Season 77 | About 2024-07-01T18:26:52+00:00


Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the Play Liliom by Ferenc Molnar as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer

September 13 – October 13, 2024

In a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, a swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries a gentle millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent ‘up there.’ Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day 15 years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. Billy instills a sense of hope and dignity in both the child and her mother in a dramatic testimony to the power of love.

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Barbara Field

Music by Henry McNulty

November 29 – December 22, 2024

Transporting audiences to a bitterly chilly Christmas Eve night, a hard-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts who take him on a journey to worlds past, present and future. Can Ebenezer Scrooge save himself from the consequences of a lifetime of fear and selfishness, once he is confronted with the full arc of his lonely existence?

Written by Ken Ludwig

January 31 – February 16, 2025

It’s 1934, and the clever and combustible Lucille Wiley, Manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is ready to welcome world-class soprano Elena Firenzi for her one-night-only starring role in Carmen. Alas, Elena arrives late, her impassioned husband Pasquale has a fit of jealousy, and it remains to be seen whether Mrs. Wiley’s mousy but determined assistant Jo can save the day. Based on Ken Ludwig’s Tony Award-winning Lend Me A Tenor, this this madcap screwball comedy features ladies in the leading roles and is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

Written by William Shakespeare

March 28 – April 13, 2025

Written in 1595-6 and is set in Verona, Italy—one of the most famous stories of love explodes with intense passion as two star-crossed lovers from two different families and backgrounds sacrifice it all to be together.

Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Book by Jessie Nelson
Inspired by the film by Adrienne Shelly

May 16 – June 15, 2025

Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Jenna fears she may have to abandon the dream of opening her own pie shop…until a baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s handsome new doctor offer her a tempting recipe for happiness. Supported by her quirky crew of fellow waitresses and loyal customers, Jenna summons the secret ingredient she’s been missing all along — courage.


Written by Arthur Miller
Adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play

October 11 – November 3, 2024

A small Norwegian town has just begun to win fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann, resident physician in charge, discovers that the waters are poisoned. On receiving proof of this, he immediately reports to his associates, but is shocked to find that instead of being thanked, he is looked upon as a dangerous crank, motivated by a desire to prove that his fellow townsmen are wrong, and to bring ruin upon them. As the people who run the local paper do their utmost to urge secrecy and compromise, the determined doctor realizes that the honesty and idealism he has counted upon to make the truth prevail, simply does not exist in the face of selfish “practical” interests. The press will not report his findings; the officials refuse to give him a hearing; he loses his position and the townspeople boycott him; and every weapon of blackmail, slander, and eviction are brought against his family. At the end, the townspeople, gathered around the doctor’s home, throw stones through the windows. Stockmann addresses his family: “But remember now, everybody, you are fighting for the truth and that is why you’re alone. And that makes you strong.”

Written by Lynn Nottage

January 17 – February 2, 2025

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Written by Sarah DeLappe

March 7 – 30, 2025

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

Written by Martin McDonagh

May 2 – 18, 2025

Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying dénouement.


Music, Lyrics and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Based on the 1989 film written by Daniel Waters

Directed by Troy Nickerson and Heather McHenry-Kroetch
Music Directed by Tonya Ballman

July 12 – 28, 2024

Welcome to 1989. Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place — six feet under.

Written by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald, John K. Alvarez

December 6 – 15, 2024

Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told—add a sprinkling of Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to contemporary pop-culture, and every carol ever sung—and you’ve got a madcap romp through the holiday season. Part vaudeville and part Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged, Every Christmas Story Ever Told… is a fast, furious and slightly irreverent look at holiday classics and traditions. Santa Claus, Rudolph, the Grinch, and just about every other seasonal character, make an appearance in this play that will have you laughing all the way to the New Year.

January 3 – 5, 2025

Rising Tide is a collaborative event, showcasing professional dance in the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by the proverb “A rising tide lifts all boats,” this performance is created by local dance artists to uplift and create opportunities for the Inland Northwest dance community. The immersive experience captivates audiences in performances that blend different dance styles and artistic disciplines.

Featuring choreography by CarliAnn Forthun Bruner, Sarah Glesk, Sara Donally, Monica Mota, and Lexie Powell

February 21 – 23, 2025

A celebratory presentation of compositions written by Henry McNulty, Civic’s Music Director, during his two-year MFA program (Music Composition, Vermont College of Fine Arts)

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