Cedar Falls Community Theatre has announced their 2010-11 season, which will be performed in the Oster Regent Theatre, which is celebrating its hundredth anniversary.
First up is Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, which is the classic musical about what happens to River City, Iowa (based on Willson’s hometown of Mason City) when “band salesman” Harold Hill comes to town. Willson’s music is complex, delightful and memorable and the musical itself brings up a bit of Americana. The Music Man runs from June 4-13. I do want to know, will the slogan for the show be, “You’ve got trouble right here in a river city”?
The next play is Kitchen Witches, which won the Samuel French Canadian Play Contest. The synopsis on Cedar Falls Community Theatre’s website says that, “Caroline Smith’s Kitchen Witches capitalizes on the publics interest in cooking shows. Two cooking show hostesses have despised each other for over 30 years, ever since Stephen Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show, the insults are flung harder than the food and the show becomes a rating smash as their antics top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer.” The premise of the play sounds interesting and it will run from July 29-August 6.
The third play of the season will be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which will apparently have inspiration from the visuals that Gary Kelley, a well-known and award-winning artist in Cedar Falls, provided for a version of the story. I’m not too sure how that will work out with the transfer from the page to the stage, but it is very artistically ambitious and would be interesting to see. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow runs from Sept. 30-Oct. 10.
The holiday show will be Robert Fulghum’s Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas, which will examine the commercialism of the Christmas season. That runs from Dec. 3-12.
The final show of the season is Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys, which is about a great vaudeville duo known as “Lewis and Clark” that is going to be retired by CBS. I’m not familiar with The Sunshine Boys, but I would like to say thank you for not doing another production of any form of The Odd Couple. The Sunshine Boys will run from Feb. 18-27.
There are no directors listed on CFCT’s website, but it still sounds like an interesting season.