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Spring theater productions are coming to a stage near you

Spring heralds sprouting plants, sunnier skies, and the second half of theater season. Here is a preview of high school, college, and community theater productions slated for Tri-State stages.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
March 1-3, Signature School, 610 Main St.
Characters from the beloved comic strip “Peanuts” work together through conflict, hijinks, and everyday life in this musical.

Godspell
March 1-3, William Henry Harrison High School, 211 Fielding Road
A group sharing Biblical parables employs games and comedic storytelling in this musical.

Footloose
March 7-9, North Posey High School, 5800 High School Road, Poseyville, Indiana
Teenager Ren moves to a conservative town that forbids dancing, and he will not stand for that.

Lucky Stiff
March 7-10, North High School, 15331 U.S. 41
Shoe salesman Harry has a chance to claim $6 million, but he needs his recently murdered uncle to look alive in this musical with “Weekend at Bernie’s” undertones.

Legally Blonde
March 7-10, Central High School, 5400 First Ave.
Cheer on Elle Woods as she follows her longtime love to Harvard Law School, makes new friends and enemies, and learns her own potential.

Drinking Habits
March 8-9 and 15-16, American Legion Kapperman Post #44, 711 State St., Newburgh, Indiana
Newburgh Community Theatre presents Tom Smith’s wild comedy of a convent’s secret wine-making enterprise that draws undercover reporters and spy paranoia.

Daniel’s Husband
March 8-10, STAGEtwo at 321, 321 N. Congress Ave.
The perfect couple experiences a life-threatening event that causes them to reflect on love, commitment, and family.

Grease
March 14-16, Mount Vernon High School, 700 Harriett St., Mount Vernon, Indiana
Follow the high school escapades and heartbreak of the T-Birds and Pink Ladies in this musical.

Rent: School Edition
March 14-17, F.J. Reitz High School, 350 Dreier Blvd.
Love, art, and life in the city collide in this award-winning musical set in 1990s New York City.

POTUS
March 14-17, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave.
This comedy offers a behind-the-scenes look at seven women who work together to dampen the damage done by their Commander in Chief boss.

Pippin
March 14-17, Boonville High School, 300 N. First St, Boonville, Indiana
Stephen Schwartz’s musical — with help from writer Bob Fosse — tells the story of a young prince on a search for meaning and significance.

Shrek the Musical Jr.
March 15-17, The Crescent Room at Easterseals Early Learning Center, 621 S. Cullen Ave.
Join Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and their friends in the musical presented by the Children’s Theatre of Southern Indiana.

The Wizard of Oz
March 15-17, Henderson County High School, 2424 Zion Road, Henderson, Kentucky
Dorothy enters a strange land and makes new friends who help her return home

Rabbit Hole
March 22-24, STAGEtwo at 321, 321 N. Congress Ave.
Top Bunk Productions presents this Pulitzer Prize winning play about a couple and a life shattering accident that tests their relationship.

Father of the Bride
April 10-11, Castle High School, 3344 IN 261, Newburgh, Indiana
As his only daughter prepares for her wedding, her father reels from bills, family politics, and the subtle tug of his heartstrings.

Fame
April 11-12, New Tech Institute, 3013 N. First Ave.
“Remember my name!” cheer students at NYC’s High School of the Performing Arts as they sing, dance, and scheme their way to the top.

The SpongeBob Musical
April 11-13, Mater Dei High School, 1300 Harmony Way
Chaos erupts in Bikini Bottom as a nearby volcano threatens to erupt. SpongeBob and his friends ride to the rescue in this show based on the enduring Nickelodeon cartoon.

The Little Mermaid
April 11-14, Reitz Memorial High School, 1500 Lincoln Ave.
Swim through the sea and explore life on land with restless teenage mermaid Ariel, her best fish friend Flounder, long-suffering attendant Sebastian, and more in this nautical musical.

The Rainbow Fish Musical
April 11-14, Tecumseh High School, 5244 IN 68, Lynnville, Indiana
This shimmering fish is beloved for his scales but learns the meaning of vanity, respect, and sharing.

The Little Mermaid Jr.
April 12-13, Epworth Community Church, 4455 Epworth Road, Newburgh, Indiana
The Foundry Center for the Arts presents a children’s version of the 1989 Disney film.

Waiting for Lefty
April 12-13 and 18-21, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Ave.
Seven vignettes fill in a sparse-decorated set surrounding a labor union on the cusp of a strike.

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic
April 12-14, STAGEtwo at 321, 321 N. Congress Ave.
The Children’s Theatre of Southern Indiana presents a tale of the Puffs, who live in the shadow of a boy who is destined to save the wizarding world.

The Wolves
April 18-21, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Blvd.
Penned by Sarah DeLappe, this one-act play explores the lives of high school athletes through their weekly soccer game warmups.

The Miss Firecracker Contest
April 19-21 and 26-28, Benjamin Bosse High School, 1300 Washington Ave.
Contestant Carnelle fights for victory and redemption at a local beauty pageant in this Evansville Civic Theatre production.

Spring Awakening
April 26-28 and May 3-5, STAGEtwo at 321, 321 N. Congress Ave.
Inner cravings stir and come to light in this coming-of-age musical.

The Man Who Came to Dinner
May 17-19, STAGEtwo at 321, 321 N. Congress Ave.
STAGEtwo Productions puts on this madcap play with combines comedy and sophistication with when three lives become intertwined unexpectedly.

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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