Quincy Community Theatre invites you to “Seize the Day” with its 2024 season announcement. The organization unveiled eight shows as a part of next year’s season and season tagline which is a line from the summer musical, Newsies. QCT invites everyone to audition and to bring their unique selves to the table. The 2024 Season ticket includes:
Matilda the Musical, Feb. 16-18 & 22-25 — Matilda Wormwood is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, Miss Honey who begins to recognize and appreciate Matilda’s astonishing personality. The school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves to punish those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts and could be her classmates’ saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and a heartwarming story, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Shakespeare in Love, April 19-21 & 25-28 — Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block … the deadline for his new play, Romeo and Ethel, The Pirate’s Daughter, is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. Enter Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will’s, who disguises herself as a boy so she can skirt the law and appear (as a girl) in his play. But when the playwright and his muse fall in love, the plot undergoes some surprising rewrites. Mistaken identities, courtly intrigue and backstage bickering are all part of the fun in this raucous romantic comedy of errors that reminds us that all the world’s a stage and love is unrehearsed.
Newsies, July 19-21 & 25-28 — Set in turn-of-the century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” When the titan of publishing raises distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what’s right! Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family.
The Trip to Bountiful, Sept. 13-15 & 19-22
— Nothing will stop Mrs. Watts from returning to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas. Not her overprotective son, her bossy daughter-in-law, her lost pension check or even the town sheriff. What she longs for most is to go home one last time. But is home a place, a feeling or only a memory?
Cinderella, Enchanted Edition; Dec. 5-8 & 12-15 — Celebrate the holiday season with one of the most beloved stories of all time, Cinderella. Be transported to a world where Fairy Godmothers are real, pumpkins can turn into carriages and a glass slipper can lead a prince to his one true love. This musical retelling of the classic fairytale features some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s loveliest music.Generations of all ages will be enchanted by this whimsical, magical tale of love and hope.
Additional Family/Student Theatre productions for 2023 include:
Lost Girl, June 13-16 — What ever happened to Wendy Darling in the years following her childhood adventure with Peter Pan? Even though she has left the nursery window open all these years in the hope of Peter’s return, long gone are the flights of fancy, pirates, princesses and Neverland. Wendy decides that she must find Peter to reclaim her kiss and move on with her life. With empathy, grace and remarkable honesty, Lost Girl is a coming-of-age exploration of first love and lasting loss, continuing the story of Wendy – the girl who had to grow up.
The Phantom Tollbooth, October 17-20 — Milo, a very bored young boy whose bedroom is overflowing with toys, receives a strange package containing a make-believe tollbooth. As he drives through it in his toy car, he is transported to a magical world of imagination and allegory. Milo soon realizes that all is not well in the Lands Beyond, and he sets out on an epic journey to rescue two princesses. Along the way, Milo learns valuable lessons that give him the ability to best each obstacle with knowledge and humor.
QCT on the Road: Blue Horses:
An Imagination Play, Tours May 1-June 1
While stargazing on a summer night, four young friends, each with their own obstacles to overcome, play a fantastical, imaginative game of “wish upon a star.” Each player tells a story of their heart’s desire as their friends take on roles to help the central character act out their wish – with magical, inspired and heartwarming results. The friends help solve the struggle of a young artist’s wish to be seen as “normal,” even though she colors her horses blue. As the game goes on, each player’s story helps them understand and assist one another in the trials and tribulations of growing up, gaining self-confidence and making friends.
Season tickets are available through April 2024. To learn more about these productions and how you can be involved, visit 1qct.org or call the Box Office at 217-222-3209.