The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., is opening its 80th season, which will include seven main stage plays and musicals and four children’s performances.
Opening Friday is the comedy “Blithe Spirit,” written by Noel Coward.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (62 and over) and $13 for students (21 and under). For more information about times or to get tickets, visit www.racinetheatre.org.
Here is a closer look at that show and the rest of this season’s lineup:
When: Sept. 14-30
Synopsis: A skeptic at heart, the novelist Charles Condomine invites self-proclaimed medium Madam Arcati to his home to research a séance. Not only is she surprisingly successful, she accidentally helps Charles conjure the spirit of his late wife, Elvira, much to the displeasure of his new wife, Ruth. As Elvira relentlessly haunts Ruth and tries to keep Charles all to herself, things go awry in this funny, otherworldly classic that will tickle your goosebumps.
When: Oct. 5-7
Synopsis: Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young audiences.
When: Oct. 19-Nov. 4
Synopsis: Five-time NFL champion and two-time Super Bowl champion Vince Lombardi is the man behind every Green Bay Packers’ legend. Driven by ultimate perfection, this play follows reporter Michael McCormick through a week of the Packers’ 1965 season. He discovers Lombardi’s passions and relationships on and off the field with his players, the press and his wife, Marie. Whether you bleed green and gold or enjoy a fantastic piece of theater, you won’t want to miss this.
‘The Elves and
When: Nov. 9-11
Synopsis: Lockhart Cobblestone, the shoemaker, has a kind heart but little money in his pocket. Moved by the plight of an old beggar woman, he gives her his last pair of shoes. Poor Lockhart has leather enough to make only one more pair of shoes and sets it out to work on the next morning. Then the fun begins! Out pop five weird, endearing little elves who whip up the most fantastic and magical shoes the town of Clankbottom has ever seen. This musical retelling of an old favorite is filled with delightful characters and also holds a gentle message about the nature of kindness.
‘A Christmas Carol:
When: Dec. 7-16
Synopsis: Capturing the hearts of audience members young and old alike, Ebenezer Scrooge returns to tell the story of redemption and hope. A stingy miser, Scrooge faces the consequences of his life through the visits of three ghosts — Past, Present and Future. He learns the importance of family and friendship in one night, spreading love and charity from that day forward. Rousing music, memorable characters and an unforgettable tale will leave you filled with holiday cheer!
‘Things My Mother
When: Jan. 11-27
Synopsis: Olivia and Gabe are excited to finally start their lives together as they move into their first apartment. However, even after moving halfway across the country, they cannot escape their parents, who show up unannounced to lend a helping hand. Their furniture will not fit, the moving truck goes missing, and their parents get into squabbles — can anything else go wrong? The idea of “mother knows best” hilariously gets flipped upside down in this heartwarming, romantic comedy.
‘Wait until Dark’
When: Feb. 22-March 10
Synopsis: Susy Hendrix lives a simple life as a housewife, despite being blind. While away on business, her husband, Sam, unknowingly smuggles a peculiar doll filled with drugs into their home. One night, Susy becomes the key in a clever con man’s scheme to steal the doll. With the help of the young girl upstairs, Susy unravels his plan but quickly becomes the bait in a deadly game of cat and mouse. An edge-of-your-seat thriller; plunge into the darkness and try not to scream!
‘Junie B. Jones’
When: Feb 1-3
Synopsis: It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.
When: March 15-17
Synopsis: Laugh your socks off in this fairy-tale pop musical with eclectic styles ranging from ’50s rock to ’20s jazz to Celtic and more. The kingdom of Glump has been falling apart ever since the pampered emperor became wrapped up in his tasteless wardrobe. Enter two con artists, Wart and Hog, who devise their ingenious plan for swindling the emperor. Naturally, everyone pretends to “see” the magic cloth, until a young child’s honesty forces the emperor to face the truth about himself AND his clothing!
‘The Lion, the Witch
and the Wardrobe’
When: April 5-14
Synopsis: When an ordinary wardrobe transports Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy into the enchanted world of Narnia, they begin an adventure toward their destinies as rulers of the land. Trapped in an eternal winter, they must battle the evil White Witch with the help of whimsical forest creatures and the great lion, Aslan, to reclaim Narnia. C.S. Lewis’ book has been magically transformed for the stage celebrating the triumph of good over evil.
‘9 to 5: the Musical’
When: May 10-26
Synopsis: Fed up with having to work for a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot,” three female office workers bond over their shared disgust and concoct a plan for revenge. After they accidentally kidnap their boss, they decide to make over their office into a place where all of their co-workers can thrive. Based on the hilarious, hit movie and filled with unforgettable, original music by Dolly Parton, this musical shines a light on the power of friendship and will have your toes tapping.