For summer 2022, Cape Rep Theatre will celebrate its 37th season with a lineup filled with something for everyone, including musicals, comedies, regional premieres and new works.
First up on the Indoor Theater stage May 18 through June 12 will be the regional premiere of “Tumacho,” a hilariously irreverent comedy with music. This off-Broadway hit is a cowboy musical complete with singing cacti, good guys, bad guys and plenty of laughs. The citizens of a dusty, forsaken frontier town are looking for someone to rescue them from the terrors of Big Bill Yardley. Have they met their salvation--or an even greater evil--when a fiend of legend comes to town? “Tumacho,” written by Ethan Lipton, will be directed by Cape Rep Associate Artistic Director Maura Hanlon with musical direction by Nick Nudler. “We were planning to do ‘Tumacho’ before the pandemic struck,” said Hanlon. “We put it aside and thought about other options, but the world is such a hard place right now. We found it difficult to find plays that didn’t seem mean. Janine (Perry) decided we should look at ‘Tumacho’ again, and it is so much fun, so different, such a great escape that we decided to open the 2022 season with it. So it wasn’t purposeful–it just happened that way.”
“Comedies are good, but they’re hard to do well,” Perry added. Something tells me Cape Rep will not only do it well, but will have another laugh-out-loud success with “Tumacho.”
Next on Cape Rep’s indoor stage will be the premiere of “A Symphony of Crickets,” a new musical collaboration between award-winning poet and musician Charles Coe, noted songwriter and guitarist Mark van Bork and internationally acclaimed composer and saxophonist/flautist Ken Field, July 18 and 19 and Aug. 29 and 30. Based on Coe’s poetry, the performances will feature his selected works with musical interludes performed by an all-star six-piece ensemble of outstanding musicians and vocalists with a wide ranging song list, traversing jazz, funk, R&B, Delta blues, and classical styles.
The party gets started on the Outdoor Stage on July 6, when “Mamma Mia!” returns to Cape Rep. Directed and choreographed by Dani Davis, “Mamma Mia!” is a favorite that will have audiences singing along to the hits of Swedish supergroup ABBA. Set on a Greek island paradise, this is the hilarious story of a mother, a daughter, three possible dads and a wedding you won’t soon forget. With songs like “Dancing Queen” and “Super Trouper,” this feel-good musical will get summer started right, July 6 through Aug. 14.
Completing the 2022 Indoor Theater season, “From the Heart of the Wreck,” conceived and written by Kirsten Peacock and Nick Nudler will run Aug. 17 through Sept. 10. Steeped in folklore and local history, this sea-faring adventure explores the relationship between the notorious pirate Sam Bellamy and his mysterious mistress Goody Hallett, The Witch of Wellfleet, through humor, storytelling and song. From the wreck of the Whydah Galley comes a story of timeless romance, swashbuckling escapades, and supernatural revenge.
The fun will get started for younger Cape Rep audiences as the Outdoor Children’s Shows take flight June 26 through Sept. 1, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type,” adapted by James E. Grote, with music by George Howe and lyrics by Grote and Howe, will be directed by Cape Rep favorite Holly Erin McCarthy. In this whimsical musical adaptation of the New York Times bestselling children’s book by Doreen Cronin with illustrations by Betsy Lewin, Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type and are starting to leave him notes! This family favorite has great music, hilarious dialogue, dancing farm animals, and more.
Puppets, Paul & Mary are back with more fun! Puppeteer Mary Wilson and singer/songwriter Paul Kehoe’s wildly popular shows are interactive, inventive and extremely funny. Enjoy Mary, Paul and their puppet friends as they bring lots of laughter and catchy songs—you might even learn something new along the way! Perfect for ages two to six, and great fun for any age.
In addition, Cape Rep will present its annual fundraising benefit gala, Summer Starlight,on Sunday, July 31 featuring live entertainment, delicious food and much more. Don’t miss this event, which promises an evening of summer fun as well as an opportunity to support Cape Rep Theatre.
Cape Rep Theater is located at 3299 Main St., Brewster. For further information or to purchase tickets, contact the box office at 508-896-1888 or online at www.caperep.org.