The 2019 season begins the week of June 7!
West Side Story
Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
The world’s greatest love story takes to the gang-ridden streets of New York City in this landmark musical. This updated telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet brings two young, idealistic lovers torn apart by warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of prejudice is one of the most heart-wrenching musical dramas of all time. The thrilling musical score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim includes “Tonight,” “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is a thrilling presentation of a matchless work of art.
- 7:30 p.m. — June 21, 22, 26 | July 9, 13, 16, 23, 31 | August 3, 8
- 1:30 p.m. — June 29 | August 3
Shakespeare In Love
by Lee Hall
Based on the screenplay by Tom Stoppard, Young Will Shakespeare is overdue with his new play — a half-baked mess called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter — and he’s having a colossal case of writer’s block. The deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he's in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. This comedic and romantic adaptation of the Academy Award–winning screenplay is “a hit, a very palpable hit!”
- 7:30 p.m. — July 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30 | August 1, 2, 5, 6
truth: The Testimonial of Sojourner Truth
Adapted by Eric Coble
A powerful drama exploring the life of Sojourner Truth, a woman searching for her identity in a country ripped apart by Civil War. As she walks thousands of miles, Truth’s journey from slave, to freed woman, to abolitionist, preacher and suffragette unravels. Through music, movement, and drumming, this stirring tale of one woman’s struggle comes to life.
- 7:30 p.m. — June 28, 29 | July 2, 8, 11, 12, 17, 25, 27, 29
The Old Man and The Old Moon
Book, Music, and Lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co.
This off-Broadway smash hit is one of the hottest plays in the country. The Old Man and The Old Moon is a tale of an old man who must abandon his duties of filling up the moon with liquid light to cross the seas in search of his missing wife. He abandons his post and plunges the world into darkness. His eventful journey across land, air and sea to find her reminds them — and us — of the unwavering power of love. Mixing music, innovation, and theatrical storytelling, this amazing new musical invigorates the imaginations of all ages.
- 7:30 p.m. — July 6, 8, 11. 17, 25, 27, 29 | August 7
- 1:30 p.m. — July 6, 27 | August 5, 9
Murder for Two
By Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair
Murder for Two is the perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder. In this hilarious musical murder mystery, one actor investigates the crime while the other plays all of the suspects. And they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs.
- 7:30 p.m. — June 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
- 1:30 p.m. — June 8
Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!”
Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems, Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
Get ready for a musical experience, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems' beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books, that will leave you doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long! Elephant and Piggie are BFFs and they sing and dance their way through every adventure. These two friends face fundamental questions like: What do you wear to a fancy costume pool party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? In this family-friendly production, Elephant and Piggie will have you giggling out loud!
- 10:30 a.m. — June 12, 14, 18, 21, 25, 27 | July 2, 16, 18, 22, 24, 27
- 1:30 p.m. — July 29, 31 | August 2, 6, 7
Emerging Artist Initiative
Theatre By Young People for Young People
HSRT is excited to announce a new program for high school students. The Emerging Artist Initiative will be an audition-based, tuition-based company of young people. These young artists will present a new musical version of Cinderella written by our own Lenny Banovez and Jessica McIlquham. The students will be immersed in a professional theatre experience and will have a professional director (Benjamin Lohrberg) and professional designers to guide them through their production. Learn more and request an audition.
- 7:30 p.m. — July 12
- 10:30 a.m. — July 19
- 1:30 p.m. — July 13, 20, 23, 25, 26, 30
DeWitt Student Cultural Center141 East 12th StreetHolland, MI 49423