The Little Theatre Announces Its Forthcoming Season
by Mark Ward, 3.24am July 10th 2021

Artistic Director of Downtown’s Little Theatre, Marjoram Sparks, announces their forthcoming sixteenth season, which will begin just as soon as you apologise.

Kicking off with A Midsummer Night’s Seven Brothers, this jukebox musical tells the story of seven brothers – the Clarks - all of whom are in various complicated relationships with men of Bear Creek, at least three of whom think they are Shakespeare. Novelty pop trio, Puck Dynasty, provide the songs. Directed by Joyce and starring Alex Spring as the seven brothers. Matinees performances feature an entirely female cast and an arched eyebrow throughout. The late show on Saturday encourages audience participation and features The Wheel, where sexualities and genders are set for that performance; this applies not only to the characters, but also to the audience and actors.

New play, Grizzly, tells the rise and fall of Bear Creek’s queer dating app which brought many couples together only to steal their online identities which then gained sentience, doubling Bear Creek’s queer population overnight, much to the delight of Arn Leith, the census taker. Starring James Fornow as John Lumber, Alex Spring as Arn Leith, assorted members of the Little Theatre Company as firefighters and tech support, and Gemma Lawrence, in a breakout performance, as The Metaphysical Concept of Swiping Right. Directed by Joyce.

The American Classic, Lady of the Manor, by Bear Creek’s most famous playwright - and contemporary of Whitman - Alicia Thomas, returns to The Little Theatre this season. Lady of the Manor is a gothic romance telling the tale of Amarantha Pine, founder of the Madrigal Coven, and the love triangle between her, her protégé Cynthia and her first love Alba (based on Alicia’s real-life short-term partner, Olga Llanders, Bear Creek’s first openly public parachutist). Starring Alicia Thomas as Amarantha Pine/herself, Olga Llanders as Cynthia and Gemma Lawrence as Alba/Olga Llanders. Directed by Joyce, with fight choreography by Louisa from Puck Dynasty.

Also returning this season will be Thicket, The Little Theatre’s bi-weekly drag show hosted by Ursula Major, as well as weekly children’s show, Rumpelstiltskin: A Misunderstood Mastermind.

Of the season, Marjoram Sparks says, “We are delighted to bring this exciting new season to the wonderful audiences of Bear Creek. These flagship productions will serve as fundraisers for our proposed extension to a full-size theatre, as the shrunken nature of our house can occasionally prove a hindrance to audience and actors alike. We are ready to grow and hope to have the support of Bear Creek in return for these fantastic new productions.”

Joyce, busying workshopping a future production with the working title of The Death of Marjoram Sparks, was unavailable for comment.