A Christmas Carol (First Show Performed In The Renovated Granbury Opera House)
November 29, 2013 – December 21, 2013
A Christmas Carol is the classic tail about the old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge pays his clerk Bob Cratchit only fifteen shillings a week, is rude to his nephew and refuses to take part in the Christmas spirit. Soon, the Ghosts of his former business partner (Jacob Marley), Christmas Past, Present and Future all pay visits to Scrooge. They teach him to value Christmas and to be a better person overall. After the ghosts leave, Scrooge is a changed man. He even sends a turkey anonymously to Cratchit’s family.
December 31, 2013 – January 25, 2014
The play takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This comedy-within-a-comedy captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance toward the end of the run. Each performance is portrayed from behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a backstage farce of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines!
Sweater Curse: A Yarn about Love
January 30, 2014 – February 15, 2014
January 15, 2014 – Named one of 2013’s Top 10 shows on DFW stages by the Dallas Voice, Elaine Liner’s solo comedy Sweater Curse: A Yarn about Love comes to Granbury Opera House for a three-weekend run (Thursdays-Saturdays, January 30-February 15).
Garnering five-star reviews in its debut at last summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, the play has since become a favorite of audiences and critics in North Texas. Dallas Morning News critic Joy Tipping described it as “frequently hilarious, always heartwarming and at one point I even teared up a little. Liner talks directly to the audience, and the 70-minute one-act flies by. You just feel like you’re listening to a friend who really, really needs to tell you some stories.”
TheaterJones.com critic Danielle Georgiou says, “She knows how to turn a phrase, construct an endearing story and when to break the rules.”
In the one-act play Liner interweaves stories about her obsessions with knitting, great literature (that mentions knitting, like A Tale of Two Cities), old movies (like Now, Voyager) and men worth knitting for (or not). The old “sweater curse” says a knitter should never try to knit for his or her beloved — the romance will end before the project is finished. “Yes, I have several unfinished sweaters in my past,” says Liner. “They’re symbols of what I like to think was a wild and woolly love life.”
February 20, 2014 – March 8, 2014
Two Musicals each in One Act. Book and lyrics by Barry Harman. Music by Keith Herrmann. Directed by Barry Harman.
A Streetcar Named Desire
March 14, 2014 – April 5, 2014
Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two A Streetcar Named Desire is the story of Blanche DuBois, a weak and disturbed woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. After losing their ancestral home, Belle Reve, Blanche shows up at the doorstep of her sister, Stella. However, Blanche’s snobbery wins her the instant dislike of Stella’s husband, Stanley. Stanley becomes enraged when Blanche hits it off with Stanley’s friend, Mitch. Eventually, Stanley ends up raping Blanche. However, no one believes Blanche and she is forced to go to an insane asylum.
April 18, 2014 – May 18, 2014
Performances Friday – Sunday
This immensely successful rock opera needs little introduction, but when it was first produced on Broadway in 1971 it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. And yet it is something more – a religious experience, a demonstration of joy, and a celebration of the family of man.
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