graham announces the eighth full subscription season of “exciting live theatre with something for everyone to enjoy.”

“Our Miss Brooks” (Sept. 20-29) — The opener invites audiences to step back in time into the golden age of 1940’s staged radio comedies. Adapted by Christopher Sergel, the three act comedy, which features a huge cast of adults and youngsters, will be directed by Maggie Able.

“Anne of Green Gables” (Nov. 8-17) — Based upon the best-selling novels by L.M. Montgomery, this brand new adaptation of the wildly independent orphan girl Anne Shirley will be directed by Virginia Zimmerman. This 2018 adaptation was commissioned by Mercyhurst University in Erie, and RiverStage’s production will only be the second time ever this version has been staged.

“The Lewisburg Victorian Nutcracker” (Dec. 14) — Billed as the homegrown production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday spectacular, this show is co-produced by Strictly Ballet, and RiverStage Community Theatre. Returning from last year, this production will be directed by Amy Casimir.

“Cyrano de Bergerac” (Feb. 14-23) — Billed as the ultimate swashbuckling Valentine’s Day romantic comedy, this show features swordplay, wordplay, love and roses — and really big noses. RiverStage’s “Cyrano..” will be directed by Peter Wiley.

“12 Angry Men” (April 17-26) — Sometimes cast and billed as “12 Angry Jurors”, Reginald Rose’s taut drama takes the audience inside a sweltering jury room where the deliberations are heated. What appears to be a open and shut case changes dramatically, thanks to one stubborn juror’s arguments. Derek Scott directs this production.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot!” (July 17-26) — Jove Graham moves into the Director’s Chair for this wild and wacky season finale. With book and lyrics by Eric Idle, this hilarious musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”.

For more information, visit riverstagetheatre.org.

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