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Riverwalk Theatre Announces Season 24

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Riverwalk Theatre has announced their 24th Season made up of eight appealing productions, including musicals, comedy, drama, a mystery thriller, political intrigue, and a children’s Christmas show.  This ‘main stage’ season, coupled with three ‘black box’ productions, will highlight the work of several veteran directors as well as some making their doctorial debuts.  The 2012-13 season includes:


July 26-29, August 2-5-- GETTING NEAR TO BABY Drama/Family show. Director: Tom Ferris

Based on the Newbery Honor Book by Audrey Couloumbis, “Getting Near to Baby” deals with the breadth of children’s loss, grief and capacity to overcome tragedy with so much humor, wisdom and sensitivity that nothing but good conversation can come of any adult and child viewing it together.  Set in a small town in 1967, the play is a reminder of the amazing resilience of children and the power of family. 


September 13-16, 20-23--SPRING AWAKENING.  Musical. 

Director: Kelly Stuible

Winner of 8 Tony awards, including Best Musical, this play celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion you will never forget.


October 18-21, 25-28-- ADVISE AND CONSENT Drama/Stages of the Law. Director: Michael Hays.

Based on Allen Drury’s powerful novel. The plot centers on a Senate confirmation hearing. Laid bare is the partisanship and ‘deal making’ that fuel power and greed, with shocking outcomes. Very relevant in a national election year. 


November 23-25, 30-December 2—THE NO-HOLE HOLIDAY. Children’s Musical. Director: Jane Zussman.

This is a Stan Gill musical, always popular with families.  The plot revolves around jealousy from The Grump Sisters who are in charge of Halloween and their anger over Christmas and Santa having their festivities celebrated for a month while Halloween gets only a day.



January 2013: 10-13, 17-20--AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Dark Comedy/Drama. Director: Emily Clark

A vanished father, a pill-popping mother, three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes into a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. 


February 2013: 14-17, 21-24--SLEUTH. Mystery/Thriller.

Director: Mary K. Hodges-Nees

Intellectual mind games turn deadly when a fading mystery writer takes revenge on the man who is having an affair with his estranged wife.


March 2013: 14-17, 21-24--THE 39 STEPS. Comedy.

Director: Jane Falion

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have an intriguing, thrilling, riotous and unmissable comedy.


April 2013: 19-21, 26-28. – All-of-Us Express The Beatles Slept Here.


May/June 2013: 5/30-6/2, 6/6-9--MY FAVORITE YEAR Musical Comedy. 

Director: Dan Pappas

This musical comedy, a Tony Award winner and Drama Desk Award winner, is set in the 1950s. Benjy Stone (Mel Brooks type) is a sketch writer for a live television variety show starring King Kaiser (Sid Caesar type) Signed for a guest appearance is Alan Swann (Errol Flynn type), a one-time movie idol whose career was disrupted by his addiction to alcohol and loose women.


Black Box shows for 2012-13

October 2012--The Diviners (By Jim Leonard Jr.). 
Directed by Jane Falion
In a small farm community during the depression, water and faith are in short supply. A charismatic but back-sliding preacher drifts into town and meets a gentle but misunderstood boy with the gift of divining or water-witching. The two outcasts find a common bond and help each other divine for truth, faith and hope.

March 2013--Yankee Tavern (By Steven Dietz) 
Directed by Michael Hays
A guy walks into a bar and orders two beers, one for himself and one for his absent buddy. Yes, it sounds like the set-up for a joke, but with his chilling new play, there’s something darker and more sobering in mind.

May 2013--The Beauty Queen of Leenane (By Martin McDonagh) 
Directed by John Roche
The play centers on the life of a 
spinster who takes care of her selfish and manipulative mother. The plot, full of deceptions, secrets and betrayals interspersed with turnabouts, keeps surprising the audience. Hopes are raised only to be dashed.

* For additional information about all Riverwalk Theatre shows and events, please visit the website

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