Catherine Bush

Catherine Bush

Catherine Bush is Barter Theatre’s playwright-in-residence. Plays produced at Barter include: The Other Side of the Mountain, The Quiltmaker, Comin’ Up A Storm, Wooden Snowflakes, Tradin’ Paint, Where Trouble Sleeps, The Road to Appomattox, Walking Across Egypt, I’ll Never Be Hungry Again (book & lyrics), The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig, The Three Musketeers, Winter Wheat, Ghost, Ghost, Come Out...
Catherine Bush is Barter Theatre’s playwright-in-residence. Plays produced at Barter include: The Other Side of the Mountain, The Quiltmaker, Comin’ Up A Storm, Wooden Snowflakes, Tradin’ Paint, Where Trouble Sleeps, The Road to Appomattox, Walking Across Egypt, I’ll Never Be Hungry Again (book & lyrics), The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig, The Three Musketeers, Winter Wheat, Ghost, Ghost, Come Out Tonight, and Great Expectations. Other produced plays include The Executioner’s Sons, unhINGEd, Dracula, The Frankenstein Summer, A Jarful of Fireflies, and Just a Kiss (a finalist for the 2007 Steinberg Award.) Catherine has also written over twenty-five plays for the Barter Players, whose work serves the younger members of Barter’s audience. Catherine is a proud member of Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Kentucky Spring
    Music & lyrics by Dax Dupuy

    “Maud Muller, on a summer’s day, raked the meadow sweet with hay…” Inspired by John Greenleaf Whittier’s famous poem.
    Becky has worked all her life to get out of the mountains. Then her grandmother Maud decides to sell the family farm, forcing Becky to confront who she is and who she wants to be. This musical fable flashes between the past and the present,...
    Music & lyrics by Dax Dupuy

    “Maud Muller, on a summer’s day, raked the meadow sweet with hay…” Inspired by John Greenleaf Whittier’s famous poem.
    Becky has worked all her life to get out of the mountains. Then her grandmother Maud decides to sell the family farm, forcing Becky to confront who she is and who she wants to be. This musical fable flashes between the past and the present, revealing what might have been and what still might be. A story of love, longing, and second chances set in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.
  • Charlottesville
    When Civil War reenactor Curtis Jenkins is accused by a Black 4th grader of being racist, he begins a fantastical journey down the rabbit-hole known as American race relations. On his voyage, he meets famous figures, both living and dead, who question his family’s legacy from Robert E. Lee. Then, one hot August day in Charlottesville, a Unite the Right rally explodes into violence, and Curtis must decide for...
    When Civil War reenactor Curtis Jenkins is accused by a Black 4th grader of being racist, he begins a fantastical journey down the rabbit-hole known as American race relations. On his voyage, he meets famous figures, both living and dead, who question his family’s legacy from Robert E. Lee. Then, one hot August day in Charlottesville, a Unite the Right rally explodes into violence, and Curtis must decide for himself how to judge the Past from the Present.
  • Frankenstein
    When scientist Victor Frankenstein infuses the Elixir of Life into his Creature, he begins a haunting examination of what it is to be human, and the price we pay for playing God. A uniquely theatrical experience, this new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s famous story is performed by seven quick-changing actors in a fast-paced 80 minute production that will keep the audience riveted in their seats.
  • Wooden Snowflakes
    Life has left forty-year-old Eve Lawson bitter and cynical. She refutes not only the existence of God and true love but also any belief in America’s favorite folk hero, Santa Claus. Then her car slides off an icy Kentucky road on Christmas Eve and she finds herself seeking shelter at the home of Simon Peter Whitaker, woodcarver and Christmas expert nonpareil. Simon wholeheartedly embraces the magic of the...
    Life has left forty-year-old Eve Lawson bitter and cynical. She refutes not only the existence of God and true love but also any belief in America’s favorite folk hero, Santa Claus. Then her car slides off an icy Kentucky road on Christmas Eve and she finds herself seeking shelter at the home of Simon Peter Whitaker, woodcarver and Christmas expert nonpareil. Simon wholeheartedly embraces the magic of the season and everything it entails, including belief in the “jolly old elf”. As the night unfolds, Simon and Eve, Believer and Unbeliever, find themselves clashing time and time again as old wounds, long suppressed, struggle to the surface to be healed by the Love that is Christmas.
  • The Three Musketeers
    This witty and action packed swashbuckler follows the friendship of young D’Artagnan and his band of Musketeers as they fight to protect the ones they love from the evil Cardinal Richelieu. A story of double crossings, kidnappings, and carefully guarded secrets, complete with lavish sword fights and sweeping romance, set in a time when love and honor ruled the world.
  • Tradin' Paint
    Darla Frye is fraught with “deep-seated insecurities.” Her mother is dead, her boyfriend is delusional, and her job stocking auto parts is going nowhere fast. Then one night, on a deserted country road, Lucky Tibbs teaches Darla how to change a flat tire – and in doing so, change her life. Now Darla is on a quest to find her true destiny, a journey that takes her into the world of stock car racing and includes...
