Notre Dame College Home of Mercury Theatre Celebrates 2019 Summer Musicals, Youth Programs

Notre Dame College, home to Mercury Theatre Company, presents Mercury’s 2019 summer season of musical theatre with Mamma Mia!, Chaplin and The Wizard of Oz.

The series of three productions, plus a Mercury Jr. Company performance of Mary Poppins, begins Friday, June 7, and continues through Sunday, August 18, all in Regina Auditorium on the College campus. Shows and dates are as follows:

  • Mamma Mia!: Friday, June 7, through Sunday, June 9; Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16; and Thursday, June 20, through Sunday, June 23.
  • My Mercury! Mary Poppins Jr.: Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30.
  • Chaplin: Friday, July 5, through Sunday, July 7; Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14; and Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21.
  • The Wizard of Oz: Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4; Friday, August 9, through Sunday, August 11; and Thursday, August 15, through Sunday, August 18.

Show times are 7 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, all in Regina Auditorium on the College campus. Tickets are available online.

This is Mercury Theatre's 21st season and its first since announcing that Notre Dame has become its permanent home. The company started performing at Regina Auditorium as the College’s in-residence theatre artists in 2012.

In addition to its stage productions this summer, Mercury Theatre conducts its My Mercury! Theatre Intensive arts experience that is more than a traditional summer camp. Designed for students ages 10-19, the program is a comprehensive, one-week experience in the month of July, in which students get a chance to hone their skills in a fast-paced, creative environment. Campers must audition for placement.

The Company also offers pre-show parties on My First Musical and Teen Nights this summer at the College:

  • Mamma Mia: Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.
  • Mary Poppins Jr.: Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m.
  • Chaplin: Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m.
  • The Wizard of Oz: Thursday, August 15, at 7 p.m.

My First Musical is Mercury’s educational outreach program, Launched in June 2009, My First Musical offers children 12 and under and their parents, who may be faced with economic hardship, free admission to each production in Mercury's current season. All applications must be received in writing and will be reviewed and awarded on a first-come basis, and in consideration of qualifying income levels.

Teen Nights are hosted by Mercury’s Teen Board and include a discounted show ticket.

For more information, contact Pierre-Jacques Brault, co-founder and artistic director of Mercury Theatre and director of theatre studies at the College, at pbrault@ndc.edu.

Mamma Mia!

Rated PG

Music and Lyrics by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus

And Some Songs with Stig Anderson

Book by Catherine Johnson

Over 60 million people all around the globe have fallen in love with the story and the music that makes MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good musical. And now, in a stunning new production just for Mercury audiences, we invite you to fall in love all over again! ABBA’s greatest hits are woven into this dancing-in-the-aisles musical about a mother, a daughter, three possible dads – and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. A celebration of love, laughter, family and friendship, MAMMA MIA! is exactly what the world needs right now.

Chaplin

Rated PG

Music and Lyrics by Christopher Curtis

Book by Christopher Curtis and Thomas Meehan

Direct from Broadway and with special permission from the author, CHAPLIN is the showbiz musical about the silent film legend the world couldn’t stop talking about. From the slums of London to the heights of Hollywood, CHAPLIN is based on the real-life story of Charlie Chaplin, the iconic film actor, writer, producer and director. Dramatizing the making of Chaplin’s legendary films, including The Kid, The Circus, Modern Times and The Great Dictator, CHAPLIN tells the touching story of the man who makes the world laugh as his legendary screen persona, the Tramp, but struggles to find his own real-life happiness.

Wizard of Oz

Rated G

By L. Frank Baum

With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg

Background Music by Herbert Stothart

Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard

Orchestration by Larry Wilcox

Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company

Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

See Oz like you've never seen it before! When farm girl Dorothy Gale runs away from the evil Miss Gulch, she finds herself lost in a strange and wonderful new world. With her faithful dog Toto at her side, she sets off on an adventure to find her way back home. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular tales of all time celebrating its 80th cinematic anniversary that has delighted generations. In a bold yet faithful reimagining, directed by Brault, this spectacular production features your favorite songs and characters from the classic film with an added sprinkle of Mercury magic.

“Mary Poppins” Jr.

Rated G

Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Book by Julian Fellowes

New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe

Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh

A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film

Based on the beloved Disney movie, your favorite British nanny is back! Mary Poppins JR. holds all the magic and unforgettable songs and dances of the original award-winning Broadway musical with the simplicity of this shorter version. With so much charm and fun, it will be a wonder how they can hit all the high notes before the day even ends. Come and see this enchanting tale of how one nanny can teach a whole family the importance of valuing each other and learning that “anything can happen if you let it."

May 2019

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.

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