Playcrafters of Skippack, the community theater in the heart of our village, is exceptional. The actors, directors, and production people, all of whom volunteer their time and remarkable talents, refuse to take the easy way out. Instead of relying on the same time-tested productions revisited year after year at most community theaters (think My Fair Lady or Fiddler on the Roof), Skippack’s theatrical team crosses boundaries, presents meaningful ideas, takes risks, and explores new territory.
Each year, Playcrafters exceeds expectations, presenting a fresh season of productions that are diverse, thought-provoking, and entertaining; a mix of comedy and drama. This year, Playcrafters will present two musicals, one in the summer and one in the fall. The quality of production and performance is consistently excellent. You do not want to miss the 2015 season.
Playcrafters of Skippack barn theater is located on 2011 Store Road.
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike
Opening night: April 23, Thursday
Closing performance: May 9, Saturday
A Tony-award winning comedy about the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom, Vonya and Sonia, live together. The events takes place during a visit by the third sibling, Masha, recently divorced, who supports them. The siblings discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. The action takes place in contemporary Bucks County. Written by Christopher Durang, the play is a humorous adaptation of classic themes.
The Glass Menagerie
Opening night: May 28, Thursday
Final Performance: June 13, Saturday
Set in St. Louis in 1937, The Glass Menagerie explores the memories of Tom Wingfield, a character representative of the playwright Tennessee Williams. Tom is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. Each member of the family struggles with the hardships of poverty and isolation, and seeks escape from reality into their own deceptions, fantasies, and illusions. Tom is torn between his love for his sister and his desire to create his own destiny.
A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody
Opening night: July 9, Thursday
Final performance: July 25, Saturday
It’s New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion, and Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all. But Matthew wants something more; to be rid of his wife Julia so he can have some real fun. He resolves to murder Julia by the new year’s end, and tells her so. She vows to stay alive, and tells him so. And so the game begins — a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless. Written by Ron Bernas.
Little Shop of Horrors
Opening night: August 13, Thursday
Final performance: August 29, Saturday
A comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman. Nebbish florist Seymour is in love with his beautiful co-worker Audrey. When he discovers a mysterious plant he is catapulted from zero to hero — til he discovers the plant’s true blood thirsty motivations. The music in the style of early 1960s rock and roll, doo-wop, and early Motown. Horror, comedy, and music combine for great entertainment.
The Woman in Black
Opening night: September 17, Thursday
Final performance: October 3, Saturday
The Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill, is a creative work of theater that utilizes language, setting, and technical elements to obtain the impact of a Gothic horror story. Set in a Victoria era theater, the two-man play follows Arthur Kipps, a middle aged lawyer who, seeking to come to terms with a traumatic event in his past, hires an actor to perform a manuscript. Young Kipps (played by the actor) travels to a mysterious mansion on a marsh in the North of England where he encounters numerous characters (all played by Older Kipps) and the terrifying Woman in Black, who may or may not be real.
Rocky Horror Show
Opening night: October 30, Friday
Final performance: November 14, Saturday
When their car breaks down on a deserted street, Brad and Janet, a wholesome couple, take refuge in a castle on the hill. There they are welcomed by a cross-dressing mad scientist named Frank N. Furter (“just a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania”), his creepy servants, Riff-Raff and Magenta, and various others. Brad and Janet arrive just in time for a party celebrating the creation of Frank N. Furter’s monster, a blond bodybuilder named Rocky. Then one of the party is killed and possibly served for dinner. Brad and Janet will be guests for the night. What next? Let’s do the time warp again.
In Case You Missed It: Video Highlights from Last Year at Playcrafters
Shot during rehearsal of The Crucible at Playcrafters of Skippack in 2014, this video shows the awakening of Abigail Williams, a puritan girl in Salem, Massachusetts, who discovers how to manipulate the self-seeking and hypocritical adults in her community. Abigail Williams is played by Bishon Prushankin, who will appear in the 2015 Playcrafters season. Also in the video, Gillian Williams as Betty Parris, a puritan girl overcome with a strange illness.
In 2014, Playcrafters of Skippack staged Hair, the landmark rock musical of 1960s youth rebellion. This video clip, shot during a rehearsal, shows how the actors captured not only the joyful abandon of free-spirited hippies, but also the frustration and resentment of parents whose values were being attacked, even as they were footing the bill. With Stephen Barszowski Jr. as Claude, a leader of the tribe of hippies, and Suzanne Rainear and Matthew Mitlas as his mom and dad.