    Darla Frye is fraught with “deep-seated insecurities.” Her mother is dead, her boyfriend is delusional, and her job stocking auto parts is going nowhere fast. Then one night, on a deserted country road, Lucky Tibbs teaches Darla how to change a flat tire – and in doing so, change her life. Now Darla is on a quest to find her true destiny, a journey that takes her into the world of stock car racing and includes an unexpected friendship with a gay college professor, a head-on collision with a car battery, and a heavenly visit with the late Dale Earnhardt. It’s one helluva ride with a lot of “tradin’ paint” but Darla discovers that it’s the bump in the road that makes the trip worthwhile.
  • The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig
    Cherry Blevins’ house has burned down – her second house in five years. While trying to help save Cherry’s 300 lbs. pet pig Fatty from the flames, Cherry’s brother Floyd and his wife Connie are arrested for assault by Deputy Dwight Omuhundro. Did they truly assault Dwight? What started the fire? And why, in God’s name, was Cherry keeping a pig for a pet?! As these four characters tell their version of what...
    Cherry Blevins’ house has burned down – her second house in five years. While trying to help save Cherry’s 300 lbs. pet pig Fatty from the flames, Cherry’s brother Floyd and his wife Connie are arrested for assault by Deputy Dwight Omuhundro. Did they truly assault Dwight? What started the fire? And why, in God’s name, was Cherry keeping a pig for a pet?! As these four characters tell their version of what happened that night, they discover that in their attempt to rescue Fatty the Pig, they may have miraculously saved themselves.
  • Where Trouble Sleeps
    As the result of a messy head-on collision, the town of Listre has put up a blinker light at its single intersection. But that light soon attracts unwanted attention in the form of Jack Umstead, a car thief who decides to make Listre the scene of his next crime. As he waits for the right moment to strike, he encounters the townsfolk whose lives will change forever when a dog named Trouble wakes up from his nap.
  • A Woman Called Moses
    Music by Gary Bartholomew

    The year is 1849. Harriet Tubman, a slave on Edward Brodas' Maryland plantation, escapes one night and finds her way to safety in Philadelphia. Once there, she meets abolitionist William Still, who reveals the workings of the Underground Railroad, a system of people and safe houses used to guide escaped slaves to freedom. Harriet signs on as a conductor, determined...
    Music by Gary Bartholomew

    The year is 1849. Harriet Tubman, a slave on Edward Brodas' Maryland plantation, escapes one night and finds her way to safety in Philadelphia. Once there, she meets abolitionist William Still, who reveals the workings of the Underground Railroad, a system of people and safe houses used to guide escaped slaves to freedom. Harriet signs on as a conductor, determined to bring her family and friends out of bondage. But Harriet doesn't know that Brodas has hired the infamous Patty Cannon and her gang to track Harriet's whereabouts and bring her back, dead or alive. Harriet, caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, emerges victorious, and The Woman Called Moses eventually leads 300 people to freedom in the Promised Land.
  • Walking Across Egypt
    When Mattie Rigsbee discovers a stray dog on her porch she decides she’s too old to keep it and calls the dogcatcher. Little does she know that the dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield, will open her eyes to a world she never knew existed; a world that includes car theft, prison breaks and a delinquent named Wesley who is as desperate for family as she is. Armed with only her mouth-watering cornbread and a deep abiding...
    When Mattie Rigsbee discovers a stray dog on her porch she decides she’s too old to keep it and calls the dogcatcher. Little does she know that the dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield, will open her eyes to a world she never knew existed; a world that includes car theft, prison breaks and a delinquent named Wesley who is as desperate for family as she is. Armed with only her mouth-watering cornbread and a deep abiding faith, Mattie is determined to woo Wesley to the side of God and good Southern manners… if she can manage to stay out of jail herself.
  • The Other Side of the Mountain (Part I of the Mud Creek Trilogy)
    Evelyn Thacker has come home to Mud Creek for the sole purpose of telling her family that she’s leaving the mountains forever. But Evelyn doesn’t count on two things: her sister Faye’s plans (which include Evelyn’s marriage to her soon-to-be paroled ex-boyfriend, Jackson Bennett) and the unexpected arrival of her “city slicker” friend, O’Malley. A clash of cultures ensues, leaving a trail of shattered dreams,...
    Evelyn Thacker has come home to Mud Creek for the sole purpose of telling her family that she’s leaving the mountains forever. But Evelyn doesn’t count on two things: her sister Faye’s plans (which include Evelyn’s marriage to her soon-to-be paroled ex-boyfriend, Jackson Bennett) and the unexpected arrival of her “city slicker” friend, O’Malley. A clash of cultures ensues, leaving a trail of shattered dreams, shattered secrets and shattered vehicles. Only a missionary priest with a sense of humor and a jug of moonshine have a chance of restoring the peace, reminding us that once you’ve seen the other side of the mountain, you can never go back.
