Hope Summer Repertory Theatre will offer a taste of everything, from beloved classics with familiar, toe-tapping tunes to Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas, during its 46th season, opening on Friday, June 16, with the musical “Working.”
Continuing through Saturday, Aug. 12, the season will feature four main-stage productions and two plays for young people. The main stage will feature “Annie — The Musical,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “A View from the Bridge” and “Working,” and the Children’s Performance Troupe will present “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” and “Curious George: The Golden Meatball.”
The performances of “Annie,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “A View from the Bridge” will take place at the DeWitt Center main theatre; “Working” and “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” will be in the Knickerbocker Theatre; and “Curious George” will be in the DeWitt Center studio theatre. The DeWitt Center is located on the Hope College campus at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue between 10th and 13th streets, and the Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St. between College and Columbia avenues.
Single tickets and season-ticket packages are available.
For the performances of “Working” and “Annie” individual ticket prices range from $28 to $35 for balcony/orchestra seating and $32 to $40 for mezzanine seating. For the performances of “Driving Miss Daisy” and “A View from the Bridge,” prices range from $22 to $26 for balcony/orchestra seating and from $27 to $30 for mezzanine seating. Children’s Performance Troupe tickets for “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” and “Curious George” are $15 for general seating, for all ages. Tickets for children under the age of 18 are $15 for all seating.
A season-ticket package saves patrons up to 50 percent off individual ticket prices and guarantees a terrific seat for each performance. With free exchanges, purchasing a season ticket package is the best way to enjoy HSRT’s productions. Season packages are now on sale at the Hope Ticket Office at 100 E. 8th Street.
The Best Buy Package offers seating for four main-stage performances for only $90 for adults, $85 for seniors and $50 for students. Super-Saver Package includes seating limited to the orchestra and balcony and admission to the four main-stage productions for $70 for both adults and seniors and $50 for students.
The Children’s Season Package is great for children under 12, and includes tickets to both CPT performances and one ticket to a main-stage production for $30. The Adult CPT Package is great for parents, and offers a ticket to both CPT performances and one main-stage performance for $55. Add an additional main-stage performance and pay $90 for the Adult Bonus CPT Package.
Single tickets and season packages may currently be purchased at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. The ticket office in the DeWitt Center (141 E. 12th St.) will open on Monday, June 12, and will be available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to intermission.
- “WORKING” - Knickerbocker Theatre - 7:30 p.m.
June 16, 17, 21, 27, 29 • July 6, 26, 29 • August 1, 8, 11
From the book by Studs Terkel • Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
Nominated for six Tony Awards, “Working” explores the life of 26 Americans from all walks of life. Updated from the original 70’s classic featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor and others. Whether it be the schoolteacher, the mason, the phone operator, or the housewife, each character paints a portrait of the men and women so often taken for granted.
- “DRIVING MISS DAISY”- DeWitt Theatre - 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. June 30 • July 1, 5, 11, 13, 15, 19, 28, 31
1:30 p.m. Matinee July 29
By Alfred Uhry
This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the story of Daisy Werthan, an elderly, southern, Jewish woman who is committed to maintaining her independence. When she crashes her car, however, her son Boolie arranges for her to have a chauffeur: an African-American man named Hoke Colburn. They are initially wary of each other, but Hoke puts up with the somewhat crotchety Miss Daisy with dignity, and they ultimately form a friendly bond.
- “ANNIE – The Musical” - DeWitt Theatre - 7:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. July 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20, 24 • August 3, 5, 9, 12
1:30 p.m. Matinees. July 15 • August 5
Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
The classic tale follows the story of the fiery, red-headed, young orphan stuck in a miserable orphanage under the care of the greedy Miss Hannigan. Her hard-knock life takes a turn for the better when she is chosen to live with the wealthy Oliver Warbucks. With the help of Mr. Warbucks, she discovers the meaning of family, love and friendship.
- “A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE” - DeWitt Theatre - 7:30 p.m.
July 21, 22, 25, 27 • August 2, 7, 10
By Arthur Miller
As a longshoreman, Eddie Carbone is confident of his place in the working-class neighborhood he calls home. His life suddenly changes when he agrees to harbor his immigrant cousins, Marco and Rudolpho. A passionate drama by one of America’s greatest playwrights, “A View from the Bridge” is full of suspense, jealousy, betrayal and love.
- “SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!” - Knickerbocker Theatre
7:30 p.m. June 23, 28 • August 4
1:30 p.m. June 24 • July 1, 31 August 2, 10
10:30 a.m. July 25, 27 • August 9
From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg,
Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe
These classic Saturday morning cartoons come to life in a way that will have audience members eager to grab their backpacks and head back to school. “Schoolhouse Rock Live!” is sure to light up the stage with familiar tunes like “Just A Bill” and “Conjunction Junction.” Both educational and fun, “Schoolhouse Rock Live!“ will leave audience members with smiles on their face no matter their age.
- “CURIOUS GEORGE: THE GOLDEN MEATBALL” - DeWitt Studio Theatre
10:30 a.m. July 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 August 8, 11
1:30 p.m. July 22 • August 1, 3, 4, 7, 11
Music by John Kavanaugh
Book and Lyrics by Jeremy Desmon
Based on the books by Margret and H.A. Rey
The Man With the Yellow Hat and his monkey are back again. Curious George is a lovable monkey who is always on an adventure, and this time you get to come along! Join Curious George on his quest to win the Golden Meatball Contest. Sure to make you laugh, sing, and dance, “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” is a treat for the whole family.
ABOUT HOPE SUMMER REPERTORY THEATRE
Established at Hope College in 1972, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is West Michigan’s premiere professional theatre company and produces plays and educational programs of the highest professional standards that address the needs of, and enhance the quality of life for, Hope College and the community. The productions are presented across the summer months in venues including the college’s DeWitt Center main theatre, DeWitt Center studio theatre and Knickerbocker Theatre. The company numbers more than 100 annually and features a unique blend of distinguished professionals and young theatre artists from across the United States.