By Michael Moran
The Cultural Park Theater has announced its 2021-22 season, featuring many of the productions originally planned before the pandemic closed the theater resulting from the Covid pandemic.
This fall, Cultural Park will open its 59th Broadway Season with The Best Broadway Musical Revue Ever on stage Sept. 9 through Sept. 19. As in tradition, we start our season celebrating the best of Broadway musical theater with a cavalcade of your most popular Broadway songs.
The writing team of Jones, Hope and Wooten enjoy the reputation of being three of the most popular and widely-produced playwrights in the United States. They specialize in writing laugh-out-loud comedies and creating vivid strong roles for women. Because of their popularity with our audiences, CPT is proud to bring two of their shows to our stage this season. Opening Sept. 23 is the comedy Mama Won’t Fly followed by The Savannah Sipping Society from March 24 through April 3.
We move into the fall holiday season with an original musical revue The Not So Haunted Halloween Revue from Oct. 21 through Oct. 31. In between the weekend performances (as a treat to the entire family) the theater will host its second annual Haunted Theater Tour for the kids and family.
On Nov. 11 we open A Piece of My Heart, the powerful true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked to entertain the troops. We follow each young woman before, during and after their tour.
Celebrating the holidays is always special here at Cultural Park, and this season we bring to the stage on Dec. 9 It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play.
On Jan. 13, we bring our first major musical for 2022 to the stage with Nunsense 2, The Second Coming. Our audiences so fell in love with Nunsense just before we were forced to close and will certainly leave the theater this time with smiles, laughter and wonderful stories to tell about this amazing production.
Our second main stage musical this season is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the story of an eclectic group of six mid-pubescent (played by adults) who vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves. At least the losers get a juice box.
Finally, we end up our season with You’re Never Too Old, a brilliant comedy by Carl Megill. The laughs surround the story of two fraternal twin brothers when Barney talks retired brother Max into running one of Barney’s video stores in Fort Myers. Running a video store and forced to dress like Donald Duck is more than Max can handle, and it’s up to Max’s wife to bring harmony to the brothers relationship.
Our 59th season opens in September, and season tickets go on sale July 1.
Meanwhile, don’t miss your chance to see our first family fun show with the classic musical Peter Pan Jr. on stage for one performance July 4 at 3 p.m. Gather the family together and start you holiday out with a bang. That will be followed by Godspell Jr. on stage July 18, then the family summer series wraps up Aug. 1 with Into the Woods Jr. Tickets for all ages are only $10.
Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral.
For ticket information for these shows and our other concert performances, please call our box office at 239-772-5862.
Michael Moran is the executive director of the Cultural Park Theater.
New season at Cultural Park Theater; summer shows for family fun
By Michael Moran