Get ready for the 113th Season of Lakewood Theater. We are offering 1 dramedy, 2 farces, 2 comedies, and 3 musicals and 1 mystery/comedy. It’s a year of old favorites and brand new shows to Lakewood.
Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm
Every other Sunday at 4 pm
Every other Wednesday at 2 pm & 7 pm*
*There are no 7 pm matinees during the months of May & September
BINGO: THE WINNING MUSICAL
May 23,24,25,26 & 29,30,31, June 1
June 6,7,8,9, & 12,13,14,15
THE GAME'S AFOOT or HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
June 20,21,22,23 & 26,27,28,29
THE PAJAMA GAME
July 4,5,6,7 & 10,11,12,13
IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS & OTHER PEOPLE (that should be shot)
July 18,19,20,21,& 24,25,26,27
FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL
August 1,2,3,4 & 7,8,9,10
MAMA WON'T FLY
August 15,16,17,18 & 21,22,23,24
SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE ADVENTURE of the SUICIDE CLUB
August 29,30,31, Sept. 1 & 4,5,6,7
TOO MANY COOKS
September 12,13,14,15 & 18,19,20,21
BINGO: THE WINNING MUSICAL
Bingo: The Winning Musical is a splashy, zippy, fun new musical comedy. Let us introduce you to three wacky, lovable best friends who share an obsession. Bombastic Vern, superstitious Patsy, and ditsy, man-crazy Honey are addicted to Bingo! And no little blizzard is going to keep these die-hard players from their weekly game. Tonight is also the yearly celebration of the birth of Bingo and a tribute to its founder, Edwin S. Lowe. When the storm knocks out power at the Bingo hall, Patsy and Honey remind each other of an ominous night fifteen years ago that began in the same way. In flashback, Honey tells us about the night Vern and her best friend, Bernice, had their falling out. Predictably, Bernice's sweet, yet headstrong daughter, Alison, enters the Bingo hall in disguise - Bernice's health is failing, and Alison is determined, with the help of Bingo, to reunite her mother with her long-lost best friend, Vern. In between the number calling, strange rituals, and fierce competition, love blossoms and longtime friends reunite. With a smart, funny script and a bouncy, hummable score Bingo turns Grandma's favorite form of gambling into fun-loving musical theater. Audience members will also compete in three games for spectacular prizes! Did I hear someone yell "Bingo?" We have a winner.
Nancy Carbone Jeralyn Shattuck Tracy Stutzman
Mady Speigel Jantha Gray Nelda Chase
The time is now. The battlefield is life, The soldier is you. Hal and Cindy Savage, two bored, second-rate theater actors, cast themselves as self-help gurus - frenetic, loud-mouthed exponents of self-awareness who sell their trumped up tapes and manuals to the socially and emotionally disadvantaged. An evangelical team, dispensing their platitudes to achieve overnight success, they are now recognized as the world's most respected relationship experts. They have traded their battered suitcases and rusty car for a posh home, a maid, and a gardener. They even have a snarky agent. While their careers have skyrocketed, their marriage has taken a nosedive. Their lives are about to unravel. They are scrambling to protect their reputations as they try to conceal a body in the study, deal with a detective in the hall, and avoid a tabloid reporter on the prowl. Playwright Norm Foster goes for the funny bone and jugular in this black hearted farce. If laughter is the best medicine, this play will cure what ails ya!
Heidi Holst Tim Pomelow
Aneta Lempicka Midge Pomelow
Ed Hoyt IV Derek Preble
THE GAME’S AFOOT or HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
In the latest gem from Lakewood favorite Ken Ludwig, he "demonstrates the theatrical equivalent of perfect pitch." This murderously funny script won the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Play. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his mousetrap of a manor in Connecticut for a weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Eggnog and clever repartee are replaced by seance, murder, and mayhem. Gillette assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes to track down the killer before the next victim appears. And suspects abound: could it be the critic, the diva, the ingenue, her new husband, one of the famous couple, the mother... The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays. Give yourself the gift of laughter with this one!
