Swift Creek Mill Theatre is announcing its 2021-2022 season, which kicks off September 11 with “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts. The musical comedy was originally scheduled to open one week after the theatre temporarily closed its doors in March of 2020 at the onset of the global pandemic. The full season titles and show descriptions are listed below. Patrons can enjoy early-bird discounts and exclusive member perks with season subscriptions and FlexPasses, which are available for purchase now. General audience tickets will be available beginning Aug. 1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the box office at (804) 748-5203 Tues. – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for more information.
“The Mill first opened its doors in December of 1965, and I can only imagine the anticipation and excitement that must have permeated the air within our 350-year-old home as that adventure began,” said Artistic Director Tom Width. “We are experiencing those feelings once again as we prepare to emerge from the darkness of the pandemic and the horrendous flooding that we experienced last summer into the light of a new beginning. We have so many people to thank for seeing us through all of this, and I plan to do that by pledging to bring you many more years of great theatre.”
Along with the new season announcement, the Mill has upgraded its box office system to create a more streamlined experience for patrons. The theatre also recently revealed a redesigned logo and will launch a new website in the coming weeks.
“As we have been making preparations to reopen, we felt that this was a great opportunity to make some needed changes and updates, not only for an improved patron experience, but also to reflect the incredible sense of optimism we have for the future of the Mill,” said Managing Director Steven Koehler. “In the realm of possibilities, I don’t think any of us could have imagined having to close our doors for 16 consecutive months.” Koehler credits the outpouring
of support from the community, in large part, with making the theatre’s reopening possible. “We truly have the most remarkable supporters who want to see art and culture continue to thrive in our region,” he said. “For that, we are incredibly grateful.”
The theatre introduced Young People’s Playhouse last fall, featuring on-demand, educational plays for classrooms and families. The 2021-2022 season includes three live-performance plays under the Young People’s Playhouse banner. Show information and ticket sales will be available Aug. 1.
“We look forward, with excitement, to our new season and the future of the theatre,” said Width. “I can hardly wait to greet our audiences again, live from the Mill stage.”
Historic Swift Creek Mill Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization offering mainstage and youth productions, educational programs, dining, cabarets, wine dinners, and event and catering services. Housed in a former grist mill, the theatre is listed as one of the oldest landmarks in the nation (circa 1663). Much of the original building structure remains intact.
For more information, visit www.swiftcreekmill.com.
Read on for the full season listing:
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts
September 11 – October 23, 2021
This smart, insightful musical comedy follows the thrill and folly of modern-day relationships, from the nerve-wracking first date to marriage, children, and the quest for romance in the golden years.
Winter Wonderettes by Roger Bean
November 20, 2021 – January 1, 2022
Those wonderful, mellifluous, marvelous Wonderettes return to our stage as they work their musical magic to save the Harper’s Hardware holiday party from disaster after Santa goes missing! So many great hits from the ‘60’s, sung in classic “girl group” harmony. The perfect holiday confection!
Murder for Two by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair
January 29 – February 26, 2022
Two wildly talented actors, a piano, and a whacky murder mystery that could have come from Agatha Christie or Monty Python! Add in some terrific songs and some crazy keyboard antics, and this twisted whodunit will have you in stitches from start to finish!
Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard
March 19 – May 7, 2022
This is the show that started it all! We have produced the famous sequel, A Tuna Christmas, twice in the last decade, but we haven’t done the original show in more than 25 years! Well, we’re going to fix that this season by bringing back all the fun and hilarious antics of this terrific comedy. Tuna, Texas, here we come!
LOVE/SICK by John Cariani
May 21 – June 25, 2022
Author John Cariani, whose Almost, Maine wowed our audiences in 2016, has written what he calls “Almost, Maine’s darker cousin” – nine love stories told by four actors with the same level of witty humor, but with twists that make the scenes funny in a darker way. This author’s take on love and relationships is a one-of-a-kind wonder!