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2014-2015 SEASON

book by Allan Knee
music by Jason Howland
lyrics by Mindi Dickstein

September 25-October 4, 2014
79th Avenue Theatre at the Myrtle Beach Higher Education Center

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love. The original production starred the unparalleled Sutton Foster, who received Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk nominations for her performance.

Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women, follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested - her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.


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by Mary Zimmerman, based on the myths of Ovid
October 16-25, 2014
Edwards Theatre

Called by Time the "theater event of the year," Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses brings Ovid's tales to stunning visual life. Set in and around a large pool of water onstage, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change. Lost love, dangerous passion and reunited soul-mates wrestle with fate in Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman’s Broadway smash, Metamorphoses. Lose yourself in a magical world of “powerful, moving, and funny” (Talkin’ Broadway) stories played out in a vast pool of water in the theatre.


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Hair

Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado Music by Galt MacDermot
Novemer 13-22, 2014
Edwards Theatre

From its stunning Broadway premiere in 1968, Hairdefined the “rock musical,” exuberantly celebrating the hippie counterculture, anti-war movement and sexual revolution of the 1960s with a rainbow score of hits – including “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Easy to be Hard” – that have become ingrained in pop culture. Let down your long, beautiful hair, pull out the tie-dye and celebrate this groundbreaking American journey as we “Let the Sunshine In!”


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by William Inge

January 29-February 7, 2015
79th Avenue Theatre at the Myrtle Beach Higher Education Center

The classic middle Amercian play takes place on Labor day Weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger's brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.


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book by Joe Masterhoff
lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
music by Jerr Bock
February 19-28, 2015
Wheelwright Auditorium

An intimate and touching show, featuring music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF) and book by Joe Masteroff (CABARET), SHE LOVES ME was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1964, the 1993 Broadway revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the 1994 Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, SHE LOVES ME is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance. 


Set in a 1930's European perfumery, we meet shop clerks Amalia and Georg, who more often than not, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Discover with Amalia and Georg the identity of their true loves and all the twists and turns along the way!

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by William Shakespeare

April 9-28, 2015
Edwards Theatre

William Shakespeare’s best-known comedy, TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will, closes our 2014-2015 season. Written as part of the festivities that signified the end of the Christmas season in Elizabethan times, Twelfth Night depicts a world turned upside down where anything is possible.

“If music be the food of love, play on!” This immortal proclamation by Duke Orsino opens the play and the fun ensues. Orsino has set his sights on the countess Olivia, who is in mourning and uninterested in men following the death of her brother. Orsino sends Cesario, who is actually Viola disguised as a man, to woo Olivia on his behalf. Viola and her twin brother Sebastian (Jeremy Hay of Morrisville) each think the other is dead following a shipwreck. What follows is a topsy-turvy pursuit of love that has delighted audiences for centuries.

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