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Here’s what you’ll see this summer at the 2018 Redlands Theatre Festival

The Redlands Theatre Festival has announced its 46th season of plays in repertory under the stars in Prospect Park. The summer season runs from July 6 to Aug. 18, featuring a company of 90 area actors, musicians and technicians in three plays and two musical productions.
Plays include “Hay Fever” by Noel Coward, “Stupid F#@*ing Bird,” an homage to Chekhov’s “The Seagull” by Aaron Posner, and “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker. Musical productions will be Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Pajama Game.”
“The plays are new to RTF while the two musicals have been done before at different times but not in many, many years,” said Candice Cabanilla Stewart, one of the theater company’s directors.
“Sweeney Todd is back by popular demand and features our biggest cast ever, almost 40 people with new lead players,” she said.
Karen Cabanilla, who played Mrs. Lovett in the past production, will return as the Beggar Woman. Kristine Rodriguez will portray the Lovett character this summer, while Sweeney Todd will be played by Travis Rhett Wilson, who received an Inland Theatre League award for his villainous portrayal of Jasper in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” last season in his debut role at RTF. The show is directed by Stewart.
The classic musical “Pajama Game” features Joe Modica, a professor at the University of Redlands School of Music and artistic director of the Inland Master Chorale. Music and lyrics were written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, with songs such as “Hernando’s Hideaway” and “Steam Heat” among its best known numbers. Lisa Lyons will direct the production, with Modica serving as musical director for both shows.
“Hay Fever,” directed by Tom Provenzano, tells the story of an eccentric family displaying its outlandish behaviors at a weekend gathering.
“Stupid F#@*ing Bird,” directed by Shannon Galuszka, offers an edgy adaptation of 典he Seagull” in a humorous and moving meditation on love, life, and art.
“Circle Mirror Transformation,” a dramatic comedy focused on an adult drama class at a community center in Vermont, received the award for Best New American Play in 2009. RTF director will be Stevie Taken.
Now in its 46th consecutive season, the repertory festival was founded by artistic producing director Cliff Cabanilla, professor emeritus of theater arts at Crafton Hills College. The staff consists of college theater professors from Cal State San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, Cal Baptist University, Illinois College and the University of Redlands along with theater professionals from throughout Southern California and members of the Inland Master Chorale.
The company seeks additional volunteers for various theatrical support roles, Stewart said.
Shows begin at 8:30 p.m. on performance nights at Avice Meeker Sewall Theatre in Prospect Park at Cajon Street and Highland Avenue.
The full schedule, ticket information and special related events can be viewed at www.rtfseason.com .
For additional information, contact shannon@rtfseason.com,  @thertf on Facebook or @Redlands_Theatre_Festival on Instagram .

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