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Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre announces virtual benefit production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

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The Lyceum Announces: Virtual Benefit of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Arrow Rock, MO, November 2, 2020 –

The Arrow Rock Lyceum theatre will offer its beloved holiday version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, originally adapted for the stage by Lyceum Producing Artistic Director Quin Gresham in 2014, this holiday season – but with a twist.

       Gresham has created an innovative new adaptation this fall in order to present the classic in an entirely unexpected medium – digitally streaming, online. There will be two performances, December 22 and 23 at 7pm.

The show, which will be something between live theatre and a radio drama, will feature the names and faces The Lyceum audience knows and loves. “Our audience expects a lot from this annual tradition,” said Gresham. “Ryan Zirngibl, our resident technical director and scenic designer, and I have cooked up a fun and unique form of storytelling—it will be visual, it will be musical, and, happily, it won’t involve anyone logging into Zoom! I’m delighted by our sizable cast, made of Lyceum favorites from season past, present, and future.” More information on the production cast will be released at a later date.

       This production is a benefit fundraiser for the theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which relies on the generous support of businesses and individuals to further its mission to develop, enrich, and engage its audience through professional theatre. The theatre will take digital reservations through the Eventbrite platform (visit www.lyceumtheatre.org for a link to the site and additional information) with a suggested minimum donation of $10 and up. A link directing audience members to the performance will be emailed to anyone who made a reservation on the day of the show.

       Donors will have the option to enhance their virtual experience of the show by adding the purchase of three scented Fiddlehead Candles to their reservation, at $25/order (which includes shipping). These scents will correspond with particular scenes during the show and will evoke another level of holiday spirit. And of course, they may be enjoyed even after the event concludes. In order to receive the candles on time, The Lyceum suggests guests should make their purchase no later than December 5; the theatre will need to contact patrons to confirm mailing information and the candles will be shipped directly from New York.


A Christmas Carol Cancellation Announcement

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A Christmas Carol Cancellation Announcement

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

We are exploring new and safe ways that we might deliver this timeless story of Christmas to our Lyceum supporters – please be sure to follow our social media accounts if you don’t already, or request to join our email mailing list, for updates.

If you have a reservation for this show and are able, please consider donating your purchase back to The Lyceum. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatre, we depend on the generosity of businesses and individuals to survive, and this year is an unprecedented challenge for our industry and for us in particular. If you are unable to donate your tickets and do not wish to talk to us about other arrangements, your tickets will be automatically moved to our 2021 season.

Please note, the linked form applies to our production of A Christmas Carol only. Please complete this form even if you filled out one or more of our previous postponement forms this season.

As always, thank you for your time and for your generosity. We truly would not be here today without your support.


In loving memory of Henry J. “Hank” Waters III

We are heartbroken to report that legendary Missouri newspaperman and Lyceum hero Hank Waters passed away August 20, 2020 at the age of 90. Today we honor Mr. Waters, without whom there would be no Lyceum history.

Hank’s importance to The Lyceum cannot be overstated. Not only had he served on The Lyceum’s board of directors continuously since the 1960s, it is an indisputable fact that The Lyceum would not exist today without his steadfast refusal to let her fail and his enthusiasm for all of the ways in which she might flourish and expand. We send our love and condolences to Hank’s wife, Vicki, and his family.

Both the Columbia Missourian and Columbia Daily Tribune have published obituaries in honor of Mr. Waters. Here are links to each:
The Columbia Daily Tribune
The Columbia Missourian


2020 Season Postponed Through November

On behalf of The Lyceum’s board of directors and staff:

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the postponement of the remainder of our summer/fall programming: Murder on the Orient Express, Our Town, Charley’s Aunt, and Heartbreak Hotel.

We have also postponed our trips to London and New York to the spring, as well as our special presentations of Count Basie Orchestra and Don Schlitz. Our Murder Mystery Weekend is postponed to October 2021.

In a statement from the Saline County Health Department, Administrator Tara Brewer said:
“Our hearts are broken that The Lyceum is postponing the remainder of its season through November, but in this uncertain time this is best for their actors, employees and patrons. Saline County Health Department supports The Lyceum in this difficult decision, and agree that opening the doors at this time may be an unnecessary risk.”