  • The Quiltmaker (Part II of the Mud Creek Trilogy)
    Life in Mud Creek has never been easy and no one knows that better than Ida May Combs. Ever since her husband’s death, Ida May has supported her family by selling her beautiful hand-stitched quilts – and dealing prescription drugs. But times are changing. Ida May’s granddaughter Cindy has married the hated son of a rival moonshining family, her son Ronnie is having an affair with his best friend’s wife and...
    Life in Mud Creek has never been easy and no one knows that better than Ida May Combs. Ever since her husband’s death, Ida May has supported her family by selling her beautiful hand-stitched quilts – and dealing prescription drugs. But times are changing. Ida May’s granddaughter Cindy has married the hated son of a rival moonshining family, her son Ronnie is having an affair with his best friend’s wife and Sheriff Ham Terhune is cracking down on the epidemic drug spree sweeping the area. As Ida May struggles to maintain control over her “family,” Ronnie and Cindy are forced to choose between love, loyalty… and life.
  • Comin' Up A Storm (Part III of the Mud Creek Trilogy)
    The third of the Mud Creek trilogy, this story is set six years after the close of The Other Side of the Mountain. Evelyn Thacker has returned to Mud Creek to help establish an experimental winery. When Evelyn proposes a change in the law that would allow the sale of wine in this “dry” community, chaos ensues. Evelyn’s lover questions her real motive, a Baptist minister tries to close her down, and her sister...
    The third of the Mud Creek trilogy, this story is set six years after the close of The Other Side of the Mountain. Evelyn Thacker has returned to Mud Creek to help establish an experimental winery. When Evelyn proposes a change in the law that would allow the sale of wine in this “dry” community, chaos ensues. Evelyn’s lover questions her real motive, a Baptist minister tries to close her down, and her sister Faye reinvents herself as Daisy Duke. Then an obnoxious young woman from New Jersey shows up seeking answers from Faye’s strangely silent husband Vernon Cobb. Even more fireworks erupt… or they would, if there wasn’t so much rain.
  • Great Expectations
    After a chance encounter in the graveyard with an escaped convict, the young orphan Pip begins a journey that takes him from his impoverished village to life as a London gentleman. Along the way, he meets the eccentric Miss Havisham and her ward, the beautiful, haughty Estella, with whom he falls in love. Determined to prove he is worthy of her, Pip strives to meet his great expectations – only to realize a...
    After a chance encounter in the graveyard with an escaped convict, the young orphan Pip begins a journey that takes him from his impoverished village to life as a London gentleman. Along the way, he meets the eccentric Miss Havisham and her ward, the beautiful, haughty Estella, with whom he falls in love. Determined to prove he is worthy of her, Pip strives to meet his great expectations – only to realize a downfall that teaches him the truth about himself… and Life.
  • Just A Kiss
    Annie and Zee are two actresses on the brink of fame… well, sort of. Zee has a bit part on television and Annie keeps getting cast as Meryl Streep’s daughter’s friend. Now they’ve gone back to their theatre roots and are costarring in an off-Broadway show. It’s a great opportunity with just one hitch: Annie and Zee play lovers and they have a scene. A love scene. It’s no big deal, really. It’s just a kiss. But...
    Annie and Zee are two actresses on the brink of fame… well, sort of. Zee has a bit part on television and Annie keeps getting cast as Meryl Streep’s daughter’s friend. Now they’ve gone back to their theatre roots and are costarring in an off-Broadway show. It’s a great opportunity with just one hitch: Annie and Zee play lovers and they have a scene. A love scene. It’s no big deal, really. It’s just a kiss. But when this kiss becomes the talk of New York’s theatre season, things change. People “talk”, friends and lovers speculate, and even Annie and Zee begin to wonder where the acting leaves off and reality begins…
  • A Jarful of Fireflies
    The year is 1956 and for Tom and Margaret Harper, life in the small town of Danville, KY, is fairly idyllic... until a film crew arrives with an all-star cast that includes Eva Marie Saint, Montgomery Clift and the Queen of Hollywood herself, Elizabeth Taylor. Suddenly the sleepy town erupts in a series of bizarre behavior that includes cannon fire, drunken Yankees on horseback and a naked man running down the...
    The year is 1956 and for Tom and Margaret Harper, life in the small town of Danville, KY, is fairly idyllic... until a film crew arrives with an all-star cast that includes Eva Marie Saint, Montgomery Clift and the Queen of Hollywood herself, Elizabeth Taylor. Suddenly the sleepy town erupts in a series of bizarre behavior that includes cannon fire, drunken Yankees on horseback and a naked man running down the street! As Danville struggles to cope with this invasion, the Harper family and their neighbors begin to realize that all that glitters is not gold, and that the biggest star in Hollywood doesn’t shine near as bright as a jarful of fireflies…
  • Winter Wheat
    Music by Ben Mackel

    It's 1920 and the world is changing, and no one feels the effect of it more than the Burn family of Niota, Tennessee. Jack Burn has purchased the family's first tractor, and has had indoor plumbing installed at Hathburn, the family farm. Jack's older brother Harry, a state congressman, is dealing with the controversy surrounding the ratfication of the 19th...
