The Community Theatre of Greensboro, abbreviated as CTG, is entering its 69th season for the year of 2018-2019. The season, as always, includes shows for both main stage and youth productions. Main stage productions include, “Newsies,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “God’s Favorite” and “Clue the Musical.” The youth productions include, “Dorothy in Wonderland,” “The Addams Family,” “Elf Jr.,” “13 The Musical,” “101 Dalmations” and “Mulan.”
The season is a well-rounded mix of familiar and new musicals to bring in a variety of actors and audiences of all ages and preferences. Shows like “101 Dalmatians,” “Newsies,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” are popular shows that the Greensboro community will be happy to see. In fact, “Jesus Christ Superstar” was recently done as a live tv show production on NBC which received a lot of good reviews. It is a classic musical that will bring laughter to CTG audiences.
“Young Frankenstein” is inspired by the classic comedy movie based on the creation of Frankenstein. “Newsies” and “The Addams Family” have both recently been taken off Broadway, but still contain their popularity throughout the United States. “Elf Jr,” is a Christmas show based on the popular Christmas movie “Elf” and “Mulan” is of course based on the classic Disney movie. “Clue the Musical” is a musical adaptation of the classic board game that brings out the mystery element of the game.
The productions that may not have as much popularity, like “God’s Favorite” and “13 The Musical” still bring a lot to the table. “God’s Favorite” is a play by Neil Simon about a God-fearing business tycoon and his family. The man is tempted by a messenger of God to renounce his belief in God or major consequences will occur. The man resists and is given various afflictions because of it. With a heavy subject, the play may sound somber, but it’s a laugh-out-loud comedy.
“13 The Musical” is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Evan, who is turning 13, has recently moved schools and is having his bar mitzvah. He is wanting to be popular and wants to have a lot of people at his party. Drama then ensues, as people use different tactics to get invited to the party, leaving Evan scurrying around to complete everyone’s favors. The musical envelops the issues of popularity and how one boy faces issues while growing up.
“Dorothy in Wonderland,” by Brian D. Taylor, is another not so well known musical that combines the fantastical worlds of Oz and Wonderland. Before Dorothy returns to Kansas – Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and herself – are swept off to Wonderland, but this time they are prepared with their new gifts of brains, heart and courage. They again are faced with the challenge of getting back home and they meet characters such as Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter, along with a new enemy: The Queen of Hearts.
CTG is one of the main stages in Greensboro for all members of the community to not only watch the shows, but take part in them as well. The auditions are open to people of all ages and experience. The audition time and places can be found on the CTG website under the tab “Actors and Volunteers.” There is an age restriction on auditions for youth productions, with only children ranging from seven to 18 years of age being accepted. CTG also provides jobs for directors, costumes and stage managing that can be found under the same tab. They also accept volunteers for various things throughout the theatre if you want to be involved, but do not want to be an actor.
The first show to go up for this season is “Dorothy in Wonderland,” and there should be audition information coming soon. If you are interested in theatre, CTG is a great place to get involved on all sides of theatrical production.