We will continue to evaluate the practicality of A Christmas Carol in the coming months.

Through a careful examination of the economic ramifications and potential public health impact of continuing our season in August, and after hearing from you, we have made the difficult decision that it is in the best interest of all of us to wait until next year to celebrate our 60th Season. We firmly believe this was the only decision that will allow us to reopen ready and strong in 2021 – and get back to filling your summers with Lyceum magic!

For those of you who have tickets to the remaining shows, we ask you to fill out our ticketing form (see button above for the link – it is important to complete this form even if you had tickets to the first three shows and previously completed that ticketing form) to let us know how you’d prefer for us to handle your ticket purchase for these shows. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to take care of you.

If you can, please consider turning your ticket(s) into a tax-deductible donation. If you convert your ticket to a donation, it will double in value for us thanks to a special challenge grant of $100,000 has been made possible by: Stan & Kay Kuecker with a lead gift, Hank Waters & Vicki Russell, Orscheln Farm & Home, John Landrum, Rita Burnstad, Dave & Nancy Griggs, and Rich & Debbie Lawson.

You can also transfer your ticket(s) to corresponding date(s) in 2021 (see chart below for reference).

Finally, we miss seeing you, Lyceum Family. We will weather this storm together and celebrate our reopening with renewed enthusiasm and joy next year! Stay safe, stay healthy and we will see you again soon. Please note our box office is currently closed to in person visits and operating by phone during limited business hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.); we will be reaching out to ticketholders for these productions as needed.

POSTPONEMENT DATE CHART:

Murder on the Orient Express:
Friday, 08/07/20 – 7:30 pm: Friday, 08/06/21 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 08/08/20 – 2:00 pm: Saturday, 08/07/21 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, 08/08/20 – 7:30 pm: Saturday, 8/07/21 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, 08/09/20 – 2:00 pm: Sunday, 08/08/21 – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, 08/11/20 – 2:00 pm: Tuesday, 08/10/21 – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 08/12/20 – 2:00 pm: Wednesday, 08/11/21 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, 08/13/20 – 2:00 pm: Thursday, 08/12/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 08/14/20 – 2:00 pm: Friday, 08/13/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 08/14/20 – 7:30 pm: Friday, 08/13/21 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 08/15/20 – 2:00 pm: Saturday, 08/14/21 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, 08/15/20 – 7:30 pm: Saturday, 08/14/21 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, 08/16/20 – 2:00 pm: Sunday, 08/15/21 – 2:00 pm

Our Town:
Wednesday, 08/26/20 – 2:00 pm: Wednesday, 08/25/21 – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 08/26/20 – 7:30 pm: Wednesday, 08/25/21 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, 08/27/20 – 2:00 pm: Thursday, 08/26/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 08/28/20 – 2:00 pm: Friday, 08/27/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 08/28/20 – 7:30 pm: Friday, 08/27/21 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 08/29/20 – 2:00 pm: Saturday, 08/28/21 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, 08/29/20 – 7:30 pm: Saturday, 08/28/21 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, 08/30/20 – 2:00 pm: Sunday, 08/29/21 – 2:00 pm

Charley’s Aunt:
Wednesday, 09/09/20 – 2:00 pm: Wednesday, 09/08/21 – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 09/09/20 – 7:30 pm: Wednesday, 09/08/21 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, 09/10/20 – 2:00 pm: Thursday, 09/09/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 09/11/20 – 2:00 pm: Friday, 09/10/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 09/11/20 – 7:30 pm: Friday, 09/10/21 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 09/12/20 – 2:00 pm: Saturday, 09/11/21 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, 09/12/20 – 7:30 pm: Saturday, 09/11/21 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, 09/13/20 – 2:00 pm: Sunday, 09/12/21 – 2:00 pm

