Up-Coming Shows

Summer Series at Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse

Presented by Company Be,
MCP’s theatrical wing devoted to smaller, intimate plays.

 

August 16-18, 2018

Church & State

by Jason Odell Williams

Directed by Leigh Guptill. Three days before his bid for reelection, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator's stance on guns and God.  As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and uplifting.

CAST

Senator Charles Whitmore: Christopher Ross
Sara Whitmore: Valerie Smith-Hastings
Alex Klein: Kerianne Severy
Tom/Marshall/Security Guy: Victoria Luksch

Director: Leigh Guptill
Stage Manager: Chris Frappier
Produced by Kevin Commins for 'Company Be'

All shows at 8:00pm at the Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse
1197 Exchange Street, Middlebury

Tickets $10 cash or check at the door.

CHURCH & STATE is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., NY

 

June 21-24, 2018

Thanks to all who attended!

Proof

by David Auburn

Directed by Alex Nicosia

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.

CAST (in order of appearance)

Catherine: Sophie Lefkoe
Robert: Kevin Commins
Hal: Asa Wagner
Claire: Erica Furgiuele

Director: Alex Nicosia
Stage Managers: Tina Friml & Tom Noble
Produced by Kevin Commins for 'Company Be'

PROOF was presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., NY

 

May 18-20, 2018

Thanks to all who attended!

Boston Marriage

by David Mamet

Photo by Buzz Kuhns

Directed by Diana Bigelow
Cast (L-R): Kendra Gratton, Gretchen Cole, Susanne Peck
Produced by Kevin Commins for 'Company Be'

Anna and Claire are two scheming Victorian “women of fashion” who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class New England society. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man, from whom she has received an enormous emerald necklace and an income to match. Claire, meanwhile, is infatuated with a respectable young lady and wants to enlist Anna’s help for an assignation. As the two women exchange barbs and take turns taunting Anna’s hapless Scottish parlor maid, Catherine, Claire’s young inamorata suddenly appears, setting off a crisis that puts both the valuable emerald and the women’s futures at risk. To this wickedly funny comedy, Mamet brings his trademark tart dialogue and impeccable plotting..

Click HERE and scroll down to read the Director's Notes.

BOSTON MARRIAGE was presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., NY

 
 
Nov. 29-Dec. 9, 2018

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music and Lyrics‎: ‎Lisa Lambert‎ and ‎Greg Morrison

Book‎: ‎Bob Martin‎ and ‎Don McKellar

Thanks to all who auditioned!

The cast will be announced soon.

 

Director: Kevin Commins

Producers: Maria Stockman, Eileen Corcoran
Music Director: Harper Michaels
Choreographer: Kendra Gratton

Stage Manager: Dora Greven

The Drowsy Chaperone is presented to the audience by The Man in the Armchair, an agoraphobic theater-lover who regularly cheers himself up by playing an LP from his box of Broadway albums. He puts the record of his favorite show, the 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, on the stereo and when the needle hits the groove, an hilarious pastiche of 1920s’ musicals begins, constantly broken by the interruptions, critiques, and explanations of The Man in the Armchair.

The play-within-a-play uses all the clichéd plot devices of a 1920s musical, including mistaken identity, comedy schtick, phony accents, and dance numbers that don’t quite go with the plot. All the while, the Man in Chair comments, interrupts, and even back-cues Janet at one point. The first act ends with Janet calling the wedding off, to Robert’s dismay and Feldzieg’s delight. But by the time we reach the end of Chaperone, all misunderstandings have been cleared up, not only is Janet’s marriage back on, but she’s joined by three other couples, and everyone dances the big finale.

The Drowsy Chaperone is presented by special arrangement with Music Theater International, Inc., NY, NY. mtishows.com

Past Productions

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2017

            • Good People
            • Working
            • Love Letters
            • The Crucible
            • How to Eat Like a Child (And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up)

2016

            • Black Comedy and The Real Inspector Hound
            • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
            • The Fantasticks
            • The Nutcracker's Adventure 2016</li

2015

            • Boeing Boeing
            • Monty Python's SPAMALOT
            • The Good Doctor
            • The Nutcracker's Adventure 2015

2014

            • Four Beers
            • Almost, Maine
            • OLIVER!
            • The Musical Story of the Nutcracker

