Theater

Cotuit Center for the Arts produces 6 or 7 main stage productions and a dozen or so black box productions each year. We also have a monthly staged reading series held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  We welcome suggestions for future productions.

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Opening Weekend SNAP and Student Rush Tix!
Present your SNAP card or Full-time Student ID at the box office during the hour before curtain and get HALF-PRICE admission! 
Cotuit Center for the Arts -- Making the arts accesssible, thrilling, and nurturing for all.

Turn your evening of theater into an awe-inspiring experience with a Dinner + Show Package.  Cotuit Center for the Arts is pleased to partner with Villagio at the Regatta in Cotuit to offer a delicious pairing of dinner and entertainment that you won't soon forget.  

Dinner + Show package is available for our main stage theater productions.  Click here for details.

 

FROG: A Modern Fairy Tale

Opens August 13

Theater Under the Stairs’ original family show has everything you need to make a great fairy tale: talking pigs, magical butlers, evil car mechanics, French kittens, and of course one fantastic frog!  Don’t miss this hilarious play in the beautiful, air conditioned Cotuit Center for the Arts mainstage. Fun for all ages!

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ASA Seeding Tomatoes 2017 Tour

Monday, August 21, 8:00 pm in the Art Studio
FREE! 

ĀSA Theatre remounts their original work Seeding Tomatoes on Cape Cod! Seeding Tomatoes is a down and dirty amuse-bouche of choreographic theatre, storytelling, and power women on the verge. Buckle up for a ride into kinesthetic abandon! And it's FREE!!

Free admission, but reservations strongly recommended -- click here! 

AUDITIONS: Annie

August 25 & 26

Director Jay Stewart is holding auditions for Annie, our holiday musical.

Come prepared to sing a song from Annie or a show tune (any show -- bring sheet music!) -- from memory.  Be prepared to move and to read from the script. Auditions will be painless, quick, and fun!

AUDITIONS: Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

August 27 & 28

Auditions for Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens
A cycle of songs and monologues by Bill Russell (Side Show, Unexpected Joy) and music by Janet Hood. 
Presented in the Black Box at Cotuit Center for the Arts
Performances: November 9-12, 16-19, 24-26
Stage & Music Direction by Katie Lynch Koglin 

Rodgers, Hart, and Hammerstein

Opens September 7

From the “Garrick Gaieties” to “Pal Joey” with lyricist Lorenz Hart and from “Oklahoma” to “The Sound of Music” with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers wrote some of our most cherished music.

Come hear some of their best known and lesser known songs. Join us! Featuring vocalist Stephanie Miele, with Glenn Starner-Tate on piano and John Wall on bass.

Playpen: a 24-Hour Theater Experiment

September 9

When a bunch of actors, directors, and playwrights walk into an empty theatre, there's going to be a play. Usually, there have been years, or at least months, of work leading up to that day: playwrights agonizing, directors dramatizing, designers conceptualizing, producers maneuvering, marketers tempting, actors chop-honing.  On September 8, about three dozen theatre artists will meet as a group for the first time, do all that, and present six new short plays to a jam-packed house the following evening. We call it the PlayPen, and it's no place for the weak.

Want to be a PlayPenner? There's still time!

2nd Wednesday Theater: American Musical Singalong! “Grease”

September 13

2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

Join us in September for a sing-along rendition of the American classic Grease!  Grease is a 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School, and follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love. The score borrows heavily from the sounds of early rock and roll.

NOW: The Songs of Karen Carpenter

September 14-17

We are proud to present the return engagement of last year’s hit musical revue, NOW: the Songs of Carpenter, created by Ruth Condon of Brave Horse Music.

Now will explore the musical life of Karen & Richard Carpenter through their music, interspersed with audio & video recordings and projected images. The title of the show comes from Karen’s last recording session in the spring of 1982 which was released posthumously on her album “Voice of the Heart” in the fall of 1983.

One Man, Two Guvnors

Opens October 5

Come laugh with us! This uproarious comedy features slapstick at its nest, with actors falling down stairs, slamming doors, using double entendre, and interacting with the audience. The permanently ravenous Francis Henshall finds himself working for both a gangster and a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, extortions, and romantic associations. To prevent discovery, Francis must do everything he can to keep his two guvnors apart. 

2nd Wednesday Theater

October 11

A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

Hannah with an “H”

October 12-29

Join Cotuit Center for the Arts favorite Hannah Carrita and her inimitable music director Henry Buck for an evening of music featuring songs by the women who have inspired Hannah's love for music, and some anecdotes of her life and theater adventures along the way. And you never know which of her Cape Cod musical theater friends will be joining her for the fun!

2nd Wednesday Theater: The Money Shot

November 8

2nd Wednesday Theater: a monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works. November 8 we present The Money Shot, by Neil LaBute.

Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

November 9-26

Celebrate love, life, and the connections we have with one another!  

Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a cycle of songs and monologues by Bill Russell (Side Show, Unexpected Joy) and music by Janet Hood. 

Annie

November 21-December 17

The timeless story. The classic characters. The unforgettable songs. The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals.  Join Annie on her spirited journey from a next-to-nothing start at an orphanage run by the wickedly funny Miss Hannigan to finding her ideal family with big-hearted billionaire Daddy Warbucks.

Christmas Shorts

December 7-23

Come to the Black Box Theater for some Christmas fun in December! We will be presenting Christmas Shorts, five merry little comedies by Matt Hoverman, directed by Melinda Gallant.

A celebrated Winner of the 2009 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, playwright Matt Hoverman brings an evening of hilarious short holiday comedies to the stage. Christmas Shorts offers five original plays that humorously comment on holiday themes: family, the nativity, Xmas cards, and elves. An outstanding Christmas collection!

2nd Wednesday Theater: Dec. 2017

December 13

A monthly play-reading of rarely-performed classic, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works.

A Christmas Carol

December 19-21

The spirit of the season comes to life in this magical one-person performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Barnstable native Neil McGarry brings Ebenezer Scrooge’s holiday tale of redemption to the main stage at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.