Heartbreak Hotel:
Wednesday, 09/23/20 – 7:30 pm: Wednesday, 09/22/21 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, 09/24/20 – 2:00 pm: Thursday, 09/23/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 09/25/20 – 2:00 pm: Friday, 09/24/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 09/25/20 – 7:30 pm: Friday, 09/24/21 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 09/26/20 – 2:00 pm: Saturday, 09/25/21 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, 09/26/20 – 7:30 pm: Saturday, 09/25/21 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, 09/27/20 – 2:00 pm: Sunday, 09/26/21 – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, 09/29/20 – 2:00 pm: Tuesday, 09/28/21 – 2:00 pm
Wednesday, 09/30/20 – 2:00 pm: Wednesday, 09/29/21 – 2:00 pm
Thursday, 10/01/20 – 2:00 pm: Thursday, 09/30/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 10/02/20 – 2:00 pm: Friday, 10/01/21 – 2:00 pm
Friday, 10/02/20 – 7:30 pm: Friday, 10/01/21 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 10/03/20 – 2:00 pm: Saturday, 10/02/21 – 2:00 pm
Saturday, 10/03/20 – 7:30 pm: Saturday, 10/02/21 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, 10/04/20 – 2:00 pm: Sunday, 10/03/21 – 2:00 pm


We need your input!

Lyceum Family:

We need to hear from you!

Reopening the theatre is an important and complex decision in which we must consider current state and local health guidelines, theatre-specific regulations, and of course the insights provided by you, our audience.

This anonymous survey is short (you should be able to complete the 9 questions in under five minutes) but will help us figure out the logistics of reopening in the best manner possible. We look forward to your response!


FIRST THREE PRODUCTIONS POSTPONED

To our loyal friends and patrons,

In the interest of protecting our artists, administrative staff, patrons and community members, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the first three productions of our season (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Singin’ in the Rain, and Sister Act).

This means the 2020 season is now slated to begin in early August with our production of Murder on the Orient Express.

This is not the way we expected to begin our 60th anniversary season, but the good news is that we were able to secure the rights to produce these musicals in our 2021 season instead. If you have tickets for any or all of these shows, you have options, some of which are mentioned below.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on the generous support of businesses and individuals to meet our funding needs even during a normal season. The loss of three shows this season puts us in a challenging situation, as you might imagine. If you are able, please consider converting any tickets you may have purchased to the above shows into a tax-deductible donation, or making an additional donation to the theatre. This will help ensure we can keep our doors open and our beloved theatre staffed through this difficult season.

We are thrilled to be able to tell you that if you convert your ticket to a donation, your gift will double in value for us, thanks to a special challenge grant of $100,000. This has been made possible by: Stan & Kay Kuecker with a lead gift, Hank Waters & Vicki Russell, Orscheln Farm & Home, John Landrum, Rita Burnstad, Dave & Nancy Griggs, and Rich & Debbie Lawson.

Converting your purchase to a donation, if you are able, is truly the best way to help The Lyceum survive this crisis.

If you have seats reserved for one or all of the above musicals, whether through a subscription package or a single ticket purchase, your reservations can automatically transfer to the 2021 season (see below for a chart with corresponding dates). If you would like to keep your ticket but think you may want to switch to another show time, we will make an exchange period available early in January 2021, before tickets go on sale to the general public again (a benefit normally reserved exclusively for our season subscribers).

Please do not try to contact our box office at this time, as our staff members are all working remotely. You can help us most by filling out our ticketing form (click link below) so you can tell us how you’d like for us to handle your purchase. Please respond, if you can, no later than June 3.

For more complicated questions, we will contact you directly to make sure we take care of you on an individual basis.

We appreciate your patience during this time as we are operating with a skeleton crew and have a lot of loyal patrons to contact! You can best help us by completing the form below, if you have reservations to one or more of these shows. We appreciate your patience as we work hard to reach out to individuals, as needed, during the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Quin Gresham, Producing Artistic Director
Steve Bertani, Managing Director

SCHEDULE OF CORRESPONDING DATES FOR SHOWS MOVING TO 2021:

