From the end of this month through the end of July, theatergoers will be treated to a summer full of music, comedy and nostalgia at the Huron Playhouse.
All shows run Tuesday-Saturday, with performances at 8 p.m. nightly. Ohio’s oldest continuing summer theatre and a division of the BGSU Department of Theatre and Film, the playhouse is in the old McCormick School on Ohio Street in Huron.
The season opens June 29 with “The Melody Lingers On,” a celebration of the music of Irving Berlin. Through song and dance, this musical revue highlights the contributions to American culture of the prolific composer, known for such classics as “White Christmas” and “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” along with his 62-year love affair with his wife, novelist Ellin MacKay.
From July 6-10, the playhouse troupe explores “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s hilarious and ingenious tale of mistaken (and misrepresented) identity. Two English dandies who conveniently use imaginary friends and relatives to escape unwanted social obligations find their deceptive ways backfiring on them when they fall in love.
The world of the 1950s, as played out in a Catholic school, gets comedic treatment in “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” playing July 13-17. The musical tracks the growing pains and trying moments of the adolescence of eight children, as remembered by two, now adults.
July 20-24 brings “The Curious Savage,” by playwright John Patrick. The lively story centers on the adventures of Mrs. Ethel Savage, who wants to make the best of the fortune left her by her husband, in spite of the efforts of her stepchildren to get their hands on it. Placed by them in a sanatorium, Mrs. Savage uses the help of her fellow inmates to establish a fund to help others.
The season ends with a flourish July 27-31 when Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “State Fair” comes to the playhouse. The duo’s only musical originally written for the screen, the story follows the Frake family, who leave their Iowa farm for three days at the fair. As the parents pursue blue ribbons, the kids seek romance and adventure. The Academy Award-winning score and delightful story make “State Fair” ideal family entertainment.
Season passes are available for $65 each. Individual tickets are $16 for adults; $14 for students and senior citizens; $11 for children under 12, and $13 apiece for groups of 15 or more. All seats are reserved. The phone lines open Wednesday (June 16). Call 419-433-4744 for reservations. The ticket counter opens June 21.