on Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Ready for a new slew of plays, musicals, and all that jazz, right here in Waterloo? Waterloo Community Playhouse has released their 2019-2020 lineup & it’s as diverse as it is entertaining!
Beat the heat with the Playhouse’s rendition of Beauty and the Beast, opening July 12. Disney's classic story of Belle and the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he will be doomed for all eternity. Catch the tale as old as time at 7pm on July 12, 13 & 17 and at 2pm on July 14 & 21.
There is some 16+ fun headed to the stage with the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas debuting in October! Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello, until a campaign of righteous indignation, comes down on the institution. Politics and intrigue told in song and dance! Check out this made for the stage version of Dolly Parton & Burt Reynolds’ 1982 film from October 25 - November 3.
For a more chilling production hit the theater at the end of January for the psychological thriller, Wait Until Dark, about a recently blind woman terrorized by a trio of thugs looking for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe to be in her apartment. It is a psychological thriller, full of twists and turns, where people and things do not turn out to be as they first appeared. It will run from January 24 - February 2.
Ready for a laugh in the spring? Catch the musical comedy Church Basement Ladies. You'll meet the ladies who work in the church basement cooking meals for church functions. A delicious musical comedy unfolds as they stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on course! It is a humorous story of what it was like to grow up Lutheran in the Midwest in the 1950s, showing from March 20 - 29.
Rounding out the 2019/2020 season is the show The Book Club, a delightful production about life, love, & literature and the side-splitting results when friends start reading between the lines. Catch it from May 29 - June 7.
For a more kid-friendly lineup, check out what the Black Hawk Children’s Theatre has planned.
Starting in September they will be debuting a piece set in WW2 Warsaw, Korczak’s Children. Dr. Janusz Korczak keeps his flock of Jewish orphans, clothed, fed, and educated despite the war ravaging his country. In an act of defiance, he allows his kids to stage a play; to help them make sense of a brutal world. You can catch this moving piece about theatre itself from September 27 – October 5.
Christmas time brings your favorite holiday classics... get your dose of Lucy, Linus, Snoopy & the rest of the gang as they celebrate Christmas in this production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Catch it from December 13 - 22.
Fond of fairy tales? You’re in for a treat with The Frog Prince of Spamalot in February. Hyronomous doesn't fit in with other frogs from the bogs. He doesn't look like them; he doesn't like what they like. He's lonely and he wants to fit in. Glinda, the Good Witch then tells him he is really a prince under a spell and there is only one way to break the spell. A hodge-podge of tragically comedic tales come together in this Frog Prince spin-off, showing from February 21-29.
Closing out the Children’s Theatre’s 2019/2020 season is a musical adaptation of a classic children’s book, The Rainbow Fish. Rainbow fish is the most beautiful fish in the ocean. The other creatures gather each day to watch Rainbow Fish show off beautiful shiny scales. When he refuses to share his scales, Rainbow Fish discovers how lonely selfishness can be. Join them from April 24 - May 2 and learn of the joy that can be found in generosity.
Most performances will be held in the Hope Martin Theatre, within the Waterloo Center for the Arts. Some smaller productions may be held in McElroy Theater in the Walker Building. Check their website for details.
Single tickets for the Waterloo Community Theater productions are $22-$25 for adults. Black Hawk Children’s Theatre single adult tickets are $10-$15. Tickets can be bought at the ticket office or online.
We hope to see you in the audience this year!
For updates on theater productions and other events happening in the Cedar Valley, go to CedarValley365.com.
- Micah McCutchan, Experience Waterloo- Photos: Waterloo Community Playhouse/Black Hawk Children's Theatre