Clare McKelway CJ Silva
Juan Lavelle-Rivera Meaghan Miner
MJ Clifford Raelene Keniston Jeralyn Shattuck
THE PAJAMA GAME (Classic Family Musical)
Made in America! Only American expertise could have created such a musical as this: a story about a Trade Union dispute set against a background of factory machines, played by factory hands, office workers, and shop stewards. Yet it is one of the happiest, most romantic and richly comical musicals ever crafted. The Tony Award winning musical Pajama Game opened on Broadway in 1954. It was reprised in 1973 and 2006. It is one of very few musicals to run for more than one thousand performances. Bright and brassy, this fast-paced Broadway favorite explores the dangers of a workplace romance. Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a whopping 7 1/2 cents pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well. An energetic score features popular standards including "Hey There," "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway." But you can rest easy knowing that after a company picnic, cooked books, infidelities real and imagined, jealous fits, knife-throwing, and a reprise or two, peace and love will prevail. Nothing's quite the same as the Pajama Game....
Lisa Neal Greg Wiers
Jeff Johnson Mady Speigel
Bobby Keniston Jantha Gray
Gary Dorman Marisa Murray Dawn Wiers
Derek Preble Earl Boyd Tucker Atwood Brad Thomas
and the dedicated workers at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory
IN-LAWS, OUTLAWS AND OTHER PEOPLE (THAT SHOULD BE SHOT)
In-laws, Outlaws & Other People (That Should be Shot) offers a new perspective on an old tradition: the coming together of family for the holidays. It is 6:00 PM. Janet Douglas has missed her flight home so Dad Douglas and his sarcastic 16 year old daughter Beth are preparing to be invaded by their quirky relatives for their annual Christmas Eve dinner. High strung Tony and his dimwitted side-kick Vinny have robbed a neighborhood liquor store and need a place to hide out. Gaining entrance to the family home, Tony and Vinny attempt to hold the smart-aleck teenagers, bickering adults, and nosy neighbors hostage. With outrageous characters, laugh-a-minute-dialogue, and a surprise, heart-felt ending, In-Laws, Outlaws & Other People (That Should be Shot) is a comic treasure celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. Give yourself this present.
Cory King Shelby Watson
Mark Nadeau Stan Pinnette
Nancy Carbone Bart Shattuck
MJ CLifford Jeffrey Quinn
Sue Baumgardener Regan Billings-Pearce
Nathaniel Grindstaff Bailey Dunphy Jane Ouderkirk Jen Day
FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL
An explosive musical based on the popular movie, Footloose opened on Broadway in 1998. When teenager Ren and his mom relocate from Chicago to a small rural town, he is not prepared for the rigorous local laws. Years ago, following a night of partying at a dance, a car accident claimed the lives of four local teens including the son of the local minister, Shaw Moore. In a misguided attempt to honor the victims, the reverend pushed through a town ordinance banning dancing and in the process has kept alive a memory that can only foster pain. At the emotional heart of Footloose is a boy longing for the father who walked out on him and a man aching for the son he lost. Ultimately Rev. Moore realises that only through placing trust in our young people can they become truly trustworthy. Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Footloose is propelled by the rockin rhythm of its Oscar-nominated Top 40 score, the soundtrack album having hit number one on the Billboard charts. Songs include "Let's Hear it for the Boy," "Älmost Paradise," " Holding Out for a Hero" and "Ï'm Free."
Connor Reeves Darby Martin
Kaylin Knott Wesley Burton
Mark Tanner Tracy Stutzman Nancy Carbone
Lily Webb Cassidy Dangler Derek Preble
Luke Tanner Tucker Atwood Justin Ramos
Luke Tanner Jacob Coombs Zach LaFleur
Gary Dorman Nelda Chase Tim Pomelow Dawn Wiers
featuring the teenagers of Bomont IL.
