Past Productions

2016

NCC’s 2016 SUMMER SEASON in the BARN

As a part of our 2016 Summer Season we produced 4 Main Stage productions, including 3 World Premiere original plays, and so much more!

Productions included:

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Matt & Ben

Written by Mindy Kaling & Brenda Withers, Matt & Bendepicts its Hollywood golden boys – before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar…before anyone actually gave a damn. While working in Ben’s apartment one day, the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens. The boys realize they’re being tested by a Higher Power. With both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck being played by women, this hilarious, other-worldly romp was quite the crowd pleaser!

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Fourthies Fight Back!

Written by Greg Parker. A group of neglected fourth graders, tired of their everyday misfortunes, decide to fight back against their elementary school bullies. What follows is a fierce battle of brains vs brawn that takes our group of “Fourthies” on an adventure of playtime, of love, and most importantly, to take back their field trip money!

Fuzzball Awakens

FuzzballawakensBrought to you by the team behind I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This: A Tribute to George Lucas and last summer’s hugely successful Laugh It Up Fuzzball: A New Hope! We found the boys at odds with one another as they reflected on the brand-new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Did they take the plunge and pay homage to the exciting new adventure of the world famous saga? OR did their friendship devolve into bitter quarreling, bad puns, cardboard spaceship battles, and musical numbers?! Probably BOTH! With both silliness and perseverance, Justin, Brett, Matt, the Cams, and crew took on Jar-Jar Abrams’ Star Wars masterpiece in this adaptation that proved to be gut-wrenchingly hilarious! With a sold out run, this was New Classics’ most successful productions to date!

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Written by Justin Gray. Eva is a young, dedicated music therapist who believes above all in the healing power of music. However, as she faces her first assignment in hospice care, she finds she might be in deeper than she ever realized. Through weekly sessions she’ll try to help Lillian face her imminent passing, all the while juggling Lillian’s high strung daughter Anne, free spirited nurse Danny, and domineering residency supervisor Burgess. Along the way she’ll come to understand more than ever the true impact that music can have on us, both in this life and the next. A new direction from New Classics’ usual productions, Songbird was an emotionally moving piece that showed a new range to our usual catalogue.

Along with the usual Main Stage season, NCC hosted staged readings of Clifford Odet’s Waiting For LeftyJustin Gray’s Songbird, 2 movie screenings on the Hyannis Town Green, and NCC’s 2nd Annual 24 Hour Play Festival!

2015

For the 2015 Summer Residency Season, New Classics returned to the Guyer Art Barn in downtown Hyannis. Running from June to August, the season consisted of two full Main Stage Productions, a special presentation, and a host of free special events, including:

11011479_401148503421489_3562008818654715001_n“Free Improv Show Tonight!”: A hilarious weekly improv show with Hyannis native performers, and guest stars from across the country.

Improv Workshops: Hosted and taught by New Classics highly talented and eclectic improv troupe, our free one day workshops provided hands on training and experience, as well as nonstop fun for amateur and expert improvisers alike!

Staged Reading Series: Hosted by Production Coordinator Aisha Stewart, our free staged reading series brought the classics back to New Classics, with live readings of well known plays such as Proof, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All to You, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and two new works.

11800003_10153526769632863_5520377752725174722_n24 Hour Play FestivalProduced with equal parts caffeine and minimal sleep, a small but dedicated crew of local artists and volunteers joined the New Classics team to write, rehearse, and produce three world premiere short plays, all in only twenty four hours!

Movies on the Green: A chance to curl up with a blanket and a great film under the stars, NCC’s Movies on the Green presented four family classics to downtown Hyannis for free, all on the beautiful town green, located right off main street. Films included; Mrs. Santaland Poster8.5XDoubtfire, The Sandlot, The Princess Bride, and Home Alone.

The Santaland Diaries: New Classics first ever partnership with New Hampshire based theatre collective, Lend Me a Theatre, The Santaland Diaries featured a good old fashioned Christmas in July. Complete with christmas cookies, a gingerbread house building contest, and more. All revolving around Greg Parker’s hilarious performance of David Sedaris’ one man show.

