Kentwood Players Upcoming Shows
Onstage in Los Angeles

January 12 – February 17, 2018
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
Directed by George L. Rametta
Produced by Lauren A. Jarvis

Using the historical and controversial subject of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, The Crucible presents an allegory of events from the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950’s. Reason and fact become clouded by irrational fears and the desire to place blame for society’s problems on others. John Proctor, a blunt, out-spoken farmer is the play’s central character. He gets caught up in a conspiracy not even his own strength can control when his ex-lover Abigail throws false accusations on his wife Elizabeth. As Proctor tries to free his wife and prove all others accused of witchcraft innocent, he finds himself accused as well. One man stands in a tug-of-war between God and Satan, pride and damnation, and good and evil. It all leads to a climatic ending in which one lost soul finds peace with himself and realizes the importance of one's own dignity. Miller won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, and The Crucible has gone on to become a classic, regarded as one of the great American dramas.

THE CRUCIBLE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
March 16 – April 21, 2018
Sister Act
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Based on the Touchstone Pictures Motion Picture, Sister Act, written by Joseph Howard
Directed by Ben Lupejkis
Produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete and Patricia Butler

Sister Act is an uplifting musical comedy hit based on the 1992 film, featuring music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), with the original Broadway production being nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The story takes place in Philadelphia in 1978, where disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle imposed by uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly-found sisterhood. Filled with uplifting gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act is a sparkling musical tribute to the universal power of friendship.

SISTER ACT is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
May 11 – June 16, 2018
Match
by Stephen Belber
Directed by Bruce Starrett
Produced by Jenny Boone

Mike and Lisa Davis arrive at the apartment of Tobi Powell, who lives alone in Inwood, on the northern tip of Manhattan. They are there to interview him about his life as a dancer and choreographer, but it is soon evident that their agenda is as multilayered as the life story that Tobi begins to tell them. What happens next will either ruin or inspire them—and definitely change their lives forever. Stephen Belber’s Tony-nominated comic drama sparkles with wit and heartfelt emotion as it examines how our lives are shaped by the choices that we make and the secrets that we keep.

MATCH is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
July 13 – August 18, 2018
Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will
by Del Shores
Directed by Kirk Larson
Produced by Alison Mattiza and Elizabeth Summerer

Set in a small Texas town, this comedy stages the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. They’ve wanted their father’s live, but they’ll settle for his money! Winner of the LA Weekly Theater Awards for Best Production and Best Playwriting. It is not so much the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit.

Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 7 – October 13, 2018
Dangerous Obsession
by N.J. Crisp
Directed by Kathy Dershimer
Produced by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
November 9 – December 15, 2018
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Book by Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film
Directed by Catherine Rahm
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Note: All announced shows are subject to change
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