Live Theatre – The Frogs by Stephen Sondheim – Directed by Grant Freeman


The First Street Community Center is thrilled to announce that the The Mount Vernon Lisbon Community Theatre is performing “The Frogs” by Stephen Sondheim, Directed by Grant Freeman in the Uptown Theatre.  Performances are July 20-22 @7:30pm and July 23rd @ 2pm.

From the writers behind A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum comes the hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire, The Frogs. Loosely based on a comedy written in 405 B.C. by Aristophanes, The Frogs playfully explores the great challenges of human existence: confronting our fears, understanding life and death and challenging the distractions that can prevent us from achieving our goals.

This boisterously hilarious, yet poignant, musical follows Dionysos, Greek god of wine and drama, and his slave, Xanthias, on a journey to Hades to collect renowned critic and playwright, George Bernard Shaw, so that he may enlighten the easily misled and coerced masses of Earth. Along this journey, Dionysus and Xanthias meet Chekhov, Congreve, Ibsen, Brecht and, of course, the chorus of frogs. Then, Shakespeare shows up and starts declaiming his greatest hits; before long, he engages in a battle of words with Mr. Shaw. Who will win the honor of becoming reincarnated: The Bard or Bernard?

The Frogs stays true to its heritage, mixing Aristophanic pratfall satire with a Sondheim score that swings from witty to pretty to rambunctious, but it also mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role of the arts in a world beset by war and folly.

COST:  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors 65+.

Come to the show and support your favorite home town actors and crew!

Cast for The Frogs

Dionysus : Braden Rood
Xanthias : Stacey Jaegar
Charon/Aeakos/Ensemble : Valerie Davine Bills
Herakles/Ensemble : John Gruber-Miller
Pluto/Ensemble : Jacob Glass
Shakespeare/Ensemble : Nicole Margheim
Ariadne/Ensemble : Margaret Gustason
Shaw/Ensemble : Joseph Williams
The Frogs/Ensemble : Eric Teeter, Jordan Juett, Silas Young, Eva Giacomo, Mandy Moellering, Kim Benesh, Rachel Connell, Nicole Klosterman, Nikki Scheel, Sam White

Crew for The Frogs

Director/Dramaturg : Grant Freeman
Assistant Director : Kasey Springsteen
Musical Director : Brandon Douglas
Choreographer(s) : Alanah Malone & Gina Montgomery
Pianist : Emory Gillespie


Shakespeare Comedy – Twelfth Night, or What You Will – MVLCT



Twins separated at sea! Cross-dressing! Servants and fools in charge! No one knows how to stage an Upstairs, Downstairs kind of dramedy like William Shakespeare.

– MVLCT Facebook event page

 The First Street Community Center’s Uptown Theatre is pleased to announce performance dates for The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night, or What You Will”.

The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes to be drowned.

Disguising herself as a young man and is called ‘Cesario’, as such she enters the service of Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino then uses ‘Cesario’ as an intermediary to profess his passionate love before Olivia.

Olivia, however, falls in love with ‘Cesario’, as she does not realize the Duke’s messenger is a woman in disguise. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with the Duke Orsino.

Meanwhile, Sebastian, who also survived the shipwreck, arrives on the scene, to add confusion and a bit of mayhem that must be seen and enjoyed in person.

A cast and crew of dedicated artists and actors from throughout the cultural corridor will perform at the Uptown Theatre on July 21-23 at 7:30 PM and on July 24 at 2 PM.

Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Community Theatre’s summer production of Twelfth Night will be the first of Shakespeare’s plays staged by the local group. (Julius Caesar was produced by Open Arenas Theatre in Mt. Vernon in 2012.)

Tickets are $12 and may be reserved by calling 319-535-2030.

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Rabbit Hole – For Mature Audiences Only – a Cornell College Student Theatre Production

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After the devastating loss of their child, a young couple struggle to pick up the pieces of their past, present and future. Family secrets, worm holes and lies are only a few of the things standing in their way.

Is it really possible to replace a part of your soul?

Mature audience only, show is rated R for language and adult subject matter.

The Show dates/Times are December 11 at 8pm and December 12th at 1pm and 8pm.

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