Comedy, singing, dancing and music, melodrama, visiting ghosts and mystery are all part of the upcoming season for the Longmont Theatre Company.
The company’s 65th season opens Sept. 16 with uplifting productions meant to reflect the theater’s positive attitude that inspired the return of live shows after a 23 month closure due to COVID.
The opening show will be “The Mystery of Irma Vep — the Penny Dreadful” with two actors playing all the roles. In this gothic melodrama comedy, an Egyptian princess is brought to life when her tomb is opened featuring a sympathetic werewolf and vampire.
New this year, the Longmont Theatre Company will be presenting two Christmas shows for both adults and children. A show starring children under 18 will perform “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer JR,” opening with four afternoon matinees at 2 p.m. Nov. 13, 14, 19 and 20.
Filled with favorite holiday songs like “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the show features Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Master, Rudolph and many more.
Opening Nov. 25, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is “A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol,” about a radio station broadcasting Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” on Christmas Eve in the ‘40s.
More ghosts arrive with the production of “Blithe Spirit,” opening Jan. 27, 2023 and running for two weekends. A spiritualist medium holds a seance for a writer suffering from writer’s block but accidentally summons the spirit of his first wife.
“Drinking Habits” will run March 17 through March 26, 2023 about two nuns that have been secretly making wind to keep the convent doors open. However, two reporters go undercover as a nun and a priest, causing trouble that makes Rome send in more spies to shut the nuns down.
A hilarious whodunit rounds off the theater’s season with the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” opening May 12-21, 2023. The audience participates in every show and decides the murderer in this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel.
Learn more and buy tickets at longmonttheatre.org.