The Young Company Winter Festival, performed by students in grades 4-12, brings together budding young artists and their professional teams to present jaw dropping storytelling at its finest. This season, The Young Company Winter Festival presents three fully staged productions. Beware The Many Disguises of ROBIN HOOD, carefully chart the chocolate river in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and make sure to look behind you…or you won’t have a CLUE as to what’s coming next…
“The Young Company’s first winter show was in 2002, twenty years ago this year! The path to these live performances wasn’t without its challenges, especially this year,” reflects Greater Boston Stage Company’s newest Director of Education, Julia Nelson.
“Each of the titles in this festival has something distinct to teach us: the strength and solidarity of friendship in The Many Disguises of Robin Hood; from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the capacity of a single moment to change a life forever; and from Clue – how laughter brings people together in even dark moments.”
In merry ole’ England, the townspeople are overtaxed and overwhelmed. Luckily, the mysterious outlaw Robin Hood provides hope by stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. With many clever disguises, Robin continually tricks the greedy sheriff of Nottingham, his nasty daughter, Luciana, and the evil Prince John. When a young girl from Nottingham joins Robin’s band of outlaws, she discovers Robin’s secret: Robin Hood is a woman! Eventually, Robin needs her merry band of outlaws and her childhood friend, the brave Maid Marian, to use all their quarterstaffs, swords, arrows and wits to save her from the gallows.
Directed by Sydney Grant. Assistant Directed by Erin Cleary. Stage Managed by Alexandra White. Costume and Puppet Design by E. Rosser. Written by Brian Guehring. The Many Disguises of ROBIN HOOD is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.
Who wouldn’t want to join Charlie Bucket in his adventurous tour of Willy Wonka’s world-famous Chocolate Factory? Now is your chance! Step into the world of Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, Grandpa George, Grandma Georgina, Willy Wonka and Charlie himself, and discover the true meaning of teamwork, self-confidence, and self-esteem. The delicious fun of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory awaits you!
Directed by Daniel Begin. Movement Directed by Alyssa Bene. Stage Managed by Demi DiCarlo. Costumes by Rebecca Glick. Based on the book by Ronald Dahl. Dramatized by Richard R. George. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!
Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Bedard. Assistant Directed by Autumn Blazon-Brown. Costume Design by Rebecca Glick. Stage Managed by Samantha O’Brien. Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn. Written by Sandy Rustin. Additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price. Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture based on the Hasbro board game Clue. Clue is produced in special arrangement with The Araca Group, Work Light Productions, and Michael Barra/Lively McCabe Entertainment.
The Young Company Winter Festival program and design team also includes Julia Nelson (Director of Education), Weylin Symes (Producing Artistic Director), Casey Blackbird (Production Manager), Stephen Zubricki IV (Festival Production Manager), Sarah Rozene (Set Designer), Matthew Cost (Lighting Designer), Jennifer Butler (Properties Master) and Shauwna Grillo (Sound Designer). Set constructed by Misfit Toys Productions.
The Many Disguises of ROBIN HOOD – Saturday, March 26 at 11AM and Sunday, March 27 at 11AM. This production is recommended for all ages.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Saturday, March 26 at 3PM and Sunday, March 27 at 6PM. This production is recommended for all ages.
CLUE – Saturday, March 26 at 7PM and Sunday, March 27 at 2PM. This production is recommended for all ages.
All tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at (781) 279-2200, or visit www.greaterbostonstage.org. Group sales are also available. Please contact Bryan Miner, Manager of PR and Sales, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 279-7885 x107 for more information.
GREATER BOSTON STAGE COMPANY’S REMAINING SEASON 22 MAINSTAGE SHOWS
Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
March 3 – 20, 2022
Press Opening: Saturday, March 5th at 8pm
NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
Part of Giving Voice: The Foundation Trust Drama Series
Written by Katie Forgette
Directed by Weylin Symes
A good Irish Catholic Family in the 1970’s delivers shenanigans, sins, and some sage advice.
19-year-old Linda introduces us to the O’Shea household during a crucial four days of her life in 1973. Follow the family as they navigate relationships, the facts of life, and their Priest, Father Lovett, at the same time. A comedy for anyone who has experienced – as Linda says – “Catholic guilt. Also known as Jewish guilt, Methodist guilt, Baptist guilt, Lutheran guilt and atheist guilt” – and made it out alive.
Miss Holmes Returns
April 21 – May 8, 2022
Press Opening: Saturday, April 23rd at 8pm
WORLD PREMIERE Commissioned by GBSC
Part of the Don Fulton New Works Project
Written by Christopher Walsh
Directed by Weylin Symes
She’s the world’s greatest detective and she’s back on the case.
Sherlock and Watson are back, along with much of the original cast, in this riveting follow-up to our 2018 smash hit Miss Holmes. Murder, mystery, betrayal, and a dose of social justice are all on the docket this time around for the unstoppable crime-fighting duo.
June 9 – 26, 2022
Press Opening: Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 8pm
Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations & Arrangements by Luther Henderson
Directed by Maurice Emmanuel Parent
Co-produced by The Nora@Central Square Theater, The Front Porch Arts Collective, & Greater Boston Stage Company
Sassy, sultry, and celebratory!
The humor and infectious energy of the inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller shines through this Tony Award winning musical! The Harlem Renaissance arrives at The Cotton Club and Greater Boston Stage Company as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and the Dandridge Sisters shape an artform alongside men such as Thomas “Fats” Waller. Join us for an evening of music that encapsulates the love, longing, and zest for life of the era.
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Flagship Season Sponsors: Mass Cultural Council, Stoneham Bank and the Salem Five Charitable Foundation
Young Company Season Sponsor: Boston Partners Financial Group, LLC, Adelaide Breed Bayrd Foundation, and MELD.