Theatre Coppell presents its 2011 - 2012 Season

The Backstage Series:



Ralph Strangis, Laurie McDonald and Gary Walters

Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

August 19 - 28, 2011

All is fair in love?  Even murder?  That’s the question when a man, his wife, and her dentist-lover all visit the same Howard Johnson’s Motor Inn over and over, in an attempt to commit murder.  But who will end up being the victim?  Even they’re not sure.  One ridiculous mishap follows another, and the laughs keep coming with each new twist of the absurd plot.  Three of Theatre Coppell’s most popular actors are reunited to bring this hilarious farce to the stage.




Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

October 7 - 23, 2011

A sinister conman traces the location of a mysterious piece of evidence to the New York apartment of Susy Hendrix, a young blind woman.  When she refuses to cooperate, she becomes the victim of a bizarre charade, and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between them.  Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls, she turns off all the lights, leaving him to maneuver in her world – a world without sight.  The movie version starring Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, and Richard Crenna proved to be one of the most chilling films of the decade, and the live stage version is even scarier.




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Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

December 2 - 18, 2011

It’s the most popular Christmas show we’ve ever done, so it’s back to liven the holidays!  In this hilarious tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history.  You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!  Family-friendly and one of the best Christmas stories ever.  And certainly one of the funniest.




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Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.


February 10 - 26, 2012

Often called the best comedy-drama-hit ever written by master playwright Neil Simon, this is the story of two boys in 1942, living in Yonkers, New York, with their stern immigrant grandmother and her grown daughter Bella.  Bella appears to be mentally challenged, but her simple wisdom and kind nature are often what get the family through tough times.  Life is made even crazier when Uncle Louie, a small-time hood on the lam, comes to hide out in the family candy store.  Full of laughs, the story will suddenly tug at your heart, and you may be laughing and crying at the same time.  A Pulitzer Prize winner.



Directed by George Morrow

April 13 - 29, 2012

Mix a Hitchcock movie with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have this fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!  This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously small cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!  The entire Hitchcock movie is spoofed onstage at a ridiculously furious pace, with some actors playing more than one character at once, even inanimate objects.  One of the first area productions of this Broadway hit.



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Directed by Wheelice Wilson, Jr.

July 20 - August 5, 2012

Winner of six Tony awards, this musical is based on the life of Will Rogers, who, in the 1920s and 30s, became the biggest, most popular, and highest paid star of every existing medium of his time – stage, screen, radio, newspapers, and public appearances.  He was the only performer who could hold his own against a bevy of beautiful show girls in the Ziegfeld Follies, where he often entertained audiences just by reading from a newspaper and making home-spun witticisms.  He often said, “I never met a man I didn’t like.”  Full of clever, insightful tunes, this musical will delight your senses and make you proud to be a part of the American family.










Performances for all shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.