The Little Mermaid
Wednesday 6/3/2020 at 2:00 PM: Wednesday 6/2/2021 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday 6/3/2020 at 7:30 PM: Wednesday 6/2/2021 at 7:30 PM
Thursday 6/4/2020 at 2:00 PM: Thursday 6/3/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 6/5/2020 at 2:00 PM: Friday 6/4/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 6/5/2020 at 7:30 PM: Friday 6/4/2021 at 7:30 PM
Saturday 6/6/2020 at 2:00 PM: Saturday 6/5/2021 at 2:00 PM
Saturday 6/6/2020 at 7:30 PM: Saturday 6/5/2021 at 7:30 PM
Sunday 6/7/2020 at 2:00 PM: Sunday 6/6/2021 at 2:00 PM
Tuesday 6/9/2020 at 2:00 PM: Tuesday 6/8/2021 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday 6/10/2020 at 2:00 PM: Wednesday 6/9/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 6/12/2020 at 2:00 PM: Friday 6/11/2021at 2:00 PM
Friday 6/12/2020 at 7:30 PM: Friday 6/11/2021 at 7:30 PM
Saturday 6/13/2020 at 2:00 PM: Saturday 6/12/2021 at 2:00 PM
Saturday 6/13/2020 at 7:30 PM: Saturday 6/12/2021 at 7:30 PM
Sunday 6/14/2020 at 2:00 PM: Sunday 6/13/2021 at 2:00 PM

Singin’ In The Rain
Thursday 6/25/2020 at 2:00 PM: Thursday 6/24/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 6/26/2020 at 2:00 PM: Friday 6/25/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 6/26/2020 at 7:30 PM: Friday 6/25/2021 at 7:30 PM
Saturday 6/27/2020 at 2:00 PM: Saturday 6/26/2021 at 2:00 PM
Saturday 6/27/2020 7:30 PM: Saturday 6/26/2021 at 7:30 PM
Sunday 6/28/2020 at 2:00 PM: Sunday 6/27/2021 at 2:00 PM
Tuesday 6/30/2020 at 2:00 PM: Tuesday 6/29/2021 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday 7/1/2020 at 2:00 PM: Wednesday 6/30/2021 at 2:00 PM
Thursday 7/2/2020 at 2:00 PM: Thursday 7/1/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 7/3/2020 at 2:00 PM: Friday 7/2/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 7/3/2020 at 7:30 PM: Friday 7/2/2021 at 7:30 PM
Saturday 7/4/2020 at 2:00 PM: Saturday 7/3/2021 at 2:00 PM
Sunday 7/5/2020 at 2:00 PM: Sunday 7/4/2021 at 2:00 PM

Sister Act
Thursday 7/16/2020 at 2:00 PM: Thursday 7/15/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 7/17/2020 at 2:00 PM: Friday 7/16/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 7/17/2020 at 7:30 PM: Friday 7/16/2021 at 7:30 PM
Saturday 7/18/2020 at 2:00 PM: Saturday 7/17/2021 at 2:00 PM
Saturday 7/18/2020 7:30 PM: Saturday 7/17/2021 at 7:30 PM
Sunday 7/19/2020 at 2:00 PM: Sunday 7/18/2021 at 2:00 PM
Tuesday 7/21/2020 at 2:00 PM: Tuesday 7/20/2021at 2:00 PM
Wednesday 7/22/2020 at 2:00 PM: Wednesday 7/21/2021 at 2:00 PM
Thursday 7/23/2020 at 2:00 PM: Thursday 7/22/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 7/24/2020 at 2:00 PM: Friday 7/23/2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday 7/24/2020 at 7:30 PM: Friday 7/23/2021 at 7:30 PM
Saturday 7/25/2020 at 2:00 PM: Saturday 7/24/2021 at 2:00 PM
Saturday 7/25/2020 at 7:30 PM: Saturday 7/24/2021 at 7:30 PM
Sunday 7/26/2020 at 2:00 PM: Sunday 7/25/2021at 2:00 PM


Box Office to Close Until April 24

In light of the Governor’s stay-at-home order, the Lyceum Theatre and its box office will be closed through May 3.

We will be checking messages remotely, and will return calls and emails as soon as possible.

Understanding that this is an ever-changing situation, we anticipate that adjustments to our season are likely. When and if the time comes for us to postpone performances based on the recommendation from local, state or national agencies, we will immediately notify Lyceum patrons by phone and/or email. You can also find up-to-date news here on our website, and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
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Should there be any postponement, we will take care of our audience–we are all in this together!
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Purchasing a ticket to The Lyceum is still a good idea, and in fact the best way to ensure that The Lyceum remains strong during this unusual time. If it becomes necessary to alter our plans, your ticket will still be honored when the production is rescheduled. Tickets continue to be available here on our website.
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Furthermore, if you are able, donations to The Lyceum remain the lifeblood of our organization and are more important now than ever before. We have a wonderful team at the Lyceum, and it is our hope to retain them through this difficult time so that, when we are able, we can quickly jump back into the exciting work of creating professional theatre in the heart of Missouri. Your support will make that possible.
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We sincerely hope that you, our Lyceum family, remain healthy and sane during this trying time. When the time comes, we will be eager to welcome you back to YOUR theatre!

