“Trust me, you don’t need to be a fan of murder mysteries to enjoy this show. If you like comedy and some old-fashioned tunes, then you’ll like this show, too. But accept the challenge of trying to solve the mystery and you’ll find yourself most thoroughly engaged.”
Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon opened ‘Something’s Afoot’ last Friday, and if you’re a fan of musical murder mysteries, it’s a show you won’t want to miss! To whet your appetite, TODD DAVISON and co. are here with a performance of ‘I Owe It All’ at [2:45].
Maples Repertory Theatre is taking you back to the summer of ’64 with ‘The Bikinis: A New Musical Beach Party’, opening next week inside The Royal Theatre in Macon, Mo.! Enjoy a performance of ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)’ at [1:55] on today’s show.
“Simply put, this is the finest show I’ve seen mounted at Maples Repertory since I first discovered this theatre. It’s brilliantly directed. It’s stellarly acted and sung.”
If you don’t know much about the (short) life of country singer Hank Williams, TODD DAVISON says you will after you see ‘Hank Williams: Lost Highway’ at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon starting tomorrow night! Actor MICHAEL PERRIE, JR. plays Hank Williams, and he’s here to perform two songs to wet your appetite: ‘Lovesick Blues’ at [2:23] and ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ at [6:26].
“Not only has [Peter] Reynolds guided his actors to superior performances, but he knows how to get his thespians to mobilize the frenetic words so that they not only sound funny, but believable, no matter how outrageous the situation. Reynolds also knows how to craft bits so funny with timing so smooth and coordinated that you’ll laugh until your ribs ache.
“Brandon McShaffrey understands that and his actors are sterling with their larger than life, stereotyped performances. Any cliché that pops into your mind when you hear “trailer park” is found in this show and then some. McShaffrey gets his actors to lean into it with everything they’ve got and mixes it with their golden voices to serve up a rib-tickling good time.”
Paul Pepper: Maples Repertory Theatre opens “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” (Performance)
Maples Repertory Theatre is kicking off their 2022 season with ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’, and we’ve got a sneak peek courtesy of TODD DAVISON and company! So, pull up a lawn chair, tap that keg and enjoy a performance of the rousing ballad ‘Flushed Down the Pipes’ (no, really) by actress SANDIA AHLERS.
The start of the 2022 season at Maples Repertory Theatre is right around the corner! Artistic director TODD DAVISON is here with a preview of each of the upcoming six shows, including ‘The Nerd’, ‘Hank Williams: Lost Highway’ and ‘Something’s Afoot’! March 11, 2022
Sure, it’s Thanksgiving eve, but we just couldn’t wait any longer: bring on the Christmas music! Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon gets your season started early with a sneak peek of their holiday musical showcase called ‘Tis the Season’! Songs: ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’ at [1:12]; ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ at [3:20]; and ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ at [7:29]. November 24, 2021
BRIDGET GRACE SHEAFF joins us from Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon to tell us about Ripcord, a “very charming and very funny” show that opens this Wednesday and runs for two weeks! (4:16)
The seventh (7th!) iteration of the popular ‘Church Basement Ladies’ series arrives at Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon next Wednesday night. Artistic director TODD DAVISON tells us how the ‘Ladies’ manage to keep the laughs – and the music – coming after all these years! (4:07) September 23, 2021
See what the critics had to say about Maples Rep’s production of Annie summer of 2021!
Our Theatre Education team brought live theatre camps around MO this summer. This particular camp was held for one week outdoors in Hannibal. The camp was designed for children 8-18, and every student had a part to play. They learned a full musical and performed it for friends and family in only five days.
Plenty of smiles on our set today as we bring you a performance of ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ from Maples Repertory Theatre’s production of ‘Annie’. ANDREW SCOGGIN, as Bert Healey, sings that 90-second ear worm at [3:33] accompanied by KEVIN CASEY on piano. Artistic director TODD DAVISON is also here because, well, he’s the boss. Show opens next Friday. July 7, 2021
For Adolts Only (Review of “Greater Tuna”)
“This is pure escapist comedy which will make you forget about life for a while and provide the healing magic of laughter. Take a night to lose yourself in humor.