    Music by Ben Mackel

    It's 1920 and the world is changing, and no one feels the effect of it more than the Burn family of Niota, Tennessee. Jack Burn has purchased the family's first tractor, and has had indoor plumbing installed at Hathburn, the family farm. Jack's older brother Harry, a state congressman, is dealing with the controversy surrounding the ratfication of the 19th Amendment that would give women the right to vote. And Jack and Harry's mother, Febb, has taken a young girl named Ruth Abbott under her wing, determined to teach her a thing or two about life. Then the perfect political storm hits the state of Tennessee, and at a time when every vote counts, it is Ruth's wisdom that changes not only Febb, but the world, forever. Based on real events.
  • The Frankenstein Summer
    Lord Byron, England’s most famous exiled poet, wants to go sailing, but his plans are foiled when a violent storm rocks the shores of Lake Geneva. Frustrated, virtually trapped inside the Villa Diodoti, Byron finds relief when his new friend and neighbor, Percy Shelley, arrives seeking shelter. Accompanying Shelley are his mistress, Mary Godwin, and Mary’s stepsister, Claire. As the rain continues to pour, the...
    Lord Byron, England’s most famous exiled poet, wants to go sailing, but his plans are foiled when a violent storm rocks the shores of Lake Geneva. Frustrated, virtually trapped inside the Villa Diodoti, Byron finds relief when his new friend and neighbor, Percy Shelley, arrives seeking shelter. Accompanying Shelley are his mistress, Mary Godwin, and Mary’s stepsister, Claire. As the rain continues to pour, the friendly gathering of neighbors turns into a weekend fraught with secrets, scandals, ghost stories and musical beds. In other words… things get complicated.
  • Dracula
    The vampire Dracula flees Transylvania for London, where the teeming population provides ample fodder for his blood-thirst. Only Agatha Van Helsing, the world famous metaphysician, has a hope of stopping the Prince of the Undead. Can Van Helsing save the day? Or will her heroic efforts merely render her the next victim to Dracula’s deadly bite? A fresh new take on a timeless horror classic.
  • A Christmas Carol
    Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and is determined to avoid celebrating the season. Then he receives a visit from the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner. Marley, whose spirit walks the earth in anguish, warns Scrooge that the same fate awaits him unless he changes his miserly ways. Thus begins a Christmas Eve like no other, as Ebenezer Scrooge, with the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past,...
    Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas and is determined to avoid celebrating the season. Then he receives a visit from the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business partner. Marley, whose spirit walks the earth in anguish, warns Scrooge that the same fate awaits him unless he changes his miserly ways. Thus begins a Christmas Eve like no other, as Ebenezer Scrooge, with the help of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come, learns to open his heart to all those around him. A new adaptation with 8 quick-changing actors and 15 of your favorite carols, this play will leave you glowing with the joy of the season.
  • The Executioner's Sons
    Henry Tatersall has it all: a devoted wife, two boys who worship him, and a job he loves as Executioner in the Tower of London. Then King Edward IV of England dies, and his two young sons are brought to the Tower for safekeeping. Henry’s boys quickly befriend the young princes while Henry, likewise, strikes up a friendship with their guardian, Lord Hastings. But these are dangerous times and there are men who...
    Henry Tatersall has it all: a devoted wife, two boys who worship him, and a job he loves as Executioner in the Tower of London. Then King Edward IV of England dies, and his two young sons are brought to the Tower for safekeeping. Henry’s boys quickly befriend the young princes while Henry, likewise, strikes up a friendship with their guardian, Lord Hastings. But these are dangerous times and there are men who would claim the Throne of England for themselves. As cries of treason fill the air, Henry finds himself forced to choose between love and loyalty, friendship and duty… a choice that will alter his life – and history – forever.
  • Ghost, Ghost, Come Out Tonight
    Ian and Liz Crowell have just purchased a remote piece of woodlands on which to build the house of their dreams. One evening, they invite their best friends, Bruce and Claire to tour the property – an outing that leads to beers around the campfire. When questioned as to how he was able to buy so much land for so little money, Ian reveals that the woods are haunted by a pitchfork-wielding ghost bent on revenge....
    Ian and Liz Crowell have just purchased a remote piece of woodlands on which to build the house of their dreams. One evening, they invite their best friends, Bruce and Claire to tour the property – an outing that leads to beers around the campfire. When questioned as to how he was able to buy so much land for so little money, Ian reveals that the woods are haunted by a pitchfork-wielding ghost bent on revenge. Everyone scoffs at the idea of ghosts – until a long-forgotten childhood game leads to a grisly murder – or two. Is the ghost responsible – or are other forces at work in these dark woods?
  • The Road to Appomattox
    April, 1865. Confederate troops can no longer hold Richmond, and General Robert E. Lee must evacuate his men. The Army of Northern Virginia swings west, beginning “Lee’s Final Retreat.” It is this retreat trail that present-day Beau Weeks and his wife Jenny are following, retracing the steps of Lee’s army in order to investigate Beau’s family history. As General Lee faces the disintegration of his army, Beau...
