Welcome to Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana,
where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped
by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is
still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and
free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've
just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss
Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn,
whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a
"good ole boy." Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but
humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when,
in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and
forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the
others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the
play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching,
funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
This show was so well received when we did it in 2008, we
just had to bring it back for an encore! The show plays Fri/Sat/Sun February
5 - February 28, 2016. Continuing with our WINTER SCHEDULE, shows will be at
7:30 Fridays, at 4:00 Saturdays, and at 2:00 Sundays.
Peter and Frances Hunter have an apartment above Peter's place of employment
– the Bank. Imagine their dismay when they discover a package from the
"Scandinavian Glassware Company" that is more "revealing" than expected!
Their attempts to eliminate the "provocative" material without "exposing"
themselves to their conservative world results in one of the most
successful, side-splitting comedies every produced. ("No Sex Please, We're
British" ran in London's West End for 16 years and remains the
longest-running comedy ever, with 6,761 performances to its name)
"No Sex, Please" will play
April 1 - April 24, 2016. We return to our "fair weather" schedule of Friday
and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m.
Note:The show may seem to have
slightly adult content, but if you see anything out of line, it is probably
because we play to your vivid imagination! Still it will be best enjoyed by
patrons 13 and older.
2016 marks the MTC's 44th melodrama season! Plan to spend some time with us
this summer when you make Mantorville one of your recreation
Bring the whole family! Four completely different
melodramas for you to enjoy - all authored and directed by local playwrights,
their premier performances and two returning for welcome
for our summer shows received a spectacular turnout. Thank-you to
all who came. We wish we could have cast everyone. The decisions
Eagle" a Real American Hero" or "Eagles May Sore But Veisels Never
Fall From the Sky" written and directed by Denise Ruemping.
Premiering on our stage June 10 -
July 3, 2016
Jack Eagle is a real American hero, or so all the dime
novels say! But when he arrives in a small Midwestern town, while on
one of his Public Appearance tours, some of the local residents may
soon discover that there is more to Jack Eagle than what appears in
print. Will this real American hero live up to his reputation and save
the day? Or will his dime novels suddenly experience a drastic decline
Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8.
Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online
tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507)
635-5420 or purchase online
The small village of Mantorville has been visited by an
unwelcome visitor, a mysterious inflammatory illness, and beautiful
little golden-haired Mairegold is its first victim. Her father,
grieving widower, Colin Grange desperately searches for some remedy,
which will return his only child to health. Enter our villain, Dr.
Phineas Malaise, Ph. F., M of N, and CRS, who offers his new elixir of
health which is guaranteed to “cure everything what ails ‘ya,” and as
proof, he brings along his aged mother to demonstrate her unrivaled
good health after drinking his elixir for years. But, when Phineas
sets eye on our heroine, he falls and falls hard, and his pursuit of
medical glory vanishes in promise of romance. Will our heroine succumb
to the charms of Phineas Malaise, or will she help Colin nurse his
daughter Mairegold back to health and find true love? Will Ma Malaise
find her calling in homeopathic medicine, raising the only plants
guaranteed to reduce inflammation, alleviate constipation, bloating
and cramps, and prevent infection and speed healing? And will the
residents of this new county seat discover Dr. Malaise’s fraud and
banish him forever from the banks of the Zumbro? “Mairegold Will Heal
My Heart” is a melodrama with humor, health, history, and happiness to
Last year was the 50th annual Mantorville Marigold Days celebration.
That means that this year is the 50th Anniversary Mantorville Marigold
Days celebration. Yes, we know that the actual Marigold Days won't
happen until September, but we can celebrate the moment a little early
with this original show!
He's suave, charming and irresistible - he's also false, lying and
reprehensible! And Connor Steele's plans are going awry. When
Steele arrives with his new wife to claim the estate of his late wife,
he finds that wife not "late" at all but still alive! In addition,
another of his many wronged women has trailed him to town. Luckily
for the ladies, the Pinkerton detective Will Ketchem is closing in and
knows the key to sort it all out.
Adult tickets are $10.
Reduced Rate tickets are $8. Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or
Adult tickets are $10. Reduced Rate tickets are $8.
Reservations at (507) 635-5420 or purchase online
Old Poppie owns a declining bicycle
shop and has Hans, a young apprentice from Germany, working for him.