To borrow from a certain song in the musical Gypsy: Curtain up! Light the lights! Because everything’s coming up roses for Maples Rep Theatre in Macon! That’s right, for the first time since late 2019, the historic Royal Theatre will once again be a home for professional theatre. The first show, ‘I Love a Piano’, opens June 16. June 4, 2021
Maples Rep Theatre is back! Artistic director TODD DAVISON tells us how he and his team at the Royal Theatre in Macon are making sure that the curtain goes up on the 2021 season. Plus, get details on ‘Annie’ auditions and an upcoming fundraiser for the boots and black tie-wearing member of your family! April 19, 2021
Fingers crossed that this year TODD DAVISON and his team at Maples Repertory Theatre will be able to put on their full season as planned, unlike last year when the pandemic kept the stage at the historic Royal Theatre in Macon dark. Find out what shows they’re planning to do and get details on their latest fundraiser, ‘Chair-ity’. February 3, 2021
Well, it’s come to this: the Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon will not be putting on a show in the year 2020. Blame you-know-what. A “discouraged” TODD DAVISON instead uses this time to look ahead to 2021. October 22, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on a lot of things this year, including live theatre, and Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon is no exception. That said, artistic director TODD DAVISON is holding out hope that their production of ‘Greater Tuna’ and ‘I Love a Piano’ will go on as scheduled this fall. Find out what it’ll take to pull it off! August 18, 2020
If you didn’t see ‘The Full Monty’ last summer at Maples Rep Theatre in Macon, artistic director TODD DAVISON says you missed a “landmark” production. He and the team are hoping to capture the same level of energy this year with shows like ‘Greater Tuna’ and ‘Menopause The Musical’! January 2, 2020
TODD DAVISON and BRANCE CORNELIUS invite everyone to make the short drive to Macon to see ‘Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)’, running December 4-15! The audience is just as much a part of the direction of the show as is the script (or lack thereof). (3:34) December 3, 2019
In the mood for a little suspense? A little mystery, perhaps? If so, make the short drive to Macon and see Maples Repertory Theatre’s production of Death Trap – the longest running comedy-thriller in New York history! Guest: TODD DAVISON October 22, 2019
So what makes this, the sixth installment in the ‘Church Basement Ladies’ series, different from the others? Maples Rep Theatre artistic director TODD DAVISON says because “this is the first time we get to be introduced to the men of the church.” Watch the cast perform “Roger’s Sales Pitch” at [2:46]. September 23, 2019
Paul Pepper: Todd Davison, Maples Repertory Theatre, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story”
Maples Repertory Theatre artistic director TODD DAVISON says ‘Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story’ is a “really, really lovely story about the music.” Opening night is this Friday in Macon! July 15, 2019
TODD DAVISON and the cast of ‘The Full Monty’ perform ‘Let It Go’ [3:33] from the popular musical about out-of-work steel workers looking to make ends meet by stripping. This Wednesday’s opening night performance is for the ladies only! June 10, 2019
“They have 90 seconds to say whatever they want, do whatever they want…” — TODD DAVISON on the early audition process of some 800 actors and technicians ahead of the summer season. And speaking of the summer season, Maples Rep Theatre kicks theirs off with ‘The Full Monty’ June 12th. February 12, 2019
TODD DAVISON invites everyone to come see Maples Repertory Theatre’s next production, “On Golden Pond,” beginning this Wednesday at the Royal Theatre in downtown Macon! Running for two weekends, this classic story is the second-to-last production of their 15th season. (4:19) October 22, 2018
The fifteenth season of live professional plays at Maples Repertory Theatre continues with Ernest Thompson’s American classic, On Golden Pond, October 24 – November 4. A truly golden gem, On Golden Pond is a play for all ages…
“People say after the summer, ‘oh, you must not be doing anything or whatever’, but between the summer and the fall, for us, is really, really busy.” — TODD DAVISON, Artistic Director of Maples Repertory Theatre. The final crop of shows for 2018 include: ‘On Golden Pond’, ‘Dearly Departed’, the return of the ‘Church Basement Ladies’, plus a special fundraiser at The Pear Tree! September 25, 2018
The CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES Are Back and Ready To Save Christmas in AWAY IN A BASEMENT: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas
The Church Basement Ladies are back by popular demand! Maples Repertory Theatre is proud to complete their 15th season with their 6th production featuring the singing, dancing ladies from the East Cornucopia Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota.
The fifteenth season of live professional plays at Maples Repertory Theatre continues with Ernest Thompson’s American classic, ON GOLDEN POND, October 24 – November 4…
Funerals can be funny! That is funerals that do not involve our own “dearly departed.” For an evening of carefree laughter and no tears, you must see the Maples Rep production of DEARLY DEPARTED…
Maples Repertory Theatre in downtown Macon is excited to welcome back Cheyenne Nelson to the Royal Theatre for a special night of music and fun, Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Pittsburgh native TROY BRUCHWALSKI performs “I Am Aldolpho” from Maples Rep Theatre’s production of ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’, opening tomorrow night in Macon! Artistic Director TODD DAVISON calls this show “extremely entertaining and very, very funny.” July 19, 2018
Today should be the greatest day of Tom Kerwood’s life. He and his wife, Linda, are a step away from adopting a baby. Then Tom’s two brothers, Dick and Harry, decide to help. Dick wants to share the proceeds of smuggled cigarettes to help support the child while Harry plots to get them a killer deal on a house by planting cadaver bits in the backyard…
Sophie is getting married and she wants her father to give her away. The problem is she doesn’t know who he is, but has it narrowed down to 3 candidates. She could ask her mom, but she doesn’t know which of the 3 it is either. Which dad gets the honor?
Maples Rep Theatre is kicking off their 2018 season with “Mamma Mia,” and we’ve got a sneak peek! Check out ‘Donna and the Dynamos’ (MARIA KONSTANTINIDIS, FAITH SANDBERG and MEGAN OPALINSKI) ) singing “Dancing Queen.” Guest: TODD DAVISON June 12, 2018