An Important Announcement About our Upcoming Events

It is with much regret that we are canceling our 60th Anniversary Party on Saturday, May 16. We have no plans to reschedule the event at this time.

To our loyal friends and patrons,

We’ve been working hard at The Lyceum to ensure the health and safety of our audience and staff members while simultaneously evaluating a few adjustments to our schedule. We’ve postponed all of our April programming/special events, including our Theatre for Young Audiences presentation. As sad as we are to make the decision, it is necessary to abandon plans for our 60th Anniversary Celebration, originally scheduled for May 16.

We are optimistic about the future and we still plan to open our 60th Anniversary Season on June 3. If necessary, we will continue to make changes to our schedule in order to keep you and staff healthy and safe.

We will keep you apprised of any changes as they occur, via email, our website and our social media accounts. We send our love and support to all of you. Stay safe, Lyceum family!

The Lyceum is closed to public visitors for the time being and our administrative staff are working remotely. Our box office remains open for calls only at 660-837-3311 x1 – please do not try to visit us in person.

Continue to check our website, social media accounts and email updates (you can sign up for these at the bottom of this page if you don’t already receive our emails) for announcements.


60th Season Announced

The Lyceum Theatre will open its exciting new 8 show season on June 3 with the Lyceum premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The season continues with the classic Singin’ in the Rain and the new stage adaptation of Sister Act (a Lyceum premiere), followed by at the Missouri professional premiere of Ken Ludwig’s new stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and the beloved Thornton Wilder classic, Our Town. The farcical Charley’s Aunt will take audiences back to The Lyceum’s first season and leave them in stitches, and the final musical of the year, the Missouri professional premiere of Heartbreak Hotel, rounds out the fun. The season will conclude with a now beloved tradition: the seventh annual production of our unique adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

“We are excited to celebrate the Lyceum’s 60th Season in grand fashion with productions that honor our past, and new shows that demonstrate our ever-expanding future,” said Lyceum Producing Artistic Director, Quin Gresham.  

The sixtieth anniversary season runs June 3 through December 23, 2020.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid opens June 3 and runs through June 14. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” MUSICAL RATED G

“In planning next year’s season it was very important to us to include a production that audience members of all ages could enjoy. I’m thrilled to see Disney’s charming undersea adventure, The Little Mermaid, come magically to life at the launch of our big anniversary year.”  

Opening June 25 and running through July 5 is Singin’ in the RainSingin’ in the Rain is faithfully and lovingly adapted from “the greatest movie of all time,” by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay. Each unforgettable scene, song and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals. MUSICAL RATED G

“Last produced at The Lyceum during the 1993 season, the inaugural season for our current auditorium, Singin’ in the Rain is the laughter- and dance-filled celebration of that great American art form: musical theatre. And, yes, it will rain on stage!”

Running July 16 through July 26 will be Sister Act, based on the hit 1992 film. Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar-winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including for Best Musical. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community. MUSICAL RATED PG-13

“Lyceum audiences love to root for an underdog and they also love to laugh—the feel-good musical comedy Sister Act is the perfect recipe for theatrical fun!”

The season continues August 7 through August 16 with Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, famous detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. MYSTERY RATED PG

“In 2008 The Lyceum produced Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, and in subsequent years we produced seven of her other mysteries. After a few years of absence, she’s back, and we are thrilled to host the Missouri professional premiere of Ken Ludwig’s brand-new stage adaptation of Ms. Christie’s most famous whodunit. When else will you see a full train on The Lyceum’s stage?!”

Running August 26 through August 30 is the classic Thornton Wilder play, Our Town follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – die. PLAY RATED PG

“The secret ingredient in The Lyceum’s success is, without question, its location in the tiny little village of Arrow Rock. Our Town celebrates the magic of small town life while taking a universal look at life, love, and death. Our Town is easily one of the very best plays the American theatre has ever produced.”

