Measure for Measure – Thursday, July 18, 2019; 6:30 p.m.
You don’t have to go to New York City to enjoy free Shakespeare in the Park; just head over to Green Lane Park on Thursday, July 18th!
Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company is proud to present the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Free Theatre in Parks program. This year’s production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare, will reach over 2,500 audience members in 12 communities throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.
The city is adrift in moral decay. The Duke decides to go undercover as a holy man, leaving his holier than thou deputy, Angelo, in charge to harshly enforce the strict morality laws of the city. Angelo begins his rule by making an example of Claudio, sentencing him to death for getting his fiancé with child. Claudio’s sister Isabella, a young novitiate, pleads for his life. Hypocritically, Angelo agrees to spare Claudio but at great cost to Isabella. She has an impossible choice to make. Give up her innocence or give up her brother for execution.
In Shakespeare’s bawdy and witty, dark comedy, questions of mercy, justice, corruption of power, and religious hypocrisy are explored in a thrilling story line seemingly made for today. What are the human consequences of power in the wrong hands? How can the scales of justice and mercy be leveled fairly and humanely? Join us in exploring the questions that lay at the passionate heart of William Shakespeare’s timeless and timely work.
**Parental Discretion Advised: While we are sensitive to the family nature of outdoor performance and welcome all ages, CCTC is not a children’s theatre company. Shakespeare’s play deals with mature subject matter that you may not consider appropriate for your younger children.
The Robber Bridegroom – June 20 – July 13, 2019
Drive over to Skippack (2011 Store Road, Skippack, PA – one block off Main Street) and enjoy musical theater in “the barn,” home of The Playcrafters (UPHS graduate and MMUP musician and volunteer Max Gorman is in the show!)
This southern folktale set to music is based loosely on a Grimm fairytale, exploring themes of love, infatuation, and crime to redeem a mysterious person. A colorful collection of characters, some with dual personalities brings this musical to life. Adult themes.
Cole Porter’s Anything Goes – July 11-28, 2019
Muhlenberg College Summer Theater always puts on stellar performances, and there is no reason to think that this summer will be any different.
Cole Porter’s classic jazz-age musical stands among the most beloved of the 1930s, featuring timeless standards like “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.”
A delightfully silly tale of love, deception, and hijinks on the high seas, Anything Goes features breathtaking melodies and wickedly clever lyrics by one of Broadway’s all-time great songwriters.
Tap maestra Shelley Oliver provides the spectacular choreography for a rip-roaring evening of summer fun!
Annie (Musical!) – August 2-17, 2019
DCP Theater in Telford , 795 Ridge Road, Telford, PA
One of the most famous family musicals is back! Annie resides in an orphanage run by the vicious Miss Hannigan. However, she longs to be reunited with the parents who left her 11 years ago. With the help of the other girls, she escapes the orphanage. Soon afterwards, the wealthy Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks takes Annie into his home for Christmas. Together they are determined to find her parents. During the search, Annie discovers her talents and meets exciting new people. She learns that the happiest times in life happen when they are least expected. Enjoy classic songs like “Tomorrow”, “It’s a Hard Knock Life”, and more!