Theater diary: the San Diego Musical Theater unveils its 2022 season

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The San Diego Musical Theater has announced its 2022 season, which will premiere in its new home in Kearny Mesa, SDMT Stage.

Former home of the co-founders of SDMT, Gary and Erin Lewis, the longtime Tupperware sales and distribution company, the now-retired couple are transforming the building’s former events and training auditorium into a space theater with 144 seats at 4650 Mercury St., San Diego. It will serve as the home for the entire upcoming 15th anniversary season of the theater company.

For the first season of MTDS since the start of the pandemic, Erin Lewis said MTDS begins by producing only non-Equity shows. The reason, she said, is that the new auditorium is not large enough to meet Equity’s requirement of 6 feet of social distance between actors and a masked audience. Plus, the business can’t afford the cost of $ 10,000 per week to test the entire business for COVID twice a week. Lewis said the decision on casting fair versus casting without fairness will be reassessed before each show goes live.

Lewis said the MTDS stage will be the home of all shows and educational programs in 2022. But the company would like to move its professional shows to a more traditional theater space in the years to come.

Three- and four-show subscriptions for the 2022 season are now on sale, priced from $ 147 to $ 228. For more details on the season, visit sdmt.org. Here’s a look at the season:

“Catch me if you can: the musical”: Based on the semi-autobiographical book by reformed con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., this 2003 musical by Terrence McNally, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman chronicles Abagnale’s high-flying adventures where he posed as a pilot of line, a lawyer and a doctor, while a stubborn FBI agent follows his every move. The production will be directed by Allison Spratt Pearce, choreographed by Xavier J. Bush and musically directed by Richard Dueñez Morrison. From February 11 to March 13

“In the heights”: “Hamilton” writer-songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda collaborated with writer Quiara Alegria Hudes on this salsa-infused 2005 musical about the struggling owner of a Washington Heights bodega undergoing transformation in New York. York and how he and other business owners are struggling to adapt is changing. It will be directed by Jonathan Arana and musically conducted by Richard Dueñez Morrison. Winner of four Tony Awards. May 6 to June 5

“Little shop of horrors”: This classic 1982 Howard Ashman and Alan Menken musical is a sci-fi horror parody of an outer space man-eating plant that enlists the help of a florist’s clerk involuntary in his mortal plans. The production will be directed by Paul David Bryant, choreographed by Luke Harvey Jacobs and musically directed by Richard Dueñez Morrison. Sep 30 to Oct 30

“A Christmas story”: The San Diego Musical Theater is bringing back this 2009 holiday musical based on the 1983 film about Ralphie Parker, a 9-year-old boy from Indiana who only wants a Red Ryder BB pistol for Christmas. It will be directed by Kristen Chandler, choreographed by Jill Gorrie and musically conducted by Don LeMaster. November 30 to December 30

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Contest”: The annual MTDS pre-professional production will be featured as an off-season extra. It’s a comedy about six awkward, pre-pubescent youngsters vying for the top prize in the county competition. Rachel Sheinkin, William Finn and Rebecca Feldman’s musical will feature a cast of actors aged 15-20. It will be conducted by Michael Thomas Visgar and musically conducted by Richard Dueñez Morrison. July 29 to August 7

Cygnet Theater Artistic Director Sean Murray in the company’s continuous production “A Christmas Carol”, currently streaming through December 25, 2021.

(Karli Cadel)

Cygnet does ‘Carol’ in two ways

Cygnet Theater presents two different versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” this month.

Until December 26, the company’s annual stage production featuring an adapted book by Sean Murray and original score by Billy Thompson is performing on stage at the Old Town Theater at 4040 Twiggs St., San Diego. Tickets are $ 29 to $ 58.

And for those members of the public who would prefer to see “Carol” from the comfort of their living room, Cygnet has re-released the streaming production it produced last winter during the COVID lockdown. This version is a stripped-down version of one man starring Murray performing all of the roles in the short story in the dark Old Town theater. It airs until December 25.

Tickets for the two “Carol” productions are available on cygnetheatre.com.

Pam kragen written in theater for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email him at [email protected]