MAMA WON'T FLY
Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt lives in Alabama. Her brother lives in California and he is getting married there in four days. Savannah has promised to bring their mother Norleen to the wedding. Savannah's problem: Mama Won't Fly. The only solution...and certainly the funniest...Road Trip! Riding shotgun on this hastily conceived road trip is Hayley Quinn. The bride-to-be arrives unannounced. She has never met her future in-laws and is convinced that being crammed into a car for several days will be the perfect bonding experience As the determined, feisty daughter, her equally willful, manipulative mother, and the bubbly Hayley set out tn Mama's vintage sedan, more than bumps, detours, and pot holes await them. Their car and clothes are stolen; they have a near fatal encounter with an underwear museum: they witness the accidental homicide of a redneck Texas relative; they make a mad dash across the desert in a hijacked 18-wheeler, and they end up in Las Vegas in a brawl with an ordained showgirl/minister. As the misadventures multiply, the overwhelmed bride calls off the wedding. Norleen and Savannah must rise above their age-old mother-daughter issues to get the wedding back on track. In a surprising and heartwarming resolution, they forge an exciting new path for their own relationship and welcome Hayley into their delightfully wacky family. Fasten your belly laugh seatbelts and settle in to enjoy this ferociously funny, family-friendly comedy.
Midge Pomelow MJ Clifford
Pam Smith Diana Gram Jeralyn Shattuck
Bill Merrill James Paine Derek Preble Ed Hoyt III
SHEROCK HOLMES and the ADVENTURE of the SUICIDE CLUB
A thrilling comic mystery that will kill you.
With characters from the hand of Arthur Conan Doyle and a story from the mind of Robert Louis Stevenson, The Suicide Club is a theatrical mash-up that will kill you. In the heart of Edwardian London, in the years before World War I, behind the impassive facade of a windowless house, some of Europe's most powerful men gather to play a game whose far-reaching effects could decide the fate of Europe. The game is murder, and this is The Suicide Club. "Suicides by second party" is how an elderly gent explains the club's policy of members helpfully offing each other one by one - though whether the selection process is rigged - and if so, how, by whom and why--is a matter for the club's newest member to discern. Sherlock Holmes: brilliant, brooding, the greatest detective in the world, susceptible to the darkest of moods, is willingly playing a deadly game of chance. Does Holmes wish to die? Can his friend Dr. Watson save him? Does Holmes want to be saved? This new stage thriller features the famed sleuth in a tale full of mystery, romance, twists, and chills, Daring gambits, desperate gambles, sleight-of-hand, and deadly showdowns all play a part in a whip-smart mystery. It is intelligent, clever, teasing, seductively engaging - and just plain fun. It's elementary, my dear. Make your reservations today!
Mike Clements Cory King Clare McKelway
James Paine Stan Pinnette
Earl Boyd Raelene Keniston
Jen Day as The Club Secretary
TOO MANY COOKS
It is 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada. It is the Depression. It is Prohibition. Irving Bubbalowe knows this. He also knows that he and daughter Honey have risked everything on a new gourmet restaurant opening in a few hours - and he knows they will be a success. Their gimmick: renowned singing chef Francois LaPlouffe will be in the kitchen. What Irving doesn't know is that LaPlouffe has failed to appear and is being sought by Immigration officer Veronica Snook. The man in the kitchen is unemployed chef Frank Plunkett who wandered by looking for work. Bubbalowe also does not know that his delivery man has an illegal shipment of booze in the basement that belongs to Chicago gangster Alfonse "Noodles" Feghetti and his right hand man, Shirley. When the delivery man is shot, a teetotaler Dudley-Do-Right Mountie, Hamilton X. Effing, is ready to arrest Bubbalowe for murder and bootlegging. Madness ensues as Bubbalowe and the others create a hornet's nest of fabricated stories and identities as they try valiantly to save the restaurant and themselves from the gangsters and the law. If ignorance is bliss, Too Many Cooks is hilarious!
Marisa Murray Greg Wiers
Bart Shattuck Derek Preble Pam Smith
Ted Smith Mike Clements