With more than 5,000 people from a five-state area attending Playmaker productions each season, and with 178 guild members working on and all around the stage, Playmakers members feel proud of their "little community theater," which began with a humble 11-woman committee.
Leading off in November will be a musical, "Clue," based on the popular board game by the same name, with the usual suspects such as Colonel Mustard and Professor Plum. It's up to the audience to guess which one of 216 possible endings -- different every performance -- is the answer to whodunit, in what room, with which weapon.
In January, the play "Weekend Comedy" finds an older married couple, the settled and responsible Frank and Peggy, sharing quarters with the younger carefree Tony and Jill as the result of a botched vacation home reservation. Wild antics are promised along with a warm look at the generation gap.
"The Messiah on the Frigidaire," a March production, is the story of what happens when Jesus appears on a trailer-park refrigerator in a small town. Miracle-seekers, soul-searchers and disciples with decidedly political agendas multiply when the appliance-based apparition starts conveying "messages."
Finally, in June, Playmakers will produce the great musical, "Mame." It's the height of the 1920s and free-spirited Auntie Mame becomes the guardian for her 10-year-old nephew, Patrick. Her life is turned upside-down, her priorities change, but she still lives life to the fullest. "Mame" originally ran for a remarkable 1,508 performances on Broadway and appears on the Playmakers stage for the first time as the conclusion of its 63rd season.