There will be a hot time in the old Arlington tonight! Welcome to Theatre Arlington’s 46th Sizzling Season! These tickets are so hot, they’re cool! Be a part of the second oldest operating theatre in Tarrant County and the fifth largest community theatre in the Southwest by purchasing your flexible package today. Your subscription buys you one of the hottest entertainment deals in the Metroplex and insures awesome subscriber privileges.
This season, you will see glitzy musicals, hilarious comedies, classic drama and professionally staged all-youth productions. You will also have the opportunity to be a playwright yourself at the TA Horizon Series, celebrating new plays by Texas playwrights. Your input could shape the next Broadway hit!
So join me for this sizzling season of shows and take your seats before they are gone!
~ Valerie Galloway, Executive Director
By Maurine Dallas Watkins, Fred Ebb, John Kander, Bob Fosse
SEPTEMBER 14 – OCTOBER 7, 2018
In roaring twenties Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal.
Appropriate for audiences aged 13 and up
THE ADVENTURES OF NATE THE GREAT
By Pamela Sterling
Based on the Nate the Great series of books by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
OCTOBER 19 – 28, 2018
On a darkened stage, a tall figure in a trench coat and fedora blows a warm jazz refrain on a saxophone followed by ... the “cool” and very serious, Nate the Great, the sharpest kid detective ever to solve his neighborhood's mysteries. With his faithful dog, Sludge, and his friends, he solves important cases, always remembering to leave a note for his mother and wear his galoshes! It's the Our Gang comedies meet Raymond Chandler. It's a spoof of "B" movie mysteries. It's a perspective of a child's vision of life's everyday mysteries—when past, present and future all combine to create a wonderful Now.
Appropriate for audiences aged 3 and up
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
From the novel by Valentine Davies
Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street
DECEMBER 7 - 22, 2018
By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy's customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy's vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl's belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy.
Appropriate for audiences ages 6 and up
LOVE, SEX AND THE I.R.S.
By Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore
JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019
Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money,
Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue
Service informs the “couple” they’re going to be investigated. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon’s
fiancée, Kate. Complicating matters further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon’s back, Jon’s mother
drops in unexpectedly to meet her son’s fiancée, and Leslie’s ex-girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won’t
see her anymore. Like a cross between I Love Lucy and Some Like it Hot.
Appropriate for audiences ages 13 and up. Mild adult themes.
JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL JR.
Book and Lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music by Zina Goldrich
Based on the Book Series by Barbara Park
FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 10, 2019
Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie's best friend Lucille has found
new best friends; Junie makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school; Junie has trouble reading the blackboard in
Mr. Scary’s class and she may need glasses. Now add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament, a "Top-Secret Personal
Beeswax Journal" and fun-filled songs – and first grade has never been more exciting!
Appropriate for all audiences ages 3 and up.
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
By Tennessee Williams
APRIL 5 - 20, 2019
Williams’ classic play is a living portrait of lies and deceit that fester below the surface of what appears to be a
normal family. On a steamy night in Mississippi, this Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate
Big Daddy’s birthday. The sizzling heat is almost as oppressive as the evils among them and the lies they tell. Brick
and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of
the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?
Appropriate for audiences ages 13 and up. Adult language.
9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Based on the Twentieth Century Fox film
MAY 10 – 26, 2019
This hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little
romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical,
lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their
boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company
that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?
Appropriate for audiences ages 13 and up.
THEATRE ARLINGTON HORIZON SERIES
JULY 11 – 14, 2019
Join Theatre Arlington in celebrating the up and coming playwrights of Texas at our TA Horizon Series. A variety of
new theatrical works will be presented as stage readings by TA artists. Season subscribers will choose one new
play as part of their package and have the opportunity to purchase the other staged readings at a reduced price.
After each reading, there will be an audience Talk Back in which the audience members meet the actors, director
and playwright, and have the opportunity to give input about the work. You could very well shape the next big Broadway hit!
Appropriate for audiences ages 16 and up.
THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
AUGUST 9 – 25, 2019
Four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together
by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost
through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic; Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise, earthy
and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal who just lost her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year-old
dental hygienist and Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, who offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by
her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice. Together,
they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to
make new old friends.
Appropriate for audiences aged 13 and up. Adult language.
ABOUT THEATRE ARLINGTON:
Located in the center of Arlington's arts district, Theatre Arlington is one of the largest semi-professional, non-profit theaters
in the Southwest, with roots that date back to the 1973. Forty-six years later the staff and board of directors are still as
dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in North Texas by presenting superior, diverse, artistic experiences through
performance, production and education as they were during their humble beginnings.
Besides a regular season featuring nine productions a year, TA runs a year-round theatre school including spring break and
summer camps, and also partners with the Arlington ISD and local community organizations to provide free and low-cost art
enrichment programs for area children and teens. Theatre Arlington has become a key player in enriching the city’s cultural
environment. The remarkable pioneering vision of the theater’s early leaders to create and spearhead a true artistic
community in Arlington has incredibly come to fruition! As Richard Daley, the Former Mayor of Chicago said, “Politicians
don’t bring people together. Artists do.”
Artwork by Beam Team Design
For more information about Theatre Arlington’s 2018-2019Season
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