Next in the 2020 lineup, Charley’s Aunt runs September 9 through September 13. Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil, “where the nuts come from”. Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? The problem is solved by drafting their undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. When the real aunt turns up, classic comic confusion ensues! COMEDY RATED G

“Brandon Thomas’s hilarious farce, Charley’s Aunt, appeared during The Lyceum’s very first season in 1961. We are thrilled to bring this absolutely hysterical 1892 play back to our stage as a tribute to the many artists and audience members who have kept The Lyceum thriving over six decades.”

After that, running September 23 through October 4, is the Lyceum premiere of Heartbreak Hotel. A Lyceum premiere, Heartbreak Hotel follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months. This brand new musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “That’s All Right Momma,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.” This is where the story begins… “Take a walk down lonely street.” MUSICAL RATED PG-13

“One of The Lyceum’s greatest successes was our 2016 production of Million Dollar Quartet. Rounding out our summer season is the prequel to that hit show from the same talented creators. Be among the first audience members in Missouri to see this brand new show which tells the story of Elvis Presley.”

The Lyceum season will close with a now-beloved mid-Missouri tradition, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol running from December 11 through December 23. In its own adaptation of the classic Christmas story, The Lyceum is pleased to bring to life the familiar story of a seemingly heartless miser, given one last chance at redemption by four visiting spirits. On Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes an incredible transformation as he is guided through his past, present and the possibilities of his future. A Christmas Carol’s timeless and heartwarming message, dazzling scenery and costumes, and delightful holiday music will get you and your entire family in the Christmas spirit. A PLAY WITH MUSIC RATED G

“The Lyceum Theatre has changed an awful lot in its 60 years. So has our annual production of A Christmas Carol, which will celebrate its 7th year, thanks to the generous support of LammTech in Sedalia.”

Season subscriptions go on sale September 9. Beginning on February 3, 2020, single tickets will go on sale to the general public. Senior, student, public service and child discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., and matinees are at 2:00 p.m. For ticket information, visit www.lyceumtheatre.org, call our box office at (660) 837-3311 x1, or visit us at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO. In Marshall, pick up tickets at our satellite ticketing location at Wood & Huston Bank’s main branch.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is a professional theatre located in the village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th-century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for six decades, producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416-seat theatre attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors and technical staff reside in Arrow Rock during the season as they work to bring Broadway-caliber productions to mid-Missouri audiences. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council and many other individuals and organizations throughout the region.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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Casting Announced for Swingtime Canteen

Casting is now complete for Swingtime Canteen, a Lyceum premiere. Swingtime Canteen takes place in 1944, and Marian Ames, a somewhat faded great lady of the screen, is touring for the USO as the bandleader of an all girl band. We see their show in London where they are preparing to be hooked up to an international radio broadcast. The backstage squabbling of the women triggered by the announcement that their tour is being abruptly canceled, threatens to destroy their performance. Laughs, tears, emotional fireworks, and air raids punctuate this hilarious and heart warming story which features the songs “Don’t Fence Me In,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “How High the Moon,” “I Don’t Want to Walk without You,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “Sentimental Journey,” a fast paced, 12-song Andrews Sisters medley and many more. Rated PG.

The show is directed by AMY E. JONES, who is making her debut at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Most recently, Amy directed Tony-Award-winning actress Alice Ripley in two NYC productions of Elise Forier Edie’s play, The Pink Unicorn. She also directed a premiere reading of the play Before This New Year by Liana Sonenclar with Out of the Box Theatrics (NYC). This year, she directed and choreographed The Color Purple at Riverside Center for the Arts, and All Shook Up at Flat Rock Playhouse. She has also served as director/musical director for Always…Patsy Cline at Virginia Stage and Ring of Fire at Infinity Stage, Virginia Stage and Barter Theatre. Other credits include direction of the developmental readings of new musicals Youlogy (Charlie Johnson/Ethan Andersen) and Mock ’n Roll (Scott Foster/Marcus Stevens), choreography for Broadway Backwards 8 and 9 at the Hirschfeld Theatre and Palace Theatre (Broadway), musical direction for Texas In Paris at the York Theatre (Audelco Award nomination for Best Musical Direction), and creative consultant for Cuff Me: The Unauthorized 50 Shades of Grey Musical Parody at the Actors Temple. Swingtime Canteen is choreographed by CHARLIE JOHNSON, who recently directed and/or choreographed such productions as Urinetown! (ACT Theater/5th Avenue Theater), Pageant (Sensible Theater Co.), HeadVoice (New York Musical Festival), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Flat Rock Playhouse), and Acts on a Roof (Uptown Players).

