GALION — Several major theatrical productions as well as musical entertainment will be highlights of the 2022 season at the Galion Community Theatre (GCT).
GCT officials unveiled next year’s schedule during their membership celebration and season preview held Sunday, Nov. 7.
“We’ve got several big productions coming through,” said GCT Board President Paul Sulser. “We’re doing ‘Chicago’ and ‘White Christmas’ and our youth show is ‘Seussical.’”
“We’re coming back strong. We’ve got some big shows planned,” GCT Board member Beth Anne Jarvis said.
The production schedule kicks off in February with “The Wild Women of Winedale,” a comedy written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. It’s scheduled to run Feb. 11, 12, 13. The play tells the story of Winedale, Virginia, sisters Fanny and Willa Wild and their quirky sister-in-law Johnnie Fay as they face a crossroads in their lives. Sulser said GCT has previously presented two Jones-Hope-Wooten plays: “The Savannah Sipping Society” and “The Sweet Delilah Swim Club.”
Award-winning Broadway smash hit “Chicago” is due to hit the GCT stage in June with five showings scheduled for une 17-18 and June 24, 25, 26. The musical was written in 1975 by John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics), who based their production on the 1926 play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Jarvis is directing the GCT production of “Chicago.”
Children’s musical hit “Seussical” is scheduled to run in late July. Its showings are set for July 22-23 and July 29, 30, 31. The musical comedy by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is based on the works of children’s author Dr. Seuss — primarily the books ”Horton Hears a Who!” and “Horton Hatches the Egg!”. The show debuted on Broadway in 2000.
“Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical,” based on the 1954 Paramount Pictures film of the same name starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, will be presented Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 11, 12, 13 at the Galion Community Theatre.
Music at GCT
Live music will also be a major part of the 2022 entertainment lineup, Jarvis said.
“We’ve held concerts in the past, but this is the first year that we’re doing a year-long concert series,” Jarvis said. “Every other month, starting in January, we’re holding a concert. And it will usually fall around the third week of the month.”
Following is the lineup of acts booked for next year:
• Jan. 21 — Oolong Gurus
• March 12 — The HitchHikers Band
• May 20 — Crazy Gringos
• July 15 — The Bullit Band
• Sept. 17 — Tom’s Kitchen Table
• Nov. 18 — Paul Martin’s Jazz Quintet
For ticket information about all events at the Galion Community Theatre, go to the website www.galiontheatre.org, contact the box office at 419-468-2662, or email [email protected]
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