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Cannon Theater Company 2020-2021 Season

The Sound Of Music

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Streaming March 11-14
Production runtime is 2 hours 15 minutes
Streaming links will be active from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. each night (so start watching by 8:45p.m. to be able to watch the entire production in one sitting):

This winter, Cannon Theater Company has been as busy as ever. But instead of preparing to mount a live production, a team of around 50 cast and crew members have been figuring out how to rehearse and film a video production of “The Sound Of Music” while abiding by Covid safety guidelines. Green screen technology, the pre-recording of songs in a distanced environment, and a constantly evolving production process have been some of the new challenges the troupe has encountered in bringing this beautiful musical to life on screen. And now, the time is quickly approaching for CTC to share the fruits of their labor! 
Based on the 1949 memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp, this most beloved of musicals is about a young Austrian postulant in Salzburg, Austria, in 1938 who is sent to the villa of a retired naval officer and widower to be governess to his seven children. As the family faces increasing pressure to fall in line with the rapidly growing presence and authority of the Nazi party, they discover love and music as the secret to survival. During this time of distance, our hope is that the power of music and storytelling will deepen our community’s sense of interconnectedness, even as we eagerly await returning to the irreplaceable experience of live performance.

Cannon Theater Company Fall One-Acts

November 12-14
Streaming each night at 8:00pm

This fall, Cannon Theater Company is producing two one-act films that can be streamed from home! Just select a night to stream the one-acts and enter your email address and name as prompted: Thursday November 12, Friday November 13, or Saturday November 14. You will then see a screen with the appropriate LocalLive streaming link, which will be accessible from 8-11pm on the night you selected.

“She Kills Monsters” by Qui Ngyuen first debuted as a quirky Off-Broadway hit, and in recent years has become a wildly popular choice for high school and college theater troupes. It’s the story of high school senior Agnes Evans one year after the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.

In Richard Dressler’s “Club Mojito”, a tight-knit group of college seniors gather on the roof of their apartment house on the night before graduation. Loyalties are tested, romances challenged, and the group reconfigures itself in surprising ways as each one has to face the bittersweet end of one era and the start of the next.

Note for families: Both of these plays can be appropriately labeled as PG-13. In tone, they are both comedic and dramatic, with uplifting and hopeful endings. As stories about contemporary young people working out their identities and their relationships, they feature characters discussing grief, romance, betrayal, and sexual identity. “She Kills Monsters” features some slapstick violence with an occasional macabre flair. “Club Mojito” depicts some drinking but no drunkenness, though one character accuses another having had too much during a brief seduction attempt. Both shows have occasional instances of mild profanity.

Cannon Middle School Theater 2020-2021

The seventh grade theater classes will be devising and performing their own production of Alice In Wonderland. This fanciful, madcap adventure through Wonderland will be made even more delightful thanks to the influence of the recent remake of The Princess Bride. Like that production, ours will feature a variety of performers who will share roles as the story unfolds. Be prepared for the twists and turns that can only be experienced in Wonderland!

The eighth grade theater classes will be producing three shows this year. The first will be a joint venture involving students from both classes when they present Greek Gods Under Quarantine. Something has gone missing from the Hall of Important Stuff and Zeus has started a search for the item and the culprit. The investigation is carried out through a series of Zoom class with a bevy of Greek gods and goddesses. Students will also be performing Mmmbeth, a comedic parody of Shakespeare’s Scottish play Macbeth. In addition, we will have a production of Hamlet that promises to be unlike any adaptation you have seen before as some scenes are being interpreted and created by students in the cast.

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