VHS Theatre Dept. announces 2016-17 season

The Vernon High School Theatre Department is currently gearing up for a busy year of theatrical entertainment. Under the direction of Kevin Russell, VHS Director of Theatre, the department has 4 productions planned that are sure to entertain audiences of all ages. The season’s line-up includes:

Barefoot In The Park:

November 3 & 5, 2016

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. 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 neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

Written by Neil Simon, Directed by Kevin Russell, produced through special arrangements with Samuel french, Inc.

VHS Theatre Showcase: A night of scenes and songs:

December 1, 2016

The students of the VHS Theatre Department take the stage performing various monologues, scenes, songs, and dances. This is the perfect show for any comedy-lover!

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown:

March 9 & 10, 2017

Charles Schulz’s beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner’s classic musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn’t give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse, and “blockhead,” himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. Brief vignettes span the months from Valentine’s Day to Beethoven Day, from wild optimism to utter despair. In this revised version, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and dialogue by Michael Mayer, the sweet, joyful innocence of the Peanuts gang is maintained, but a fresh insouciance and playfulness is revealed. The new script features two new songs, particularly funny dialogue, and new, catchy orchestrations. Whether you’re keen to fly with the Red Baron, moon over the Moonlight Sonata, or just do your best to find “Happiness,” You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.

Based on the comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz, Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner, directed by Kevin Russell, produced through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

Aesop’s Oh So Slightly Updated Fables:

May 4, 2017

This short play, performed for children, but appropriate for all ages, weaves five of Aesop’s most famous fables into a show that’s fun, fast-paced, and full of surprises.

Contains: The Dog and the Bone; The Tortoise and the Hare; The Lion and the Mouse; The Fox and the Grapes; The Miller, His Son And the Donkey, and The Country Maid.

Written by Kim Esop-Wylie, Aesop, directed by Kevin Russell, produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.