Dorset Players announce 2019-20 season lineup

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DORSET — The Dorset Players will open its 92nd season Oct. 4 with "Gaslight," a Victorian melodrama by British playwright Patrick Hamilton.The community theater group's annual season at the Dorset Playhouse runs from October through May.

"The Players' seasonal schedules are developed with the diverse interests of our audience and of the community as our guide," said Lily Van Haverbeke, the Players' president. "And, this year, as in the past, there is a mix of light entertainment and the more heavily dramatic, adult fare, family shows, and a children's event."

"Gaslight," now in rehearsal, is a psychological thriller that builds to an intense and chilling climax.

The play is one of the longest-running non-musicals on Broadway, having had an original three-year Broadway engagement under the title of "Angel Street."

The theater group will stage "Elf, the Musical" in December. The musical comedy about an oversized elf is written by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan with music by Mathew Sklar and lyrics by Chad Beguelin.

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The focus on children will take over the Playhouse in late January when the Missoula Children's Theatre returns to present its current show, "The Tortoise Versus the Hare." Some 60 children will be featured in the show, all selected from the local area. The date of auditions for children will be announced in early January.

The Players' spring offerings begin in March with "On Golden Pond," the witty and touching comedy drama by Ernest Thompson. Next in the group's lineup is the 17th Annual One-Act Festival in April. The festival features an engaging mix of short plays of differing authors, time periods, styles and topics.

The Players' season will close with another musical-comedy, "Nunsense II: The Second Coming."

The original show, to which this is a sequel, was a major success for the Players when staged at the Playhouse in 2015.

Performance dates and ticket purchase information are available on the organization's website at www.dorsetplayers.org.

The Dorset Players, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that owns and operates the Dorset Playhouse and presents live theater from October through May. The Players' mission is dedicated to fostering the arts in the community through theatrical presentations and to provide growth and educational opportunities for children and adults through a variety of theatrical experiences.


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