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Brooke Hills Playhouse Announces 2020 Season and Holiday Pre-Season Pass

The Brooke Hills Playhouse is offering pre-season passes for the Playhouse’s 49th season in time for the holiday season.

According to Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the Playhouse’s parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council, the pre-season passes will cover all five main stage productions for the summer of 2020.

“We are pleased to offer another outstanding season that has something for all audiences members,” Barnhart said.

The season will open with Katherine DiSavino’s, “Things My Mother Taught Me,” a comedy about a young couple moving into their first apartment, only to be visited by both sets of parents. DiSavino is also the writer of “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” a comedy presented at the Playhouse in 2017. Savino also writes for the CW’s teen drama, “Nancy Drew.”

Another comedy will follow, with Ken Ludwig’s backstage theater comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo.” Set in 1953, the show follows the chaos that ensues when a traveling repertory company finds out that famed movie director Frank Capra will be attending one of their performances in Buffalo, New York. Ludwig’s comedies have been a regular feature at the Playhouse, with last season’s “Lend Me a Tenor” as the most recent example.

The Playhouse’s annual musical is the third show on the schedule, with a revival of one of Brooke Hills’ most popular shows of all time, “Annie,” with book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Martin Charnin and music by Charles Strause, based on Harold Gray’s classic comic strip. Whether it’s all the adorable orphans, the rousing anthem, “Tomorrow” or an appearance by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his cabinet, this show has evoked the indomitable spirit of America personified by Little Orphan Annie.

The fourth show of 2020 will be the Playhouse’s annual production by and for young actors and audiences, “Tinker Bell” by Patrick Flynn, based on the works of J.M. Barrie. All the beloved characters are there, including the title character, Peter Pan, the Darlings, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook.

The Brooke Hills Playhouse’s 49th season will conclude with “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a comedy by the team of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. The story centers around the wild preparations for the Verdeen family reunion, Jones, Hope and Wooten’s comedies have graced the Playhouse stage for many years, most recently with “Farce of Habit” in 2018.

With the pre-season passes, the Playhouse will be offering all five main stage productions for the price of four, Barnhart explained.

“With season passes, our patrons get one show free when compared to the total box office price of five individual shows,” Barnhart added.

Patrons may order their advance season passes by sending a check or money order, payable to the Brooke County Arts Council, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, to P. O. Box 186, Wellsburg, WV 26070. Patrons are asked to specify how many passes they are ordering for adults, senior citizens and students, and children under 12.

For more information, call Barnhart at 304-737-3344 or go online to www.brookehillspark.com/playhouse.

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