 Our Main Stage Season showcased:

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Written and Directed by Matt Kohler

A young girl struggles with one of life’s biggest challenges, cleaning her bedroom. After being locked in her room by her evil babysitter Stephanie, Alex must make the decision to continue down her path of messy, disorganized familiar clutter OR embrace change and clean her room. Incidentally, her decision is prolonged by the arrival of an extraordinary and excitable imaginary friend named Barnaby. What follows is an hilarious romp following Barnaby and  Alex’s adventures throughout Alex’s room and the answer to that age-old  question: To clean or  not to clean? Presented July 16th-18th, 23rd-25th at 7pm, and 19th, 26th at 5pm.

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Written and Directed by Greg Parker
The world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Liddell gets a makeover in this New Classics adaptation of an old classic. Combining elements of Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Greg Parker’s adaptation, Alice takes us on the fantastical adventures of a modern Alice as she navigates the troubles of adolescence and the unknown wonders of the Looking Glass world. Presented August 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 at 7pm.
And a special presentation of:

“Laugh it Up Fuzzball: New Classics Presents A New Hope!” 

fuzzballposter2Written & Performed by Matt Kohler, Brett Burkhardt, & Justin Jay Gray.

Adapted from the film by George Lucas, brought to you by the team behind last summer’s hugely successful I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This: A Tribute to George Lucas, this summer will see them setting their sights square on the original sci-fi phenomenon. With equal parts determination and silliness, join Matt, Brett, & Justin as they take on George’s first great masterpiece in this adaptation that promises to be gut-wrenchingly hilarious! Presented July 3rd, 10th, & 11th at 7pm & July 4th at 9pm.


2014

Summer Residency Season 

The 2014 Summer Season was a seven week residency at the Guyer Barn in downtown Hyannis, MA on Cape Cod. The Season ran from July 14th – August 31st, held three full length performances, and a plethora of free social events, including:

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The Guyer Barn at 225 South Street, Hyannis MA

“Free Improv Show Tonight!”: A  hilarious weekly improv show with Hyannis native performers, and guest stars from across the country.

“Sunshine: A Staged reading” : A World premiere staged reading of an original play in one act. Written by NCC’s own: Brett Burkhardt.

“Apollo Blue: Open House!”:  Local musicians from the band Apollo Blue welcome the community by playing live music after our Opening Night of Georgie’s Full SwingWith special guest-star opener: Dylan Byrnes.

“Apollo Blue Outside the Barn!”: Hyannis’ favorite band returns for an afternoon performance, and social gathering just outside the barn.

Our Main Stage Series showcased:

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Georgie’s Full Swing by Matt Kohler – A world premier production, this young adult’s show will feature the tale of a young playground performer coming into his own by attempting to do the impossible, swing a swing over the top of the swing set. Presented  July 17th-19th & 24th-26th at 7pm, and July 19th-20th & 26th at 2pm, at the Guyer Barn, 250 South Street Hyannis, MA.

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Greater Tuna by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams, and Ed Howard – A hilarious fringe classic, this brilliant satire of country life will find Brett Burkhardt and special guest HJ Pierce portraying an array of oddballs and characters in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. Presented  July 31st-August 2nd & 7th-9th at 8pm, and August 3rd & 10th at 5pm, at the Guyer Barn, 250 South Street Hyannis, MA.

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I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This: A Theatrical Tribute to George Lucas by Brett Burkhardt, Matt Kohler, and Justin Jay Gray – Three friends attempt to make the ultimate tribute video for filmmaker George Lucas, delving deep into his body of work, in this world premiere that promises to be hysterical. Presented August 21st-23rd & 28th-30th at 7pm, as well as August 23rd & 30th at 2pm, and August 24th & 30th at 5pm, at the Guyer Barn, 250 South Street Hyannis, MA.


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An open mic night series, the Spring Around Corner shows were curated by New Classics member Matt Kohler and presented in the Guyer Barn. With performances from local artists, poets, and musicians, including the Cape Cod based band Apollo Blue, the barn doors were thrown open for the first time by NCC! Bringing all types of artists together, Spring Around the Corner brought Hyannis a night filled with great art, great food, and lots of fun.

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2013

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Taking Cape Cod by storm, the boys from the New Classics Company produced a hilariously original take on the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s classic hit The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)Filled with projections, training montages, a song and dance number, and the incomparable music of Journey, this was “Complete Works” like you’ve never seen it before. Presented in conjunction with the Barnstable High School Drama Club, the work was produced, directed, and starred Justin Jay Gray, Matt Kohler, and Brett Burkhardt.

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