Theatre Coppell's 2012 - 2013 Season
Craig Boleman, Francis (Hank) Henry, Kass Prince
Rachel Robertson and Gary Walters
August 24 – September 2, 2012
The Good Doctor
by Neil Simon
Neil Simon took a classic work by Anton Chekhov and created this witty series of sketches, still set in Russia, but alive with contemporary humor. A feisty old woman takes on a big bank and wins. A father wants to help his son grow up but goes about it in a way that’s traditional but odd. A crafty seducer goes to work on a wedded woman, only to realize that the woman has been in command all along. And a man offers to drown himself for three rubles. The stories are droll, the portraits affectionate, and the humor infectious.
October 5 – 21, 2012
by William Inge
A snow storm forces a bus to hold up overnight at a country roadside diner. The odd assortment of passengers must deal with their own eccentricities and come to grips with why they are traveling on the bus in the first place. A pompous cowboy and his guitar-playing buddy are pursuing a pretty young nightclub singer who is just trying to escape the advances of the cowboy. A college professor with a secret problem is running away. The bus stop’s proprietor and her helper are dealing with small-town life and are, amazingly, good influences on their customers. Things get humorous when everyone decides to do a talent show to kill time. Both funny and poignant, Bus Stop is an American comedy classic.
December 7 – 23, 2012
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep, and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. The second in a trilogy that started with Theatre Coppell’s production of Dearly Beloved, it stars the same Futrelle sisters and the denizens of Fayro, Texas, where the bus stops at the BooKoo Bokay flower shop and the Christmas parade’s winning float is from Clovis Sanford’s House of Meat. A loving spoof of East Texas life.
February 8 – 24, 2013
by Thornton Wilder
Often described as the greatest American play ever written, the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die. It’s a nostalgic look at simpler life at the beginning of the 1900s, when milk was delivered to the doorstep at dawn and firewood was chopped for the stove.
April 12 – 28, 2013
by Larry Shue
The scene is a fishing lodge in rural Georgia often visited by a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. This time he has brought along a friend named Charlie, a pathologically shy young man who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So everyone is told that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone, the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should—the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister's pretty fiancée is pregnant; and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the nonstop hilarity of the play and sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry for the bad guys, and the good guys emerge triumphant. An inspired comic romp.
July 19 – August 4, 2013
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
Music and Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan
Adapted from the movie starring Mary Tyler Moore and Julie Andrews, this extravaganza tells the story of a small town girl who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s 1922, and New York is full of intrigue and jazz – a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, it’s a perfectly constructed musical of madcap merriment. You’ll be doing the Charleston as you leave the theatre.
Performances for all shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.