Encore's 2015 Season:


Encore Presents Into the WoodsInto the Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
February 20-March 8
Walters State Community College


Into the Woods brings together the classic Fairytale characters from The Brothers Grimm with the Broadway magic of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine to create a rare modern classic. The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, they set off on a journey to break it. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later. Winner of the 1988 Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical and the 2002 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.


Encore Presents DoubtDoubt: A Parable
By John Patrick Shanley
May 8-17
Walters State Community College


One of the most riveting and popular dramas written in the last decade, Doubt: a Parable opens with a haunting question: "What do you do when you're not sure?" Set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, Doubt concerns Father Flynn, an amiable new priest who believes the clergy should be thought of "as members of the family" to its congregation. His forward-thinking views immediately clash with those of Sister Aloysius - the authoritarian principal who favors discipline over compassion. The conflict mounts towards an explosive climax when Aloysius accuses Flynn of "interfering" with a student based on unproven evidence. The shocking conclusion will leave you wondering "What is Truth?" And who is telling it? Written by John Patrick Shanley, this captivating drama captured both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2005.

Doubt was made into a much-acclaimed movie that garnered five Oscar nominations. But it is the stage version that cuts to the very guts of the battle for truth between Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn. John Patrick Shanley's play has only four characters – all four of which led to Academy Award nominations for the movie performers that included Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis.


Encore Presents CabaretCabaret
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
July 17-August 2
Walters State Community College


What good is sitting alone in your room? Come here the music play as Encore presents Kander and Ebb’s award winning musical Cabaret. Based on Christopher Isherwood’s “Berlin Stories,” Cabaret takes audiences into the nightlife of the Kit Kat Klub on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power in Weimar Germany. It follows the interlocking stories of a cabaret singer, a writer from America, and the denizens of Berlin as they are caught up in the swirling maelstrom of a changing society. Led by the enigmatic Emcee, Cabaret is an thrilling theatrical experience

Written by the same team that brought Chicago to the stage, Cabaret features well-known classics of the musical stage such as “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” as well as the title song. Cabaret opened on Broadway in 1966 featuring Joel Grey and won 8 Tony Awards in 1967. It has been revived numerous times and is currently enjoying another revival on Broadway at Studio 54. It was made into a film version in 1972 which was directed by Bob Fosse and starred Liza Minelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey.


Encore Presents One Man, Two GuvnorsOne Man, Two Guvnors
By Richard Bean
September 11-27
Walters State Community College


Get ready to laugh out loud with the regional premiere of the hilarious comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors.” This uproarious knockabout comedy is set in swinging 1963 London as one man tries to serve, and hoodwink, two employers at the same time. Easily confused and distractedly hungry, Francis Henshall takes on two jobs resulting in two bosses. One “guvnor” is a mobster and the other is a criminal who is on the run. Neither is aware of the other, and Francis goes to extremes to prevent them from discovering each other and his deception. Throw in a sweet and beautiful but dimwitted young woman, a vain actor, a woman disguised as her murdered twin brother, a crooked lawyer, and a couple of level hoodlumbs, and it’s almost more than one man can govern.

Based on “The Servant of Two Masters” by Carlo Goldoni, playwright Richard Bean gives us a lighthearted show that is a guaranteed evening of laughs and entertainment. The play opened at the National Theatre in London in May 2011 and soon moved to Broadway. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards and James Corden won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play.


Encore Presents A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story: The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Joseph Robinette
December 4-20
Walters State Community College


Encore will wrap up its 9th season with a “FRA-GIL-E” package just in time for the holidays with A Christmas Story: The Musical. Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas; An Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie's desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream.

This new Broadway musical is based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. With songs both funny and heartfelt by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette, A Christmas Story: The Musical captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike. It's the Christmas present that you'll cherish all holiday long.


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