Sam Bass Theatre

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Story by C.S. Lewis
Dramatized by Joseph Robinette
Directed By Laura Vohs
Nov 23 - Dec 15, 2018

(16 Flexible) This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan's resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages
Run time: 1 hour and 20 minutes including one intermission
Nov 23rd-24th, Nov 29th-30th, Dec 1st, Dec 6th-8th, Dec 13th-15th at 7:30pm;Nov 25th, Dec 2nd, Dec 9th at 2:00pm

2018 Youth Revue

Sam Bass Community Theatre presents a theatrical revue to fundraise for our Youth & Education department.
Dec 22nd at 6:00pm;Dec 23rd at 2:00pm

Laundry & Bourbon/Lone Star

Laundry & Bourbon
By James McLure
Directed By John-Paul Guerra

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Lone Star
By James McLure
Directed By Nick Wigg
Jan 10 - 26, 2019

Laundry & Bourbon
(3F) The setting of Laundry & Bourbon is the front porch of Roy and Elizabeth's home in Maynard, Texas, on a hot summer afternoon. Elizabeth and her friend Hattie are whiling away the time folding laundry, watching TV, sipping bourbon and Coke, and gossiping about the many open secrets which are so much a part of small-town life. They are joined by the self-righteous Amy Lee who, among other tidbits, can't resist blurting out that Roy has been seen around town with another woman. While the ensuing conversation is increasingly edged with bitter humor, from it emerges a sense of Elizabeth's inner strength and her quiet understanding of the turmoil which has beset her husband since his return from Vietnam. He is wild, and he is unfaithful, but he needs her, and she loves him. And she'll be waiting for him when he comes home—no matter what others may say or think.

​Lone Star
(3M) Lone Star takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, a brawny, macho type who had once been a local high-school hero, is back in town after a hitch in Vietnam and trying to reestablish his position in the community. Joined by his younger brother, Ray (who worships him), Roy sets about consuming a case of beer while regaling Ray with tales of his military and amorous exploits. Apparently Roy cherishes three things above all; his country, his sexy young wife, and his 1959 pink Thunderbird. With the arrival of Cletis, the fatuous, newlywed son of the local hardware store owner, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse as it gradually comes out that Ray had slept with his brother's wife during his absence and, horror of horrors, has just demolished his cherished Thunderbird. But, despite all, the high good humor of the play never lapses, and all ends as breezily and happily as it began.

Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages
Run time: 2 hours including one intermission
Jan 10th-12th 2019, Jan 17th-19th 2019, Jan 24th-26th 2019 at 8:00pm;Jan 13th 2019, Jan 20th 2019 at 2:00pm

Blame it on Beckett

Feb 21st-23rd 2019, Feb 28th 2019, Mar 1st-2nd 2019, Mar 7th-9th 2019 at 8:00pm;Feb 24th 2019, Mar 3rd 2019 at 2:00pm

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland
Story by Lewis Carrol
Dramatized by The Manhattan Project
Directed By Ashley Zeh
Apr 4 - 22, 2019

Alice plunges down the rabbit hole and becomes involved in that madcap and deliciously satiric series of adventures immortalized by Lewis Carroll. Dramatized as a series of fourteen episodes from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. A kaleidoscope of action and madness, with the necessary elements of suspense and frustration to make it all work.

Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages
Run time: 2 hours including one intermission

THE STORY: Everyone is familiar with Alice's antic adventures, and they are all here—but with an arresting difference. From the presumed innocence of the original is drawn a caustic and giddy revelation of the human psyche and the dark, unsettling shadows which can linger there. Freud and Jung, Kafka and Dali, all make their presences felt, in a piece of pure theatre that is full of truth, fun, terror and uncanny pertinence to our own topsy-turvy times. As T.E. Kalem comments: "ALICE is an exemplary instance of how a classic can be made 'new,' and one of the extremely rare instances of a book's being turned into a wholly satisfactory theatrical experience."
A critical and popular success in New York, as a presentation of The Manhattan Project (from the New York University School of the Arts), this exuberant, funny and strikingly pertinent version of Lewis Carroll's classic went on to enjoy the unique distinction of a record-setting world tour. "Fantastic! Indeed, add any other hooray words you like. They celebrate Andre Gregory's staging of ALICE IN WONDERLAND." —NY Times. "…an exciting, absorbing, vertiginous descent into a laughing hell." —Time Magazine.
Apr 4th-6th 2019, Apr 11th-13th 2019, Apr 18th-20th 2019 at 7:30pm;Apr 7th 2019, Apr 14th 2019 at 2:00pm

Proof

Proof
By David Auburn
Directed By Laura Vohs
May 16 - Jun 1, 2019

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father's who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness—or genius—will she inherit?

Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages

Run time: 2 hours including one intermission
May 16th-18th 2019, May 23rd-25th 2019, May 30th-31st 2019, Jun 1st 2019 at 8:00pm;May 19th 2019, May 26th 2019 at 2:00pm

Legally Blonde the Musical Jr

Legally Blonde the Musical Jr
Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin
Directed by Kerry Coward
July 18 - August 4, 2019

Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of self-empowerment and expanding horizons. The show's instantly recognizable songs are filled with humor, wit and sass – leaving cast members and audiences alike seeing pink! Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. When Elle's boyfriend, Warner, dumps her and heads to Harvard, claiming she's not "serious" enough, Elle takes matters into her own hands, crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. Befriending classmate, Emmett, and spunky hairdresser, Paulette, along the way, Elle finds that books and looks aren't mutually exclusive. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.

Age recommendation: Suitable for all ages
Run time: 1 hour and 15 minutes including one intermission
Jul 18th-20th 2019, Jul 25th-27th 2019, Aug 1st-3rd 2019 at 7:30pm;Jul 21st 2019, Jul 28th 2019, Aug 4th 2019 at 2:00pm