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Totem Pole Playhouse announces lineup for its 2013 comeback season

November 20, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. — The Totem Pole Playhouse is pulling out all the stops for its 2013 season filling the stage with an expanded regular season, four musicals, Tony-award winning and nominated shows and the largest cast sizes in more than 35 years.

There are a lot of firsts in what Managing Director Sue McMurtray has called the Totem Pole’s comeback season.

After facing the possibility that 2012 could be the 62-year-old theater’s final season due to financial difficulties, supporters raised more than $334,000 from Sept. 1 to Oct. 1. They surpassed the original $250,000 goal.

With the emergency funds raised, Artistic Director Ray Ficca promised the summer theater would be back with a season like no other in playhouse history.

“The 2013 season is by far the most ambitious undertaking in the history of the theater,” Executive Director Nathan Rotz said in a news release. “We want folks to leave each show having had their most exciting entertainment experience of the summer. Each show will be one ‘wow’ after another.”

The eight-show season begins on May 25 with the Broadway hit “Noises Off” by Michael Frayn. Love triangles, bumbling actors, an imperious director and lost contact lenses are all part of the high-spirited antics in this fast-paced laugh fest, a news release stated.

The area premiere of a musical about the life of one of America’s most cherished singers hits the stage in early June. “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline,” includes more than 20 of her memorable hits.

The third show in the season, “Dames at Sea,” is a spoof of 1930s Busby Berkeley-style movie-musical spectaculars.

A classic by Broadway’s master of comedy, Neil Simon, serves up the laughs in "The Sunshine Boys" beginning July 9.

Then, the Totem Pole takes the show on the road to the Majestic Theater in downtown Gettysburg with Richard Hellesen’s, “The Road From Appomattox.”

This Civil War one-act drama details the second meeting of generals Lee and Grant one day after Appomattox. The show runs from July 10-21.

The Playhouse returns to the “Mad Men” era of martinis and mayhem in the classic bedroom farce, “Boeing Boeing,” starting July 23.

Musical theater runs off and joins the circus with “Barnum,” a musical about the improbable life of P.T. Barnum. The original New York production ran for more than 850 performances and won three Tony awards, McMurtray said.

Totem Pole’s 2013 season closes with “Leader of the Pack.” The Tony-nominated musical highlights the work of legendary songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who penned such doo-wop classics as “Be My Baby,” and “Chapel of Love.”

Totem Pole Playhouse 2013

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“Noises Off”
May 25 — June 9, 2013

“A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline”
June 11 – June 23, 2013

“Dames At Sea”
June 25 – July 7, 2013
“The Sunshine Boys”
July 9 – July 21, 2013

“The Road From Appomattox”
July 10-July 21

“Boeing Boeing”
July 23 – Aug. 4, 2013

“Barnum”
Aug. 6 – Aug. 18, 2013

“Leader of the Pack”
Aug. 20 – Sept. 1, 2013

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