Topeka Civic Theatre announces 23 productions in 2017-2018 lineup

There’s something for everyone, says board of trustees member

Topeka Civic Theatre’s lineup for the 2017-2018 season features 23 productions to keep theatergoers of all ages entertained.

The upcoming season is fun, diverse and will include different types of volunteers, actors and audiences, said Angel Romero, who is on the theater’s board of trustees.

The lineup was announced Thursday evening.

The event featured four performers who sang three songs from upcoming shows. Dane Shobe, who sang from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” said it is always a joy to sing Disney songs and he is looking forward to the show being performed.

Maria Kingfisher, a Topeka High School student, performed a song from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights,” and Ashley Young and Danny Lassley sang a song from musical “If/Then.”

The main stage lineup includes:

“Calendar Girls,” which will premiere at TCT from Sept 8-30.

“Dial M for Murder,” which will be performed for the first time at the theater Oct. 20-Nov. 4.

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on Victor Hugo’s novel and slated for Nov. 24-Dec. 23.

The parody “Too Many Cooks,” which will run from Jan. 19-Feb.10, 2018.

“In the Heights,” which takes the stage March 2-31, 2018.

Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” which will be performed April 20-May 5, 2018.

“Harvey,” a comedy, which will be performed June 1-23, 2018.

A patron favorite, which is based on season members’ votes. Artistic director Shannon Reilly said the show will be announced when the theater obtains rights to it.

Other TCT plays include:

“Superior Donuts,” a comedy-drama about the power of friendship that will run Nov. 10-19.

“Disenchanted,” a take on Snow White set for June 15-July 1, 2018.

“Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” a children’s play that incorporates a message about bullying. Its Oct. 6-15 run coincides with National Bullying Prevention Month.

“Elf Jr.,” which is based on the movie “Elf” and slated for Dec 8-17.

“Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective,” a comedy that will run Feb 16-25, 2018.

“The Reluctant Dragon,” a comedy and fairy tale that will be April 6-15, 2018.

“Freckleface Strawberry, the Musical,” based off actress Julianne Moore’s book, which will run May 11-20, 2018.

“Mulan Jr.,” based on the Disney film and touching on themes including culture and honor, which will be performed July 27-Aug. 11, 2018.

Helen Hocker Theater shows include:

“Ramona Quimby,” an all-youth show based on the books and running from Sept 15-24.

“Sorry, Wrong Chimney,” a holiday comedy that will run Dec 1-10.

“Disney’s Jungle Book Kids,” which will be performed by Topeka Youth Players from Jan 26-Feb 4, 2018.

“None of the Above,” a one-woman and one-man show that will run from March 9-18, 2018.

“If/Then,” a musical about a woman who moves to New York City, which will be performed from April 27-May 12, 2018.

“These Shining Lives,” a story about workers’ rights in a watch factory, slated for June 22-July 1, 2018.

“Clue the Musical,” based off the murder mystery board game, which will run from July 20-Aug 5, 2018.

Topeka Civic Theatre, founded in 1936, is the oldest community theater in Kansas. For more information, visit Topeka Civic Theatre’s website.

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