2020 SEASON

FIVE YEARS OF MARKET THEATRE

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THE GREAT GATSBY

February 7-16, 2020

F. Scott Fitzgerald, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy

Directed by DALTON COLE

"A clean, imaginative and sometimes surreal work…" — Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Let’s go back to the Jazz Age! F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby comes to life on the Market stage. Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a newcomer to Long Island, moves into a cottage next to Gatsby’s brilliant mansion. After witnessing many late-night parties at his mysterious neighbor’s house, Nick is finally invited to attend one of these legendary all-night celebrations where decadence is in great supply. Nick soon finds himself drawn into Gatsby’s world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage – join us to be “among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”

Dalton Cole is a co-founder and the technical director of Market Theatre. Previous directing credits include It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play and our acclaimed production of Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical.


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MATILDA

March 20-April 5, 2020

Book by Dennis Kelly
Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin
Based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl

Directed by NOAH TAYLOR
Music Direction by MICHAEL BENITEZ
Choreography by QUINCY DELCOLETTI

The Broadway sensation makes its way to the Market stage! Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda is a captivating masterpiece that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and maybe a little magic. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace! Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, and unforgettable characters, children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

Noah Taylor is thrilled to bring one of the very first local productions of Matilda to the Upstate. Noah is the Executive Artistic Director of Market Theatre. Previous directing credits include Into the Woods, Next to Normal, The Fantasticks, Willy Wonka, and more.


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MAMMA MIA!

May 8-24, 2020

Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson

Directed AND CHOREOGRAPHED by TERRIE WEST POORE

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show.

Featuring songs like “Mamma Mia!”, “Dancing Queen”, “The Winner Takes It All”, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”, “Take A Chance On Me”, “Money Money Money”, “S.O.S.”, “Lay All Your Love On Me”, and many, many, many more.

Terrie West Poore returns to Market Theatre after previously directing the hit Legally Blonde: The Musical in 2016. She serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre/Dance at Anderson University. She has directed and choreographed dozens of productions across the Upstate.


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SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK:
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS

June 26-29, 2020

by William Shakespeare

Directed by David Larson
Produced by Diane Lee

Shakespeare in the Park has become a summer staple for downtown Anderson, bringing thousands to Carolina Wren Park each summer. Constantly growing, innovating, and evolving, last summer saw the spectacle of The Adventures of Pericles on the splash pad. Now, we’re bringing you more laughs than ever with The Comedy of Errors! Shakespeare in the Park is possible thanks to the generous support and hard work of the City of Anderson.

The founding team behind Shakespeare in the Park is back! David Larson and Diane Lee return to mount this annual community sensation. David Larson serves as Dean of the SC School of the Arts at Anderson University. Diane Lee is an arts educator, theatre advocate, and dedicated Market Theatre board member.


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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM
COUNTY SPELLING BEE

July 10-26, 2020

Conceived by Rebecca Feldman • Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Music and Lyrics by William Finn • Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Directed by DREW WHITLEY

Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, these eclectic tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing "ding" of the bell that signals elimination. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. Spelling Bee is a fast-paced, irresistible hit and an instant favorite.

Drew Whitley is an Anderson native who has directed Death of a Salesman and The 39 Steps at Market Theatre. You may recognize him from his role as the Baker in The Market’s Into the Woods. He teaches theatre at DW Daniel High School and has performed locally with Warehouse Theatre, Mill Town Players, and more.


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THE 7TH ANNUAL 24 HOUR MUSICAL

August 2020 at Anderson University

Directed by RYAN HEWITT

Each summer, the 24 Hour Musical brings together a diverse group of theatre artists and volunteers from around the Upstate with the goal of producing a full-scale, Broadway-style musical production... in only 24 hours! We believe that theatre can (and should!) be used to make a difference in our community. Admission to the show is free, with all donations going directly to a local charity partner.

Past productions have raised nearly $20,000 for charities such as the The LOT Project, DCEC, Anderson Free Clinic, the Anderson Foster Parents Association, and more.

Ryan Hewitt is no stranger to the 24 Hour Musical, having participated in almost every conceivable role: choreographer, actor, dance captain, and now… director! Ryan is the Artistic Director of Greenwood Community Theatre. He previously worked with Market Theatre on It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (as George Bailey) and Annie (choreographer).


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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

October 9-18, 2020

By tennessee williams

Directed by CHRISTOPHER ROSE

One of the greatest works of American theatre, A Streetcar Named Desire brings southern belle Blanche DuBois to New Orleans to reunite with her sister, Stella, and to escape her past. Her affectations of refinement set her immediately at odds with Stella’s blue-collar husband, Stanley Kowalski. Blanche's sophisticated exterior crumbles as she intertwines with their simple life and Stanley’s fierce, unpredictable personality. The apartment becomes a pressure cooker of sensuality and class tensions, ultimately erupting in some of the most iconic dramatic moments seen on the modern stage. Don’t miss the classic that won Tennessee Williams his Pulitzer Prize!

Christopher Rose returns to The Market after directing acclaimed productions of Heathers, CabaretCat on a Hot Tin Roof, Julius Caesar. He recently directed Romeo and Juliet with Mill Town Players, which won top honors at the SC Theatre Association and Southeastern Theatre Conference’s community theatre festivals.


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WINNIE-THE-POOH

December 3-13, 2020

From the stories of A.A. Milne. Dramatized by le Clanché du Rand Music by Allan J. Friedman • Lyrics by A.A. Milne and Kristin Sergel • Additional lyrics by le Clanché du Rand.

Directed by JESSIE DAVIS

Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin's tubby little "bear of very little brain" who would love to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself in the middle of all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by his familiar friends Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit. Pooh's intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey keeps getting him into trouble! When Piglet needs a little help, Pooh wants to fly to the rescue, but he's had so many snacks he gets stuck in the door. This musical, based on A.A. Milne’s original poetry, will feature a cast of kids from kindergarten to 5th grade!

Jessie Davis works with The Market year round as a teaching artist and summer camp director. She has previously directed our mainstage productions of Junie B. Jones The Musical and Annie. You may recognize her from performances in Our Town, The 39 Steps, Steel Magnolias, The Fantasticks, and more.