Summerset schedule set for summer

Published 10:20 am Thursday, April 23, 2015

Summerset Theatre is back with plays as light as a summer breeze this year.

The 48th season of Summerset Theatre will start with “9 to 5 The Musical” in June, “The 39 Steps” in July and wrap up with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” which plays at the end of July and early August.

“I’m really happy with how this season turned out,” Riverland Community College Director Lindsey Duoos Williams said.

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“9 to 5 The Musical,” based on the film, sets Dolly Parton tunes against a workplace setting where three co-workers get even with a sexist boss.

Aside from the obvious draw of Dolly Parton hits, Williams had wanted to put the show on for a while to give the area a taste of musicals they may not have seen performed before.

“The 39 Steps” is a faster-paced play, a madcap mix of the spy life with quick-witted humor and more. One of the largest draws of this award-winning play is its four-person cast, who must play more than 150 roles on the stage before the night is over.

Finally, the Stephen Sondheim classic “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will close out the season with a silly comedy of love, vaudeville and timeless songs.

“It really is one of the funniest musicals ever written,” Williams said.

“9 to 5 The Musical” opens at 7 p.m. June 14, with subsequent performances at 7:30 p.m. June 15-20. “The 39 Steps” will play at 7:30 p.m. July 7-11. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” will run starting at 7:30 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1. All shows are recommended for ages 12 and up. Season passes are available online at or by calling the Riverland Box Office at 507-433-0595. Individual tickets will go on sale starting May 26.

“It’s going to be a really fun summer at the theater,” Williams said.

Summerset auditions are set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre inside Riverland.

2015 Summerset Schedule

• “9 TO 5 The Musical”: 7 p.m. June 14, 7:30 p.m. June 15-20

• “The 39 Steps: 7:30 p.m. July 7-11

• “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”: 7:30 p.m. July 28-Aug. 1