The Mansfield Playhouse is excited to announce our 2020-2021 season!
The Playhouse offers high quality entertainment at affordable prices. Come celebrate with your friends, your family, your theatre!!
By Agatha Christie
A Classic Agatha Christie mystery, this story follows a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty – when one of them is a murderer. The intrigue rises along with the body count as a policeman questions the guests and uncovers their secrets. This play is full of surprising twists. Whodunit? Don’t miss it.
Show Dates: September 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8:00 pm and September 20 at 2:30 pm
The Savannah Sipping Society
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Four unique southern gals decide the best way to handle any life crisis begins with happy hour. Drawn together by fate, they strike out to intentionally embrace new life experiences, with hilarious results. They discover husbands, careers, and firm fannies may slip away but good friendships have staying power. Raise a glass to Jinx, Randa, Marlafaye and Dot.
Show Dates: January 17, 18, 24, 25 at 8:00pm and January 26 at 2:30 pm
Auditions: October 29 and 30 at 7:00 pm
A Christmas Story
By Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.
Show Dates: December 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:00 pm and December 6, 13 at 2:30 pm
Audition Dates: September 29 & 30 at 6:00 pm
By Gary Peterson and David Byrne
The Great Yukon Blizzard of 1888 sets the scene for this hilarious romp over the fields of melodramatics. Included in the cast are: the fair and lovely maiden; the poor, crusty, but honest freelance lumberjack; the stalwart and heroic Mountie and a villain you will simply love to loathe! Add to their ranks a snow-blinded Inuit, a flapjack-filching bruin and one befuddled lass who keeps forgetting her identity (not to mention her sex!), and you have a madcap farce in the finest and funniest tradition of the melodrama. Will Fangduster T. Barrelbottom get away with his unmentionably nefarious scheme? Can our true-blue hero ever hope to clear his foully besmirched name? Is there a chance that the heroine may escape the sawmill blade?
Show Dates: January 29, 30 and February 5, 6 at 8:00 pm and February 7 at 2:30 pm
Audition Dates: November 10 & 11 at 7:00 pm
By Rick Abbot
This is the hilarious story of a theatre group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance, in which anything that can go wrong, does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax and a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.
Show Dates: March 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8:00 pm and March 28 at 2:30 pm
Audition Dates: January 5 & 6 at 7:00 pm
Who’s On First?
By Jack Sharkey
Take a husband, wife, lover and friend, add a strange lamp, a gun and a rubber chicken plus a party that begins at 8 p.m., then again at 8 p.m. and then again at 8 p.m. and you have this nightmare comedy. Four people find themselves reliving one horrible hour over and over as themselves, as Japanese, as British aristocrats, as gangsters, and almost anything else you can think of. Camille is giving the party. Don shows up in a jealous funk about his wife, Alice, whom he suspects of seeing another man. When Alice and Ben have arrived, it turns out their relationship is innocent. But by the time Don realizes this he has already shot Ben, Alice and even Camille. Camille wishes that things might have turned out differently and that is what happens. All concerned find themselves back at the party’s beginning again and again doomed to live that same hour over and over again until they get it right. Is it all an accident? Or is their dilemma part of someone’s fiendish plan? A labyrinth of hilarity exits to a shocker of an ending.
Show Dates: April 23, 24, 30 and May 1 at 8:00 pm and May 2 at 2:30 pm
Audition Dates: February 16 & 17 at 7:00 pm
Disney’s Moana JR
Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i & Mark Mancina. Book Adapted by Susan Soon He Stanton
Music and Orchestrations Adapted and Arranged by Ian Weinberger. Based on the 2016 Disney film Moana
This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as both learn to harness the power that lies within. With empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana JR. is sure to bring out the hero within each of us.
Moana JR. features all the beloved songs from the film, written by Tony®, GRAMMY, Emmy, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina, including “How Far I’ll Go,” “Shiny,” and “You’re Welcome.”
Show Dates: June 11, 12, 18, 19 at 7:00 pm and June 13, 20 at 2:30 pm
Audition Dates: March 23 & 24 at 6:00 pm
For further information, contact Tammy Wertz at the Mansfield Playhouse at 419-522-8140.