Porthouse Theatre is in a "New York State of Mind" for 2020 Season

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will present its 52nd season during the summer of 2020 with "Little Shop of Horrors," "BKLYN the Musical," and "West Side Story."

Directed by Porthouse producing artistic director Terri Kent, "Little Shop of Horrors" opens June 12 and runs through June 27. A preview performance will take place on June 11. With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, "Little Shop of Horrors" takes audiences to a florist shop on Skid Row where the meek Seymour dreams of his co-worker Audrey and discovers a very strange plant with an even stranger appetite. Based on the film by Roger Corman and Charles Griffith, "Little Shop of Horrors" is the comedic sci-fi musical that has captivated audiences for decades. Performances are June 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m and June 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.

Directed by Porthouse executive producer Eric van Baars, "BKLYN the Musical" opens July 3 and runs through July 18. A preview performance will take place on July 3. With book, music,  and lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, "BKLYN" is a play within a play where a group of street performers weave together stories from their lives to tell the tale of a young woman arriving in Brooklyn to find the father she never knew. Performances are July 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 at 8pm and July 5 and 12 at 2 p.m.

Directed by producing artistic director Terri Kent, "West Side Story" opens July 24 and runs through August 9. A preview performance will take place on July 23. Based on a conception by Jerome Robbins and with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet is transformed into a musical set in modern day New York City. When young lovers Tony and Maria find themselves star-crossed between two warring street gangs, the struggle to survive the hate, violence, and prejudice on the streets of the city. Performances are July 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, and 31 and Aug. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 at 8pm and July 26 and Aug. 2, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m.

Subscriptions go on sale Nov. 18, 2019 by phone only at 330-672-3884.

Single and group tickets go on sale May 26, 2020. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Porthouse Box Office, located in the Roe Green Center lobby of Kent State’s Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242, online at porthousetheatre.com, or by phone at 330-672-3884. 


Media Contact:

Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116, jkoneval@kent.edu

POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 2:31pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 2:31pm
Joni Koneval