HLT Announces 2019-20 Season

Hanover Little Theatre (HLT) will bring comedy and nostalgia to the stage with the four shows in the 2019-20 season, the 71st for Hanover’s only all-volunteer community theatre.

The season opens in the fall with a pair of comedies. In Kitchen Witches, a pair of “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses with a nasty history have to learn how to work together on the same show with hilarious results. The show will run September 13-15 and 19-22.

In November, HLT will present Jailhouse Frocks by Devon Williamson, the author of The Old People Are Revolting, which sold out all seven 2016 performances in Hanover.The comedy, which will run November 15-17 and 19-22, follows the antics of Birchwood County police officer Dwayne on a chaotic night.

The second half of the season brings back memories, first with the March 20-22, 26-29, 2020, production of the Pulitzer Prize winning Harvey, which celebrates its 70 anniversary in 2020. Mary Chase’s classic brings Elwood P. Dowd and his friend Harvey – an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit – to Hanover.

HLT will close the season June 12-14, 18-21, 2020, with Polyester the Musical, which will treat the audience to a reunion show by The Synchronistics, an ABBA wannabe group which reunites after 20 years to perform at a public access television telethon.

Information about memberships and season tickets will be released at a later date. Directors will be announced in the coming weeks. Auditions will be announced as they are scheduled.

The 2018-19 season will close July 13-15 and 19-22 with eight performances of the musical comedy Church Basement Ladies.

For more information on the current or upcoming season, contact HLT at info@hanoverlittletheatre.com or call 717-637-5297.

Kitchen Witches (Caroline Smith)

Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for thirty years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food (and that’s flung, too)! Dolly’s long-suffering TV-producer son, Stephen, tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly’s dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel’s, it’s a losing battle, and the show becomes a ratings smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!
SHOW DATES: September 13-15, 19-22

Jailhouse Frocks (Devon Williamson)

Shattering dimwitted Officer Dwayne’s tranquil evening at the Birchwood County police station is the arrests of three unlikely women; the mayor’s wife, the local mad cat-lady, and a dangerous looking New Yorker. The already chaotic situation descends into mayhem with the arrival of a New York gangster, disguised as an FBI agent, hell-bent on exacting revenge on his wife. By the end of the night, the ladies have formed a gang, sang some songs, escaped from jail and locked the gangster up in their place, leaving Officer Dwayne wondering how on earth he’s managed to make the arrest of a lifetime.
SHOW DATES: November 15-17, 21-24

Harvey (Mary Chase)

Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six-and-a-half-foot-tall rabbit. To avoid future embarrassment for her family—and especially for her daughter, Myrtle Mae—Veta decides to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. At the sanitarium, a frantic Veta explains to the staff that her years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also, and so the doctors mistakenly commit her instead of her mild-mannered brother. The truth comes out, however; Veta is freed, and the search is on for Elwood, who eventually arrives at the sanitarium of his own volition, looking for Harvey. But it seems that Elwood and his invisible companion have had a strange influence on more than one of the doctors. Only at the end does Veta realize that maybe Harvey isn’t so bad after all.
SHOW DATES: March 20-22, 26-29, 2020

Polyester The Musical (Phil Olson & Wayland Pickard)

The Synchronistics, an over-the-hill ABBA wannabe group reunites after 20 years to perform at a public access tv telethon, put their differences aside, and try to save the station from going under….The year was 1979 and The Synchronistics were big. Big enough to be on Johnny Carson. Their hit single, “Better Together” rose to number two on the Billboard Charts. Then something terrible happened that drove the group apart….Now, 20 years later, they’re back together in Maple Valley, their home town, to perform at the 1999 WKLN public access TV Telethon. Will they overcome their differences from 20 years ago, act professionally and help save WKLN from going under? Probably not. But you never know what to expect when this dysfunctional group gets together…one last time. A farcical 70s time warp.
SHOW DATES: June 12-14, 18-21, 2020

New Board Members Elected

Hanover Community Players – the official legal entity over Hanover Little Theatre – elected a new board on Sunday, June 9. These terms of office will begin on July 1, 2019.

Officers elected to one-year terms were:

President: Charles Beard
First Vice President: Duane Bull
Second Vice President: Courtney McDougall
Facilities Manager: Chad Zepp
Secretary: Nicole Merkel
Treasurer : Brandon O’Donnell

Board Members at Large elected to 2-year-terms were Mathew Barninger, Sally Chase and Suzanne Williamson; Dave Bell and Douglas Cooper were elected to 1-year terms as Board Members at Large.

Erin DiNello and Bonnie Raubenstine remain on the board as Board Members at Large. Brian Shea will become Immediate Past President, an Ex Officio member of the board.

The board thanks Heidi Hormel and Skip Tananis for their many years of service. Hormel was Immediate Past President and Tananis was a Board Member at Large after serving as Facilities Manager for a number of years. They made significant contributions to HLT and will be missed.

The board also approved changes to the bylaws.

Church Basement Ladies Tickets on Sale Now

Get your tickets now for Hanover Little Theatre’s upcoming production of musical comedy Church Basement Ladies. The show will run July 12-14 and 18-21.

To accommodate increased interest in this show, we will add an eighth performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m. on July 14 and 21. Evening performances will be at 8 p.m. on July 12-13 and 18-20.

All tickets are $15 with no fees for tickets printed at home or bought at the door. Discounts are available for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. There will be a $2 charge for all phone orders and a $1 charge for any tickets delivered through the mail. Our box office will be open the two weekends prior to Opening Night for ticket sales.

The Church Basement Ladies organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, we see them handle a record breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter fundraiser, and a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on course.  

Our non-profit partner for the show is New Hope Ministries. HLT will donate $2 for each ticket sold to the Saturday, July 13 evening performance to New Hope. Matching donations from an anonymous patron and Sommer and O’Donnell – Attorneys at Law will boost the total donation to $6 per seat. We will also accept donations from patrons at each performance.

Introduction to Improv Class Scheduled

Hanover Little Theatre will partner with the Church of Satire Comedy Club to offer an Introduction to Improv class at the Church of Satire (106 Broadway) in downtown Hanover. 

Come learn the basics of improv performance in a class which will include activities and games across six sessions that encourage you to think on your feet like never before.

Class sessions will take place at the Church of Satire from 4-5:30 p.m. on Sundays from June 30 through August 18 (no class on July 7 and August 4). There will be a showcase performance for friends and family on August 25 at 4 p.m.

The cost will be $75.

The class will be taught by HLT Board member Brian Shea, who performs at the Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) and is the founder of Snacktown Improv Comedy (STIC). HLT board members Erin DiNello, a BIG performer, and Courtney McDougall, will assist.

Participants will have fun in a supportive atmosphere designed to uncover the potential of improv on the stage and in everyday life. Step into the world of make believe through simple and entertaining exercises. Space is limited, and the class is limited to those 18 and older.