Night & Day — “Damn Yankees,” a musical about a rabid baseball fan who sells his soul to the devil so his favorite team can win the pennant, is among the five plays being produced for the 91st season of community theater by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild.
The guild, formerly known as the Niagara Falls Little Theater, is also producing “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Little Women (The Musical),” “The Lion in Winter,” and “You Can’t Take it With You.”
The season opens with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” a slapstick comedy about a Roman slave whose master agrees to free him if he can arrange for the master to marry the girl next door. Unfortunately, the girl is already pledged to a pompous Roman general. The music is by Steven Sondheim and based on the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. It will be director by Dawn Marcolini Newton of Grand Island and run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 13.
The second show is “Little Women (The Musical),” one of the most requested shows by the theater guild’s patrons. The musical is based on the book of the same name, a beloved chronicle of stories by author Louisa May Alcott about sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy who deal with timeless issues of love and loss during the American Civil War.The play, which will open Nov. 8 and run through Nov. 24, will be directed by Dan Zerpa of Buffalo.
The third show of the season, “The Lion in Winter,” is the most requested show by patrons, an historical drama about Henry II, King of England, his wife Eleanor of Aquataine, his mistress Alias, who is betrothed to one of his son’s, and his three sons Richard the Lionheart, Geoffrey and John, all of whom have a burning ambition to take Henry II’s throne. The play, adapted from a 1968 Academy Award winning film, is known for some surprisingly humorous dialog and clever plotting, with intrigue will keep audience members guessing the outcome. The play, written by James Goldman, will be directed by Les Bailey of Cheektowaga, and run from Feb. 21 through March 9.