Bradford Little Theatre Announces 20th Anniversary Season Lineup!

Aug 12, 2016

BLT is proud to announce the show lineup of their 20th anniversary season. The second full season in their new home, BLT will be performing all shows this year on their home stage at Togi’s Playhouse at 18 Welch Ave, Bradford, PA.

Kicking off the season this year, co-directors Nanci Garris and Diane Kerner Arnett will revive “Over the River and Through the Woods”, a comedy by Joe DiPietro, which was produced by BLT during their 5th season in 2002. This play follows the story of Nick, an Italian-American from New Jersey who is torn between moving to Seattle for the job of his dreams, and staying near his beloved grandparents, who refuse to let him go without a fight! This battle of wills will take place Friday, October 14th through Sunday the 16th.

In partnership with the Olean Theatre Workshop, BLT is joyful to announce, the BLT directorial debut of Al Bernstein, and the second show of the season “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)”. A hilarious and energetic jaunt through Christmas tales and traditions from all over the globe, and some directly from the minds of authors Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez. The show will be performed on Friday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 4th and provide this whirlwind of Christmas cheer!

With the runaway success of last season’s “The Awesome 80’s Prom”, director Kristin Asinger went looking for another show where the audience is an integral part of the performance. Consider this your invitation to Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, an Italian-American wedding and reception! First performed by Artificial Intelligence, this show was conceived by Nancy Cassaro. Be prepared to celebrate, eat, dance, and rub shoulders with the wacky families of Valentina Vitale and Anthony Nunzio, Jr. This show will be performed four times over two weekends in February 2017. Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th, and Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th. Please save the date!

The Pulitzer Prize winning play “Harvey”, by Mary Chase, chronicles the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a delightful, if eccentric, gentleman who has made the acquaintance of the six-foot-three-and-a-half-inch Harvey, a presumably imaginary anthropomorphic rabbit. Much to the chagrin of his socialite sister, who decides he must be committed, he continues the befriend the pooka. A comedy of errors ensues as the audience contemplates the blissfulness of ignorance and what it means to be happy, even if possibly insane. Jessica Ann Coder will direct this warm and heartfelt family comedy in April 2017. Mark your calendars for Friday, April 7th through Sunday, April 9th.

Closing out the 20th anniversary season is a musical revival from BLT’s ‘03-04 season: “Godspell”. Based on the book by Michael Teblak, and with music and lyrics by Steven Schwartz, this show will be directed by Eric L. Van Druff, who directed the show when BLT produced it a dozen years ago. You know the story, but you have never seen the Passion quite like this. A small cast of characters help Jesus tell his parables using games, storytelling, and a good measure of comedy. There will be four chances to see “Godspell” in June 2017, from Thursday, June 15th to Sunday, June 18th.