Bowery Theater

Bowery Players

The 2024 season is here and sure to take us on journeys that awaken our senses and warms our hearts. 

Join us as we explore delicate family relationships as we deal with aging, love, and the rights of passage in Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond.  Then embrace the themes of love, memory, longing and economic struggle Brian Friel’s, Dancing a Lughnasa. We will round out the season with this year’s version of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scrooge with Leslie Bricusse’s, Scrooge, The Musical.

This year we enter into a collaboration with Lake Country Playhouse in Mineola to produce On Golden Pond.  Productions will be performed at both venues.  Through this collaboration we intend to strengthen and grow the theater offerings available to audiences in the Northeast Texas area.  We also plan to enter the world of musical theater with this years version of Scrooge. 

2024 Season Performances

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Due to circumstances beyond our control, Amadeus, has been postponed until next year. We have chosen a wonderful play by Brian Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa, as a replacement for this season.

Dancing at Lughnasa

Written by Brian Friel

Directed by Dr. John A. Price

Performances:
Aug 16-17 @ 7:30 p.m.
Aug 18 @ 2:30 p.m.
Aug 23-24 @ 7:30 p.m.
Aug 25 @ 2:30 p.m.

Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play told from the point of view of adult Michael Evans, as he recounts the summer in his aunts’ cottage when he was seven years old. Set in the summer of 1936, the play explores how youth and innocence can paint a very different picture of the reality around us.  It is the story of five sisters as they optimistically welcome home their frail elder brother, Jack, who has returned from a life as a Catholic missionary in Africa.  However, as the summer ends hope fades as societal pressures extinguishes all hope for the sisters’ future.

Scrooge - The Musical

Written by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Leslie Bricusse

Directed by Dr. John A. Price

Auditions: Oct 15 and 16

Performances: Dec 13, 14, 15, and 20, 21 and 22 (Saturday will have 2 performances)

Enjoy Charles Dickens’ heartwarming story of Ebenezer Scrooge, in Leslie Bricusse’s adaptation; Scrooge – The Musical.  Sing along as we follow Scrooge on his journey from curmudgeon to Christmas champion including songs, “I Hate People”, and “Thank You Very Much”. 

Past Performances

2024 Season

On Golden Pond

Written by Ernest Thompson

Directed by Dr. John A. Price

This production is a collaboration with Lake Country Playhouse in Mineola. Productions will be performed at both venues.  Through this collaboration we intend to strengthen and grow the theater offerings available to audiences in the Northeast Texas area. 

Lake Country Playhouse, Mineola: April 19, 20, 21 & April 26, 27, 28

WCA, May 17, 18(2)*, 19

*(May 18 will have and afternoon matinee and an evening performance)

2023 Season

A Christmas Carol

Written by Christopher Shario

Adapted from the book by Charles Dickens

Directed by Dr. John A. Price

Wonderful Performance!!! Thank you for your enthusiastic support!!!

 A Christmas Carol is an allegory about a penny-pinching misanthrope, Ebenezer Scrooge, who on Christmas Eve receives an unexpected visit from the spectre of his long-dead business partner. Jacob Marley warns Scrooge that three further spirits will haunt him. The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come force Scrooge to confront the consequences of his actions. He is especially horrified by the hardship endured by the family of his clerk, Bob Cratchit. Scrooge’s chastening experiences have a salutary effect: the miser is redeemed and transformed. 

Stay tuned for our upcoming presentations!

Much Ado About Nothing

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Dr. John A. Price

Much Ado About Nothing was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who was able to come out and support the Bowery Players!

We would also like to thank our actors, stage manager, assistants, our volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this production happen, and our new director Dr. John A. Price for his vision!

Check back soon for news about our upcoming productions! 

Almost, Maine

Written by John Cariani

Directed by Dr. John A. Price

Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Prior Years Seasons

The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

Four Old Broads by Leslie Kimbell

Directed by Shelley Aubrey

Retired burlesque queen Beatrice Shelton desperately needs a vacation – and NOT another trip up to Helen, Georgia to see that “precious little German village for the umpteenth time.” A Sassy Seniors Cruise through the Caribbean may be just the ticket if she can just convince her best friend, Eaddy Mae Clayton, to stop praying and go with her. Unfortunately, things have not been very pleasant at Magnolia Place Assisted Living since Nurse Pat Jones began working there. The newest resident, Imogene Fletcher, is suddenly losing her memory. Maude Jenkins is obsessed with her favorite soap opera and planning her own funeral. Sam Smith, retired Elvis impersonator, keeps trying to bed every woman in the building. A mystery unfolds with laughter as the gals try to outsmart the evil Nurse Pat Jones and figure out why so many residents have been moved to “the dark side,” what exactly IS that mysterious pill, and what happened to Doctor Head? Hilarity ensues as Imogene goes undercover and Maude enters the Miss Magnolia Senior Citizen Pageant to throw Pat off their trail. If they can solve the mystery, they may make it to the cruise ship after all.

Cast
Beatrice Shelton-Sheila Brown
Eaddy Mae Clayton- Gale Gilbert
Imogene Fletcher- Sharon Whitrock
Pat- Leana McGuire
Maude Jenkins- Karen Snedecor
Sam Smith- Jim Dax
Ruby Sue Bennett- Pam Greenberg
 
Production Cast and Crew
 
Director- Shelley Aubrey
Stage Manage/Props/costumes -Jan Faiszt
Lighting and Sound- Tim Mitchiner
 
We would like to extend our gratitude for the following businesses for their generous help with our production:
BT Medical 
God’s Closet in Pittsburg Texas
 
 

"DOUBLEWIDE, TEXAS"

DIRECTED BY SHELLEY AUBREY

 
The Bowery Players’ first production of 2021 was a success! With each show either selling out or approaching maximum capacity, “Doublewide, Texas” had a fantastic run! Thank you to all who joined us! If you unable to attend, enjoy some photos from our dress rehearsal below. 
 
We would like to thank Beaty Law for sponsoring this production. “Doublewide, Texas,” would not have been possible without your generous support!
 

2019 Past Performances

"Suite Surrender"

April 2019

A farce by Michael McKeever

It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel – assistants, luggage, and a legendary feud with one another in tow.  Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance. That is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendre, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.

Directed by Bob Hibbard.