This season, the Bigfork Summer Playhouse repertory theatre offers a fantastic series of shows to suit every taste. Our spring and early summer will be You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. During repertory season, we feature four rotating shows – stay four days and see four plays! Our repertory season features West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Disney’s Tarzan, and The Full Monty. In the late summer and early fall, we bring the musical extravaganza – Hits From the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.
Spring and Early Summer (Pre-Repertory Season)
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
Written by Clark Gesner & John Gordon
Music by Clark Gesner
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown tells the story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero, Charlie Brown. Although the characters are 5-6 years old, the show is cast with adults. The audience is introduced to the whole Peanuts gang: Sally, Schroeder, Linus, Lucy and Snoopy. All of the characters share their observations, largely negative, of Charlie Brown. As the play progresses, the relationships of the Peanuts characters to one another are further expanded. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder and takes great pleasure in tormenting Charlie Brown. Linus loves his blanket. Snoopy lives in his rich imagination. Charlie Brown is in love with a mysterious little, redheaded girl. The show ends with each character listing things that for him or her equal happiness. Finally, Lucy ends up telling Charlie Brown what a good man he is leaving a smiling, happy Charlie Brown alone on stage.
Songs include: My New Philosophy, Kite, Snoopy & Suppertime
Repertory Season Shows
Written by Arthur Laurents
Music by Leonard Bernstein
“West Side Story” is a story of racial hatred and the tragedy that results from it. The protagonists are two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, who live in the same neighborhood and both want control of the streets. The sister of the Shark’s leader falls in love with the best friend of the leader of the Jets and their romance is used as a reason by the gangs for an all-out fight that ends tragically for both gangs. “Sound vaguely like Romeo & Juliet?” The plot is advanced through dramatic, energetic dances and some of the most beautiful music ever written for a musical.
Songs include: Somewhere, Maria, America, Cool, One Hand One Heart, I Feel Pretty and more.
Music and lyrics Jeanine Tesori
Book by Dick Scanlan & Richard Morris
Songs include: Not For The Life of ME, Gimme Gimme, Forget About The Boy, What Do I Need With Love and more
Music by Phil Collins
Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
Shipwrecked off the coast of Africa, the young son of an English couple is raised by a tribe of gorillas to manhood, when a pretty English naturalist crosses his path and teaches him about love and civilized ways. Phil Collins expands his Oscar-winning song (“You’ll Be in My Heart”) from Disney’s cartoon feature film into a full Broadway score.
Songs include: Two Worlds, You’ll Be In My Heart, Different, Son Of Man, Strangers Like Me and more
Book by Simon Beaufoy
Songs include: Scrap, It A Woman’s World, Man, Michael Jordan’s Ball, You Rule My World, Let It Go and More
Benefit Revue July 27 (7:00) One Night Only!
Bringing back the popular Benefit Revue, an evening of song and dance “from shows we’d like to do, from shows we’ve done in the past and from shows we promise we’ll never do,” in July. All proceeds go toward the BSP scholarship fund. A Champagne reception follows the performance. Come ‘meet the company’ while supporting education in the Arts.
End-Of-Summer Early Fall Series
Hits From the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s
Aug 28, 29, 30 and Sept 4, 5, 6 (7:30)
The 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s were 3 decades of some of the finest Rock and Roll music! Enjoy an evening of staged hits from artists like Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Ritchie Valens, The Beach Boys, Elton John, Johnny Cash and more as the Bigfork Summer Playhouse brings you the Hits of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s live onstage! (different than last summer’s lineup)