The Wilton Playshop, Wilton’s community theater since 1937, has announced its 2016-17 season.
The Philadelphia Story, written by Philip Barry and directed by Al Recchia, will run Nov. 4-19, 2016. This comic play tells the story of Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord who, acrimoniously divorced from her first husband CK Dexter Haven, prepares to marry solid, stolid George Kittredge. Dexter, still in love with Tracy, enlists the help of prickly journalist Macaulay “Mike” Connor and his photographer, Elizabeth “Liz” Imbrie. Posing as cousins and intent on scooping the wedding of the year, the pair gate-crashes the ceremony. Amiable chaos ensues with the wit rising like champagne bubbles as Tracy finds herself with not one, but three potential bridegrooms on the morning of her wedding.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, will be presented on Dec. 9-11, 2016. John Atkin will direct this stage adaptation of the classic animated television special in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn the real meaning of Christmas.
The final show of the season will be the musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert. Directed by Skip Ploss, the show will be performed April 28–May 13, 2017. Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. This satire of big business follows the rise of young J. Pierrpont Finch from window washer to high-powered executive. A tune-filled comic gem that took Broadway by storm, winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying boasts an exhilarating score, including “I Believe in You,” “Brotherhood of Man,” and “The Company Way.”
For tickets and information visit the Wilton Playshop website.