2017-18 Season
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A Christmas Carol
Adaptation and Lyrics by Sean Murray
Score by Billy Thompson
Based on the novella by Charles Dickens
Directed by Sean Murray
Nov 29 - Dec 24, 2017
Low-Priced Previews Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2017
Cygnet Theatre invites you to start your own family tradition with one of ours. This season welcomes the return of the holiday classic adapted from Charles Dickens' timeless tale of hope and redemption. Featuring original music, creative stagecraft and puppetry, and live sound effects. Step into a Victorian Christmas card for a unique storytelling experience that is sure to delight the entire family!
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The Last Wife
By Kate Hennig
Directed by Rob Lutfy
Jan 17 - Feb 11, 2018
Low-Priced Previews Jan 17 - 19, 2018
This contemporary re-imagining of the compelling relationship between Henry VIII and his last wife, Katherine Parr, is a witty and powerful examination of sexual politics and women's rights. It's a high stakes game of chess, with Henry's offspring, Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward as pawns.
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A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Sean Murray
Mar 7 - Apr 22, 2018
Low-Priced Previews Mar 7 - 9, 2018
Cygnet is thrilled to revisit one of its favorite musicals. Desirée Armfeldt has always captured the hearts of men. When both of her lovers-and their wives-show up for a weekend in the country, a tangled web of love and desire lead to humorous and heartbreaking revelations. Sophisticated, literate and stylish, but also disarmingly warm, funny, charming and very human. Featuring the hit song "Send in the Clowns."
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The Wind and the Breeze
By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Rob Lutfy
May 16 - Jun 10, 2018
Low-Priced Previews May 16 - 18, 2018
Sam, the legendary, undisputed, greatest emcee in Rockford, IL, plans to rest on his laurels all winter and, if possible, stake out an early spot to watch the Independence Day fireworks -but his closest mentees and their outsized dreams challenge him to a battle he can't win. The Wind and the Breeze explores the politics of place, the unspoken expectations of friendship and what happens when we choose to stand our ground on shifting sands.
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Past Shows
Animal Crackers
Book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind
Music & Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Directed by Sean Murray
Jul 6 - Aug 13, 2017
Low-Priced Previews Jul 6 - 7, 2017
Hooray for Captain Spaulding! When a celebrated painting goes missing from Mrs. Rittenhouse's fancy house party in honor of African explorer Captain Spaulding, her guests set out to find the thief in a series of madcap antics and exploits. Based on the original Marx Brothers Broadway hit and film classic, this adaptation of Animal Crackers is an outrageous, rollicking, laugh-out-loud musical comedy, complete with audience participation!
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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
By Paul Zindel
Directed by Rob Lutfy
Aug 30 - Sep 24, 2017
Low-Priced Previews Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2017
This Pulitzer Prize-winning lyrical drama tells the story of a wounded family unraveling at the age of innocence and at the age of no return. Life in the 1960s with Beatrice, an embittered single mother, resembles a hell more than a home for her two daughters. But Tillie, the youngest, finds her own way to connect to the world with resilience and hope. Tillie - keeper of rabbits, dreamer of atoms, true believer in life, hope, and the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigolds.
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The Legend of Georgia McBride
By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Sean Murray
Oct 11 - Nov 12, 2017
Low-Priced Previews Oct 11 - 13, 2017
He's young, he's broke, he's just found out his wife is going to have a baby, and now Casey has lost his gig as an Elvis impersonator. When his club brings in a drag act led by Miss Tracy Mills, Casey is given the opportunity to trade one sequined outfit for another. This music-filled comedy celebrates finding your voice and singing your own song.
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2017-2018 Season
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