Navasota Theatre Alliance’s board president Sheryl Brown announces the non-profit live community theatre’s 2018 season which opens February 9.
Featuring four Main Stage productions and two summer theatre camps for youth in NTA’s intimate 87-seat traverse stage, the new season features the regional premiere of Too Soon for Daisies directed by Chaz Pitman; the regional premiere of a murder mystery of sorts The Psychic directed by Jane Brewer; a Southern Fried Murder a story filled with southern charm and directed by Chaz Pitman; and the classic holiday tale A Christmas Carol directed by Earlene Rainey, who will also direct NTA’s youth camps.
The Theatre Board took a new approach in selecting plays for the upcoming season. Traditionally, the Board creates an annual list that includes unselected titles approved from previous years and screens new offerings to add to the list. This year they also invited proven directors to submit titles to bring to NTA’s stage. “Bringing these processes together has resulted in a promising season of NTA regional premieres and continues our tradition of offering comedies, mysteries, and classics that our patrons love,” explains Brown.
Opening Feb. 9, 2018 for 11 performances, Too Soon for Daisies was written by William Dinner and William Morum and follows the antics of three retired English ladies who’ve escaped from their retirement home and go to great lengths so they don’t have to go back because it is truly too soon for daisies. This play is sponsored by a leadership gift from Jo Ann Smith & Harold Urbanosky and made possible through the Hotel Tax Revenue funded by the City of Navasota through The Arts Council.
Opening April 13, 2018 for 11 performances, The Psychic was written by Sam Bobrick and is a murder mystery of sorts. The storyline follows the chaotic life of Adam Webster, a down-on-his-luck writer who in desperation to make his rent, puts a sign in his apartment window that reads “Psychic Readings $25.” Made possible through the Hotel Tax Revenue funded by the City of Navasota through The Arts Council.
Opening Sept. 28, 2018 for 11 performances, Southern Fried Murder was written by Billy St. John is a murder-mystery-comedy where the wealthy family matriarch Magnolia Capote summons her kith and kin to discuss her will. But before she could reveal her plans, she’s murdered.
Over the holiday season, NTA will present A Christmas Carol directed by Earlene Rainey, it’s the perfect treat for the whole family. Opening Dec. 6, 2018, this festive ghost story remains in the ethereal planes of the afterlife as Marley scrambles to redeem himself by reforming cold-hearted, selfish-miser Ebenezer Scrooge in just 24 hours.