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Season 61   2014 – 2015

“OLE SKOOL:  AIN’T  NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSE PARTY”

Written and Directed  by Randolph Smith

September 12th thru 28th, 2014

The writer of “The Gospel Songstress: Mahalia” presents another exciting piece. This Musical will have you singing and dancing in and out of your seats as you travel back to the great hits of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. When the old high school is scheduled to be torn down because of building violation codes, the good old house party takes to the streets to save the school.  Great  musical entertainment for the family.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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“THE GOSPEL SONGSTRESS”

Written and Directed by Randolph Smith

Back by popular demand !!!!

October 10th, 11th, 17th thru 26th, 2014

This gospel filled story of sisters in New Orleans right after Katrina, takes you on a generational musical journey about how they are all influenced by the life and music of Mahalia Jackson, their connection to her, and her music.  This sold out last season and is expected to do the same this season. Great musical entertainment for the family.  CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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ARENA PLAYERS, INC.’S STUDIO 801 Presents…

“MOMS MABLEY IN THE HOUSE”

With

SANDRA MEEKINS

November 8th, 2014

Moms Mabley was a trailblazing African-American 20th century comedian known for warm yet raunchy stand-up routines and hit albums.  Come enjoy some fun, roll out of your seat, slap happy comedy! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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“THE AMEN CORNER”

By James Baldwin

Directed by D. Russell Owens

November 14th thru 30th, 2014

The play addresses themes of the role of a church in an African-American family and the effects of a poverty born of a racial prejudice on an African-American community.  A  powerful  play with very compelling characters.  Mr. Baldwin lays open the questions about family and religion.  Come ready to have many questions about convictions, religions and faith raised.

Saturday, November 29th  and Sunday, November 30th performances are at 4pm.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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YOUTHEATRE CHRISTMAS PRODUCTION

“THE SNOW QUEEN”

Directed by Eric Jones

December 12th thru 14th, 2014

This is a musical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story is an enduring tale of faith, devotion and the magic of friendship.  Bring the entire family!!!!

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ARENA PLAYERS, INC.’S STUDIO 801  presents

JITNEY

By August Wilson

Directed by David D. Mitchell

January 9th thru 25th

This play is set in a worn down gypsy cab station in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in early autumn 1977, in the Pittsburgh Hill District.  Regular cabs will not travel to the Pittsburgh Hill District of the 1970′s.  As a result  the residents turned to each other for help.  Jitney dramatizes the lives of men hustling to make a living as  jitneys-unofficial, unlicensed, taxi cab drivers.  These men show their struggles through issues with their family lives, economics, and father and son relationships.  This is the 8th play in the Pittsburgh Cycle.

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ARENA PLAYERS, INC.’S STUDIO 801 Presents….

“SLAVE SHIP”

By Amiri Baraka

And

“DIVERGENT”

(Tribute to Amiri Baraka)

Directed by Rosiland Cauthen

February 13th thru 22nd, 2015

“Slave Ship” takes place during distinct historical experiences in African-American history: aboard a slave ship during the Middle Passage from Africa to America, during a plantation-era uprising, and in the era of the civil rights movement. Baraka’s play utilizes the representation of African-American history as a means of forging a communal African-American identity through the preservation of African cultural roots.  The use of music throughout the play is central to the theme of African-American cultural identity and communal solidarity.

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH STUDENT MATINEE PRODUCTION

DATES TBA

“BLACK DIAMONDS”

Written and Directed by Randolph Smith

This is a daytime production for school children. It covers the efforts of several Blacks in science, sport, literature and law. Taking  a look at the world through the eyes of Dr. Charles Drew, Jackie Robinson, Alex Haley, Thurgood Marshall and many more.

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OLE SKOOL: HOUSE PARTY STILL GOING ON !!!

Written and Directed by Randolph Smith

March 20 thru April 5, 2015

The implosion has taken place and the old high school is gone.  So now what do we do?  The group is back together and not ready to give up on life.  Here we go with some

more of the music of the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s and creeping into the 80′s.  Great musical entertainment for the family and their friends.

 

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“INSIDE THE ROYAL THEATER”

Written and Directed by Robert Russell

April 17th thru May 10th, 2015

Let’s go back to the good old days at the Royal Theater and enjoy the great performers. What actually happened at the Royal Theater? Come and find out. Some comedy, some music, much fun makes an enjoyable evening at the theater.

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ARENA PLAYERS, INC.’S STUDIO 801 Presents…

 “MOMS MABLEY IN THE HOUSE”

With SANDRA MEEKINS

May 23rd, 2015

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“BALLIN’ THE JACK”

 Conceived and  Directed by Troy Burton

June 12th thru 28th, 2015

“Ballin’ the Jack” is a rhythmically musical revue conceived and directed by Troy Burton that celebrates the jazz composers, musicians and vocalist that have been featured on the broadway stage.  From the music of Baltimore’s own Eubie Blake, to Thomas “Fats” Waller, Duke  Ellington as well as others, this revue will take you on a “Jazzical” journey through song, dance and poetry.  The joint will be jumpin”!!!

 

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Friday and Saturday shows are at 8pm and Sunday shows are at 4pm.

General Admission is $18.00    Student and Seniors  Admission is #12.00

 Check “EVENTS” for comedy, jazz, lectures and other limited special shows.  They are constantly changing. It is another entertaining night out.

NOTICE

(SHOWS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

 

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