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Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim 

Book by James Lapine

October 22-31, 2021

At MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

Directed by Logan Vaden

Music Direction by Chelsea Lerner

Into the Woods follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; Little Red Riding Hood, who wishes to find her grandmother's house; and Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame), who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

The Garden Theatre is taking this Sondheim favorite and turning it on it's head. With a small cast of 10, the library is open! That's right, we are setting our production in a library story time. Grab your library card. It's time to check out a new version of this story!

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare

January 21-30, 2022

At MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

Directed by Wesley Whitson

“The course of true love never did run smooth...”

When four Athenians run away to the forest, they inadvertently insert themselves into a magical farce presided over by the merry wanderer of the night, Puck. Fairies, lovers, and donkeys mingle as the everyday and fantastical realms collide in moonlit mania. 

 

Filled with poignancy and humor, The Garden Theatre brings a unique twist to this beloved Shakespearean classic that is not to be missed. 

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School Girls;

or, The African Mean Girls Play

By Jocelyn Bioh

April 29-May 8, 2022

At MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston)

Directed by Dabrina Sandifer

Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Global Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.

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While Childhood Slept

Book and Lyrics by Sharon Lands Sheppard

Music and Additional Lyrics by Jo Ellen Hubert

July 21-31, 2022

At The DeLUXE Theater

Directed by Logan Vaden

This heart-wrenching original musical follows the true story of the boys of Home Number One in the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin. The children create a secret republic within the camp, publishing their own magazine of art, poetry, and short stories called Vedem. A visit from The Red Cross presents the opportunity to disguise their magazine as a secret message and a means of escape. While Childhood Slept is a story of bravery, determination, and hope with a promise that we will never forget the past and will never allow history to repeat itself. 

While Childhood Slept was originally produced in 1999, with a remounted and retooled production opening in 2005. This beautiful piece of theatre has not been seen in over 16 years, and The Garden Theatre is honored to tell this story onstage once again after all of this time.