2018 Season


9 to 5

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture
directed by Amanda Berg Wilson/ Rated PG -13 / Mainstage Theatre

A toe-tapping smash musical with music and lyrics by the one and only Dolly Parton. What happens when three female co-workers are pushed to the limit by their sexist, lying, conniving boss and decide to take matters into their own–very capable–hands? Based on the groundbreaking and popular 1980 film, this hilarious and timely story about friendship and revenge will leave you feeling triumphant and your heart singing. Cause when the going gets tough, What Would Dolly Do? Write a hit musical, darlin’!

Genre: Musical. Comedy.
Rated PG-13 for mild language, fantasy violence, comedic drug use



The Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum
Music and Score of the MGM film by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
directed by Emily Van Fleet / Rated G / Mainstage Theatre

We’re off to see the Wizard! Experience this time-honored story as Dorothy travels from the plains of Kansas to the magical world of Oz. Adapted from the classic 1939 film by MGM, The Wizard of Oz takes our young heroine on a fantastical journey of adventure and adversity. Complete with a scarecrow, a tin man, a not-so-fearless lion, a wicked witch, and a little dog, too. So grab your friends and your ruby slippers and get ready to be blown away.

Genre: Musical. Family. Fantasy
Rated G


Season Poster Unveiling & the Opening Night Celebration

June 8 / 6:30pm / Mainstage / $20 / Ticket to The Wizard of Oz included

This is the night we roll out the red carpet and celebrate another season opening at CRT! Wear something fancy, enjoy a little live music, and get the first peek at this year’s season art poster masterpiece. Then, settle in for the opening performance of The Wizard of Oz. Only $20 for both show and celebration!



Miss Holmes

by Christopher M. Walsh
Based on characters by Arthur Conan Doyle
directed by Jessica Jackson / Rated PG / Mainstage Theatre

An anonymous note, a fearful wife, and a pair of curious shoes? Sounds like a perfect case Holmes and Watson. Ah but there’s a twist: Miss Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Dorothy Watson sleuth their way through the twists and turns of this classic mystery. The Chicago Tribune calls it “a cunning and highly enjoyable gender-bent take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s maddeningly brilliant detective.” If you fancied Around the World in 80 Days, you’ll love the lightning-quick pace and skillful character swaps of Miss Holmes. The game’s afoot!

Genre: Detective, Mystery, Suspense
Rating PG for some suspense



Barefoot in the Park

by Neil Simon
directed by Michael Perlman / Rated PG / Ruth Theatre

Corie is a romantic free spirit. Paul is a conservative young lawyer. This classic romantic comedy follows these six-day-old newlyweds as their dream marriage and five-story walk-up apartment fall apart in front of their very eyes. This hilarious and profoundly touching 1963 play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon explores universal questions about love, compatibility and relationships. Sometimes unpacking the emotional baggage is the biggest move of all.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Rating: PG for mild language



Guadalupe in the Guest Room

by Tony Meneses
directed by Sara Guerrero / Rated R / Ruth Theatre

Guadalupe has lost a daughter, Steve has lost a wife, and neither of them can find enough common ground to talk about it. Coupled with the fact that neither of them can speak the other’s language, they find a new way to connect: through an unlikely love of Telenovela–the wildly popular Latin American soap opera. How can such different people come together and take a step toward healing? Guadalupe offers a profound look into the complexities of language, grief, loneliness, love, laughter, and new beginnings.

Genre: Drama
Rating: R for some strong language, adult content



The KID Show

Abandoned Way Out West
Written and Directed by Diana Burbano
Rated G / Ruth Theatre

Aquilina is a clever, courageous, and imaginative girl who leads a group of orphans in a recently abandoned wild west town. Will the railroad town disappear completely? Will Aquilina and her crew be sent to orphanages around the country? Join us to find the missing deed and solve the mystery of their town’s original founders!

Now in its 16th season The KID Show program will continue to empowered young creative minds to develop and produce a new play alongside professional mentors. This program has been recognized four consecutive years by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.



Boomtown Season 12

Rated PG-13 / Ruth Theatre

Twelve is the age when almost-teenagers get impatient for their upcoming transition to semi-adulthood. When they get to stay home after school alone. Little do they know their parents tremble in their beds at night, dreaming of a world where children do their own laundry and don’t complain about the reheated burger for dinner because sometimes mom just WANTS SOME TIME TO HERSELF. Ahem. Anyway, you know what all this means. Boomtown Improv is back. We’re twelve. And we’re unsupervised. Bring the popcorn.

Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG-13 for some language and adult themes