Summer Theater Preview: Cape Cod Stages Spotlight Irresistible 2018 Offerings

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Topics: Local Theater

Monomoy Theatre students put up the Main Street stage's sign Sunday under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Alan Rust. TIM WOOD PHOTO

As summer begins and visitors fill our sunny beaches and streets, what could be better than a cool evening’s entertainment at one of Cape Cod’s treasure-trove of fine theaters? Get out your calendar, because 2018 is sure to tempt you with more than one night of theatrical merriment. Whether at the Academy Playhouse in Orleans, Cape Cod Theatre Company: Home of Harwich Junior Theatre, Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Cape Rep in Brewster, Chatham Drama Guild, Eventide Theatre Company in Dennis, Monomoy Theatre in Chatham or at WHAT in Wellfleet, you’re never far from great onstage entertainment here on Cape Cod.
Music is in the air at the Academy Playhouse in Orleans. From June 14 to July 14, join Sally Bowles and the rest at the Kit Kat Club in 1930s Berlin with “Cabaret.” With song, dance and spectacle under the lengthening shadow of the Nazi party, “Cabaret” strikes a unique and fascinating chord. Following “Cabaret,” the Academy features Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” from July 18 to Aug. 18, a comic opera on the high seas with unforgettable songs and lots of laughs. From Aug. 22 to Sept 23, Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” will bring both the confusion and the laughs. Running concurrently, “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” will open June 29 and run through Sept. 1 every Friday and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. For more information and tickets visit the Academy Playhouse at apacape.org or call the box office at 508-255-1963.
Next up is the Cape Cod Theatre Company: Home of Harwich Junior Theatre, currently presenting “Wrinkles: the Musical” through June 17, back by popular demand. “Wrinkles” is a
celebration of women and aging for mature audiences, written by local playwrights Naomi Turner and Wilderness Sarchild and directed by CCTC producing artistic director Nina Schuessler, with music by Grammy Award-winner Jason Howland, Cape composer and musical director Malcolm Granger, recording artist Sarah Burrill and Dana McCoy. CCTC will follow with the beloved family classics “Beauty and Beast” June 28 to July 15, “Tom Sawyer” July 20 to Aug. 5, “The Emporer’s New Clothes” Aug. 10 to 26. Running concurrently with the last two shows, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” return by popular demand on July 27, 28 and 29, and Aug. 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26. CCTC will switch gears in the fall for Shakespeare’s brutal political drama “Richard III” Sept. 14 to 30 and “Bill W and Dr. Bob,” a funny and poignant story of the founding of Alcoholics’ Anonymous, Oct. 11 to Nov. 11. “Madeline’s Christmas” will be back for the whole family Nov. 30 to Dec. 30. For more information or tickets visit capecodtheatrecompany.org or call the box office at 508-432-2002.
The Cape Playhouse will start the summer season with the hilarious and heartwarming “Steel Magnolias” June 12 to 23, followed by A.R. Gurney’s acclaimed comedy “Sylvia” June 26 to July 7. “Million Dollar Quartet,” a Playhouse premiere, will
tells the story of an afternoon in Memphis when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins recorded some of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time. The award-winning musical “Altar Boyz” is next from July 24 to Aug. 4, followed by the beloved “South Pacific” Aug. 7 to 18 and finally the hilariously mysterious “Clue” from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1. For more information or tickets, visit capeplayhouse.com or call the box office at 508-385-3911.
Cape Rep rings in summer 2018 with “The Tuna Goddess,” a brand new play by well- known Cape actor Jade Schuyler developed in Cape Rep’s own Theatrelab and set right here on Cape Cod. “Mamma Mia!” is next, Aug. 1 to 26, a must-see for lovers of the music of ABBA. “Fun Home” takes the stage Sept. 19 to Oct. 14, the groundbreaking and unforgettable hit of Broadway’s 2015 season. “Shakespeare In Love” rounds out 2018 from Nov. 1 to Dec. 2. The musical revue “Sing Like There’s No Tomorrow” will also run Nov. 11 through Dec. 9. Check the website for days and times. On the outdoor stage, “How I Became a Pirate” runs June 26 to Aug. 30 and Pitter P
atter Puppets returns July 11 to Aug. 22. For more information and tickets, visit caperep.org or call the box office at 508-896-1888.
The Chatham Drama Guild begins the summer season with “Seussical the Musical” July 5 to 29 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Following that will be “George M!” a Broadway musical based on the life of George M. Cohan, the biggest Broadway star of his day who was known as "The Man Who Owned Broadway,” Oct. 5 to 27, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Check the website for more shows to be announced throughout the summer season. For more information or tickets, visit chatdramaguild.org or call the box office at 508-945-0510.
Eventide Theatre Company will celebrate the summer 2018 season with a reading of four one-act plays at the Jacob Sears Memorial Library, 23 Center St. in East Dennis on July 13, 14 and 15 and Aug. 10, 11 and 12. Tickets for this event will be available for purchase only at the door. “Over the River and Through the Woods” will be performed Oct. 18 through Nov. 4 on the Gertrude Lawrence Stage in Dennis. For tickets for this production or more information, visit eventidearts.org or call the box office at 508-398-8588.
Monomoy Theatre has its usual varied lineup in store for 2018, starting with the well-loved musical “Guys and Dolls” June 19 to 30. Next will be “Scapino,” a wild comedy by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale, July 3 to 7. A new English language version of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” will be performed July 10 to 14, followed by Noel Coward’s “Present Laughter” July 17 to 21. On July 26 to 28 and July 30 through Aug. 4, “Little Shop of Horrors” hits the stage, followed by Shakespeare’s “As You like It” Aug. 7 to 11, Neil Simon’s “Lost In Yonkers” Aug. 14 to 18, and “You Can’t Take it With You” Aug. 21 to 25. For more information or tickets, visit monomoytheatre.org or call the box office at 508-945-1589.
The Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre (WHAT) starts the summer season off with “This Is Our Youth” through June 22, which follows 48 hours of three young, lost souls in the 1980s. “Five Times on One Night,” a quintet of short plays, runs June 27 to July 20, followed by “An Act of God,” 90 minutes with The Big Guy Upstairs himself, July 25 to Aug. 17. “Raging Skillet,” the true, hilarious story of a self-made chef, runs Aug. 22 to Sept. 15. Playing concurrently are “The Great American Songbook” on June 4 and a performance by Greg Abate on June 11, Stage Door Canteen July 2, and a performance by Gregg Sullivan July 9. For more information or tickets, visit what.org or call the box office at
508-349-9428.