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Hope Summer Repertory Theatre opens June 17

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 10:57 AM

Opening the season is “Children of Eden” by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird. Freely based on the biblical story of Genesis, “Children of Eden” is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous musical examination of the conflict between parents and children. Performances are at 8 p.m. June 17-18, 23 and 30; July 12, 16, 25 and 30; and Aug. 5 and 12. 

In the frothy style of Alan Ayckbourn, “Taking Steps” — opening on June 24 — is a wild ride in mistaken identity, misunderstandings and dysfunctional relationships in a ridiculous farce spanning just one night spent in a haunted house. Performances are at 8 p.m. June 24-25 and 29; July 1, 7, 14, 20 and 26 in the DeWitt Theatre. 

“Return to the Forbidden Planet” by Bob Carlton, a returning HSRT musical favorite, opens July 8.  Come aboard the starship Albatross on a routine scientific survey flight. Performances are at 8 p.m. July 8-9, 13, 15, 21 and 28; and Aug. 3, 6, 9 and 11 in the DeWitt Theatre.

The season continues on July 22 with one of the best-loved stories ever told of immigrants in America, “I Remember Mama” by John Van Druten. This timeless play is based on the book “Mama’s Bank Account” by Kathryn Forbes — which became a hit play, a radio and TV show, and a movie. The oldest daughter in this family of tight-knit Norwegian immigrants in San Francisco at the turn of the century takes us through her memories of their struggles with family conflict, loyalty, crisis and financial problems — but most of all, her memories of Mama. Performances are at 8 p.m. July 22-23, 27 and 29; and Aug. 2, 4, 8, 10 and 13 in the DeWitt Theatre. 

Opening on Aug. 1 in downtown Holland’s Knickerbocker Theatre on August 1st is “Guys on Ice,” with book and lyrics by Fred Alley and music by James Kaplan. In a cold world, on a cold day, on a frozen lake, it is a secret culture that thrives right here amongst us. With music and comedy, enter the world of the ice fishing culture and Green Bay Packer-obsessed Wisconsinites. The shows are at 8 p.m. Aug. 1-2, 4, 8 and 10.

HSRT Children’s Troupe shows open June 22. The troupe will be performing “How I Became a Pirate” by Alyn Cardarelli and Steve Goers, based on the book by Melinda Long; and “The Borrowers,” based on the novel by Mary Norton, and adapted for stage by Charles Way, in the Studio Theatre in the DeWitt Center.

Tickets are now on sale through the DeWitt and DeVos Fieldhouse ticket offices. Prices range from $10 to $26 for musicals, and $8 to $19 for plays. Season ticket prices are $48 to $85. 

The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning June 13, the ticket office is open at noon on Saturdays.

On performance dates, the DeWitt Ticket Office will be open through intermission. The ticket office is located in DeWitt Cultural Center at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. For tickets, call 616-395-7890.


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