Tree County Players - Our Mission:
Enriching our community through performing arts experiences.
December 1 & 2, 2018
Charles Dickens' classic, starring guest artist Grant Fitch. What started as a dramatic reading in 1997 is now a fully-memorized and energetically staged tou-de-force performance, where Grant plays (at last count) thirty-three characters in retelling this holiday classic in Charles Dickens' own words.
January 18, 19, & 20, 2019
THE STORY: Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job. The job he's been waiting for - marketing executive - would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn't sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family's love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio, and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing the lovely - and single - Caitlin O'Hare as bait...we won't give the ending away here. "A hilarious family comedy."
Directed by Amanda Gault
March 8 & 9, 2019 - 7:00 pm
This winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, uses a card game as a metaphor for life. Weller Martin is playing solitaire on the proch of a seedy nursing home. Enter, Fonsia Dorsey, a prim, self-righteous lady. They discover they both dislike the home and enjoy gin rummy, so they begin to play and to reveal intimate details of their lives.
Directed by Bill Blank and Therese Zins
April 25, 26, 27, & 28, 2018
A foot-stomping musical comedy – tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus.
Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world". Between songs, each family member "witnesses" – telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true – and hilariously imperfect – natures. By the evening's end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share their triumphs.
Directed by Bill Rethlake
June 25 – 29, 2019
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.
The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.
Directed by Tyler Wachsmann and Megan Gehrich