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2017-2018 Season

A Christmas Carol
  • November 25 - December 23, 2017
  • Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square

A Christmas Carol

NE Ohio's Favorite Holiday Tradition

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Open your heart to Charles Dickens’ classic tale of one man’s ultimate redemption. One of northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions, A Christmas Carol is a perfect gift of theater for children and adults of all ages. Celebrate the season with the ones you love.

By Charles Dickens / Adapted and Directed By Gerald Freedman

Misery
  • February 16 - March 11, 2018
  • Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

Misery

Stephen King's Unforgettable Thriller

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When successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon awakes in a secluded home, rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan” Annie Wilkes, fiction quickly becomes stark reality. While he semi-consciously convalesces under her “care,” Annie secretly reads the unpublished manuscript of his new novel Misery and becomes enraged upon discovering that he has killed off her favorite character. When Annie demands that he rewrite his novel, Paul quickly realizes that the only way to avoid his own personal unhappy ending is to outwit the sociopathic bibliophile that seems bound and determined to keep him permanently bedridden.

Based on the novel by Stephen King / Adapted by William Goldman
Directed by Charles Fee

Macbeth
  • March 29 - April 15, 2018
  • Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

Macbeth

Shakespeare's Towering Tragedy

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For this production, we will transform the Hanna Theatre into an Elizabethan theater, including NEW SEATING SECTIONS ON STAGE - surrounding the playing area and creating an immersive experience for audiences! Consider ONSTAGE seating when planning your visit to enjoy the fullness of this unique production. (Onstage seats are padded benches with backs similar in style to church pews. The bench seat is padded. Seating is assigned.)

Synopsis:
In a maelstrom of politics and magic, Shakespeare's towering tragedy melds unforgettable characters and incomparable language in a fascinating drama of corruption and heroism. We invite you to join us for an eerie evening of dazzling darkness, where specters and riddles foretell the futures of kings. But beware: "something wicked this way comes."

The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Great Lakes Theater is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle and high school students in communities across the United States.

Generous support for MACBETH was provided by John and Barbara Schubert.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles Fee

Beehive - The 60s Musical
  • May 04 - May 20, 2018
  • Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

Beehive - The 60s Musical

Off Broadway's Groovy Retro-Hit Revue

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An exuberant jukebox celebration of the women musicians who made the 60s truly memorable, Beehive transports audiences on a nostalgic musical journey back in time. Featuring forty classic chart-toppers (and Aqua Net-glistening coiffures, of course), this groovy retro-revue highlights hits that range from the Supremes’ memorable melodies to Janis Joplin’s heart-rending rasp to Aretha Franklin’s soul and more. So break out your vintage best…and prepare to sing along, dance in the aisles and relive one of music’s truly golden eras.

BEEHIVE: THE 60s MUSICAL is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater.

Created by Larry Gallagher
Directed by Victoria Bussert

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • September 29 - November 04, 2017
  • Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

A Soaring Musical Epic

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As the bells of Notre Dame’s cathedral sound in fifteenth-century Paris, Quasimodo - a deformed, captive bell-ringer - observes the city’s Feast of Fools from afar. Escaping his captor Frollo to join the festivities, Quasimodo is rejected by every reveler except the beautiful Gypsy, Esmeralda – with whom he is immediately smitten. However, a handsome Captain and Frollo are equally enthralled by her. As they vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a malevolent mission to destroy the Gypsies and steal her love. It’s up to an unlikely hero to ring true and save the day in this transformative musical celebration of love and acceptance.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater.

Music by Alan Menken / Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz / Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Directed by Victoria Bussert

A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • October 06 - November 05, 2017
  • Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's Magical Comic Masterpiece

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An exhilarating tale of midsummer madness, this memorable comedy brims with mistaken identity, mismatched lovers and mischief-making fairies. Shakespeare's charming comedy ensnares myriad lovers and a rustic troupe of would-be actors in a joyful celebration of love lost, transformed and restored – casting a powerfully pleasing spell on audiences of all ages.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy

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