Canterbury Theatre will launch its 53rd season this June


Elise Birmingham and Thomas Hadzeriga star in the 2019 Canterbury Summer Theatre production of “Constellations.” (Canterbury Guild photo)

Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest’s oldest professional summer companies, is pleased to announce its 53rd season of plays and musicals with weekly performances beginning June 16.

Drawing on talent from throughout the country, the Canterbury Resident Company will present audiences with a summer slate packed with comedy, music and drama, performed at Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St., located in the Uptown Arts District of Michigan City.

Ray Scott Crawford returns for his 36th season as artistic director. Crawford is dean of Performing Arts and Communication and director of Theatre at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana.

Canterbury Associate Artistic Director David Graham will helm “Out of Love,” a story of female friendship, to kick off the season. Crawford will direct the musical romp “8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s” as well as the thriller, “Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which will premiere at Canterbury before continuing on to performances in Louisiana.

Canterbury veteran Lari Renee Leber will return to direct the updated version of the hit off-Broadway musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” Leber recently earned an MFA in acting and directing at Louisiana Tech University  and directed the 2019 production of  “Vanities: The Musical” for Canterbury.

A newcomer to Canterbury, Chapman Shields, will stage the final musical of the season, “Ordinary Days.” Shields has extensive directing experience in the Oklahoma region, including stints at Theatre Tulsa and Oklahoma State University.

Canterbury Guest Artist,Leah Mazur will create the scenic design for “Out of Love.” She is assistant professor of scenography and resident designer at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and has designed and directed for, and performed on, the Canterbury stage for 10 seasons, including playing the title role in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.”

“After presenting two virtual shows last year, we at the Canterbury are really looking forward to producing a fully realized season of musicals and plays for our audience this summer. Good things are worth waiting for, and this season’s return to the stage is no exception to that adage,” said Crawford.

The health and safety of Canterbury patrons and staff is, as always, a priority. The monitoring of, and adherence to, CDC and state guidelines regarding COVID will be ongoing with certain changes already planned. For example, this season, Canterbury will institute a policy of general admission seating only, with patrons to be socially distanced. However, season ticket holders still may reserve specific seating if the box office is notified in advance of the performances that they wish to attend.

Also, due to the physical intimacy of the theatre space, protective masks are recommended for audience members.

Canterbury Summer Theatre is produced under the auspices of the Canterbury Guild, a nonprofit arts organization created in 1969 (as the Festival Players Guild) by Michigan City businessmen and educators with the goal of bringing professional summer theatre to the area.

In addition to its summer initiative, Canterbury has produced its Winter Arts series since the 1990s, highlighting a variety of performing arts programming.

Performance times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. at Canterbury Theatre, 807 Franklin St., Michigan City. Tickets for all Canterbury productions, as well as season discount cards, may be reserved by calling (219) 874-4269 or by email at Reduced ticket prices are available for seniors, groups and students.

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2 Responses to “Canterbury Theatre will launch its 53rd season this June”

  1. robert sharp

    May 13. 2021

    Would appreciate a list of plays for this coming season

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  2. david spence

    May 14. 2021

    alway a great show

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