The Old Nauvoo Playhouse, 10 N. Main, has announced its inaugural season.
The playhouse, originally scheduled to be located in the old Vista Theater in Murray, is moving into a renovated movie theater in Midvale instead, after it was discovered that remodeling of the Vista would be financially disastrous.Ric Kirschner, managing director and one of the partners in the endeavor, said the theater's premiere "mini-season" will open with "The Foreigner" (Dec. 29-Jan 23), then continue with the family musical, "My Turn on Earth" (Jan. 26-March 6), followed by the world premieres of "The Ballad of the Little Shepherd (Pagan Kings Have All the Fun)," March 9-April 17, and a new version of "Beauty and the Beast," with original music being composed by Val David Smithson (April 20-May 29), closing with the off-Broadway smash, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (June 1-July 10).
A new playwright forum is tentatively scheduled during the summer months, as well as a possible melodrama festival in connection with the city of Midvale.
Kirschner also said the Old Nauvoo Playhouse plans to schedule a series of Sunday history-oriented devotionals after the first of the year.
The Playhouse is currently winding up performances of "Saturday's Warrior" and "Star Child" in temporary quarters in the Mount Vernon Academy in Murray. Both of these musicals, playing in repertory, are scheduled to close in mid-December. There's a possibility they could be moved to the new theater in Midvale for the final two weeks, if construction on the building is completed by then.
For information on season tickets, call the playhouse at 565-9500.
-AUDITIONS FOR the playhouse's production of Larry Shue's "The Foreigner" will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 until 10 p.m., with callbacks on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the theater in Midvale.
Kirschner, who is directing, is looking for five men, 16 to 50 years of age, and two women, one 50-80 and the other 25-35. Auditioners should come prepared to read from the script.