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Brooke Hills Playhouse to Celebrate 50th Season

Brooke Hills Playhouse will celebrate its 50th season this year with several events planned for the venue in 2021. (File Photo)

WELLSBURG — Brooke Hills Playhouse announceD its 50th season with the underlying theme of celebration to be included throughout the coming months.

According to Brooke County Arts Council President Julia Barnhart, the season’s shows focus on laughter, which always ensures a good time for Playhouse audiences. Municipal Mutual Insurance Corporation will sponsor this celebratory season.

“We are so fortunate to be able to celebrate all season long,” Barnhart said. “In addition to our four shows this season, we are hoping to provide a musical evening with some local bands on Friday, July 9. Then, on Saturday, July 10, we hope to have as many alumni back as possible to enjoy an afternoon remembering the good times followed by a slide show presentation and musical revue open to the public with mandatory reservations. We will have more specifics about this particular celebration shortly.”

The season begins with “Four Old Broads” by Leslie Kimbell and will be presented May 28-30 and June 4-6. Four senior ladies — Beatrice, Eaddy, Imogene and Maude — need a break from Bingo and macrame. They want to take a Sassy Senior Caribbean cruise. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since nurse Pat Jones began working there. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart her. Throw in a senior citizen beauty pageant, an old Elvis impersonator, a trashy makeover and a bizarre thigh exerciser incident, and you will have a laugh-a-minute evening of theater.

“Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick will run June 18-20 and 25-27. Is all fair in love? Even murder? That’s the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. The play presents a love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband in three scenes. In the first scene, the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene, the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife, but this attempt, like the others, fails.

The children’s show, “Tinker Bell,” by Patrick Flynn, will run July 23-25 and 30-31, and Aug. 1. This is Tinker Bell’s side of the story. When all the fairies in Neverland start dying, Tinker Bell comes to London to find a friend. There she meets a young boy named Peter Pan who has just run away from his family so he can be a little boy forever and have fun. When Tink takes Peter to Neverland, all sorts of wonderful and amazing things happen: flowers grow, animals appear and pirates arrive. But as Peter brings more Lost Boys and the Darling children back to her island, Tink finds she doesn’t like sharing her friend with anyone else, especially that Wendy girl. This fresh and intensely theatrical adaptation of the classic story emphasizes play and fun as well as the complicated nature of friendship. A new, twinkling light shines on all the characters you love as J.M. Barrie’s story is reborn from this feisty fairy’s point of view.

The final show, “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop, will conclude the season and will run Aug. 20-22 and 27-29. The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop, in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher,” assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy producer. The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid, all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that ensues when the infamous “Slasher” makes his reappearance and strikes again … and again.

Season ticket holders from 2020 may use their remaining tickets for this 2021 season. Season tickets for 2021 may be purchased at the box office or by mail. Reservations must be made in advance for all performances by calling or texting the Playhouse at 304-737-3344.

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