November theatre productions

By Natalie McCollum

November. It’s like the calm before the storm. Sure, there’s Thanksgiving and the loved/hated Black Friday, but it’s a kind of pre-season before the busy December holidays hit full force. Why not take the opportunity to catch one of the many area theatre performances this month? The storm is not the only worthy attraction; there is beauty in both the before and aftermath.

Victoria Theatre Association presents An American in Paris at the Schuster Center, and ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Victoria Theatre

An American in Paris comes to Dayton on its first national tour Nov. 7-12. The Broadway hit with songs by George Gershwin earned more awards than any other musical in 2015. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony winner, Christopher Wheeldon, it tells the story of a young American soldier who stays in post-war Paris to pursue his dream of becoming a painter, and falls for a local French girl with her own ambitions for a fresh start in the aftermath of World War II.

Just in time for a certain holiday, “A Christmas Carol” arrives via the Nebraska Theatre Caravan on Nov. 28 and 29. Charles Jones’ adaptation of Dickens’ beloved tale includes a medley of traditional carols throughout the narrative. This is the most widely produced version in the nation and the tour makes stops in over 60 cities this season; so if you’re a fan of the literary classic, be sure to catch it here in Dayton.

Get tickets for either show by calling the box office at 937.228.3630 or visiting TicketCenterStage.com

The Human Race Theatre Company is in ‘The House’ Nov. 2-19

This comedy by Brian Parks and directed by Margarett Perry centers on a friendly social gathering that turns into heated discussion when it becomes apparent that two parties have vastly differing ideas. No, this is not a political stage; a middle-age couple selling their dear old home and the 30-something couple buying it clash over their visions for its future. For tickets and more information, please call the box office at 937.228.3630 or visit TicketCenterStage.com.

Dayton Theatre Guild presents ‘The Christians’ Nov. 17-Dec. 3

A finalist at the Humana Festival in 2014 and cited as the eighth most produced new play in 2016 by American Theatre magazine, this play by Lucas Hnath might be more than its title implies. A well established church with an extensive following shakes up its foundations when the pastor delivers a sermon challenging traditional beliefs. Directed by Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp, the show runs Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. throughout, as well as Saturday Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday Nov. 25 and Dec 2 at 5 p.m. For tickets and more information, please visit DaytonTheatreGuild.org or call 937.278.5993.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ at The Dayton Playhouse Nov. 3-12

This 1976 play by Ed Graczyk was first performed at the Players Theatre in Columbus, Ohio and follows the reunion of a James Dean fan club that meets at a Texas five-and-dime store. Directed by Michael Boyd, the cast includes Cheryl Mellen as Jaunita, Rachel Oprea and Samantha Stoner as Mona, Jill Proudfoot and Diana Round as Sissy, and Melissa Fowler as Stella May. For tickets please call the box office at 937.424.8477 or visit WordPress.TheDaytonPlayhouse.com/box-office/.

Playhouse South Community Theatre presents Chess: The Musical

Chess is a metaphor for romantic rivalry and the U.S.-Soviet conflict of the Cold War in this story of a group of chess players who form an international love triangle, all struggling for power in both competitions. Directed by Carrie Thurston with choreography by Nick Bellmyer, the show runs Nov. 3-12. For tickets and more information, please visit PlayhouseSouth.org or call 888.262.3792.

Sinclair Community College shows ‘Radio Plays’ Nov. 2-5

Before podcasts, radio plays were all the rage in the 1940s. Sample three contemporary examples featuring sound from the horror genre at the Black Box Theatre for a post-Halloween fright encore. Directed by Nelson Sheeley, the show is $8 general admission. For tickets, please visit Sinclair.edu/tickets or the box office in Blair Hall (Building 2) one hour prior to performance.

Wright State University presents Fiddler on the Roof Nov. 2-19

WSU Theatre Department continues its season with the most successful musical of the era. Based on the book by Joseph Stein with music by Jerry Bock, the story follows Tevye, a Jewish milkman, and his five daughters in turn-of-the-century Russia. The original Broadway production opened in 1964 and was the longest running for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed it. For tickets and more information, please visit Liberal-Arts.Wright.edu/theatre-dance-and-motion-pictures or call the Creative Arts Center box office at 937.775.2500

University of Dayton stages Grease Nov. 10-12

Speaking of the famous favorite, UD is the place to see it in a collaborative production by the Department of Music and the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program. This show takes place in Boll Theatre in the Kennedy Union with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets please visit Tickets.UDayton.edu or call the box office at 937.229.2545.

Clark State hosts Broadway tour of Kinky Boots Nov. 2

For one day only the Performing Arts Center is the tour stop for this six-time Tony Award winning musical with songs by Grammy and Tony winning pop star Cyndi Lauper. Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, the story features a family business, a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton, with an uncertain future until a charming performer in need of stable stilettos arrives and helps stabilize the business. Inspired by real-life events, the show’s theme urges steps in a different direction—to stand out rather than fit in. Take the first step by calling the box office at 937.328.3874 or visiting PAC.ClarkState.edu.

Town Hall Theatre charms (young and old!) with ‘Babe, the Sheep-Pig’ Nov. 3-5

Fall in love all over again with that adorable, plucky little pig and his farm animal companions in this children’s theatre performance based on the book by Dick King-Smith. Directed by Tom Blackbern, the production offers a special, extra event on Saturday, Nov. 4: Babe’s Barnyard Bash Pre-Show Party at 1:15 p.m. Take a tour of the theatre, enjoy snacks and games, and take a photo with the cast. For tickets and more information, please visit TownHallTheatre.org or call the box office at 937.433.8957.

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