JOPLIN, Mo. —
Next season’s plays at Joplin Little Theatre include a spelling bee, a trip through the woods and the return of a wise-cracking detective.
Officials announced the lineup for the theater’s 2012-13 season. It includes the following plays, musicals and other presentations include:
- “WOLFIE,” July 25-29. The family play tells the story of the Big Bad Wolf from every story book tale with a twist. The Wolf will be put on trial for his crimes against humanity, with a courtroom cast including special appearances by Judge Bill Goat Gruff, Little Bo Peep and The Three Little Pigs.
- “THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE,” August 15-19. The Tony-award winning musical comedy centers on a fictional spelling bee set in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six adolescents compete in the bee, which is run by equally quirky grown-ups. Four real audience members are invited on stage to compete in the spelling bee with the six young characters.
- “OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS,” December 5-9. A family comedy about Nick, a single, Italian-American guy living in New Jersey. His parents have retired and moved to Florida (to get away). Nick sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. But now he must tell them he is moving to his dream job in Seattle.
- “LAUNDRY AND BOURBON” and “LONE STAR,” Jan. 23-27. Two one-act plays with simultaneous themes. “Laundry and Bourbon takes place in Maynard, Texas, with three female friends folding laundry, drinking bourbon and coke and gossiping about the many open secrets. “Lone Star” centers on the three male counterparts, sitting in the cluttered backyard of the small town bar.
- “GODSPELL,” March 20-24. A modern-day musical version of the gospels, opening with John the Baptist calling a disparate group of young people from their workaday lives to follow and learn from Jesus. They form a roving acting troupe that enacts the parables through song and dance, comedy and mime.
- “MURDER’S BAD, BUT MONDAY CAN KILL YOU,” May 15-19. Harry Monday, the Sam Spade wannabe in the trench coat and gumshoes, is hot on his latest case. He finds three characters murdered at the Restful Glen Psychiatric Annex. Only after he arrives does he find out that all the inmates have multiple personalities. And the three murder victims are all the same guy.
Season tickets are $65 for adults and $55 for seniors. Memberships and patronages are also available.
The season also features the following fundraising concerts, which are not part of the season ticket:
- Sept. 21-23: “The Downtown Gym,” an original play written and directed by Dee Timi.
- Nov. 10-11: “Let's Swing!”, an encore presentation of a musical from last season.
- A Valentine concert, which will be presented sometime in February.