GVT's 50th Anniversary Season

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

Comedy | April 21 – May 6

Wilde’s witty Victorian-era farce with biting humor pokes fun at the opulent lifestyle of London’s upper-class. Two young men try to lead double lives as “Ernest,” but when they fall in love with two lovely young ladies, things become complicated. In the midst of all this trickery, it will be hard to tell which “Ernest” is more earnest.

•Considered Oscar Wilde’s most famous work

•First produced on Valentine’s Day, 1895



Book by Roger O. Hirson, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Originally produced on the Broadway stage by Stuart Ostrow

Directed on the Broadway stage by Bob Fosse

Theo Ending Originally Conceived In 1998 By Mitch Sebastian

Musical Comedy | May 26 – June 10

A soaring musical about young Prince Pippin and his pursuit of adventure. A mysterious troupe of actors, led by a Leading Player, takes Pippin on a journey through war, regret and love as he searches for something more from life.

•Tony Award winner in 1973 and 2013

•Original production directed by Bob Fosse in 1972


Ken Ludwig’s

Moon Over Buffalo

Comedy | June 30 – July 22

A whacky comedy by Ken Ludwig, filled with madcap humor. For over-the-hill actors George and Charlotte Hay, there’s one last chance at stardom and they’ll do whatever it takes to get there. With hysterical misunderstandings and missteps at every turn, will the Hays be able to deliver the perfect performance?

•Original Broadway production starred Carol Burnett

•Premiered on Broadway in 1995

•A fast-paced slapstick comedy full of physical humor and witty dialogue


The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On

Written and Created by Roger Bean

Musical Arrangements by Michael Borth

Musical | August 24 – September 9

In this blast from the past, four young girls say goodbye with great style to a beloved teacher through 60s and 70s music. With classic favorites like “Downtown,” “Build Me Up, Buttercup” and “We are Family,” this musical is sure to keep your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’ all night long!

•The newest addition to the Wonderettes series, it premiered in 2016.

•Fun for the whole family

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

Adapted by Christopher Sergel

Drama | September 22 – October 14

Harper Lee’s classic novel, adapted for stage. An older Scout Finch tells the story of her childhood in depression-era south. Scout’s moral code is shaped as she and her brother Jem watch their father battle racism and bigotry to save an innocent man. Meanwhile, her childlike curiosity leads her closer to understanding the mystery hidden right next door.

•A Southern-Gothic classic first published in 1960

•An insightful peek into southern race relations during the depression


The general public may attend scheduled school matinees during the week. Call GVT’s Box Office for more details.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

By Eugene O’Neill

Drama | October 27 – November 11

In Eugene O’Neill’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical drama, addiction, bitterness and denial take center stage with the Tyrone family. Battling anger, resentment and personal demons, the dysfunctional Tyrones are hiding a dark and explosive private life. Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a lion in the cavern of American theatre.

•Winner of the 1957 Pulitzer Prize

•Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 1956

•PG-13 – Mild Language

Babes in Toyland

Music by Victor Herbert

Book & Lyrics by Glen MacDonough

Adapted by Kermit Medsker & Cathey Sawyer

Musical Comedy | December 1 – 16

This musical extravaganza, adapted for GVT by Cathey Sawyer and Kermit Medsker, weaves classic Mother Goose characters into a beautifully rich Christmas fantasia that’s fun for the whole family. Featuring classic songs including “Go to Sleep, Slumber Deep,” “March of the Toys” and the title song “Toyland,” Babes in Toyland is the perfect show to get you in the holiday spirit!

•The original operetta premiered in 1903

•A Christmas spectacular featuring both children and professional actors

•Fun for the whole family

All dates and productions are subject to change.


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