2022-23 Theatre Season
HHS Fall Play
November 3rd - 7th, 2022
Tartuffe, also called The Impostor or The Hypocrite, was written by Molière in 1664 and first performed the same year. It is one of Molière's most famous theatrical comedies. The play was controversial; although the public and even King Louis XIV enjoyed Tartuffe, the Archbishop of Paris issued an edict threatening excommunication for anyone who watched, performed in, or read the play. Despite Molière's insistence that Tartuffe was a criticism of hypocrisy and the dangers of blind faith, many felt it represented an unacceptable critique of religion. Molière revised the play to make it seem more secular, and in 1669, he was allowed to perform this new version. Moliere's revised Tartuffe has enjoyed centuries of success, and is still performed today.
January 26th - 29th, 2023
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s enchanting adaptation of the timeless fairytale, Cinderella, was their only musical originally composed for television. When the television program, starring Julie Andrews as Cinderella, first aired in 1957, it was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium at that time. Since then, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella has continued to charm audiences in productions on stage and on television. Based upon the classic fairy tale, and particularly the French version Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s adaptation brings new life to the story of a young woman forced into servitude who dreams of – and achieves – a better life. Cinderella features some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”
March 23rd - 26th, 2023
Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat, Sweeney Todd has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!