Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is proud to announce our line up for the 2015-2016 season! Our theme 'Past Present' explores the hidden meanings in all of our shows, as well as represents us well as the only theatre in Mid-Michigan producing theatre that addresses vital issues in our society, raises awareness, and encourages dialogue. Stay tuned for your brochure in the mail, and announcements about getting your season tickets!
"Elegies" by William Finn
Directed by Matt Eldred (for the Renegade Theatre Festival)
August 13 - 15, and 20, 21, 2015
This intimate and moving remembrance of departed friends is by the Tony award-winning composer of Falsettos and A New Brain. It pays tribute to a disparate group that includes impresario Joe Papp, actors Peggy Hewitt and Jack Eric Williams, a teacher, the Korean family who ran a deli frequented by Finn, relatives in New Jersey, friends, long-lost pets, and, in a moving sequence, Finn's mother. A three-song conclusion offers a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each number captures poignant, often funny glimpses of life and death that sparkle with the narrative sophistication always apparent in Finn's work.
"The Whale" by Samuel Hunter
Directed by Jordan Climie
Sept 24 - 27 & Oct 1 - 4, 2015
On the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, a six hundred pound recluse hides away in his apartment, and slowly eats himself to death. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Big-hearted and fiercely funny, The Whale tells the story of a man's last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places. "Riveting...An impassioned and arresting clash of minds and emotions. I was glued to the stage...Equally dynamic and horrifying." - New York Observer
"Telling: Lansing" an original production
Directed by Blake Bowen, in partnership with national veteran organization The Telling Project (SEE BELOW; Veterans wanted…)
Nov 5 - 8 & 12 - 15, 2015
The Telling Project works to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world. Peppermint Creek is thrilled to be the first Michigan company to partner with national organization The Telling Project to bring Lansing area veterans stories to the stage.
"The Secret Garden" by Marsha Norman and
Directed by Chad Badgero
March 3 - 6 & 10 - 13, 2016
This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. In the early years of the 20th century, Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in India, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak and is sent away from India to Yorkshire, England, to live with relatives whom she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle. Winner of three Tony awards, The Secret Garden boasts a sparkling score and a story for all ages.
"Water by the Spoonful" by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Directed by Tommy Gomez
April 28 - May 1 & 5 - 7, 2016
Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. Water by the Spoonful is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption. Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. "A complete and satisfying work…A quartet of wounded yet fiercely bright characters who are trying to stay sober communicate over the internet. Those who feel the web is a cold connection may change their opinion after they see the very hot limbo in which these characters live and interact…” – New York Times
"title of show" by Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen
Directed by Ben Cassidy (part of a three year Launching Pad New Directors Initiative)
July 7 - 10 & 14 - 17, 2016
[title of show]—taken from the space on a festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]—follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration. Hilarious and irreverent, “title of show” is both poignant and a side-splitting love letter to the theatre.
Save the Date! Announcing Our Special Events:
• June 26 & 27, 2015 – Chad & Amanda DeKatch, a farewell concert
• July 19, 2015 – Donor Thank You Party, hosted by the Mattson’s
• Summer 2015: Stage to Screen – movie shows at PCTC of plays that have been made into films
• August 2 & 3, 2015 – PCTC Season Auditions
• December 2015 – Holiday Cabaret