Canterbury Summer Theatre Season Features Music of Patsy Cline, Neil Sedaka, and the Return of Bette Davis!

By: Festival Player's Guild Last Updated: March 2, 2015

Canterbury_Summer_Theatre_Season_Feature-1Canterbury Summer Theatre, in residence at the Mainstreet Theatre in Michigan City, is proud to announce its 2015 season of productions. This is the 47th season for Canterbury, with its Resident Company members soon to arrive from around the country to mount a slate of plays and musicals.

This summer, Canterbury's offerings will combine the talents of its Resident Company along with the return of writer/performer, Christine St. John, and The Cavalier Players of Bossier City, Louisiana. The result will be a season packed with comedy, drama, thrills, and the music of legendary icons, Neil Sedaka and Patsy Cline.

The 2015 Canterbury summer season is as follows:

Don't Dress for Dinner
by Marc Camoletti
Adapted by Robin Hawdon
Show Dates: June 17-20

This sexy comedy, which recently enjoyed a Tony Award-nominated Broadway debut, is a madcap mix of mistaken identities, flimsy lingerie and a million laughs, with more twists than a corkscrew. The play was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where it ran for six.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Featuring the Songs of Neil Sedaka)
Book by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters
Music by Neil Sedaka
Lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Ben Cody
Show Dates: June 24-July 3 (no performance July 4)

Marge and her stage-struck best friend, Lois, arrive at Esther's Paradise Resort in the Catskills on Labor Day weekend in 1960, on a vacation that was intended to be Marge's honeymoon — until the groom left her at the altar. Featuring the music of Neil Sedaka, including the title song as well as "Where the Boys Are," "Stupid Cupid," "Laughter in the Rain," and many more hits.

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
by Dean Regan
Show Dates: July 8-25

A tribute to the spirit, and a celebration of the music, of one of the legends of country music, this show is at once a musical biography, as well as a concert experience, with performances of Cline's classic songs, such as "Crazy," "Walking After Midnight" and "Sweet Dreams," as well as others.

Bette Davis On The Edge
by Christine St. John
Show Dates: July 29-August 1

This riveting play, written and performed by Christine St. John, returns for an encore run, after thrilling audiences last fall in its world premiere at Mainstreet Theatre, before debuting in New York City and London. The piece is set in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, 1962, with motion picture legend, Bette Davis, waiting anxiously for the reviews of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"

Turn of the Screw
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Show Dates: August 6-8 (No Wednesday matinee)

Based on the provocative novella of suspense, horror and repressed sexuality by Henry James, this unique adaptation gives the famous story yet another turn. A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. However, the new governess begins to see the specters of two former employees haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends before it is too late.

Season Discount Cards are available now through the end of the season for $65.00, good for five admissions. Single tickets for each show are $15.00 on Wednesday and Thursday, and $16.00 for Friday and Saturday. Senior citizen, group and student discounts are also available.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, and Saturday at 6:30 PM, at the Mainstreet Theatre, 807 Franklin Street, in Michigan City. Reservations are available by calling the Mainstreet Theatre box office at (219) 874-4269, in person one hour before performances, or by e-mail at info@festivalplayersguild.org.