Actors Guild of Parkersburg, Mid-Ohio Valley Players ready new productions

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The Actors Guild of Parkersburg presented “Sister Act” in November. The current season continues later this month with “Peter and the Star Catcher” opening Jan. 12.

File Photo The Actors Guild of Parkersburg presented “Sister Act” in November. The current season continues later this month with “Peter and the Star Catcher” opening Jan. 12.

PARKERSBURG — The Actors Guild of Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta will continue their current seasons with a variety of productions in 2018.

More information on the Guild is available at www.actors-guild.com and the MOVP at midohiovalleyplayers.org.

At the Guild, the first show of 2018 will be “Peter and the Star Catcher” on Jan. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21.

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands.

When the ship is taken over by pirates, the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

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The last production of 2017 from the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta was the holiday show “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by the MOVP’s Junior Players. The MOVP season continues Jan. 19 with “Always...Patsy Cline.”

File Photo The last production of 2017 from the Mid-Ohio Valley Players in Marietta was the holiday show “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by the MOVP’s Junior Players. The MOVP season continues Jan. 19 with “Always...Patsy Cline.”

* The classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented March 2-18 at the Guild.

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, “Fiddler on the Roof’s” universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.

* The classic drama “To Kill a Mockingbird” will run for two weekends between April 20-29.

It’s 1935, and racial tensions are high in Maycomb, Ala. Nonetheless, young Scout manages to live a rather carefree, privileged existence, insulated from issues of race. All that changes when she watches her father, Atticus Finch, defend an innocent man against a potential death sentence, which looms against him because of prejudice due to race. Scout begins to realize that just because society portrays something as being true doesn’t mean that it actually is fact. With the help of Atticus, and her older brother Jem, Scout learns that “growing up” often means doing what is right, even when it comes at great cost.

* Another classic musical will be “Little Shop of Horrors” which will be presented June 15-30.

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” after his coworker crush.

The foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination.

* The final show of the season will be the musical “The Little Mermaid Jr.” from Aug. 3-12. This will be the Guild Builders production of the season.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home and her fins behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.

In Marietta, the MOVP will feature a variety of shows. After the start of the new year, the MOVP will present “Always, Patsy Cline” from Jan. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28 and Feb. 2 and 3.

More than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963, the show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The show includes many of Patsy’s hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.”

* “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be presented March 9-24 at Players Theatre in Marietta.

A charming rogue contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake when he clashes with the fierce head nurse. He takes over the yard, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party. For this he faces consequences.

* “Get Smart” will be presented April 27-May 12 based on the classic television comedy.

The comedy-satire puts straight-faced Agent Maxwell Smart and the beautiful Agent 99 on a bizarre new case in which he must stop the sinister organization known as KAOS from blowing up the Statue of Liberty. Smart proceeds from one gigantic blunder to another in a spoof of all secret agent thrillers.

* The final show of the MOVP’s 2017-2018 season will be “The Ladies of Harmony” from June 15-30.

In the comedy, six church ladies arrive at Harmony Church’s fellowship hall to plan a small funeral dinner for a man they despised. While eating doughnuts, drinking coffee, and gossiping on a variety of topics including Pastor Bob’s go-go dancing fiancee, the church ladies engage in a game of “what-ifs” and “I-wish-I-hads,” and in doing so, reveal several secrets about themselves. However, the biggest shock comes the next day when an unexpectedly large crowd of mourners arrive at the funeral dinner and the ladies have to endure their most embarrassing moment yet.

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