54th Signature Season and Family Series

Market House Theatre announced its 54th Season of plays in front of a packed audience Tuesday evening at the theatre.   Education Director April Cochran kicked off the announcements with MHT's Family Series of Plays focused on roles for youth and adults with a family audience in mind.  


October 2017 with a brand new adaptation of THE HOBBIT.  Bilbo Baggins is a comfortably well-off hobbit with a love for rousing adventure stories.  So when Gandalf the wizard knocks at Bilbo's door, bringing with him a company of dwarfs, and a contract for an adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain. Bilbo's love of a good story gets the better of him, and before he knows it, he is off on a perilous quest encountering both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.  


December 2017 THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE follows four children who are evacuated from London during the Blitz. While exploring the Professor's house, they stumble across the gateway to another world, and the adventure begins. The land of Narnia is under the spell of the wicked White Witch, and the four very quickly find themselves caught up in a deadly struggle between good and evil.   


March 2018 JUNIE B JONES IS NOT A CROOK!  Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook . . . or is she? A hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.  


May 2018 JUST LIKE I WANTED - At sixteen, Joey has just committed suicide. Through a series of flashbacks, Joey shows us the life he used to lead and why he chose to end it — and we also see the unexpected effect of his death on his classmates, teachers, and family. JUST LIKE I WANTED is a poignant, searing look at an epidemic which is sweeping our nation.


Executive Director Michael Cochran then took over and announced MHT's Signature Season.  Cochran told the audience " We have a blend of new shows and encore shows from the theatre's past that have been selected by the Play Selection committee that make a great season."  


September 2017  DEARLY DEPARTED by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones  tells the story of a colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics who gather below the Mason-Dixon line when the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead.  The struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan including trying to convince his wife not to put "mean and surely" on his tombstone.   MHT last produced this play 20 years ago in the 1997-98 Season. 


November 2017 RIPCORD by David Lindsay-Abaire is a brand new play for the first time on the MHT stage. A sunny room on an upper floor in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, the cantankerous Abby  has to share her quarters with infuriatingly chipper new-arrival, Marilyn. A feud between the two women results in a bet to determine who stays and who goes.  This quickly escalates into an outrageous game of one-upmanship and a comedy that has a great deal of moving moments about love and forgiveness.   


January 2018  brings THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall is another brand new play for the first time on the MHT stage.  A gripping re-imagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives he doesn't know if she is an FBI informant, the devil or an angel.  Dr. King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.  *This play contains strong language. Parental Discretion is advised.*  


April 2018 BAREFOOT IN THE PARK by Neil Simon tells the story of Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their older eccentric neighbor, where everything that can go wrong, does.   MHT last produced this play 34 years ago. 


June  2018 is the musical SISTER ACT by Alan Menken.   A new Musical for the first time on the MHT stage. Featuring original music by a Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, it is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet.  A nightclub singer hopeful is also the girlfriend of a mobster.  After witnessing a murder she hides out in a convent and turns everything upside down.  This uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 


"With this list of shows Market House Theatre will have produced over 700 plays in its 54 year of operations. Season tickets for the new season will go on sale in the next week with current season ticket holders being mailed their renewal forms.  Tickets for the entire Signature Series is $90 for Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday Matinees, $95 for Friday and Saturday evenings. Current season ticket holders will be able to renew their seats until June 15. New orders will be filled after that deadline.  For more information contact the Market House Theatre Box Office at 270-444-682 Monday through Friday from Noon to 5 pm.