Nittany Theatre at the Barn to open season next week

BOALSBURG — Season ticket packages are available for Nittany Theatre at the Barn, Boal Estate Drive, with the first show of the summer opening Wednesday.

All shows in the barn theatre are at 7:30 p.m. The schedule is:

r May 23-26, May 30-June 2 — “Rumors” by the comedy master Neil Simon.

Ken Gorman and his wife attend the 10th anniversary party of Charlie Brock, deputy mayor of New York, and his wife, Myra. Unfortunately, things are not going quite to plan. All the kitchen staff is gone, Myra is missing, and Charlie has shot himself in the head. Let the farce begin!

r June 20-23, June 27-30 — “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the Sterling Sax adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, Jack and Algernon, who create alter egos named “Ernest” to escape their tiresome lives. As the farce unfolds, we learn that Jack is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, Algernon’s cousin, but Gwendolen’s mother refuses to consent to Jack’s bid to marry her daughter. The parentless Algernon confronts Jack about his secret life, forcing him to come clean and demanding to know more about his affairs, and especially Jack’s 18-year old ward, Cecily. Along the hilarious way, Jack discovers he wasn’t born a hand-bag after all, which will all become clear as the laughter rolls forward.

r July 18-21, July 25-28 — “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig.

It’s the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The world-famous tenor Tito Merelli, “Il Stupendo,” is to perform his greatest role, Othello, at the 10-year anniversary gala season opener. Henry Saunders, the opera’s executive director, has high hopes that Merelli’s performance will put Cleveland on the operatic map. However, at the final dress rehearsal, Merelli is nowhere to be found, Saunders is in a panic, and along with his assistant Max, the hilarious scramble to figure out what to do begins.

r Aug. 15-18, Aug. 22-25 — “Funny Money” by Ray Cooney.

Henry A. Perkins, a mild-mannered C.P.A, accidentally picks up the wrong briefcase, one full of money. Henry assumes it is illicit cash and he decides to keep it. Knowing that the former owner must have his briefcase, he rushes home to book one-way fares to Barcelona while his wife Jean prepares for Henry’s birthday party. In no time at all, the party guests, cab drivers, and a variety of police arrive. What could go wrong?

r Sept. 4-7, Sept. 11-14 — “The Love List” by Norm Foster.

Leon and Bill concoct a list of attributes of the ideal woman – the top 10 best qualities in a mate. When this allegedly “Ideal Woman” actually arrives on the scene, the men quickly learn that their list could use a few revisions.

r Sept. 25-28, Oct. 2-6 — Special production of “Arthur and Merlin: A New Musical” by Jerry Sawyer.

This is the world premiere of a new version of the classic tale of love and adventure, as told through Arthur and Merlin, a musical fitting for the ages.

Dave Saxe is producing artistic director.

For ticket information, visit Nittanytheatre.org or call 814-321-2799.

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