    April, 1865. Confederate troops can no longer hold Richmond, and General Robert E. Lee must evacuate his men. The Army of Northern Virginia swings west, beginning “Lee’s Final Retreat.” It is this retreat trail that present-day Beau Weeks and his wife Jenny are following, retracing the steps of Lee’s army in order to investigate Beau’s family history. As General Lee faces the disintegration of his army, Beau and Jenny confront a past that threatens to destroy their marriage. Both Past and Present must decide for themselves what it means to surrender… and what price their willing to pay for Union.
  • Aesop's Fables
    Music by Ben Mackel

    Aesop is in trouble, and his only hope lies in his ability to weave fantastic stories with timeless lessons of truth. So it is that fables such as Androcles and the Lion, The Oak and the Reed, The Fox Without a Tail, The Beast in Love, The Hare and the Tortoise and The Boy Who Cried Wolf are brought to life in this exciting, new musical adventure.
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    Whether it’s fishing with Huckleberry Finn, convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence, or falling in love with Becky Thatcher, nobody loves life more than the irascible Tom Sawyer. Then one night in a spooky graveyard Tom and his best friend Huckleberry Finn stumble upon a deadly secret. Will Tom and Huck be able to save Muff Potter from the murderous treachery of Injun Joe? Or will they meet their...
    Whether it’s fishing with Huckleberry Finn, convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence, or falling in love with Becky Thatcher, nobody loves life more than the irascible Tom Sawyer. Then one night in a spooky graveyard Tom and his best friend Huckleberry Finn stumble upon a deadly secret. Will Tom and Huck be able to save Muff Potter from the murderous treachery of Injun Joe? Or will they meet their own end in the cold confines of Jackson’s cave? As Tom and Huck embark on the greatest adventure of their life, they learn that man’s greatest treasure isn’t gold, but the gift of friendship.
  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    Christmas Eve, 1823. Things aren’t looking good for Clem Moore, a hardworking newspaper writer at the New York Chronicle. His wife needs an expensive operation in order to survive – but instead of advancing him the money, Clem’s boss gives him an impossible assignment: to write the best Santa Claus story ever. Clem, who considers Santa Claus a ridiculous idea, puts aside his...
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    Christmas Eve, 1823. Things aren’t looking good for Clem Moore, a hardworking newspaper writer at the New York Chronicle. His wife needs an expensive operation in order to survive – but instead of advancing him the money, Clem’s boss gives him an impossible assignment: to write the best Santa Claus story ever. Clem, who considers Santa Claus a ridiculous idea, puts aside his cynicism for one moment and wishes on the Christmas Star. What follows is a night of magic that not only changes Clem’s life forever, but how the whole world celebrates Christmas.
  • Tarzan
    When Kerchak, the leader of the Great Apes, discovers a human baby in the jungle, his first instinct is to be rid of him. But Kala, his wife, insists on adopting the boy instead, naming him Tarzan. As Tarzan grows up, he struggles to prove he is more than just "the Different" to his ape friends and family. Then one day, he meets a beautiful explorer named Jane Porter, and learns the truth about his...
    When Kerchak, the leader of the Great Apes, discovers a human baby in the jungle, his first instinct is to be rid of him. But Kala, his wife, insists on adopting the boy instead, naming him Tarzan. As Tarzan grows up, he struggles to prove he is more than just "the Different" to his ape friends and family. Then one day, he meets a beautiful explorer named Jane Porter, and learns the truth about his past. Will Tarzan stay with his adopted family, or take his rightful place in the world of Men?
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    The beautiful Snow White is forced to flee her home when the wicked queen’s jealously threatens her life. Snow White soon makes friends with seven dwarfs who take her into their home. When the queen learns that Snow White is still alive, it takes the love of a handsome hero and the courage of her newfound friends to save the day.
  • Sleeping Beauty
    King Demetrius and Queen Miranda have always longed for a child and when their daughter Aurora is born, their joy is complete. Then at Aurora’s christening, a three-headed monster named Carabosse places a curse on the baby and all seems lost. Only the skill of the Three Sages and the love of a certain handsome prince can change this curse into a blessing. Bursting with magic, mystery and romance, this play is...
    King Demetrius and Queen Miranda have always longed for a child and when their daughter Aurora is born, their joy is complete. Then at Aurora’s christening, a three-headed monster named Carabosse places a curse on the baby and all seems lost. Only the skill of the Three Sages and the love of a certain handsome prince can change this curse into a blessing. Bursting with magic, mystery and romance, this play is sure to delight the dreamer in us all.
  • The Scarlet Letter
    Convicted of adultery, Hester Prynne is sentenced to wear the scarlet letter “A” for the remainder of her life. But someone in puritanical Boston is as guilty as she, and Hester’s husband, Roger Chillingworth, arrives on the scene determined to discover the secret identity of Hester’s lover and father of her baby. When the handsome young minister Arthur Dimmesdale falls ill to a strange malady, Chillingworth is...
    Convicted of adultery, Hester Prynne is sentenced to wear the scarlet letter “A” for the remainder of her life. But someone in puritanical Boston is as guilty as she, and Hester’s husband, Roger Chillingworth, arrives on the scene determined to discover the secret identity of Hester’s lover and father of her baby. When the handsome young minister Arthur Dimmesdale falls ill to a strange malady, Chillingworth is convinced he’s found his man – but can he prove it before it’s too late?
