Salem Community Theatre announces 2014-15 season

SALEM – Salem Community Theatre has announced the production line-up for the upcoming 2014-2015 theatrical season, which commences this September. Comprised of three musicals, a holiday show and several comedies, the schedule will once again bring variety and quality to the local venue, celebrating its 38th year of presenting live performances.

Opening the season will be the comedy “Unnecessary Farce,” an award-winning stage comedy by Paul Slade Smith, in which all the hallmarks of classic farce – mistaken identities; misinterpreted signals; language confusion; unintentional innuendo; frustrated lovers; and characters urgently, earnestly pursuing a goal at which they will continually, comically fail – are visited upon a familiar contemporary American plot: the police procedural.

In October, the musical-comedy “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum” returns to the SCT stage after 14 years. The show takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. The production opens on October 24th for seven performances over three weekends.

For the holiday season, SCT stages another one of the hugely popular “Nunsense” series of shows, “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,” on the first two weekends of December. This installment finds the nuns in their first “TV Special” taped by the sisters in their convent basement studio for Cable Access. This show is filled with “Nunsense” humor, some of your favorite carols, a “Secret Santa,” and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet.

Opening Feb. 20, 2015 for two weekends is “A Few Good Men,” written by Aaron Sorkin and made popular with the movie production in 1992. This military courtroom drama revolves around the court martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients.

The Neil Simon comedy “God’s Favorite” descends to the SCT stage starting May 1. The jokes and Tests of Faith fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale, a modern retelling of the Biblical story of Job, like no other in this hilarious comedy.

Finally, SCT presents their summer musical, “Oliver!” Always a story worth telling, “Oliver!” (the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”), is full of heartwarming and memorable songs like “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Where Is Love” and “I’ll Do Anything.” “Oliver!” will be on stage July 1 through Aug. 16, 2015, for seven performances over three weekends.

The normal run of a show at Salem Community Theatre is two consecutive weekends, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. However, a new feature of this year’s season is the schedule change for two of the musicals, “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum” and “Oliver!” Both of these productions will be presented for a total of seven performances each over three weekends, with one matinee on the final Sunday of each show.

Season tickets for the upcoming line-up of productions are now on sale, with a redesigned and simplified pricing structure: $70 for adults, $60 for seniors, and $35 for students for the complete six show season.

More detailed information or a Season brochure are available by calling the Theatre Box Office at 330-332-9688, via e-mail at or on the Theatre’s website at (Material submitted)