Stoneham Theatre
Announces 2006-2007 Season

Stoneham Theatre's 2006-2007 season will include the Boston-area premiere of "Around The World In 80 Days," the Massachusetts premiere of "Cole Porter's "You Never Know," the New England premiere of "Guys On Ice," "The Grapes of Wrath," "And Then There Were None," plus a seventh title to be announced shortly. "A Christmas Story" will return as the theater's holiday presentation.

Artistic Director Weylin Symes commented, "Our new season promises to entertain, amuse and explore the bonds that hold us all together."

Of special interest is the rarely performed "You Never Know," being presented September 14 - October 1. Originally produced in Europe in 1936 as a Chamber Musical, the show underwent book revisions, the addition of a large chorus and several new songs by other composers, and was presented by the Schubert Brothers in its American premiere two years later. Stoneham will present an adaptation by Rowland Leigh and Paul Lazarus, who revisited Porter's original version of the upstairs/downstairs story of mistaken identity, romance and seduction gone awry.

Also unusual is "Guys On Ice," playing January 11 - 28, 2007,an "ice fishing musical," first produced by the American Folklore Theatre in collaboration with Milwaukee Repertory Theatre for Wisconsin's Sesquicentennial. In this humorous look at the secret world of men on ice, Marvin and Lloyd, best friends and homespun philosophers, spend a day swapping jokes and talking about life, love, the Green Bay Packers, and of course, "the one that got away."

The season will conclude with the classic Agatha Christie whodunit, "And Then There Were None." Originally produced on stage as "Ten Little Indians," the play was conceived by Christie from her book, "And Then There Were None," about ten strangers invited to an isolated island retreat off the coast of England. The host is nowhere to be found, and dead bodies soon begin to mount up as the guests are murdered one by one, according to the words of a children's nursery rhyme.

Subscription information is available by calling the Stoneham box office at 781-279-2200. Through June 1, the public can take advantage of special "Early Bird" ticket prices for the six-play series.


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