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Sep01

Bravo! An Improvised Musical

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The music soars and the actors all come together for the triumphant finale, which none of them have ever sung before! Everything is created onstage in the moment in the Contemporary Theater Company’s fall production, Bravo! An Improvised Musical, playing October 14 – November 18. Tickets available here. A brand new musical premieres every night as these performers take the stage. Everything is made up on-the-spot, and the actors know nothing about the show before it starts. Bravo! captures that magic and love of musicals with an incredible twist. This is the Contemporary Theater Company’s third fully-improvised play format. They have previously performed audience favorites Slamming Doors: An Improvised Farce and Whodunit? An Improvised Murder Mystery, which will return this January. Bravo! An Improvised Musical takes it to the next level with songs as well as plot, characters, and dialogue all made up on-the-spot. “It’s been incredible listening to the cast in rehearsals,” says stage manager Maggie Cady. “We have such talented musicians creating new songs and the plot of a whole play each night!” The team behind the company’s 2015 production of Sweeney Todd is...

Sep01

An Iliad

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The Iliad and The Odyssey, attributed to Homer, are among the oldest stories we have. Their tales are timeless – how war tears us apart, and the difficulty of putting life together after. An Iliad, Homer’s work brought to life by a modern storyteller in a one-man show, brings the Greeks and Romans to the stage of the Contemporary Theater Company this fall. Tickets available here. In An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, a modern storyteller relays this classic. A strong anti-war message is at the heart of this play, performed by a single actor and a musician – the muse. Matt Fraza takes on this tour-de-force role, which he has played before. “I first saw An Iliad when I took a group of students to the premiere in 2010,” says Communications Director Maggie Cady. “I fell in love with it then, and I’m so excited that we’re bringing it to our audience now.” The previews for the production, Fridays September 8 – 29 at 7 pm, will be staged on the Contemporary Theater Company’s outdoor performance...

Jul06

One Man, Two Guvnors

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Sometimes you just feel like laughing. The Contemporary Theater Company is full of laughter this summer with its production of One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, playing July 14 – August 12. This farce originally opened in London in 2011 and The Daily Telegraph called it “the feelgood hit of the summer!” In One Man, Two Guvnors, Francis, played by CTC ensemble member Rico Lanni, finds himself at the beck and call of two employers, rivals in the local mob scene. Things spin out of control as he tries to keep it all straight without revealing everyone’s secrets. “There’s comedy, audience participation, confusion, comedy, fancy food, and comedy,” says the show’s director Sami Avigdor. The main character, Francis, breaks the fourth wall throughout the show, speaking to the audience directly, adding extra fun to the proceedings. Physical comedy fills the show with laughs as Francis unravels trying to keep up with the demands of his bosses. “There are twists and turns, secrets and reveals,” says Communications Director Maggie Cady, “but above all, there’s just a lot of silly...

Jun28

Family Shows Start July 8

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Giddy Up kicks off our summer family season on Saturday, July 8 at 10:30 am with an improvised Western! Get ready for a hoe down full of good guys, bad guys, and the wild wild west every Saturday morning in July! We Wrote A Play puts the creative minds of our summer camp students to work! Our actors perform a play written entirely by the students of the Writing Camp – theater by kids and for...

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