Theatre on the Hill sets schedule with five shows

February 14, 1997

Theatre on the Hill has scheduled five shows for the 1997 summer season, including the first production of "Blood Brothers" staged by an area company.

Entering its 16th year in residence at Western Maryland College, the professional theater company also will present "My Fair Lady," "Noises Off," "Winnie the Pooh," and on Saturdays, "The Fabulous Post Show Revue."

Auditions for the four plays are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 1 and March 2 at the college's Alumni Hall main stage. Participants are asked to prepare one short monologue, one ballad in correct key, and one up-tempo song in correct key, and come dressed to dance.

Appointments are required; call 857-2599.

All company members are paid and housing is available. Cast members participate in post-show revues.

"My Fair Lady," a long-running Broadway favorite, opens the season June 20 and runs through July 5. Newcomer Jeff Lee will direct the story of Professor Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney girl who, on a dare and a brag, becomes the famous teacher's greatest challenge.

The Lerner and Loewe score includes "With a Little Bit of Luck," "On the Street Where You Live," and "I Could Have Danced All Night."

In July, the company presents Michael Frayn's farce, "Noises Off." Also a Broadway hit, this comedy follows a third-rate touring company stumbling through the final dress rehearsal of a British sex farce.

A mix of comic characters and absurd situations, "Noises Off" takes farce to a new level and is a reminder that the show must go on even when it is falling apart.

Directed by Josh Selzer, who staged "Greater Tuna" last season, "Noises Off" opens July 18 and runs through Aug. 13.

"Blood Brothers," a musical drama by Willy Russell, author of "Educating Rita" and "Shirley Valentine," runs Aug. 1-16. A modern version of "The Prince and the Pauper," it is the story of a struggling single mother who is expecting twins.

Knowing she cannot afford to care for two more children, she reluctantly agrees to give one of the babies to her wealthy, childless employer.

Although the women make every effort to keep the brothers from learning the truth, fate intervenes to remind them that a price must be paid for the deed. The cost comes in a shattering climax.

All shows are at 8 p.m.

The 1997 children's show explores A. A. Milne's world of Winnie the Pooh and friends. The bear friend of Christopher Robin enjoys humming songs, stopping often to "eat a little something" and drifting happily through life.

In this original adaptation of the children's book, Pooh is entangled in frantic and fun adventures, assisted by his buddies Tigger, Roo, Piglet, Rabbit and Eyeore.

"Winnie the Pooh" opens July 5 and runs through Aug. 16 with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on the main stage.

The theater cast gathers after most Saturday night shows for a cabaret. "The Fabulous Post Show Revue" begins after the July 5 performance of "My Fair Lady" and runs Saturdays until the end of the season.

Subscriptions, which include one ticket to each of the shows and the post-show revue, are available. Cost is $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $25 for children age 12 and younger.

Information and tickets: WMC Box Office, 857-2448.

Pub Date: 2/14/97

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