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    When Christmas Spirit fills the air, the gift of song is ours to share…
    Christmas Spirit enables Pepper McGee to sing like an angel, which means her second grade class is sure to win the coveted “Santa Sing-Off.” Then Pepper discovers that her early Christmas present isn’t a red bicycle but is, instead, a baby sister who takes everyone’s attention – and suddenly both...
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    When Christmas Spirit fills the air, the gift of song is ours to share…
    Christmas Spirit enables Pepper McGee to sing like an angel, which means her second grade class is sure to win the coveted “Santa Sing-Off.” Then Pepper discovers that her early Christmas present isn’t a red bicycle but is, instead, a baby sister who takes everyone’s attention – and suddenly both Pepper's Christmas Spirit and her voice vanish. Her only hope of getting them back lies with that jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, who takes Pepper on a magical adventure that changes how she sees Christmas forever.
  • Robin Hood
    Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men are determined to save their countrymen from the clutches of the wicked Prince John. One day, while robbing from the rich to give to the poor, Robin meets the beautiful Lady Marian, who is being forced to marry the prince against her will. Can Robin rescue her before it’s too late? Join us for an action packed adventure through Sherwood Forest as we relive the most famous English legend of all.
  • The Red Badge of Courage
    The Civil War has been raging for two years when young Henry Fleming, dreaming of glory, enlists in the Union Army. Now Henry, on the brink of his first battle, fears what he will do when the bullets start to fly. Will he run or will he stand and fight? Before the battle is over, Henry must determine for himself what it means to have courage.
  • Rapunzel
    An angry Witch is keeping the beautiful maiden Rapunzel prisoner in a tower with one window and no door. When Prince Frederick discovers Rapunzel’s predicament, he climbs her golden braid of hair in order to rescue her. But Rapunzel has a few surprises in store for her handsome prince, including a few lessons in girl-power and a super-cool haircut. With Rapunzel at his side, Frederick is able to convince the...
    An angry Witch is keeping the beautiful maiden Rapunzel prisoner in a tower with one window and no door. When Prince Frederick discovers Rapunzel’s predicament, he climbs her golden braid of hair in order to rescue her. But Rapunzel has a few surprises in store for her handsome prince, including a few lessons in girl-power and a super-cool haircut. With Rapunzel at his side, Frederick is able to convince the Witch and the world that True Love does indeed conquer all.
  • The Princess and the Pea (6-actor version)
    Bandits have begun attacking the kingdom. The only hope for salvation lies with Prince Harold, who must wed before he can be crowned king. But Harold is more interested in wrestling than girls – even when a beautiful maiden claiming to be Princess Marigold appears at the castle. Determined to stay single, Harold devises a way to test Marigold’s qualifications using a garden pea and a stack of mattresses. Can...
    Bandits have begun attacking the kingdom. The only hope for salvation lies with Prince Harold, who must wed before he can be crowned king. But Harold is more interested in wrestling than girls – even when a beautiful maiden claiming to be Princess Marigold appears at the castle. Determined to stay single, Harold devises a way to test Marigold’s qualifications using a garden pea and a stack of mattresses. Can Marigold pass the test? Will the kingdom be saved? A fun twist on a classic fairy tale.
  • The Princess and the Pea (14-actor version)
    Bandits have begun attacking the kingdom. The only hope for salvation lies with Prince Harold, who must wed before he can be crowned king. But Harold is more interested in wrestling than girls – even when a beautiful maiden claiming to be Princess Marigold appears at the castle. Determined to stay single, Harold devises a way to test Marigold’s qualifications using a garden pea and a stack of mattresses. Can...
    Bandits have begun attacking the kingdom. The only hope for salvation lies with Prince Harold, who must wed before he can be crowned king. But Harold is more interested in wrestling than girls – even when a beautiful maiden claiming to be Princess Marigold appears at the castle. Determined to stay single, Harold devises a way to test Marigold’s qualifications using a garden pea and a stack of mattresses. Can Marigold pass the test? Will the kingdom be saved? A fun twist on a classic fairy tale.
  • Peter Pan
    Wendy Darling and her younger brothers love nothing more than playing make-believe in their family’s upstairs nursery. Then one night, a young boy named Peter Pan and his fairy friend Tinkerbell fly into the nursery window and whisk the Darling children away to a fantastical Neverland filled with Lost Boys, pirates, and a man-eating crocodile. Soon Wendy and her brothers must decide whether to stay in this...
    Wendy Darling and her younger brothers love nothing more than playing make-believe in their family’s upstairs nursery. Then one night, a young boy named Peter Pan and his fairy friend Tinkerbell fly into the nursery window and whisk the Darling children away to a fantastical Neverland filled with Lost Boys, pirates, and a man-eating crocodile. Soon Wendy and her brothers must decide whether to stay in this wonderful adventure or return to the home they love.
