Bus Barn’s New Season

Posted on July 5, 2012 by  
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Bus Barn Stage Company has announced its 17th season, slated September 2012 through June 2013 in Los Altos.

• “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” It features music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin. The regional spelling bee becomes a place of acceptance for a group of socially awkward misfits in the throes of puberty in the musical comedy. Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Book, “Bee” is a tale of overachievers’ angst and celebrates the triumph of doing the best you can. “Bee” runs Sept. 6 through Oct. 6.

• “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” George Bailey and his idyllic hometown of Bedford Falls come to life onstage re-created as a program from the golden age of radio, the 1940s. Like the movie, “Life” offers upbeat Christmas entertainment with a happy ending. This story, however, is told by five actors and a sound-effects man that evokes the era when the screenplay was written. Adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling, “Life” runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 22.

• “On Golden Pond.” Ernest Thompson’s comedy is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who return each summer to their home on Golden Pond. As they face their twilight years, they peer into the cracks of their well-worn, playful relationship. Daughter Chelsea makes a long-delayed appearance with a potential husband and stepson, renewing the couple’s energy and giving them courage to contemplate their waning time together. “Pond” runs Jan. 24 through Feb. 17.

• “The House of Blue Leaves.” John Guare’s comedy centers on Artie Shaughnessy, a songwriter with visions of glory. Amidst the frenzy of galloping nuns and a homicidal son awaiting the Pope’s visit, his toxic mistress Bunny and his mentally meandering wife Bananas, Artie plots to change his destiny. He contacts his old school chum, now a big-time movie producer, in a desperate attempt at stardom. “Leaves” is a comedy about America’s obsession with celebrity and the price some people will pay to get it. Winner of the 1971 Critics Award and the Obie Award for Best American Play, “Leaves” runs April 11 through May 5.

• “Avenue Q.” The Broadway hit won the Tony “Triple Crown” – Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book in 2003. Recent college graduate Princeton rents a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the neighbors are nice, it’s clear this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. “Avenue Q” is rated R for language and subject matter. Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx wrote the music and lyrics and Jeff Whitty penned the book. “Q” runs May 23 through June 16.

Shows are held Wednesdays through Sundays at the Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

For tickets, call 941-0551 or visit www.busbarn.org.

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