Albert Lea theater group announces next season

Published 8:51 pm Thursday, July 12, 2018

Albert Lea Community Theatre has announced its 2018–19 season, according to a press release.

ACT will open its 54th season with “Forbidden Broadway,” a musical comedy revue created and written by Gerard Alessandrini and directed by Rory Mattson, from Oct. 18-27. In the long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue, Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of theater’s greatest stars and songwriters, according to a press release. Performers will parody popular show tunes, actors, characters and plots of some of Broadway’s biggest hits, such as “Chicago,” “Annie,” “Wicked,” “Into the Woods,” “Spamalot,” “Mama Mia” and many more.

“The Mousetrap,” a drama mystery by Agatha Christie and directed by Brian Mattson, will run Feb. 14-23. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm, one of whom is a murderer. A full slate of suspects is present, and into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. To get to the rationale of the killer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. Another famous Agatha Christie switch finish, according to the release.

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“Bedroom Farce” is a comedy written by Alan Ayckbourn and directed by Kris Bartley, and will be performed April 18-27. Trevor and Susannah, whose marriage is on the rocks, inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest: three couples whose own relationships are tenuous at best. The play takes place sequentially in the three beleaguered couples’ bedrooms during on endless Saturday night of co-dependence and dysfunction. Beds, tempers and domestic order are ruffled — leading all the players to a hilariously touching epiphany.

For its final production of the 54th season, ACT will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair” from July 11-20, 2019. Directed by Sue Jorgensen, this musical is set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition. “State Fair” travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons, while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score, the show is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers and Hammerstein could deliver, according to the release.

Season tickets can be purchased at or by filling out a season ticket brochure form, available at the box office or at the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau. The box office is open at 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday. A season ticket is $60 for all four shows. Beginning Sept. 4, individual show tickets may be purchased online, at the box office or by calling 1-877-730-3144 — a toll-free, 24/7 automated service.