2013-14 Season Overview

season fullHold on for a wild theatrical ride from the Oklahoma territory to the shores of Maine and points in between. You’ll escape to foggy London town, spend time in America’s blue collar heartland and dance your way though Baltimore in the 60’s. The Dayton Playhouse is setting off on a Wild Ride and you’re invited to come along!

hairspray Sept. 6-22, 2013

  • Music by Marc Shaiman
  • Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman
  • Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meeham.

Directed by Tina McPhearson

It’s 1962 as we arrive in Baltimore and our lovable teen heroine Tracy Turnblad has one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When dreams come true, she is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Add romance and crazy hair styles and you get fun from start to finish.


October 25 – Nov, 2013

  • Written by Ira Levin

Directed by Jennifer Lockwood

Westport, Connecticut is the next stop on our ride, where we find thriller writer Sidney Bruhl suffering from a dry spell. When he receives a promising script from one of his students, he immediately sees the potential. Sidney convinces his wife to assist him with a contrived collaboration snare, and the plot thickens. Twists, turns and murder follow with devilish cleverness. An abundance of thrills and laughter will keep you enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.


Dec. 6-15, 2013

  • Written by Greg Carter

Directed by Dodie Lockwood

This unique narrative adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol takes us across the pond to London, where three versatile actors will guide our visit. The title is derived from part of a speech by Scrooge’s nephew, “I have always thought of Christmas time…as a good time, a kind forgiving, charitable, pleasant time. The only time I know of…when men and women seem to open their shut-up hearts freely and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave…” This fresh adaptation by the director of the Strawberry Workshop in Seattle, Washington will leave you filled with the true spirit of the holiday season.


Jan. 31 – Feb. 16, 2014

  • Book by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
  • Music by Schwartz, Craig Camelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and James Taylor
  • Lyrics by Schwartz, Camelia, Grant, Taylor and Susan Birkenhead

Directed by Jim Lockwood

Speeding along our Wild Ride, we head for America’s heartland. This upbeat musical, based on the Studs Terkel book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, features people from different regions and from many different occupations. In 1978 this popular musical was nominated for twelve Tony Awards.


March 14-23, 2014

  • Written by David Berry

Directed by John Riley

Our journey takes us to the shores of Maine in August, 1954 where we get to know two elderly, widowed sisters near the end of their lives. As they spend their summer, once again in this seaside house, the surroundings cause them to recall their relationship as young women. They reflect on the passage of time, and the bitterness, jealousies and misunderstandings that slowly festered over the years and kept them from establishing a true closeness in their relationship.


May 2-18, 2014

  • Music by Richard Rodgers
  • Book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Directed by Brian Sharp

The last leg of our Wild Ride takes us to the Oklahoma Territory in 1906. This nostalgic musical tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams and a secondary romance between cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie. Memorable songs include: Kansas City, I Can’t Say No and People Will Say We’re in Love. Oklahoma’s latest revival in 2002 received seven Tony Awards. This time-honored musical was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration.

The Dayton Playhouse is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414.

The Dayton Playhouse is a community theater providing outstanding theatrical productions to Miami Valley audiences of all ages for more than fifty years. The Playhouse is nationally recognized for “FutureFest,” a festival of new plays.