2016-2017 91st Season

In 1925, Miss Frances Golden (the youngest member of the famous Golden Family Vaudeville troupe from New Harmony) brought Evansville's first Community Theatre to our great city. Known originally as The Peoples Players and the Community Players, Miss Golden brought her vaudeville experience to Southern Indiana, ultimately founding what is now one of the oldest arts organizations in the state of Indiana. As Artistic Director for 17 years, Miss Golden gave to Evansville Civic Theatre a stability and sense of purpose that has shaped the character of community theatre in Evansville for 90 years.

Please, make it a point to show your support for the art of theatre and come to enjoy your friends and neighbors on stage as we continue to make history at the Evansville Civic Theatre!




Play by Rick Elice

Music by Wayne Barker

Based on a novel by     Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson





August 5, 6, 12, 13, 14*, 19, 20, 21* (2016)

 Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

*Sunday at 2:00 p.m.





A highly imaginative, hilariously entertaining, Tony Award winning musical play that upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan becomes the legendary Peter Pan. A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. With a dozen brilliant actors, playing more than 100 unforgettable roles, this swashbuckling through the Neverland you never knew will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight.





A Play by Tennessee Williams






October 14, 15, 16*, 21, 22, 23* (2016)

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

*Sunday at 2:00 p.m.



One of the most successful plays of our time, the story begins in a plantation house, where a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of family patriarch, Big Daddy. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and the desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. In Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the truth is as hazy as the late summer sun in Mississippi, and sometimes the only way to find it is to journey through the lies





A Play by Beth Henley








December 9, 10, 11*, 16, 17, 18* (2016)

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

*Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. An astonishing first play, initially presented by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway, where it established the author as a major voice in our theatre. This tragicomedy relates the story of the three Magrath sisters, Meg, Babe, and Lenny, who reunite at Old Granddaddy's home in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, after Babe shoots her abusive husband.  Past resentments bubble to the surface as the sisters are forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with Babe's latest incident. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed. Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play teems with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of these three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.



Book by  James Kirkwood  & Nicholas Dante              

Music by Marvin Hamlisch              

Lyrics by Edward Kleban



January 20, 21, 22*, 27, 28, 29* (2017)

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

*Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


The classic musical, A Chorus Line is a celebration of those unsung heroes of the American Musical Theatre--the chorus dancers, those valiant, over dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star or stars and often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a celebration of the American Musical itself and a cautionary tale about competition, which might easily be the common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective heartstring until the final, ultimate choices are made. For everyone, at one time or another, puts his life on the line. We all compete, no matter what business we’re in, for promotion, for attention, for approval and for love. This NextWave production is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song and compellingly authentic drama.






A Play by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman





March 3, 4, 5*, 10, 11, 12* (2017)

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

*Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


In an organized series of 28 monologues that uses a rotating cast of five principal women, Love, Loss, and What I Wore has become an international hit; proving that a great show is always in fashion.  The subject matter of the monologues includes women's relationships and wardrobes and at times the interaction of the two, using the female wardrobe as a time capsule of a woman's life.  With its compulsively entertaining subject matter, this intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron is based on the 1995 best-selling book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman as well as the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends.  The show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theatergoing experiences domestically and overseas.



the Wedding Singer



Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy

Music by Matthew Skylar

Lyrics by Chad Beguelin





May 5, 6, 12, 13, 14*, 19, 20, 21* (2017)

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

*Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancee leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. That is until Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection, enters the picture. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer: The Musical  sparkling new score does for the '80s what Hairspray did for the '60s. Brilliantly poking itself, this hilarious musical takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.  Just say yes to the most romantic musical in 20 years.



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