Single tickets now on sale for Theater Works’ 2018-19 season

Lineup includes Master Works, Youth Works’ productions
The Master Works Series brings to the stage “All Shook Up,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” with the Youth Works Series offering classics such as “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Robin Hood” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
With so many offerings, there is sure to be something for everyone in the upcoming season:
 

Master Works:

All Shook Up’ runs Sept. 7 through 23
It’s 1955, and into a square little town in a square little state rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have the audience jumpin’ out of their blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”
 
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ runs Oct. 12 through 28
Multiple Hydes are portrayed by members of the cast in this new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of depravity, lust, love and horror. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London, Henry Jekyll’s experiments with exotic “powders and tinctures” have brought forth his other self — Edward Hyde, a sensualist and villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest, Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other ideas, and so the two sides battle.
 
The Red Velvet Cake War’ runs Oct. 26 to Nov. 11
In this Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. Having “accidentally” crashed her minivan through the bedroom wall of her husband’s girlfriend’s doublewide, Gaynelle is one frazzled nerve away from a spectacular meltdown. Peaches, a saucy firebrand and the No. 1 mortuarial cosmetologist in the tri-county area, is struggling to decide if it’s time to have her long-absent trucker husband declared dead. And Jimmie Wyvette, the rough-around-the-edges store manager of Whatley’s Western Wear, is resorting to extreme measures to outmaneuver a priss-pot neighbor for the affections of Sweetgum’s newest widower.
 
Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ runs Dec. 7 through 23
Theater Works’ original production of the most well-known of all holiday classics, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” returns. See the legendary transformation of an old miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. Characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim come to life with the magic only live theater can create. Spend the holidays experiencing this traditional and magical production that shows the meaning of Christmas.
 
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ runs Feb. 15 to March 3
The musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity and satirical comments on social class. The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: “A funny thing happened on the way to the theater.”
 
The Marvelous Wonderettes’ runs March 29 through April 14
This smash off-Broadway hit takes the audience to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where they meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. As attendees learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade with classic hits from the ’50s, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their 10-year reunion. The audience will learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring more than 30 classic hits from the ’50s and ’60s, “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will keep the audience smiling in this musical trip down memory lane.
 

Youth Works:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ on stage Sept. 21 to Oct. 7
The play invites the audience to run through the hallways, backways, stairways and sneaky ways on a unique, immersive adventure. “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is a top-secret mission to infiltrate an enemy submarine and capture a deadly foe. It’s a performance the audience members will never forget because they are knee-deep in the action. The final twist is an ending they’ll never expect and a difficult choice that only the audience can make. Join Youth Works’ “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” in September.
 
Elf’ runs Nov. 9 through 18
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
 
Robin Hood’ runs Jan. 11 to 27
Robin Hood, the outlaw of Sherwood Forest, leads a merry life with his followers. Anyone who is hungry or who has no place to live is welcome in the greenwood. The citizens of the forest oppose wicked Prince John. He’s taken the place of King Richard the Lion-Hearted, who has gone to the Holy Land on a crusade. One day, a caravan cuts through the wood. In the convoy is Robin’s childhood sweetheart, Maid Marian, ward of King Richard. Alas, the Sheriff of Nottingham plans to force Marian to marry the Prince in an effort to make John more acceptable to the people of England. To arms! It’s up to Robin to stop the marriage, defeat the nasty sheriff and secure Nottingham for the king’s return.
 
Beauty and the Beast’ runs May 3 through 19
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” an international sensation that has played to more than 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Tickets go on sale Jan. 7.
 
To purchase tickets, visit theaterworks.org or call the Box Office at 623-815-7930. Theater Works is at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, 10580 N. 83rd Drive.

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