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Shakespeare, period pieces, homages to past shows on bill for its 2019-2020 season.

PMG PHOTO: JANAE EASLON - Now in its 25th season, Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theatre, or HART, has performed several audience favorites, like 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.'For Doug Sellers, board president of Hillsboro Artists' Regional Theater, it feels pretty nice to be able to celebrate 25 years in the theater community.

"For small, nonprofit theater companies to make 25 years is quite an achievement," he said.

Sellers has been involved with HART since the very beginning, first as an actor and later moving into administration.

This season, HART is presenting the top-grossing plays of the last 25 years. Two new plays include Disney's "Aladdin Jr." and Gregory S. Moss' "Reunion," Sellers said.

The season kicks off Friday, July 12, and runs through June 14, 2020.

Tickets are available at HART's website.

"Light Up The Sky" (directed by Mark Putnam), July 12-28

"['Light Up The Sky'] is the first show HART ever did do," Sellers said.

This comedy follows the story of a Broadway actress, a truck-driver-turned playwright, and a witty cast of characters who turn against one another after their seemingly dismal performance at an out-of-town show.

When the reviews come back and praise the show as a hit, the group changes its mind and becomes friends again. A testament to how easy show business people can turn from friend to enemy to friend.

"Anna's Mother" (directed by Tom Smith), Aug. 15–18

After her daughter's tragic death, Veronica is thrust into the national spotlight as the mother of a heroic firefighter.

Over a year passes and Veronica has been heightened to celebrity status and speaking publicly. Now, she has to deal with how she plans to handle her newfound popularity. Is it to honor the life of her daughter? Or is it for something else?

"Reunion" (directed by Meghan Daaboul), Sept. 6–22

"Reunion" follows a group of old friends getting together for their 25th high school reunion.

Their lives have changed over the years, but the trio is eager to revisit their wilder, younger days of drinking, partying and staying up all night. However, as night turns to morning, the guys realize that maybe celebrating the past isn't all its cracked up to be.

"The characters in ['Reunion'] have some real warm spots and they turn themselves around," Sellers said

This dramatic comedy will be for adults only because of explicit language and themes, Sellers said.

"Page to Stage VII," Oct. 19

"Page to Stage" is always a surprise, Sellers said. Local playwrights submit scripts to be selected by a committee and performed the following year. However, no one knows what the show will be until the performance.

This will be HART's seventh "Page to Stage" showcase.

"Aladdin Jr." (directed by Don Cleland), Nov. 1–19

Disney's "Aladdin Jr." hits the stage in this children's performance of the classic film. The street-smart Aladdin falls in love with high-class Princess Jasmine, but has no chance of making it in the royal family.

When the sultan declares Princess Jasmine must wed the next day, Aladdin introduces himself as a wealthy prince, with the help of his friend the Genie.

But the sultan's wicked adviser, Jafar, has his eyes on the kingdom and sets out to convince the sultan that his daughter should marry him instead.

"Little Women" (directed by Chris Byrne), Dec. 6–27

It's the height of the Civil War and the March sisters — Meg, Amy, Jo and Beth — are growing up in Massachusetts while their father is at war.

Heartbreak, adventure and hope are explored in this musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" (directed by Tyson Redifer and Chris White), Feb. 14–March 1, 2020

In this classic Shakespeare play filled with romantic quandaries, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" follows Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena into the woods, where they find themselves in a bit of trouble in the fairy kingdom.

The four must navigate the fairies' games to realize what love is really all about.

"Don't Dress For Dinner" (directed by Dawn Sellers), March 20–April 5, 2020

What happens when you invite your best friend and your mistress to dinner while your wife is out of town and your best friend's mistress happens to be your wife? Well, a wild and farcical comedy is sure to ensue in this play by Marc Camoletti.

"Noises Off "(directed by Doug Sellers), May 22–June 14, 2020

Michael Frayn's classic farce takes a stab at the actor in all their idiosyncrasies. This play-within-a-play is a behind-the-scenes look at life onstage as it follows a theater troupe's slapstick rehearsals and growing tension in performance.


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