Thank you to everyone who made RCCT's 2014 season the best one yet! We had a lot of fun bringing you those productions and are prepared for even more fun in 2015. Once again, we have four productions for your entertainment pleasure, including a musical, an interactive dinner theatre, a summer youth musical, and a play.
We start out the year with The Singin' Cowboy; written by Todd Mueller and Hank Boland, with music and lyrics by Greg Opelka. This new musical finds our hero, Singin' (as he's known in these parts), taming the orneriest outlaw in the West, Tumbleweed Tammy, and converting her gang to the ways of goodness by using his amiable nature and singin' ways. Along the way you'll see gunfights, a hangin', and a half-million-dollar bank heist. There are saloon girls and cowhands, and a good-hearted Madam, too. You'll go home with a wagonload of strummable, hummable tunes dancing in your head; everything from foot-stompin', shoot-em-up saloon and trail songs to tender ballads. The Michigan City Dispatch says "The Singin' Cowboy takes a fresh approach to an old tale.. I'll be ding-danged if you don't have a good time." The Singin' Cowboy is directed by Karl W. Heidemann. The show opens on March 13 and runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through March 22.
Next, back by popular demand, is dinner theatre. This year, Val Schalk is directing The Altos: Like the Sopranos, only Lower. This interactive musical comedy mystery, is a spoof of the famous HBO series. Written by the father of the genre, David Landau, with music by Nikki Stern, this show is your invitation Tony's funeral. No one seems sad that Tony is gone, but is he? Be prepared to dodge bullets, laugh at the songs, and see if you can't figure out who put a contract out on Tony! Join us for a delicious dinner and an interactive show on Saturday, May 16.
Our summer youth theatre production returns with Yearbook Reflections, written by Steven Fendrich with music by Scott Deturk. Can you believe this is the 10th year we've been able to offer area youth the opportunity to learn about musical theatre? Wow! Yearbook Reflections is a sensitive, upbeat musical about the willpower, compassion, and humor that you find in every school. Students between the age 8 and 17 are invited to audition. Theresa Gibson directs this year's fare. Yearbook Reflections opens on Thursday, August 27 and runs through August 30.
The final play of our 2015 season is Leaving Iowa. Some of our board members saw an abbreviated version of this play at AACTFest in 2013 and fell in love with this hilarious sentimental comedy about family and family vacations. The spark behind Leaving Iowa comes from being the children of parents from the now dubbed "greatest generation." The story is a toast to their idealism and character and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road trip. "Leaves you with a smile on your face and a desire to hug your kids." (The Detroit News) Mike Marx and Riconda Lamb co-direct this production. Leaving Iowa opens on October 30th and runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 8.
All shows except dinner theatre take place at the Rogers City Theater, 257 N. Third St. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors, and $6 students (except dinner theatre). Season tickets are only $25 (excludes dinner theatre) and are available now through the end of our first production.
Thank you for your support. We'll see you at the show!