Hans has been interested in all the talk about making bicycles gas
propelled. He has heard that Henry Ford is close to finding an
internal combustion solution. Hans is also working on an engine
design. Everyone has a plan of some sort. Hans plans to team up with
Henry Ford and help Poppie save the shop, and perhaps impress Poppies
granddaughter, Roberta. Roberta. Roberta has a plan to make Hans
notice her. Hattie, the widow down the street, has a plan to make
Poppie husband number three. A. T. Rocious, a villain who has
overheard Hans talking to his friend, Ben, about his engine, plans to
impersonate Henry Ford and steal the engine and the glory.
Note: The run of this show ends Saturday, September 10. There is
not a matinee performance on September 11. Please enjoy the Marigold
Days parade on Sunday the 11th!
We complete 2016 with these outstanding Productions:
Our All Hallows Feast
murder-mystery dinner theatre!
In this hard boiled comic mystery sequel to the
ever-popular Murder at Cafe Noir, ex-private eye Rick Archer is now
the confused manager of Cafe Noir on the island of Mustique. He is
confronted with a corpse on the dock, a mysterious femme fatale, a
French blackmailer and a businessman who wants both the cafe and the
woman. Rick is arrested after the blackmailer is murdered in his club.
It is up to the audience to convince the magistrate that he is
innocent. A tribute to Casablanca with many references to the classic
movie, Noir Suspicions is guaranteed to delight audiences whether or
not they are familiar with Murder at Cafe Noir.
While you help us unravel the mystery, you'll enjoy
a fine meal prepared by Omar's Kitchen. The show plays weekends from
October 7 - October 30. The house opens at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and
Saturdays, with the action and meal beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Sundays,
the house will open at 12:30 p.m. with the action and meal beginning
at 1:00 p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are absolutely required,
so Omar and his team know how many and what kind of meals to make.
Regular tickets are $35 and reduced rate tickets are $33.
Our flavorful menu can be viewed by clicking below:
Reservations are accepted by calling (507) 635-5420. Phone calls
are not returned unless the show is sold out.
"The Nutcracker's Nuts"by Dennis Wickline plays November 18 - December
4. (Three weekends
only!) 11th. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our audiences and
the willingness of our cast and crew, we are extending the run for a fourth
THE NUTCRACKER'S NUTS takes place in the Northern
Lower Peninsula (of Michigan). Simon's Rest is a retirement community in
Frankfort, Michigan. Every Christmas the residents perform their
traditional, boring, and harder and harder to produce version of A CHRISTMAS
CAROL. Every Christmas, that is, except this one. Minnie Winchester, an
elderly piano teacher, suggests that the residents do something new,
something like THE NUTCRACKER. Everyone agrees that it would be wonderful to
try something new and THE NUTCRACKER is accepted immediately. Tickets
quickly sell out. Just as rehearsals begin, however, the retirees discover
one important and overlooked detail, THE NUTCRACKER is a ballet, and Minnie
Winchester, who always wanted to play Clara, the lead, doesn't know
how to dance.
Please note that we have returned to our regular Saturday
schedule (as opposed to an experiment we tried last year), so Friday and
Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances will be
at 2:00 p.m.
Looking for an opportunity for a special event? Contact us
about extending our run for a private showing! We've set aside December 9,
10, and 11 to provide for groups that want to rent the hall (and us!)
On these unscheduled dates, you can buy the house for the cost of 100
reduced rate tickets ($1300)
Coming in February 2017:
"Honk!" by Anthony
Drewe and George Stiles.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved story, "The Ugly Duckling,"
Honk! tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to
find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat
who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape, but
has no idea how to return home. He embarks on an adventure in which he
encounters a beautiful swan, Penny, tangled in a fishing line. After saving
her, the two birds fall in love. Penny, however, must return to her flock
and fly south for the winter. Determined to find his family, Ugly journeys
on, only to become frozen in the snow. Eventually, Ugly's mother finds him
and her warm tears manage to thaw him out. He revives, and is surprised to
discover he is now a handsome swan! Soon, Ugly is reunited with Penny and
two swans decide to live the rest of their days in the same pond as Ugly's
"Honk!" plays February 17 - March 12. Adult tickets are $20. Reduced rate
tickets are $17. Special for this family-friendly show: Our
Adult+Child Combination ticket of $30 provides entrance for one adult and
one child or student.
Auditions for "Honk!" will be December 15 & 18
at 7:00 p.m. at the Mantorville Opera House. There are parts available for a
wide variety of ages in this family-friendly musical. PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR
DECEMBER 16TH DATE HAS MOVED TO THE
18TH BECAUSE OF THE PREDICTED WINTER STORM ON
(Are you planning a gathering for your group or company? Why
not consider "renting" us for a special performance on another night?)