Waterfront Playhouse, on Mallory Square, has been presenting shows for more than 80 years. COURTESY PHOTO
Performing arts organizations easily could call 2020 the lost year.
After all, performances were curtailed that March, and many theaters still have not reopened to live performances.
That said, Key West Theater has begun hosting concerts. So has Coffee Butler Amphitheater.
And Waterfront Playhouse is looking ahead to a 2021-2022 season.
Celebrating 82 years of live theater in Key West, the Waterfront Playhouse will welcome back audiences on Oct. 14 with the hit musical “The Rocky Horror Show.”
Starring Christopher Peterson, Arthur Crocker, Belle Jampol, Kelsey Lakeman, Donovan Pavlicek, Carolyn Cooper, Ross Pipkin, Tony Konrath, John McDonald and introducing Joshua Lawson as Rocky, this cult favorite will play through Oct. 28. Tickets are on sale now.
Then for four nights, Jessica Miano Kruel, Stephanie Sander, Kelsey Lakeman, Jillian Todd and Belle Jampol travel to the swinging ’60s with “Shout, The Mod Musical.” Featuring such classic tunes as “To Sir with Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Goldfinger,” “Shout” will play Nov. 17-20.
Waterfront On the Edge will continue with Arthur Crocker in “Every Brilliant Thing,” November 21-22, 28-29. “Every Brilliant Thing” takes audiences on a journey (re)discovering all that life has to give. Then December will bring “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914.” Playing Dec. 8-25, this night of camaraderie, music and peace is based on a true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it.
“Matilda the Musical,” the hit musical based on Roald Dahl’s novel, will play Jan. 12-29. Sponsored in part by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys, “Matilda the Musical” is the story of a precocious girl with the gift of telekinesis, who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.
It stars Samara MacDonald as Matilda, David Black as the evil Miss Trunchbull, Jessica Miano Kruel as Miss Honey, Carolyn Cooper and Donovan Pavlicek as Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood and an ensemble of 20 young people from Key West.
Then the comedy whodunit “CLUE” will play Feb. 16-March 5, with Michael Aaglan as Wadsworth, the Butler, Susannah Wells as Miss Scarlet, Ross Pipkin as Col. Mustard, Erin McKenna as Mrs. White, Matthias Maloff as Mr. Green, Barbara Mundy as Mrs. Peacock, John McDonald as Professor Plum, Carolyn Cooper as the Cook, Jillian Todd as Yvette and Zachary Francini as Mr. Boody.
The On The Edge series will present Tennessee Williams’ “This Property is Condemned.” Featuring Kelci Grooms and Ervin Tumm, the dates are to be announced.
Hailed as the funniest musical in at least 400 years, the hit musical “Something Rotten!” will open for a run March 22-April 16.
Then the third installment of “Trunk Material” will play for one performance only on Sunday, April 3. This delightful revue will feature performers from this season performing songs they love.
David Mamet’s valentine to acting, “A Life in the Theatre,” will play May 4-21. This comedy follows two actors as they rehearse, perform and live a life in the theater.
Also in May will be a one-night-only reading of Ernest Hemmingway’s “The Fifth Column.” This will be performed at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 8.
After pivoting this past season to performing live radio classics, the Waterfront will keep the tradition going, presenting a season full of classic radio plays including a re-broadcast of “The War of the Worlds” and “A Christmas Carol.”
Tickets currently are on sale for “The Rocky Horror Show” as well as memberships for the season. Go to www.waterfrontplayhouse.org or call the box office at 305-294-5015. ¦