When Chris climbs into his Grandmother’s attic and blows upon a magic ocarina, the mysterious Storyteller and his many spirits and elves appear. But Chris is in for a surprise when the Storyteller sends Chris (and his trusty cat Keara) into the fable as the little tailor himself! Chris doesn’t feel very brave to begin with, but once he encounters a not-so-bright giant, the royal court, two vain dragons, a mysterious unicorn and the dreaded Swamp Monster, perhaps he’ll learn where bravery comes from. The furniture of Grandmother’s attic becomes all of the locales in this comic adventure for young audiences.
Sept 6-15 | Drinking Habits by Tom Smith
Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.
Oct 18-27 | Living Dead in Denmark by Qui Nguyen
When the dead walk … you run! LIVING DEAD IN DENMARK is an action-adventure/horror sequel to William Shakespeare’s HAMLET. Set five years after the events of the original, the undead have risen to power and are trying to take over the world, led by the zombie lord and true king of Denmark. Fortinbras, assembling a formidable opposition, has resurrected the corpses of some of the greatest women that Shakespeare had to offer: Lady Macbeth, Juliet, and the very angry Ophelia. A clash of the undead titans ensues!
Dec 6-22 | Closed for the Holidays by Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus
After a blizzard shuts down the roads on Christmas Eve eve, a motley crew of travelers find themselves stranded at the local community center. From the lovelorn drama teacher with a bus full of students, to the quarrelsome couple on the way to their wedding, to the overeager Sheriff ready for some real criminal action, everyone has their own troubles to untangle. But to have a happy holiday, they’re going to need a miracle–or seven, to be exact. A spirited and heartwarming comedy with a healthy dash of Christmas magic.
Feb 7-15 | Men are Dogs by Joe Simonelli
Cecelia is a successful psychologist who, among many sessions, runs a support group for single and divorced women. She’s got troubles of her own, but it’s her ensemble of neurotic patients who provide the action when a “volunteer” role-player becomes the hapless victim of their not-inconsiderable ire.
Mar 20-28 | Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson
As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
May 1-10 | Recommended Reading for Girls by Ellen Struve
When Amy comes home to help her mother through a round of chemotherapy during the last phase of her sister’s pregnancy, she discovers unexpected guests from her favorite childhood novels. A farm girl, a mountain girl, an on-again-off-again heiress, and a teen sleuth confound her ideas about their stories, herself, and the people she loves.
June 5-13 | Present Laughter by Noel Coward
At the centre of his own universe sits matinee idol Garry Essendine: suave, hedonistic and too old, says his wife, to be having numerous affairs. His line in harmless, infatuated debutantes is largely tolerated but playing closer to home is not. Just before he escapes on tour to Africa the full extent of his misdemeanours is discovered. And all hell breaks loose. Noel Coward’s Present Laughter premiered in the early years of the Second World War just as such privileged lives were threatened with fundamental social change.