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Rogers Little Theater Announces New Season

The new season includes Legally Blonde, A Christmas Story, and Shrek.
Rogers Little Theater’s (RLT) Season 29 has been announced and features the Arkansas premier of the 2013 Tony Award winning Best Play and the Arkansas premiers of two other plays fresh from New York among its eight show season.

All auditions and performances will take place at the Victory Theater, 116 S 2nd St, Rogers, AR in Historic Downtown Rogers.

Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein; Music by Jerry Bock; lyrics by Sheldon Harnick; based on Sholem Aleichem's stories by special permission of Arnold Perl opens the season with auditions July 28-29, 2014 at 7pm and performances September 12-14, 18-21, 25-28, 2014.

In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig is next with auditions September 15-16, 2014 at 7pm and performances October 31-November 2, 6-9, 2014.

It’s September 1934, and Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo.

A Christmas Story by Philip Grecian; based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash” by Jean Shepherd is set for the holidays hosting auditions for children’s roles only on November 3-4, 2014 at 7pm and performances on December 5-7, 11-14, 2014.

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.

Legally Blonde The Musical, book by Heather Hach, music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture rings in the new year with auditions on December 8-9, 2014 at 7pm and performances on February 13-15, 19-22, 26-March 1, 2015.

Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical about self-discovery. Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

The Arkansas premier of the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang is next up with auditions February 16-17, 2014 at 7pm and performances April 3-5, 9-12, 2015.

Hilariously silly, fast-paced, and fully of smart Chekov references, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is the story of middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, who share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.

Also fresh from Broadway and first in Arkansas is the compelling The Other Place by Sharr White with auditions April 6-7, 2015 at 7pm and performances May 1-3, 7-10, 2015.

Just as Juliana Smithton's research leads to a potential breakthrough—a drug to combat dementia—her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod. "Sudden flares of uncontrolled feeling appear like lightning flashes from a sky that was clear just moments before…Gradually our faith in this seemingly most reliable of narrators is undermined by deftly disclosed pieces of information." —NY Times. "…a haunting drama…so cleverly constructed that the nature and depth of the problem isn't revealed until the last shattering scene." —Variety. "[A] wonderful surprise…in which we the audience collectively discovered we'd been had. And that we'd liked it." —Village Voice.

Perfect for Father’s Day, another first in Arkansas, from the writer of Lombardi is Magic/Bird by Eric Simonson with auditions May 4-5, 2015 at 7pm and performances June 12-14, 18-21, 2015.

"On the one hand, we have Earvin 'Magic' Johnson: African-American, gregarious and charming, embracing his fame in the flashy fashion typical of his LA team, the Lakers. On the other, there's Larry Bird: the white hick from French Lick, Ind., laconic and reserved, the main man of Boston's Celtics and their working-class fans…The scenes between the two are often quite funny…And unlike many real-life dramas, this story doesn't have a tragic ending." —NY Post. "Phenomenal! Outstanding! They nailed it, like a Bird three-pointer at the buzzer…Basketball heaven for anyone who appreciated the life and times of Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Larry Bird." —Huffington Post. "A razzle-dazzle passion play" —Entertainment Weekly. Magic/Bird's got game!" —Boston Herald.

Shrek The Musical, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig rounds out the season with auditions on June 15-16, 2015 at 7pm and performances on July 24-26, 30-August 2, 6-9, 2015.

Based on the Oscar® winning DreamWorks film that started it all, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.
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