SISTER ACT – Rated PG
Based on the Hollywood movie of the same title starring Whoopi Goldberg, this is a big heartfelt song and dance musical about sisterhood, love and loyalty. Deloris, a disco singer, witnesses her gangster boyfriend kill a man. She escapes and confides in an old friend who is a cop named Sweaty Eddie. Eddie hides Deloris in a Catholic convent to protect her from the boyfriend who is searching for her. Deloris is a fish out of water in the convent but begins to make friends with the nuns after she volunteers to help them turn their horrible choir into flashy, glorious show choir. Parental guidance is suggested for a single depiction of violence.
Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID – Rated G
Based on the Academy Award-winning 1989 Disney movie musical about a rebellious teenage mermaid Ariel who is intrigued with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls in love with a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. Family Musical – Rated G for General Audiences.
OF MICE AND MEN – Rated PG13
Based on John Steinbeck’s American masterwork about friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression. They are an unlikely pair: George is small and crafty. Lennie, a man of tremendous size and power with the mind of a child. Yet they have formed a family, clinging together against the forces of poverty and cruelty. George and Lenny wander from farm to farm, earning money when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. But they have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. Their dream seems to be within their grasp. But George has a problem: Lennie cannot resist petting soft things – a mouse, a puppy and, in one of the most mesmerizing climaxes in world literature – the flirtatious wife of their boss. Parental Guidance is recommended for the suspenseful threat of violence, mild profanity and the use of the N-word.
GREASE – Rated PG
Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: the duck-tailed, hot-rodding Burger Palace Boys and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking Pink Ladies in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head greaser Danny Zuko and the goody two-shoes Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin'”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley. Parental guidance recommended for references to sex and drinking.
AVENUE Q – Original Broadway Version – Rated R
Avenue Q is a coming-of-age musical comedy parable, often described as an adult version of Sesame Street, complete with muppet-like puppets alongside human characters. It addresses and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children’s television programs such as PBS’s Sesame Street that they were “special” and “could do anything”; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more “special” than anyone else. An inspirational message emerges with themes of acceptance, family and community. Parental guidance is urged for the use of the F-bomb and the depiction of puppets having sex. SEE BELOW for PG-13 Version….
AVENUE Q – PG 13 Version
The same characters and themes as the Original Broadway version but edited for more general audiences. Most of the profanity and sexual themes are removed from the script and score. This version of Avenue Q is often produced by high schools. Parental guidance is recommended for the often challenging coming-of-age material and is more suited to general audiences. Check dates for PG-13 performances.
ROUTE 66 – Rated G
Route 66 is the great, happy “road musical” that harkens to the romantic nostalgia of cross-country road trips along the “Mother Road” that stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles. Four snappy Texaco service station attendants head west on old Route 66, stopping at famous landmarks and towns along the highway and sharing the music of each of the American regions they are traveling through. The show features rock, pop and comedy novelty tunes of the 1950s and 1960s and fabulous dance numbers recalling the TV variety shows of that era. This show is recommended for general audiences. No profanity or sexual content.
A TUNA CHRISTMAS – Rated PG
Columbus’ most popular show. This Christmas-themed quick-change comedy has been seen by well over 50,000 people, many of whom have made A TUNA CHRISTMAS part of their annual yuletide family tradition. People have gotten to know the Bumiller family, Petey Fisk, Didi Snavely, Aunt Pearl Burrus, Thurston, Arles, Joe Bob Lipsey, the Tastey Cream waitresses Helen and Inita and a dozen other characters residing in the strange little town of Tuna, Texas. Yes, it may be the funniest evening of theatre on Planet Earth but deep in the heart of this legendary play is the true spirit of Christmas. There is a reason why thousands of people make pilgrimages to A TUNA CHRISTMAS every December. The common sentiment is, “It wouldn’t be Christmas for us without A TUNA CHRISTMAS.” For fifteen years, the cast consisted of Paul Pierce and Ron Anderson. Following Ron’s passing in August, TUNA creator Edward Howard approved veteran Atlanta actor Vance West to assume the “Arles track” of characters in A TUNA CHRISTMAS. Parental Guidance is recommended for the style of witty social satire. It is not a play for small children.
THE GIVER – Rated PG
Based on the book by Lois Lowry, Eric Coble’s stage adaptation of The Giver allows audience members to step into Jonas’s “perfect” world. In his society, there is no pain, no fear, and no uncertainty. The people in the community want for nothing, and all contribute with a job assignment given to them at the age of twelve. Jonas expects to be given a normal assignment but is instead chosen to study under the Giver. What the Giver teaches Jonas about their society and everything they have sacrificed will leave you questioning whether or not his world really is “perfect”. Parental guidance is suggested for themes of suicide, euthanasia, and disturbing sounds/images of warfare.
ACE: The Eugene Bullard Story – Rated PG
This is a World Premiere production by playwright Natalia Temesgen. Amazingly, the play is based on a true-to-life figure from Columbus, Georgia. A ten-year-old child leaves Columbus on foot in 1910, becomes a jockey, vaudeville performer and prize fighter. He makes his way to France at the dawn of World War I, enlists in the French Foreign Legion, wins the Croix de Guerre at the Battle of Verdun and becomes the world’s first black fighter pilot, fighting against the Red Baron. After WWI, he becomes an influential jazz impresario, marries a French countess and then spies against the Nazis with the French Resistance. This is a sweeping adventure tale spotlighting the most remarkable figure of the 20th century that you’ve never heard of. Parental guidance is suggested because of challenges related to race relations in the US and Europe. There is mild profanity and the use of the N-word.