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Whidbey Playhouse announces new season, features fundraisers for nonprofit organizations

Nonprofit organizations can find fundraising opportunities at the Whidbey Playhouse while assisting their local theater by purchasing a buy-out for the Playhouse.

The cost of the house and production is $900 for a non-musical and $1,100 for a musical. A deposit of $250 is required to hold the space requested and must be paid within two weeks of confirmation by the Playhouse. There are 128 seats available for each show. The organization sells tickets for whatever price it wants above what it paid the Playhouse.

Requests for specific shows will be honored in the order in which they are received.

Available shows for 2012-2013 are:

“Fruitcakes,” the holiday special, will run Nov. 30 through Dec. 22 and is directed by Anita Rich. Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster and you’ve got the recipe for a fun and touching evening filled with holiday cheer. Into this world comes Jamie, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town’s inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitcakes,” but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore the nutty town. A moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation, “Fruitcakes” provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth.

“It Runs in the Family,” a comedy directed by Bob Hendrix, runs Feb. 1 through 17. Set in a hospital, this British comedy contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else, as Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex-wife, a punkish daughter and other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver a lecture in an international conference.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” by Shakespeare and directed by Stephen Anderson, runs April 26 through May 19. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of amateur actors, who are manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. This is the Playhouse’s first venture into Shakespeare as he wrote it.

“Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class,” a Nunsense musical, stars Sue Riney accompanied by Gaye Litka and runs June 14 through 30. In this newest of the smash-hit Nunsense musicals, Brooklyn born and street smart Sister Robert Anne storms onto the stage, clicker and note cards in hand, to teach her students — the audience — how to put together a cabaret act, mixing monologue with a celebration of songs from the Nunsense series while reminiscing about her past juvenile delinquent behavior and salvation at a strict Catholic school.

Call the box office at 679-2237 for more information or email


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