A theatre season concentrated with live stage works featuring strong women is about to begin for Muskegon Civic Theatre.
Of the five regular, mainstage plays MCT has chosen for its 2018-2019 fare, four have female characters at the fore: “Disenchanted!,” “Becky’s New Car,” “The Old Settler” and “The Women of Lockerbie.” Because of that, MCT is billing its new season as “celebrating the strength and beauty of all women.”
The fifth show is a family favorite: “Shrek the Musical,” a musical comedy based on the 2001 Dreamworks Animation movie that won the Academy Award as Best Animated Feature.
In addition, a sixth production, Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.,” will be MCT’s offering for The Penguin Project, a theatre program that offers children with special needs the opportunity to perform on stage. “Aladdin Jr.” will have two performances at the historic, downtown Frauenthal Theater, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 3 p.m. Oct. 21.
Season-ticket sales are underway and will continue until “Disenchanted” closes on Sept. 29.
Season tickets are $85 for adults, and $75 for senior citizens (65 years old and older) and students. The price represents a 27 percent savings over individual tickets, which sell for $20-$24 apiece.
MCT also is offering a Flex Pack, four tickets that can be exchanged for reserved seats, in any combination the holder desires. Flex Packs sell for $78, and will be available until Christmas 2018.
Tickets for “Aladdin Jr.” are $10.
Season tickets and Flex Passes may be ordered by calling the MCT office, (231) 722-3852, or visiting the office which is on the fourth floor of the Frauenthal Office Building inside the downtown Frauenthal Center. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
MCT’s 2018-2019 season lineup is:
• Sept. 14-29: “Disenchanted!,” a musical comedy in which the characters are fairytale princesses and heroines. Among the characters are Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle (of “Beauty and the Beast”), The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Pocahontas, Hua Mulan and The Princess Who Kissed the Frog. The show has adult themes and therefore is recommended for mature audiences.
• Nov. 16 through Dec. 2: “Becky’s New Car,” playwright Steven Dietz’s comedy about a middle-aged women intent on changing her life.
• Jan. 18-26, 2019: “The Old Settler,” playwright John Henry Redwood’s comedy about a 55-year-old African-American spinster who becomes involved with a younger man to whom she rents a room in her Harlem home.
• Feb. 15 through March 2, 2019: “The Women of Lockerbie,” playwright Deborah Brevoort’s drama about a New Jersey mother who comes to Lockerbie, Scotland searching for the remains of her son who died in the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103.
• May 2-5, 2019: “Shrek the Musical.”
“Disenchanted!,” “Becky’s New Car” and “The Women of Lockerbie” will be performed at the 169-seat Beardsley Theater inside the Hilt Building portion of the Frauenthal Center.
“Shrek” will be staged at the 1,725-seat Frauenthal Theater.
“The Old Settler” will be staged in the Black Box format, with audiences on stage with the actors at the Frauenthal Theater.
For further information, call the MCT office or visit the company’s website, http://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org.