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Updated at 9:26 a.m., Monday, June 4, 2007

Army Community Theatre announces season lineup

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Writer

Renee Garcia Hartenstein will be Princess Winnifred the Woebegone and Tina Shelton and Lenny Klompus will play her royal parents in the musical, "Once Upon a Mattress."

Shari Lynn portrays Golde, the spouse in the classic musical about Anatevka in Czarist Russian, in "Fiddler on the Roof," though the role of the Tevye the Milkman who converses with God has yet to be cast.

These two shows are part of the Army Community Theatre's 2007-'08 four-musical season at Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter.

"Mattress," the musical based on the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea," will be staged Sept. 6-22, with Richard MacPherson directing and Grace Bell Humerickhouse choreographing. It's the show that made Carol Burnett a star, with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Barer. Auditions will be held July 9-11.

"Fiddler," with book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, will run Nov. 15-Dec. 1, with CoCo Wiel directing, Jennifer Shannon choreographing and Lina Doo conducting.

Auditions will be held Sept. 10-12.

"Aida," the Elton John-Tim Rice rendering of the Egyptian operatic story, will be Feb. 28-March15, with Vanita Rae Smith directing, Grace Bell Humerickhouse choreographing and Peter Rucci conducting. The production features a book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang. Auditions will be Nov. 26-28.

"Bye, Bye Birdie," the musical inspired by the Elvis Presley-like rock star inducted into the Army, will close out the season May 8-24, with music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Katherine Jones will choreograph; the rest of the production team is yet to be selected. Auditions will be March 10-12.

Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for the run, with Thursday night openings followed by Friday-Saturday playdates. Season tickets are $75, now are on sale at the ACT box office at Richardson Theatre. Phone reservations are accepted at 438-4480, or http://www.squareone.org/ACT.

In addition, a Readers Theatre season plays at 2 p.m. Sundays during the three-week run of the mainstage musicals. The slate includes Anton Chekhov's "The Three Sisters," Henrik Ibsen's "The Wild Duck," Eugene O'Neill's "The Great God Brown" and Friedrich Durrenmatt's "The Visit."

Reach Wayne Harada at wharada@honoluluadvertiser.com.