Shows/Events

Current Season (2018-2019)

“Bite of Humor II: Sidewalk Café”

The original A Bite of Humor, written by Susan Crandall, co-directed by Rene Kightlinger, went on the MCT stage in Meadville in October, 2015. The positive response, night after night, was marvelous. A Bite of Humor II is a delightful extension of the original. It puts you in mind of the “fly on the wall” scenario, where you get to sit in on a brief conversation rather than an entire novelette.

Many of the original actors have joined to recreate the restaurant patrons who let us in on a piece of their lives. A Bite of Humor II is a sidewalk café, which fits with today’s popular eating experience. Patrons come and go, but the easy chatter and heartfelt laughter remains.

There are nine scenes ranging from Stefan Potts and two friends who have come back to town for their class reunion, to a mom and daughter having lunch. Bill Fuller and Audrey Schweitzer are two angels checking on their interns. Lou Rich and John Taylor discuss technology. An apartment fire has Sarah Wolford and Susan Clark deciding what to do next. Joe Galbo needs dating advice and PJ Vogt and Mitchell King brainstorm the best strategy for creating a commercial. Deb Ormston and Bridget Pendolino return to delight us with their wonderful stage presence. Show dates are September 28 – October 7, 2018

“A Night at an English Music Hall”

The Music Hall was a major source of entertainment in England from the late 19th century and continued through to WWI. These shows featured a variety of acts with singers, comedians, acrobats, animal acts, magicians, and dancers. Meadville Community Theatre presents A Night at an English Music Hall, directed by local Tom Hall. Local entertainers will recreate some of these acts with accomplished group of singers, actors, and different guest performances at every show. Each night will showcase a different special guest act, including a trio of women performing highlights from Gilbert and Sullivan, a belly dance troupe, and a Celtic string band.Don’t miss the second weekend though with just as equally talented ballroom dance ensemble from Allegheny, tuba quartet, and a gospel string band. Stage favorites, such as Jason Sakal, Alicia Greathouse, Kathy Firster, Adam Leute, and Veronica Asay, will be performing each night. With something for everyone, and no two shows the same, all the local talent will blow you away! A Night at an English Music Hall runs November 9 – 18, 2018.

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman, tells the story of institutional madness where obedience and conformity are the only acceptable indications of good mental health. Randle McMurphy, a charming rogue, contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with Nurse Ratched, a manipulative and fierce martinet. He quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. When these acts are not tolerated, McMurphy learns the authorities and Nurse Ratched have terrible ways of enabling conformity. Based on Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel of the same name, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a powerful exploration of the beauty and the danger of being an original.

Directed by Katie Wickert, this classic stage show runs January 25 – February 3, 2019. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

MCT Youth Show: “James and the Giant Peach”

A delightfully offbeat musical adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, James and the Giant Peach is a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Featuring music and lyrics by the Tony-nominated songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and book by Timothy Allen McDonald, James and the Giant Peach is based on the beloved book by Roald Dahl and tells the story of James Henry Trotter, a young orphan whose parents were eaten by a rhinoceros and is sent to live with his dreadful aunts. Sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, James discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach occupied by some not-so-normal characters.  From the center of the gigantic fruit, James and the unlikely crew launch a journey of enormous proportions.  Together they discover that while we are all born into a family, we then go on to create a family of our own.

This family friendly, all youth production is directed by Sarah Wolford and Dan Winston. Show dates are March 15 – 24, 2019. James and the Giant Peach is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

“Sweet Tea & Baby Dreams”

What side of the Mason-Dixon line you’re from not only determines the sweetness of your tea, it may also determine how you define the word “Family.” Sweet Tea & Baby Dreams, written and directed by the highly energetic Maribeth McCarthy, with Marie Loose in the Assistant Director’s seat, is a show for anyone who has ever been to a bridal shower, wedding shower, birthday party, or family reunion for that matter. Feuding-in-laws, domineering mothers and clashing cultures turn the event into a comic chaos that ultimately uncovers long-held sorrows and secrets. Nora is nervously organizing a church baby shower for her sister-in-law, Maggie. Nora, a Northerner, hopes to ingratiate herself with her husband Quinn’s traditional Southern mother, Jubilee. Maggie’s gung-ho husband Jack and his sarcastic twin siblings, Aiden and Avery, arrive to help, along with Maggie’s fun-loving friend Zee, who sneaks in bottles of wine to the dry event. Jubilee soon bursts in, with her other daughter Samantha in tow, whom she’s groomed in the ways of Southern womanhood. Jubilee immediately tries to take over, clashing with Nora over choices of decorations, food and games. When Jack and the twins’ mother, Anne, shows up, her long-held animosity for Jubilee erupts into a battle of insults and name-calling. In the aftermath, Jubilee’s three children attempt a breakthrough in their relationship with their mother. Sweet Tea & Baby Dreams runs April 19 – 28, 2019.

“Anne of Green Gables: The Musical”

Based on L.M Montgomery’s timeless classic, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical follows the rise of Anne Shirley, a feisty, red-haired orphan who arrives unexpectedly in the small community of Avonlea to the Cuthburts, who were expecting a boy to help on their farm, Green Gables. The story follows the precocious and imaginative Anne as she captures the hearts and minds of the small farming community – and her new-found family – simply by the virtue of her own pluck and personality. This original, glorious adaptation, with book by Donald Harron and music by Norman Campbell, continues to enrapture audiences across the world with its rich score and a rare, affecting story for all ages.

Directed by Sylvia Cagle, this musical adaptation is sure to tug at your heartstrings and tickle your funny bones. Anne of Green Gables – The Musical runs May 31 – June 9, 2019 and is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Auditions

To see more information on the auditions for James and the Giant Peach (such as dates, times, plot and characters), click here: James and the Giant Peach audition Information

For More Information: Please contact our Production Chair at production@mctbackstage.com

Audition and Show Forms 

Click on below forms to download:

 MCT Audition Form

 MCT Parental Consent Form

MCT Emergency Medical Form

Audition Results

Click here for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” results: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Audition Results

2019 – 2020 Season

Click on the form to download: MCT Play Submission-Directors Application

Past Productions

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