  • Old Turtle and the Broken Truth
    Music & lyrics by Dax Dupuy

    A truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the Villagers find only part of it, it causes so many problems that Little One decides to go find the rest of the truth. With the help of wise Old Turtle, Crow and a whole slew of animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth, creating a better world for everyone. This new musical...
    Music & lyrics by Dax Dupuy

    A truth falls like a star from the sky and breaks into two pieces. When the Villagers find only part of it, it causes so many problems that Little One decides to go find the rest of the truth. With the help of wise Old Turtle, Crow and a whole slew of animal friends, Little One is able to mend the broken truth, creating a better world for everyone. This new musical adaption celebrates understanding, friendship and love.
  • My Imaginary Pirate (6-actor version)
    Jesse McCall has moved to a new town and is having trouble making friends at school. But Jesse isn’t lonely; he’s too busy going on adventures with his imaginary pirate, the Terrible One-Eyed Jack. Jesse and One-Eyed Jack are determined to find the buried treasure – but run into all sorts of trouble; the Outlaw Pirate, Red Legs Ricky, is trying to steal their treasure map, Jesse’s mom is trying to come to grips...
    Jesse McCall has moved to a new town and is having trouble making friends at school. But Jesse isn’t lonely; he’s too busy going on adventures with his imaginary pirate, the Terrible One-Eyed Jack. Jesse and One-Eyed Jack are determined to find the buried treasure – but run into all sorts of trouble; the Outlaw Pirate, Red Legs Ricky, is trying to steal their treasure map, Jesse’s mom is trying to come to grips with an imaginary pirate living in her house and Jesse’s teacher, Mrs. Pierce, is trying to teach her class their multiplication tables! But everything works out in the end and – with a little help from his dad and One-Eyed Jack – Jesse comes to realize that friendship is the greatest treasure of them all.
  • My Imaginary Pirate (14-actor version)
    Jesse McCall has moved to a new town and is having trouble making friends at school. But Jesse isn’t lonely; he’s too busy going on adventures with his imaginary pirate, the Terrible One-Eyed Jack. Jesse and One-Eyed Jack are determined to find the buried treasure – but run into all sorts of trouble; the Outlaw Pirate, Red Legs Ricky, is trying to steal their treasure map, Jesse’s mom is trying to come to grips...
    Jesse McCall has moved to a new town and is having trouble making friends at school. But Jesse isn’t lonely; he’s too busy going on adventures with his imaginary pirate, the Terrible One-Eyed Jack. Jesse and One-Eyed Jack are determined to find the buried treasure – but run into all sorts of trouble; the Outlaw Pirate, Red Legs Ricky, is trying to steal their treasure map, Jesse’s mom is trying to come to grips with an imaginary pirate living in her house and Jesse’s teacher, Mrs. Pierce, is trying to teach her class their multiplication tables! But everything works out in the end and – with a little help from his dad and One-Eyed Jack – Jesse comes to realize that friendship is the greatest treasure of them all.
  • Mother Goose: the Musical
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    Every hundred years, Mother Goose visits a new kingdom to determine whether its story is worthy of being recorded in her fabled Book of Rhyme. This year, she has chosen the Kingdom of Mirth, and Old King Cole and his subjects are preparing to celebrate her arrival with the perfect Festivities. But treachery is afoot; spies from the Kingdom of Dearth are determined to thwart...
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    Every hundred years, Mother Goose visits a new kingdom to determine whether its story is worthy of being recorded in her fabled Book of Rhyme. This year, she has chosen the Kingdom of Mirth, and Old King Cole and his subjects are preparing to celebrate her arrival with the perfect Festivities. But treachery is afoot; spies from the Kingdom of Dearth are determined to thwart Mirth’s chance for Happily-Ever-After. As the subjects of Mirth find their lives turned topsy-turvy, they discover the secret to Happiness lies not with perfection, but in the imperfect world that is Life.
  • The Little Mermaid
    It is Syrena’s long-awaited 16th birthday – the day she is finally allowed to swim to the ocean’s surface and glimpse the world surrounding it. While on her visit there, she saves the life of a human – the handsome Prince Caspian – and falls in love with him. But the sea-witch Cekaylia has other plans for Syrena – plans that could destroy them all. Is the Little Mermaid prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice...
    It is Syrena’s long-awaited 16th birthday – the day she is finally allowed to swim to the ocean’s surface and glimpse the world surrounding it. While on her visit there, she saves the life of a human – the handsome Prince Caspian – and falls in love with him. But the sea-witch Cekaylia has other plans for Syrena – plans that could destroy them all. Is the Little Mermaid prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her true love? A new telling of a childhood classic.
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (musical version)
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    Sleepy Hollow, a village haunted by the legendary Headless Horseman, has a new schoolmaster—the somewhat hapless and extremely superstitious Ichabod Crane. When Ichabod tries to win the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, he makes an enemy of her former suitor, the brawny Brom Bones. Brom vows revenge and, one dark and spooky night, Ichabod finds himself in for the ride of his life!
