Studio Theater Perth Playbill 2017-18 poster

2017-2018 Playbill

That’s entertainment! Studio Theatre Season Passes go on sale June 24.

Studio Theater Perth Playbill 2017-18 posterThe Studio Theatre’s new season is more than just six funny, dramatic, romantic plays by some of the world’s greatest playwrights. It’s also a whole year of reasons to get out of the house, take in dinner with friends, and enjoy a fantastic theatre experience right here in Perth. Season Passes go on sale this Saturday, June 24th, and you won’t believe how little it costs for a whole year of outstanding live theatre.

This season is shaping up to be one of the Studio Theatre’s best ever. Here’s what’s coming:

The 2017-2018 season begins September 28th with Anne Chislett’s The Tomorrow Box, a funny, heart-warming family comedy-drama about an old married farm couple who still have a thing or two to learn about each other. Ultimately, they discover that finding their own road is the best way to stay together for life. The Tomorrow Box is directed by Carolee Mason.

Next, it’s the 2017 edition of An Evening of One-Act Plays, two bite-size plays in one evening of fun, beginning with Alison Williams’ Hamlette, directed by Laurie Reesor. To laugh or not to laugh? No question! Hamlette takes the Bard’s classic play, throws it in a blender, and shakes it up into a side-splitting comedy told in under an hour with just five actors. The second one-act of the evening is Virtual Reality by the great Alan Arkin, a wacky, deeply funny tribute to the conjuring powers of theatre. Virtual Reality is ably directed by Jane Stott.

Premiering November 30th it’s A Christmas Story, a Holiday comedy adapted by Philip Grecian from Jean Shepherd’s classic American stories about growing up in the Midwest of the 1940s. All 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants under the Christmas tree is a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. What happens next is pure family fun, and a story that has become a HolidayChristmas staple for millions. A Christmas Story is directed by Patricia Parry.

The new year begins February 1st with Norm Foster’s On A First Name Basis, the delightful story of a successful but cantankerous novelist who suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years. She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! It’s a love story and a mystery, wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery, with revelations that are surprising, funny, and moving. Veteran director Jeremy Dutton helms this charming comedy by Canada’s most-produced playwright.

Next, premiering April 5th, it’s Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy. This poignant drama replays the adventures of a young Toronto actor who visits the rural Ontario home of two elderly bachelor farmers, Morgan and Angus, to “research” farm life for a new play. Along the way, art becomes life as the young actor’s play awakens Angus’s memories of the past. Roberta Peets directs this play about the power of storytelling to transform lives.

Finally, in keeping with the Studio Theatre’s tradition of finishing the season on a musical high note, it’s The Bridges of Madison County, The Musical, premiering May 24th, directed by C. Lee Bates. Francesca is a dedicated Iowa housewife, living a simple yet dispassionate life. When her family goes away to the State Fair in Indianapolis, she meets a handsome National Geographic photographer named Robert, who asks her for directions to the covered bridges of Madison County. The two begin an emotional four-day love affair that has repercussions long after it ends. Based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County, the Musical, features a lush Tony award-winning score by Jason Robert Brown, played live on stage by some of our area’s finest musicians.

It’s going to be an amazing season! And when you purchase a Studio Theatre Season Pass to all six plays you’ll pay just $109, a saving of $35 over the regular price. Going South for the winter? Our flexible “Mini” Season Pass lets you choose any four plays, including the Musical, for just $79. And for even more savings, the Studio Theatre’s Opening Night Season Pass lets you see all six plays on opening nights for just $79, or choose four opening night performances for just $59.

Studio Theatre season ticket packages are available at the Studio Theatre box office, 63 Gore St. E., Saturday mornings between 10 and noon all summer, and an hour before each performance. Also at Shadowfax, 67 Foster St., Perth, in-store, by phone or on line (shadowfax.on.ca; 613-267-6817). Shadowfax accepts credit cards and charges a modest service fee.

Mark these great shows on your calendar, and remember to take advantage of Season Pass savings on a whole year of quality live theatre at Perth’s Studio Theatre.

Season Tickets On Sale June 3 Check out our Flex Pass!

Opening Nights Only
$79 for all 6 plays or
$59 for any 4 plays

Any Performance
$109 for all 6 plays or
$79 for any of 4 plays

Ticket Outlets
Shadowfax: In store, phone or on-line; 67 Foster St., 613-267-6817 shadowfax.on.ca
Note: A convenience fee will be added at time of purchase

Studio Theatre Box Office
Open Saturday mornings June 24 to Labour Day, 10:00 to 12:00 p.m. and one hour before all performances. Cash only, no fees