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Avon Players announce film-inspired 2014-2015 season

Avon Players opens its new season with Big: The Musical in September.
Avon Players opens its new season with Big: The Musical in September.
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Avon Players of Rochester Hills has announced its new season and it promises to delight patrons with variety, spectacle, drama, and even a holiday favorite. The community theatre continues its sixty-seventh season of quality entertainment at family-friendly prices. Five shows, each of which have thrilled audiences on the silver screen, are being offered.

“Big: The Musical” – September 5-20, 2014

This fun musical is based on the classic 1987 Tom Hanks motion picture fantasy of the same name. When frustrated adolescent Josh Baskin wishes he were "big" and wakes up the next morning a 30-year-old man, he discovers there's much more to being an adult than he's bargained for. A witty, moving, insightful story and an energetic, heartfelt, contemporary score reminds us that we must all grow up at our own pace and in our own time.

“Miracle on 34th Street” – November 28 – December 13, 2014

Another favorite flick brought to life is “Miracle on 34th Street,” based on the beloved holiday cinematic classic starring Maureen O’ Hara and Natalie Wood. When an old man named Kris Kringle steps out of his retirement home to work as Santa for Macy's Christmas selling season, he unleashes waves of good will with shoppers and the commercial world of New York City. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl's belief in Santa. Revisit a time when people believed that love, decency, and generosity of spirit are their own rewards.

“Clue: The Musical” – January 23 – February 7, 2015

Mystery lovers and board game aficionados alike will love the musical based on a 1985 film based on the popular Parker Brothers board game. This comedic, interactive thriller brings the world's best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery. There are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics, a beguiling score and a twisty plot promise to deliver a fun evening out.

“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” – March 13 – 28, 2015

Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” may be better known to modern audiences through the 1958 film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. This play is vintage Williams, with complex characters who deal with illness, alcoholism, deception, and family squabbles while they plan to celebrate the birthday of Southern patriarch Big Daddy. Maggie hopes to give Big Daddy the news that she’s finally become pregnant by his favorite son, Brick. But first, Maggie must unravel and resolve the mysterious rift that has opened up between her and Brick.

“A Man of No Importance” – May 22 - June 6, 2015

The final offering of the season offers a fitting tribute to community theatre. “A Man of No Importance” is a sweet and stirring musical based on the Albert Finney movie of the same name. The title gives a nod to Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, whose plays figure into this heartfelt story, written by Terrence McNally. In 1964 Dublin, bus conductor Alfie Byrne is a working-class man with the soul of an artist. When he’s not regaling his passengers with poetry, he’s leading his scrappy band of amateur performers, the St. Imelda’s Players. But Alfie’s choice for the group’s next play, the scandalous “Salome by his idol, Oscar Wilde, creates a rift in this very Catholic community. As Alfie fights for his artistic ideals, he must confront the forces of bigotry and shame and come to terms with a secret he has tried hard to keep in the closet.

Avon Players has been performing shows in its unique A-frame theater since 1965. Season tickets are available in packages that offer discounts of up to 24% per ticket. Additionally, season ticket holders enjoy seating selection and voting privileges in Avon’s annual “Stoney Awards.” Additional information is available by calling the Avon Players box office at 248.608.9077 or by visiting the website. The theatre is located at 1185 Washington in Rochester.

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