The Citadel Theater launches the 2022-23 season of four shows


Citadel Theater Company recently announced its 2022/2023 season, featuring an Obie Award winner and three comedies, including a beloved musical. The season opens with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, followed by British farce IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, then Lucas Hnath’s THE CHRISTIANS, and ends with the “air guitar” comedy AIRNESS. According to Artistic Director Scott Phelps, “Our next season’s plays and musical will range from farce to philosophy, but all will be deeply human and reflect our theater’s commitment to presenting work that “illuminates challenges.” and the joys of the human experience”.

The season opens September 15 with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, a beloved classic from Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, based on the Roger Corman film of the same name. The show follows Seymour, the clerk at the sweet plant store, his fellow crush Audrey, her sadistic dentist boyfriend, and the man-eating plant that threatens them and the world as we know it. The musical will be directed by Matthew Silar (MATILDA at the Firehouse Theatre, DADDY LONG LEGS at the Awaken Theatre) with musical direction by Isabella Isherwood and choreography by Lexi Bailey. The musical will run from September 15 to October 16. Tickets and more information here.

Just in time for the holidays, UK farce IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY begins previews on November 16. The show was written by famed British master prankster Ray Cooney (TWO INTO ONE, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE.) Set in a hospital, the show has the usual assortment of wacky nuts that go in and out confusing everyone with someone else. another, as Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex-wife, a punk son, and various other crazies so he can finally deliver the Ponsonby Lecture at an international conference. Originally created in Guildford in 1987, the show “Tickles the Funny Bones Shamelessly” according to Sunday Express, London. Directed by Citadel veteran Pat Murphy whose most recent work at Citadel was 2020’s THE FANTASTICKS. FAMILY TIMES begins November 16 and ends December 18. Tickets and more information here.

Lucas Hnath’s Obie Award-winning play THE CHRISTIANS opens February 8. Lucas Hnath has proven himself to be a formidable modern playwright. Her A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 was nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play and her DANA H. and HILARY AND CLINTON have been produced on Broadway to critical acclaim in recent seasons. Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest shop window. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday school, a cafe in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of belief in his church. A big-little piece about faith in America-and the problem of changing one’s mind. Directed by Scott Westerman (director of Citadel’s 2018 hit SEX WITH STRANGERS), February 8 to March 12. Tickets and more information here.

Closing the season, the comedy AIRNESS debuts April 19. When Nina enters her first air guitar contest, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all determined to become the next champion, she discovers there’s more to the art form than pretend play; it’s about finding yourself in your favorite songs and performing with raw joy. Will Nina be able to let go and free herself on stage? Following its mission to shred or be shredded, AIRNESS is an exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already within us. A comedy about competition, completion and the search for air within. This 2019 Humana Festival hit has since been produced across the United States. TwinCities.com/Pioneer Press of Minneapolis St Paul said, “…it’s a comedy. richly detailed characters with quirky wisdom to share to connect with yourself and your tribe.” {Written by Chelsea Marcantel and directed by Joe Lehman (director of Citadel’s 2021 holiday production YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN ), from April 19 to May 21. Tickets and more information here.

Season Passes are available for the full season of four shows at $120.00 or as flexible passes that can be used for customer’s choice of three shows for $100.00 or two shows for $70.00 . Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale at www.citadeltheatre.org.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Matthew Silar
From Saturday September 17 to Sunday October 16, 2022
(Previews from September 15 to 16
@ 7:30 p.m.)
PRESS OPENING Saturday September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday mornings at 3 p.m. Morning Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Overview of ticket prices $15. Regular pass price on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays $40; Saturday and Sunday $45.00. Discounts available for groups, seniors and students.
Citadel Theater, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, IL

Based on the 1960 film by Roger Corman and featuring a book by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Ashman, Little Shop follows sweet-natured plant shop attendant Seymour, his co-worker crushes Audrey, his A boyfriend’s sadistic dentist and plant-eating man who threatens them and the world as we know it.

IT WORKS WITH THE FAMILY
by Ray Cooney
Directed by Pat Murphy
From Friday 18 November to Sunday 18 December 2022
(Previews from November 16 to 17
@ 7:30 p.m.)
PRESS OPENING Friday 18 November at 7.30 p.m.
Thursdays*, Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday mornings at 3 p.m. Morning Wednesday at 1 p.m.
*No show on Thanksgiving Day, November 24.
Overview of ticket prices $15. Regular pass price on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays $40; Saturday and Sunday $45.00. Discounts available for groups, seniors and students.
Citadel Theater, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois

The master British prankster (TWO INTO ONE, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, et al.) is back. Set in a hospital, IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY features the usual assortment of wacky lunatics running in and out of doors mistaking everyone for someone else, as Dr. Mortimore tries to push off a paternity suit, an ex-wife, a punk son, and various other crazies so he can finally deliver the Ponsonby lecture at an international conference.

THE CHRISTIANS
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Scott Westerman
From Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 March 2023
(Previews on February 8 and 9
@ 7:30 p.m.)
PRESS OPENING Friday February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday mornings at 3 p.m. Morning Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Overview of ticket prices $15. Regular pass price on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays $40; Saturday and Sunday $45.00. Discounts available for groups, seniors and students.
Citadel Theater, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest shop window. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday school, a cafe in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of belief in his church. A big-little piece about faith in America-and the problem of changing one’s mind.

AERATION
By Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Joe Lehman
Friday, April 21 – Sunday,
May 21, 2023
(Previews on April 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.)
PRESS OPENING Friday April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday mornings at 3 p.m. Morning Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Overview of ticket prices $15. Regular pass price on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays $40; Saturday and Sunday $45.00. Discounts available for groups, seniors and students.
Citadel Theater, 300 S. Waukegan Road, Lake Forest, Illinois

When Nina enters her first air guitar contest, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds all determined to become the next champion, she discovers there’s more to this art form than just pretend play.
ABOUT THE COMPANY

Scott Phelps (Art Director) is in his 20th year as Citadel Art Director. He has acted in and directed dozens of Citadel productions over the past decade and a half since founding this North Shore theater in 2002 with his friend and lifelong companion, Ellen. He has acted/directed in New York and his home state of California, trained as an actor at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, received his BFA from the University of Utah and did an apprenticeship with The Actors. Louisville Theater in KY. For 18 years Scott worked for a promotional company and raised his three daughters and son in Lake Forest. Recently, he took on the next chapter in his life – the role of “Grandfather”. Although he’s not sure if he’s old enough to take on the role, he relishes the challenge.

The Citadel Theater is one of Chicagoland’s premier theaters, producing hundreds of performances each year and inspiring audiences for nearly 20 years. Founded by Scott and Ellen Phelps in 2002, the Citadel Theater includes its main stage shows, touring programs and children’s theater classes. A proud member of the League of Chicago Theaters and the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff ArtsLink, the Citadel Theater offers a uniquely intimate theatrical experience that transports you to another setting and leaves you feeling euphoric and wanting more. A recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Citadel can accept tax-deductible donations.

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