Whidbey Playhouse offers peek at 2013-14 season

In the midst of a satisfying finish to the current season, Whidbey Playhouse is hoping to carry that momentum to the coming season.

The Oak Harbor theater offered a sneak peek to the 2013-14 season Saturday night, unveiling a lineup of plays that seemed to appeal to nearly packed audience in the theater.

“Considering what’s going on in the economy, we’re doing pretty good. We’re holding our own. We really are,” said Allenda Jenkins, president of the Whidbey Playhouse.

“We’re under where we want to be with our expenses. We’re keeping that in control. Our shows are bringing in just about what we were expecting. The last two did great, ‘It Runs in the Family,’ and ‘Ain’t Misbehavin.’” They brought in really good returns for us. And we’re excited about ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream.’”

The five plays for the 2013-14 season include two musicals and a mystery.

Stan Thomas directs the first season ticket production, “Too Soon For Daisies,” a comedic thriller about three elderly ladies who “escape” from a retirement home and find an empty house to settle in. The story changes sharply after the new owner of the house appears then dies of a heart attack. The show opens Sept. 6.

The musicals are the lively “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” directed by Rusty Hendrix, and the holiday show, “1776,” directed by Gayle Litka.

A preview of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” left the audience roaring in laughter. That production is slated for November with “1776” not on the stage until April of 2014.

The other season productions are “Book of Days,” a mystery set in a small Missouri town directed by Kevin William Meyer and scheduled for Jan. 24; and “Enchanted April,” which is directed by Julia Locke and won’t be on stage until June of 2014.

Three off-season shows also were announced, including “The Last 5 Years,” a musical directed by Darren McCoy.

That performance will run Aug. 15-24.

“Christmas Snapshots,” a musical directed by Sarah Russell, will be performed in December in time for the holidays.

“Love Letters,” rounds out the off-season lineup and won’t be on stage until February. It also is directed by Thomas.

By unveiling the Whidbey Playhouse’s 2013-14 lineup, actors got a chance to see what they might be interested in auditioning for.

“I’m really excited about (next season),” Locke said. “We have two musicals. Lots of parts for men. We have a couple of really good plays for women, “Too Soon for Daisies,” and I’m also directing a show, “Enchanted April,” which is a sweet little romance. And we have a good mystery (Book of Days).

“Mysteries are really popular with our audience. We did a survey of our audience members a couple of years ago. Of course, musicals came in No. 1. But to my surprise, mysteries came in No. 2. They’re very popular and a very close second to musicals.”




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