WAYPOINT THEATRE COMPANY presents our 2011-2012 season
Inspiring, joyful and life-affirming stories that celebrate the joys of faith & family
September Bears by Jeff Barker
September 7-11, 2011
After the devastating events of 9/11/2001, one child in a Manhattan classroom needed a hug. Teacher Sue Lucarelli hugged him and gave him a teddy bear to hold. What evolved was a spontaneous national love story in which over 68,000 teddy bears were placed in the arms of New York children and recovery workers. Inspired by true events, poems and reflections of those at Ground Zero, September Bears is a tender, often humorous and deeply moving dramatization of faith and hope in the midst of adversity. Waypoint is pleased to partner with P.A.W.S. Auxiliary/Assistance League of Tucson in providing new, 12” teddy bears donated by our patrons to children in crisis in the greater Tucson community.
Away With the Manger: A Spiritually Correct Christmas Story
Based on the book by Chris Fabry, adapted for stage by Chuck Neighbors & Tennille Komulainen
December 1-11, 2011 Dessert Theatre
It began with a letter to the editor. Newspaper columnist, Jackson Grim found it wading through his usual pile of hat mail from gun owners, religious wackos and fans of political talk shows. The letter writer regretted the City Council’s decision to ban a manger scene on City Hall’s front lawn unless other winter holiday symbols were included. Though not a religious man, Jackson decided to print the letter. A decision he came to regret. This story of Christmas in the culture wars reveals a town thrown into mayhem by rhetoric on all sides when everyone from the town’s atheist to the pastor is drawn into the debate in this comedy/drama. Dessert theatre and play only seating available.
Tuesdays With Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom
February 16-26, 2012
Based on the best selling autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Tuesdays With Morrie is a “touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.” 16 years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a TV news program and learns that Morrie is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit, turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.
Smoke On The Mountain written by Connie Ray, conceived by Alan Bailey, with musical
June 1-10, 2012 arrangements by Mike Hardwick
The year is 1938. It’s Saturday night in Mt. Pleasant, N.C. and the Rev. Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an upliftin’ evening of singin’ and witnessin’. Featuring live music with more than two dozen pop and Gospel hymns with hilarious stories from the whole Sanders family provide a richly entertaining show that has audiences clapping, toe-tapping, singing and laughing with this Off-Broadway hit as Waypoint’s annual Journeys In Faith series continues.
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Based in Tucson, Waypoint Theatre Company is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, live theatre organization that serves southern Arizona with professionally -produced, inspiring productions that “celebrate the joys of faith and family.” There are almost 30 formally auditioned, believer artists ranging in age from 12 to 90. Waypoint elects to generously give back to the community whenever possible by partnering with local, non-profit organizations to educate, enlighten and enrich audiences on a particular topic.
All performances produced at Atria Bell Court Gardens’ Academy Hall Theatre, 6653 E. Carondelet Drive (northeast of St. Joseph’s Medical Center). For more information and ticket prices, please visit www.waypoint-theatre.org or call (520) 616-8584.
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