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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Summer Place Theatre Announces Season & Directors


You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Harvey, and Joseph will take the stage for Summer Place

The Summer Place  has announced its 2012 season with performances in June, July and August, returning to the Auditorium at Naperville Central High School to present its summer shows.

The season opens with “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” under the direction of Naperville native Matt Whalen on June 15, 16, 1 7, 22, 23, 24. This original charmer from 1967 based on the characters of Charles Shultz comes to life with music and lyrics by Clark Genser. A typical day in the life of Charlie Brown is sure to bring much happiness to the stage as the Peanuts Gang sings, dances, and make you laugh.

The comedy, “Harvey,” performs July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23. Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy with its gentle humor introduces us to Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary pal, Harvey – a six foot rabbit. Is Elwood crazy or eccentric? The production will be directed by Billy Surges.

Finishing the summer season, is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s early collaboration takes the famous Bible story and adds infectious tunes, clever lyrics, and a little bit of Elvis to put some rock ‘n roll into your summer. The show performs July 27, 28, 20, August 3, 4, 5. Tom Reiser will direct “Joseph.”

Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling the Summer Place Box Office at (630) 355-7969.

FYI: The Summer Place Theatre has been Naperville’s community theatre, founded by Donald Jamison and Dr. Donald Shanower of North Central College in 1966. The first seasons were held in a circus tent on an empty parking lot with seats donated by a local movie house. After several tornadoes the site was replaced with an outdoor pavilion, which, thanks to the Great Blizzard of 1979, was again replaced. Since then the company moved to Naperville Central High School and has remained a part of the community since its inception.

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