The 43rd Summer Season of STF runs from June 5 – August 15
The Stephenville Theatre Festival is thrilled to be back onstage for an unforgettable season of live theatre. We are beyond excited to announce that we will open the 2021 festival season with the world premiere of TO THE GIRLS, a brand new play that is based on research and interviews conducted in the Bay St. George community! TO THE GIRLS is written by award winning playwright, Meghan Greeley (Corner Brook), and will be directed by STF’s own artistic director, Heather Braaten
“Late November 1963. Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, Newfoundland, established during World War II as the first line of defense in the event of a North American invasion, has changed the small town forever. For better and worse, the “friendly invasion,” as it was known, shaped the land, culture, and even the dialect of Stephenville irreversibly. Our play is set nearly twenty years after the war, the future of the base, and the future of the locals employed upon it, is in question. For a group of young Newfoundland women working on Ernest Harmon as secretaries, personal and political upheaval is coming at them fast and hard: a forbidden marriage and impending emigration; the threat of the Cold War; a beloved-and begrudged charity fashion show for the officers’ wives; a religious faith forced into the shadows; an estranged relative with some serious anti-American sentiments and a long-held secret; and for one new girl, a growing question over the land itself and to whom, exactly, it rightfully belongs. When news of John F. Kennedy’s assassination puts the base on high alert, the lives of these women become inextricably linked to the future of a country in turmoil—an America that both is and is not their own.”
Winner of the Tony award for Best Book, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE has charmed audiences worldwide with its effortless wit and humor. This fast-paced, wildly funny and touching musical theatre presentation makes this spelling bee an unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents compete in the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! A riotous ride, complete with a very unique element of audience participation that sees audience members actively participating in the Spelling Bee. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius that was originally devised by a group of improvisational actors.
Move over, Thelma and Louise! Get ready for HONKY TONK LAUNDRY. When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner of the Wishy Washy Washateria, hires Katie to help out in the laundromat, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds, and cheatin’ hearts. Watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ol’ laundromat into a bootscootin’ honky-tonk and exact a touch of revenge against those that done ‘em wrong! Take a ride to Nashville heaven in this new musical by Roger Bean that features the music of Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Dixie Chicks, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Cark, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Patsy Cline!
Imaginative, musical, and magical our play for young audiences (and the young at heart) is not to be missed! Classic? No! Wild? Yes! SNOW WHITE is a two-person play, so you do the math! Snow White and the Seven Dwarves? Two fabulous, whip-smart, super-fast actors play Snow White, the huntsman, the prince, and all seven dwarves! Expect the unexpected in this fabulous fairy tale with a “you won’t-see-it-coming” twist. Written/Adapted by Greg Banks
Following the winning model of our recent dinner theatre presentations, KEEP AN EYE ON SUMMER – THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF THE BEACH BOYS involves a biopic script and creative arrangements of the music of one of the most iconic bands of all time, The Beach Boys!
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