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Posted: Sept. 22, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
DEXTER - The Encore Musical Theatre Company will begin its fifth season in February 2013. When its fourth season is completed later this fall with productions of "The Fantasticks" and "Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings," The Encore will have produced 25 musicals ranging from classic family friendly fare to new works, with the result of bringing fun and entertaining theatrical productions to the intimate village of Dexter.
It has been a year of changes for the theater, beginning with the purchase of the building where the theater is housed, allowing for an expanded technical and educational programming. Thalia Schramm joined the staff as associate artistic director, working with artistic producing director Dan Cooney (currently cast in "Mamma Mia" on Broadway). And in August, Janet E. Torno joined The Encore staff to work with producing director Anne Koch, Cooney and the growing Encore board of directors to spearhead the company's fund-raising activities.
"Our vision is for this to be a season of favorites – shows that people hold close to their hearts and love to sing along to. We want our audiences to come out of each show with a huge smile on their face," says Cooney.
Tickets for Encore's 2013 season will go on sale Nov. 1.
For complete information, call The Encore Musical Theatre Company at 734-268-6200 or log on to www.theencoretheatre.org.
The Encore Musical Theatre Company's 2013 Season
Encore's fifth season will begin with a well-loved favorite, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starring country pop group SIR3N (Madison Deadman, Bryana Dorfman, and Megan Casey) as the Narrators. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, it was their first musical to be performed publically on Broadway in 1982. "Joseph" is filled with many favorites, including "Any Dream Will Do," "Close Every Door," and Go, Go, Go Joseph."
Feb. 7 - March 3, 2013.
This spring, The Encore will produce its first play, "Lend Me a Tenor" by Ken Ludwig. Opening on Broadway in 1989, it won nine Tony Awards and has been translated into 16 languages and performed in 25 countries. "Lend Me a Tenor" is a zany comedy of mistaken identity when a renowned tenor is late for his starring role, setting off a series of plot twists, and hilarious hijinks!
March 28 - April 14.
In May and June, the Encore is rockin' back to Rydell High with pop culture favorite "Grease." Remembered for characters Danny Zuko, Sandy Rizzo, The T-Birds and Pink Ladies, "Grease" will bring back all the memories with songs such as "Greased Lightnin'," "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want," and "We Go Together."
May 16 – June 9.
Stephen West will return for The Encore's summer production of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic "South Pacific." West will star as Emile de Beck in this WWII summer favorite. Rogers and Hammerstein create magic with songs such as "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy," "Bali Ha'i," "There is Nothing Like a Dame," and "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair."
July 11 – Aug. 11th.
The Encore's fall show will be Sondheim's "Company." The show centers on Bobby, (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his closest friends, and his three girlfriends. Surrounding Bobby's 35th birthday, the show is a series of short vignettes dealing with relationships. It includes some of Sondheim's best work, including the memorable "Company," "Not Getting Married," "Marry Me a Little," "The Ladies Who Lunch," and "Being Alive."
Sept. 26 – Oct. 20.
Irving Berlin's holiday favorite "White Christmas" will conclude the 2013 season. Based on the 1954 holiday film of the same name, this stage musical version will keep you smiling the whole way through with favorites by the great Irving Berlin. Song include "Sisters," "Snow," "The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing," and, of course, "White Christmas."
Nov. 21 – Dec. 22.
Additionally, The Encore will begin a series of adult and youth master classes taught throughout the year. These classes will be taught by Cooney as well as other Broadway actors and directors in the area. Look for more information as the program develops later this fall.