QUINCY — Quincy Community Theatre will celebrate its 85th season with a lineup of eight performances that balances classic and contemporary and celebrates hope and happiness. A season reveal party was held Thursday night in the large shelter house at Upper Moorman Park.
“In crafting the season for 2022, I wanted our audiences to experience sheer theatrical joy,” Artistic Director Brandon Thomsen said in a press release. “Each show selected will bring the audience a thrill and remind them why there is nothing like live theatre. ‘Life is banquet,’ Auntie Mame would say, and everyone in the community has a seat at the QCT table.”
The 2022 season ticket consists of:
By Jerry Herman, Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee and Patrick Dennis
April 1-3 and 7-10
When young Patrick is plucked from his rural upbringing in Iowa to live with his wildly enthusiastic New York socialite Auntie Mame, he swiftly learns “life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Mame’s captivating optimism and zest for life endear her to (almost) everyone she crosses paths with. Packed with musical theatre classics such as “It’s Today” and “We Need a Little Christmas,” Mame will leave you feeling exhilarated and full of hope.
LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL
Music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin | Book by Heather Hach
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
July 14-17 and 21-24
Look out Harvard. Here comes Elle Woods! Determined to win back her boyfriend and prove she’s more than a pretty sorority girl, Elle and her adorable chihuahua, Bruiser, tackle stereotypes, the Ivy League and the courtroom in this inspiring musical that raises the bar on comedy.
By Tim Firth
September 9-11 and 15-18 — The ladies are taking it all off for a good cause. Determined to honor their late friend, a tight-knit group of friends poses for an “alternative” nude calendar as a cheeky fundraiser. When they suddenly become an international sensation, the ladies find both their self-confidence and friendships challenged. Based on a true story, this play offers laughs and life lessons for all seasons.
FLORA & UNLYSSES
Based on the book by Kate DiCamillo | Adapted for the stage by John Glore
Flora Belle Buckman, an imaginative 10-year-old, is in for a surprise when she witnesses an incident involving a self-propelled vacuum and a squirrel. This adventurous and heartfelt story of flying superheroes, poetry and friendship will delight audiences of every age.
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: THE MUSICAL
Book by Rachel Sheinkin | Music by Rachel Portman | Lyrics by Donna Di Novelli
Based on the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
December 8-11 and 15-18
You remember the treasured TV series. Now watch as Laura Ingalls takes to the stage. With her signature tenderness and light-hearted humor, Ingalls brings us along her family’s journey through song, dance and captivating storytelling. Prepare to be swept away into the tumultuous, but ever uplifting, life on the prairie, live!
Family/student theatre productions for 2022 are:
YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN
By Clark Gesner, Michael Mayer, Andrew Lippa and Charles M. Schulz
The gang’s all here as Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters come to life in this joyful, Tony Award-winning musical. Join Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Sally and Snoopy as they navigate their daily struggles with humor, charm and song while learning what true happiness is all about.
By Stephen Gregg
June 11-12 and 17-18
Last year in suburban California, every person in the audience of a theatre production fell unconscious — except one. A group of actors recreate interviews with witnesses, loved ones, first responders and investigators in an attempt to unravel the truth of the incident. But as the strands weave together into an increasingly dangerous web, it becomes clear that the phenomenon may be more dangerous — and widespread — than anyone imagined. Unnerving, exhilarating, and wildly inventive, Trap is unlike anything you’ve seen on stage.
QCT also offers a touring production each spring to local schools, libraries and community facilities. The production and students change from year to year, but the goal remains to expose as many students as possible to the performing arts.
This season’s production is:
By Kathryn Walat
Available to tour in April and May
Ten-year-old Violet is determined to show the world, not to mention the cool kids at school, just how special she is. With the help of her assistant Freddy, she sets out to break a world record, but becomes accidentally extraordinary when she’s struck by lightning — twice — and gains control over all things electric. Under the name Miss Electricity, Violet zaps her way through circuits, bullies and tests, but she could lose everything when the power goes to her head.
Audiences can catch every moment of the 2022 season and save up to 26 percent with season tickets. Packages are available for all schedules. Current season ticket holders may renew their seats beginning Oct. 11. Current fixed season ticket holders are guaranteed their 2020 seats through Oct. 22. New subscribers may buy season tickets beginning Oct. 25. Season tickets are available until April 15, 2022.
For more information about the 2022 season, call the QCT Box Office at (217) 222-3209. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.