On the heels of another great season, Weathervane Playhouse is excited to announce a lineup filled with timeless stories and sensational productions. So without further ado, here is our 2023-2024 Season lineup.
ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL
August 10 – September 3, 2023
Book by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book, Matilda by Roald Dahl
Directed by Melanie YC Pepe, Assistant Directed by Kevin Lambes, Choreographed by Marissa Leenaarts
Inspired by the twisted genius that brought us Willy Wonka and The Big Friendly Giant, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, and the power of imagination through the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With a book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (www.mtishows.com)
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
September 28 – October 15, 2023
Directed by Fred Gloor
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers must rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again. Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is presented through special arrangements with Concord Theatricals.
ELF THE MUSICAL
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film by David Berenbaum
November 24 – December 17, 2023
Directed by Joshua Larkin
After selling out in its entirety two weeks before we opened in 2022, we are bringing back Elf The Musical. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Here, the would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas! Elf The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (www.mtishows.com).
8X10: THE EILEEN MOUSHEY THEATREFEST
New 10-minute play festival
January 11 – 21, 2024
Created and first produced by Eileen Moushey, a long-time board member, patron, and donor, Weathervane's 8x10 TheatreFest is a new-play festival in which we select and present eight ten-minute plays culled from several hundred submissions sent in from around the world. Following the performances, our audiences vote for their favorite plays, with the winners receiving cash awards for their efforts. In the past we have asked each playwright to include a specific item in their work. This year, we are asking playwrights to use a designated location: a castle. The call for submissions for our next festival goes out in April. Come see and vote for your favorite ten-minute play in January!
ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S AIDA
February 22 – March 17, 2024
Music by Elton John
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls, and David Henry Hwang
Directed by Richard Morris, Jr.
Music Directed by Edward Ridley, Jr.
Choreography by Nehemiah Spencer
Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (www.mtishows.com).
April 25 – May 12, 2024
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
Music and Lyrics by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
June 13 – July 7, 2024
Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.” Something Rotten is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (www.mtishows.com).
Single Tickets for all 2023-24 shows will go on sale June 1st, 2023.