Save the Date for The Stage: What I’m seeing this winter

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January is almost (finally) over and while it was a great month, I’m so looking forward to February!

It’s my birthday month and as I’m a leap year baby (born on February 29), I’m celebrating ALL. MONTH. LONG. But, as I am almost 30 and can’t party like I used to, I’ll be making time for non-birthday shenanigans including a few local shows I’m psyched to check out.

Amélie the Musical at Open Stage

I fell in love with Open Stage after my first chat with Marketing Manager Rachel Landon in 2018, and my love for their company has only grown stronger over the past two years. They tackle productions with such honesty and realness, and their creativity continually amazes me.

Open Stage is continuing its 34th season with a production of Amélie. Based on the five-time Oscar-nominated French film, the musical follows lonely young waitress Amélie Poulain, who is inspired to bring joy, hope, and love to those around her following Princess Diana’s death.

It’s bound to be quirky and magical and I’m looking forward to how Open Stage “strips” down another big Broadway hit to an intimate and minimalist production. Plus, Open Stage’s newly renovated space is beautiful and always a treat to visit.

Amélie runs February 1 – March 8.

An Act of God at Fulton Theatre

While I’ve loved The Fulton’s current mainstage series (most recently Murder on the Orient Express), I’m looking forward to checking out this year’s Studio Series.

Set in the Theatre’s upstairs studio space, the Ellen Arnold Groff Studio Series typically pushes the boundaries with more eclectic and edgier performances.

They’re kicking off 2020 with An Act of God, running Feb. 13 – March 8. In this “divine comedy,” God returns to earth to “revisit” the Ten Commandments for the modern social media-loving generation. Rising Star Erin Maguire stars as God, and she has a lot to say.

And, don’t forget. Murder on the Orient Express runs through Feb. 13 at Fulton Theatre, too!

An Enemy of the People at Gamut

I can’t mention Central PA theater without calling out Gamut.

I’ve enjoyed a variety of shows with their Company, ranging from goofy holiday classics to hard-hitting dramas (I LOVED last year’s All the King’s Men).

They’re wrapping up February with An Enemy of the People, which explores the timeless societal themes of political and social corruption media manipulation, and the isolation of the principled versus the tyranny of the mob that will turn neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother.

My interest was piqued from the line “… standing up for the truth is for the strong, and the strong must learn to be lonely,” so you’ll definitely find me in the audience. Enemy runs weekends from Feb. 29 – March 15.

Sara Bozich
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