Redlands Theatre Festival 2017 Season


Our 2017 season has ended. Come back in 2018 to learn about our next season.

Download our 2017 Brochure to see performance dates, and information on our cool special events planned just for you!

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit >mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. Dickens passed away before he was able to reveal the culprit, so you, the audience, gets to vote on how it ends!

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Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical—and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a one-act musical comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School.

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A cogent and utterly comic adaptation of an original scenario from the commedia repertoire, THE THREE CUCKOLDS, abounds in pristine farcical devices that were later used by everyone from Moliere to Behan. A handsome preservation of a truly classic play. Here are the basic attitudes and postures, intrigues and contrivances combined to tell the story of a hapless wandering lover who comes to the first of 3 cottages to cuckold the husband thereof, and gets wound up in the adventurous attempts of all three husbands to cuckold one another. The company backs into a moral at the end, as the hapless lover wanders off unrequited.

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This parody of low-budget 30s detective movies typifies British heroism at its dumbest. Teutonic villain Otto Von Brunno and his evil mistress Lenya crash their plane in the English countryside and kidnap Professor Fenton, who has discovered a formula for making synthetic diamonds. Bullshot Crummond is called to the rescue by the professor’s daughter Rosemary. The two meet at the Carlton Tea Rooms, where Crummond is convinced that their waiter is Otto in disguise. The real Otto shows up, paralyzes Crummond with a fiendish ray and crams a stick of dynamite in Crummond’s mouth that will explode when the next person enters the room. Rosemary enters, but the static electricity in her fur wrap averts the detonation. Crummond and Rosemary pursue Otto and Lenya in a hair-raising car chase, only to plunge over a cliff. They survive and sneak into the dungeons of Otto’s hideout – where the professor is being tortured. Crummond loses the ensuing saber duel with Otto. Unperturbed, Crummond finally triumphs by shooting the rest of the cast.

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