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Season 2014

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge
By Marc Brown
December 5–21
Auditions Sept 19/20
Directed by Rachael Lindley
Comedy

It’s one year after his miraculous transformation and Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways. He is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The ghosts employ Solomon Rothschild, England’s most charismatic, savvy and clever barrister. Scrooge, that old penny-pincher, represents himself. Various witnesses are called to the stand and each contributes pieces of the story which Scrooge promptly contradicts. When his old fiancée Belle takes the stand, she forces Scrooge to face the mistakes of his past where he chose money over happiness. In the end, Scrooge has a change of heart … but until then, comedy reigns in this court room!

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Moon Over Buffalo
By Ken Ludwig
February 14–March 2
Auditions Jan 5/6
Directed by Janette Oswald
Comedy

Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.
John Garcia's The Column review: http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/02-18-2014_MOON-OVER-BUFFALO/

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The Unexpected Guest
By Agatha Christie
April 11–27 (no performance Easter Sunday, April 20)
Auditions March 2/3
Directed by Rachael Lindley
Mystery

A thriller as well as a puzzler set in a foggy estate, this mystery opens as a stranger walks into a house to find a man murdered and his wife standing over him with a gun. But the woman is dazed and her confession unconvincing. So the unexpected guest decides to help her and blame the murder on an intruder. Later, the police discover clues that point to a man who died two years previously and a Pandora's box of loves and hates, suspicion and intrigue is opened to the night air.

Reviewed by Scott W. Davis, Associate Critic for John Garcia's THE COLUMN
http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/04-14-2014_THE-UNEXPECTED-GUEST/

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Trip to Bountiful
By Horton Foote
June 6–22
Auditions April 20/21
Directed by Janette Oswald
Emotional and Heartwarming

Horton Foote’s emotional and heartwarming 1953 play tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time before she dies. Carrie’s protective son Ludie and authoritarian daughter-in-law Jessie Mae forbid her to leave Houston, although Carrie and Jessie Mae are constantly butting heads in the Watts family's two-room apartment. While Ludie is at work and Jessie Mae is at the drugstore, Carrie escapes to the bus station, and befriends a young woman named Thelma. Together, the new friends travel toward Bountiful together, but when Carrie arrives in nearby Harrison, Texas, she discovers her beloved town isn’t the same as she remembered it.

John Garcia's The Column Review: http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/06-10-2014_THE-TRIP-TO-BOUNTIFUL/
Bountiful NeighborsGo write-up: http://yourrichardson.dallasnews.com/2014/05/24/the-trip-to-bountiful-richardson-theatre-centre-takes-you-on-a-heartfelt-texas-journey/

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Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know
Inspired by Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know By Wendy Perrin (Fodor's)
August 1–17 (Please note the date has changed)
Auditions June 21/22
Directed by Rachael Lindley
Comedy

Book by Barry Creyton, Stan Freeman, Nick Santa Maria, and Lesley Davison
Music by Douglas Bernstein, Michael Brown, Lesley Davison, Addy Fieger, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Murray Grand, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Denis Markell, and Nick Santa Maria
Lyrics by Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Michael Brown, Lesley Davison, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Murray Grand, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Denis Markell, and Nick Santa Maria

If you've ever traveled anywhere by boat, plane, train or bus and lived to tell about it, this is the show for you! Based on the best-selling book from Fodor's, this hilarious revue offers travel tips and cautionary tales certain to tickle the ribs - or chill the spine - of anyone who has ever set foot outside of his or her own hometown.
Everything from the coach class blues to pesky customs officials is lampooned in this smash-hit off-Broadway revue. One segment lambastes "automated flight reservation systems" as a man tries to book a flight with "Miracle Airlines" ("If it's a good flight, it's a Miracle.") Lost luggage is the subject of another about a hapless business traveler who finds himself "Naked in Pittsburgh”. So hop on for the ride - it's sure to be a hysterical trip to the theatre!

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The Bad Seed
By William March
October 3–26
Auditions Aug 24/25
Directed by Rachael Lindley
A Chilling Thriller

The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.

Cast: Lise Alexander, Lauren Gao, Joseph Gerard, Charlotte Giles, Rusty Harding, Karen Jordan, David Lambert, Steven Shaw, Cate Stuart, Lloyd Webb, and Frank Wyatt

Welcome back to RTC, Frank!
http://yourrichardson.dallasnews.com/2014/09/18/the-bad-seed-brings-one-of-richardson-theatre-centres-first-actors-back-to-its-stage-after-25-years/

The Bad Seed’s Rhoda: Meet Cate Stuart, Richardson Theatre Centre’s Newest Leading (Young) Lady http://yourrichardson.dallasnews.com/2014/09/21/the-bad-seeds-rhoda-meet-cate-stuart-richardson-theatre-centres-newest-leading-young-lady/

Chris Jackson, Associate Critic for John Garcia's The Column gave The Bad Seed a rave review. http://thecolumnawards.org/columnonline/review/10-06-2014_THE-BAD-SEED/

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