The Huron Playhouse celebrates the rich heritage of American musical theatre as the playhouse opens its 61st season with “A Grand Night for Singing.” The genius of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein shines in the award-winning musical revue.
“A Grand Night for Singing” will run Tuesday (June 30) through Saturday (July 4). The original Broadway production of the revue (featuring Sandusky native and Huron Playhouse alumna Lynne Wintersteller) was hailed as an innovative and “terrifically up-to-date” tribute to the remarkable songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Musical numbers include selections from “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” “The Sound of Music” and “The King and I.”
Curtain time for all the season’s productions is 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays at the McCormick Middle School at 325 Ohio St. in Huron.
“Over the River and through the Woods,” by Joe DiPietro, will be staged July 7-11. The poignant comedy follows the action as two sets of doting, Italian-American grandparents conspire to keep their beloved grandson in New Jersey and not following his dream job to California.
Next up will be “The 1940s Radio Hour,” from July 14-18. The Broadway hit, by Walton Jones, takes audiences back to 1942, when families around the country tuned in for entertainment and a respite from the world at war. Singing, dancing and vintage commercials bring the bygone era to life.
The fourth production of the season is Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town,” produced in recognition of Huron’s bicentennial. Beautiful in its simplicity, the play is a tender look at a small town and its inhabitants. The playhouse production will feature an adult choir and a children’s choir of area residents. “Our Town” will be staged July 21-25.
The season will conclude with “The Secret Garden,” by Marsha Norman, from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. As a lonely orphan and her invalid cousin restore a secret, shuttered garden, their spirits become revived as well in this English tale playing July 28-Aug. 1.
Ticket prices for all Huron Playhouse productions are $13 for students and senior citizens, $15 for other adults and $10 for children under 12. Season passes are $60. For reservations and further information, call 419-433-4744. The box office at McCormick School is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.