An evening of one acts, a fast-paced whodunit, a farce and a world premiere will highlight the Jewel Box Theatre's 2012-13 season. Kicking off the season Aug. 23 through Sept. 16 is the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats.” Based on T.S. Eliot's “Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats,” this musical follows a group of curious felines who elect one of their clan to be reborn into a new life.
The theater will celebrate the opposing arenas of comedy and tragedy Oct. 4-28 with A.A. Milne's “The Ugly Duckling” and Lucille Fletcher's “Sorry, Wrong Number.” In the former, a royal couple schemes to have a beautiful maid impersonate their plain daughter in order to attract a beau. “Sorry, Wrong Number” focuses on an invalid who overhears two men planning a murder. As tension mounts, the woman realizes she is their intended victim.
Filling the third slot of its season is the world premiere of “Excavation,” the story of an archeological dig that bridges the lives of a woman from the 1800s and a young boy from the present. “Excavation,” scheduled Nov. 15 through Dec. 9, was the Jewel Box's 2012 play competition winner.
Kicking off the new year is “The 39 Steps,” a melodrama adapted from the 1915 novel by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. Performed by a cast of four, “The 39 Steps” is populated with a large number of heroes and villains thanks to some quick-change artistry. Production dates are Jan. 17 through Feb. 10.
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About Jewel Box Theatre
Curtain times for each production are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Season tickets (six shows) are $50 for adults, $30 for full-time students. For more information, call 521-1786 or go to. www.jewelboxtheatre.org.