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (straight play version)
    Sleepy Hollow, a village haunted by the legendary Headless Horseman, has a new schoolmaster—the somewhat hapless and extremely superstitious Ichabod Crane. When Ichabod tries to win the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, he makes an enemy of her former suitor, the brawny Brom Bones. Brom vows revenge and, one dark and spooky night, Ichabod finds himself in for the ride of his life!
  • Jingle All the Way
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    It’s not easy being the twin brother of Santa’s #1 Helper–and no one knows that better than Jangle the Elf. No matter what job Jangle is assigned to in Santa’s Workshop, his sister Jingle can do it faster and better. Then a letter arrives for Santa at the North Pole, a letter requiring a Top Priority Gift. The trouble is no one–including Jingle–knows how to make it. Will Jangle...
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    It’s not easy being the twin brother of Santa’s #1 Helper–and no one knows that better than Jangle the Elf. No matter what job Jangle is assigned to in Santa’s Workshop, his sister Jingle can do it faster and better. Then a letter arrives for Santa at the North Pole, a letter requiring a Top Priority Gift. The trouble is no one–including Jingle–knows how to make it. Will Jangle be able to save the day–and Christmas?
  • Frosty
    Music by Dax Dupuy

    A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat when he places it on a snowman’s head and that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills and the discovery that the real magic of Christmas is Love.
  • Cry Wolf!
    After fifty years, the wolves have returned to the forest. The inhabitants of the nearby village are in an uproar– their survival depends on their flock of sheep, the wolf’s favorite food! Join a cast of characters that include a boy named Peter, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, and a rebel sheep named Snowflake as they try to outwit that biggest villain of them all, the Big Bad Wolf, in this zany...
    After fifty years, the wolves have returned to the forest. The inhabitants of the nearby village are in an uproar– their survival depends on their flock of sheep, the wolf’s favorite food! Join a cast of characters that include a boy named Peter, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, and a rebel sheep named Snowflake as they try to outwit that biggest villain of them all, the Big Bad Wolf, in this zany mash-up of bedtime favorites.
  • The Call of the Wild
    The story of a dog named Buck who is kidnapped from his California home and sold into captivity as a sled dog in Alaska. In order to survive this brutal frontier, Buck must leave behind his civilized ways and rely on instinct alone. Will Buck continue to serve his beloved master Thornton or will he leave Man’s world behind and answer the call of the wild? A theatrical tour-de-force starring six quick-changing actors playing 35 roles.
  • Antigone
    Antigone’s beloved brother, Polynices, lies dead on the field of battle, accused of treachery and denied a hero’s burial. Antigone’s uncle, King Creon, has decreed that anyone caught trying to bury the traitor will be put to death. Will Antigone defy her uncle and risk her life to pay tribute to her brother’s memory? Sophocles’ ancient tragedy is brought to life in this modern, theatrical retelling.
  • Anne of Green Gables
    Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew are determined to adopt an orphan boy to help them run Green Gables, their farm on beautiful Prince Edward Island. But their well-ordered lives take a surprising and hilarious twist when the boy they hoped for turns out to be a redheaded slip-of-a-girl named Anne Shirley, whose wild imagination leads her into countless scrapes, as well as a place in our hearts forever.
  • All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
    Lively Lucy Lesprit has a special talent – she can whistle like nobody’s business! When Lucy’s second grade teacher, Sister Susan, discovers her gift, she gives Lucy a solo in the upcoming Christmas Extravaganza. Then tragedy strikes one recess when a well-aimed hockey puck takes out Lucy’s two front teeth! Although she is unable to whistle a note, Lucy is determined not to lose her solo to archrival Anna-Lori...
    Lively Lucy Lesprit has a special talent – she can whistle like nobody’s business! When Lucy’s second grade teacher, Sister Susan, discovers her gift, she gives Lucy a solo in the upcoming Christmas Extravaganza. Then tragedy strikes one recess when a well-aimed hockey puck takes out Lucy’s two front teeth! Although she is unable to whistle a note, Lucy is determined not to lose her solo to archrival Anna-Lori Pringle. Come join this exuberant seven-year-old and her friends as they embark on a Christmas adventure that will fill the whole family with holiday cheer!
  • Alice in Wonderland
    It's Lorina's birthday, and her younger sister Alice is upset because she has no gift to give her. Then Lorina hands Alice a blank book and suggests that the wildly imaginative Alice write her a story. Alice isn't sure how to start - until a wily White Rabbit steals her book and leads her down a rabbit hole into a Wonderland full of wildly eccentric characters including a grinning Cheshire Cat, a...
    It's Lorina's birthday, and her younger sister Alice is upset because she has no gift to give her. Then Lorina hands Alice a blank book and suggests that the wildly imaginative Alice write her a story. Alice isn't sure how to start - until a wily White Rabbit steals her book and leads her down a rabbit hole into a Wonderland full of wildly eccentric characters including a grinning Cheshire Cat, a wise old Caterpillar, an overprotective Pigeon, a Mad Hatter, his equally mad sidekick the March Hare, and a very angry Queen of Hearts. Alice will need all her wits to find the White Rabbit and get her book back before it's "off with her head!" A magical take on a timeless children's classic - fun for the whole family!