2013

            • Play On!
            • Threepenny Opera

2012

            • An Afternoon in France
            • Annie
            • Swingtime Canteen

2011

            • Henry & Emily
            • The King and I
            • Funny Girl

2010

            • Still Life
            • The Sound of Music
            • The Permit
            • Sam & Laura

2009

            • Lettice and Lovage
            • 50th Anniversary Show
            • Cinderella
            • The Music Man

2008

            • Godspell
            • Our Town

2007

            • To Kill a Mockingbird
            • Swingtime Canteen

2006

            • The Dining Room
            • You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
            • Jake’s Women

2005

            • Little Shop of Horrors
            • The Seagull

2004

            • Over the River and Through the Woods
            • Working

2003

            • Twelfth Night
            • The Pirates of Penzance

2002

            • Chicago
            • A Trip to the Moon

2001

            • Carnival
            • An Evening of One Acts
            • The School for Scandal

2000

            • The Merry Wives of Windsor
            • A Marvelous Party
            • Steel Magnolias

1999

            • Sylvia
            • Three Postcards
            • The Hummingbird
            • Oliver!

1998

            • Gin Game
            • Narnia
            • Approaching Zanzibar
            • Henry and Ramona

1997

            • Follies
            • The Rage of Dreaming Sheep

1996

            • Hello Dolly!
            • Dracula
            • How to Eat Like a Child…

1995

            • Iolanthe
            • Goodbye, Howard
            • Arms and the Man
            • A Child’s Christmas in Wales

1994

            • The Real Inspector Hound  and After Magritte
            • Gypsy
            • The Age of Dinosaurs
            • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

1993

            • Damn Yankees
            • Greater Tuna
            • Really Rosie

1992

            • Kiss Me Kate
            • The Aspern Papers

1991

            • Mame
            • Bus Stop

1990

            • The Sound of Music
            • Woman in Mind

1989

            • Oklahoma!
            • Egad, What a Cad!
            • The Dining Room

1988

            • Tomb with a View

1987

            • Don’t Step on My Footprint
            • The Music Man
            • Hay Fever

1986

            • California Suite
            • Annie
            • Wait Until Dark

1985

            • No Sex Please, We’re British
            • Princess Ida
            • PDQ Bach
            • The Little Foxes

1984

            • The Rose Tattoo
            • Gee, Wasn’t I Great Tonight? (25th Anniversary Show)
            • Dessert Theater

1983

            • The Night of January 16th
            • Two Gentlemen of Verona
            • Little Women
            • Curse You, Jack Dalton
            • The Hound of the Baskervilles

1982

            • Hansel & Gretel
            • Old Times
            • Ladies in Retirement

1981

            • Butterflies Are Free
            • Everyone
            • The Man Who Came to Dinner
            • Beauty and the Beast
            • Adaptation
            • The Lady’s Not for Burning
            • No Exit
            • A Cabaret: Cole Porter Songs

1980

            • You Can’t Take It With You
            • A Little Night Music
            • The Bald Soprano
            • Orpheus Descending

1979

            • Blithe Spirit
            • Madwoman of Chaillot
            • And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
            • Johnny’s Town (original musical comedy)

1978

            • Sugar
            • The Cat and the Canary
            • Miss Julie, Plaza Suite, Act II
            • Suddenly Last Summer
            • Final Dress Rehearsal, Skits

1977

            • The Sorcerer
            • Mr. Pim Passes By

1976

            • Fiddler on the Roof
            • The Lion in Winter

1975

            • Oliver! (with College Farm Players)
            • The Pirates of Penzance
            • Ways and Means

1974

            • The Night of January 16th

1973

            • Tick Tock Bevin (original musical comedy)
            • High Button Shoes

1972

            • Oh, Kay
            • Spoon River Anthology

1971

            • Guys and Dolls
            • The Permit (original musical comedy)

1968

            • Lady Audley’s Secret

1967

            • A Thurber Carnival

1966

            • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
            • South Pacific
            • Harvey

1964

            • Caine Mutiny Court Martial

1963

            • Wonderful Town
            • Damn Yankees

1962

            • Guys and Dolls
            • Solid Gold Cadillac

1961

            • Night Must Fall
            • My Three Angels
            • Born Yesterday

1960

            • Sabrina Fair
            • All My Sons

1959

        • A Visit to a Small Planet

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