This production features MARCY McGUIGAN as Marian Ames, KELSEY BECKERT as Lilly McBain, KATIE BARTON as Jo Sterling, DANIELLE ERIN RHODES as Topeka Abotelli, and CAITLIN WITTY as Katie Gammersflugel. MEGHAN PUND, NANCY DIETZ and ANNIE LINDERS play the onstage WAC Musicians.

MARCY McGUIGAN, who plays Marian Ames, has previously appeared in such Lyceum productions as Smoke on the Mountain, Ring of Fire, Stand By Your Man, Annie and Hairspray. Her NYC credits include The Divine Sister, The Piper, Meet Me in St. Louis, Shanghai Moon, and Swingtime Canteen. KELSEY BECKERT is making her Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre debut as Lilly McBain, the saxophone and clarinetist in the band. She recently toured with Roundabout Theatre Company’s National Tour of Cabaret, and Prather Touring’s National Tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Kelsey’s other favorite credits include Cabaret and Flashdance (The Gateway), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Seven Angels Theatre), and Oklahoma! (Prather Entertainment). KATIE BARTON, plays the drummer of Marian’s band, Jo Sterling. Barton was last seen at the Lyceum Theatre as Tammy Wynette in Stand By Your Man. Other credits include include: Dyanne—Million Dollar Quartet (National Tour, Las Vegas, Norwegian Getaway), June Carter Cash in Ring of Fire, Lucy—Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville). DANIELLE ERIN RHODES, who played The Suspects in The Lyceum’s production of Murder for Two earlier this season, returns to us as Topeka Abotelli the piano-playing riveter in Swingtime Canteen. She serves as vocalist on a New American Songbook jazz album, which will debut in Carnegie Hall NYC. CAITLIN WITTY makes her Lyceum debut playing Marian’s niece, Katie Gammersflugel. She recently completed her BFA at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts in May, then spent time in Slovakia shooting a principal track in the feature film “Stand Up” with SilverArt s.r.o. It will premiere in American and European theaters in spring of 2020.

Scenic design is by Lyceum Theatre Resident Scenic Designer RYAN J. ZIRNGIBL. Mr. Zirngibl has designed many productions at The Lyceum including Les Misérables, A Christmas Carol, Million Dollar Quartet, Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. Costume Designer KAYLA PAGE is a recent graduate from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Webster University. Resident Lighting Designer RANDY B. WINDER has designed over 100 Lyceum productions including Cats, A Christmas Carol, Les Misérables, Million Dollar Quartet, and The Fantasticks. JON ROBERTSON joins us again as Sound Designer along with WALLACE McCANLESS; and IVAN DARIO CANO, in his third season at The Lyceum, is Stage Manager with McKENNA WARREN as Assistant Stage Manager.

Single tickets for Swingtime Canteen are priced at $42.00 for adults. Senior, student and children discounts are available. Special Group Rates are available as well. Performances are Sept 19 – Sept. 29, 2019. Evening performances are at 8pm and matinees are at 2pm. For tickets, visit www.lyceumtheatre.org, call (660) 837-3311, or in person at the Lyceum’s box office at 114 High Street, Arrow Rock, MO 65320. Box office hours are 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday.

The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)(3), professional theater located in the unique village of Arrow Rock, Missouri, a 19th Century National Historic Landmark. The Lyceum has been entertaining audiences in the heart of Missouri for 59 years, producing a variety of musicals, dramas and comedies. Each year, this 416-seat theater attracts professional talent from across the country to produce an eight show season (June-December). Performers, designers, directors, and technicians take residence in Arrow Rock to bring its patrons Broadway-caliber productions throughout the season. The Lyceum receives much needed support from the Missouri Arts Council.

The Lyceum Theatre is affiliated with Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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