The Stage is Set for Summer Theatre on Cape Cod

"Cabaret" is one of the lively shows you can see on Cape Cod this summer. Academy of Performing Arts/Orleans graphic.

If you will be on the Cape this summer, be sure to check out the fabulous theatre scene! With shows put on at various venues Cape-wide, there is something for everyone, no matter the style you enjoy or the town you are in. Here are some of the sure-to-be hit shows coming to the sandy shores of the Cape this summer!

1. Cabaret at the Academy Playhouse in Orleans: This Kander and Ebb’s musical is running through July 19, with showings Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are $24. The show is set in 1931 Berlin and focuses on the relationship of a young British cabaret performer and an American writer, as well as the romance between a German boarding house owner and her elderly suitor, a Jewish fruit vendor. With seductive music, enjoyable plot lines, and a dash of history, Cabaret is a musical that can be seen time and again without aging a day. 

Les Miserables will also be back by popular demand from July 24 through August 24 at 8pm. Tickets are $24. Documenting the trials of the peasantry in pre-Revolution France, this play is well regarded for its complexity and its musical numbers.

2. The Trials of Gertrude Moody at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT): If you will be on Cape before June 21, be sure to take in a performance of this edgy new play that is as entertaining as it is experimental. The play runs until June 21 with performances given Thursday through Monday at 8pm, with tickets ranging from $20-$45 ($12 for students). Don’t miss out on watching an orphaned parrot become a fashion icon by overcoming 400 years of hardship across 3 continents (yes, you read that sentence correctly). The show uses puppetry, shadow play, and shenanigans with the costumes and props in a way that pays tribute to the early years of WHAT.

I am a Camera will also be showing at WHAT from June 28 to July 19 from Thursday through Monday at 8pm, with tickets going from $20-$45 for adults and $12 for students. This play is the basis for Cabaret and although it is not often put on, it is certainly worth seeing.

The Surfside Snoops and the Ghost of Great Island is a play set in Wellfleet in the summer of 1961 and is done in the style of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. This play is one of WHAT’s well-regarded children’s productions and runs Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30pm from July 7 to August 28. All tickets are $10.

The Fabulous Lipitones follows an a capella group through their hysterical journey. The play runs Wednsedays through Mondays at 8pm from July 26 through August 23. Tickets are $20-$45 for adults and $12 for students.

Period of Adjustment is a comedic play from Tennessee Williams that brings together two couples on Christmas Eve and evokes the late 1950s. The play runs Thursdays through Mondays at 8pm from August 30 to September 21. Tickets are $20-$45 for adults and $12 for students.


3. One Man, Two Guvnors at the Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster: Running from June 19 to July 19 is this comedic romp that is set in Brighton, England in 1963. With a delightfully hilarious plot, attendees are sure to leave smiling. The play has show times on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday showings on June 22 and 29 at 2pm. There will be no showing on June 24 and July 4. Tickets are $30.

The Light in the Piazza will be showing from July 29 through August 23 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays through Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday August 10 and August 17 at 2pm. Tickets are $30 and $35. This musical romance is set in Tuscany and is sure to bring a lightness to every heart.

4. A Wrinkle in Time at the Harwich Junior Theatre in Harwich: Based on the fascinating tale by Madeleine L’engle, this is a great play for the whole family and is sure to keep everyone entertained. Show times are Tuesday through Thursday at 7pm and Friday through Sunday at 4pm. Tickets are $20-$25 for adults and $15 for those under 21.

There are several other shows that will be happening this summer. For more information on all of them, click here. They include Doctor Doolittle, the Neverending Story, the Stinky Cheese Man, and Always…Patsy Cline.

5. Hamlet at the Provincetown Theater in Provincetown: One of the most highly-regarded plays in history, this story is tinged with darkness and is sure to engage even those who aren’t familiar with the story. The play will be shown on June 23 through the 25, June 30 through July 2, and September 4, all at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 for tier one, $25 for tier two, with a limited number of first-come-first-serve rush tickets available the day of showing for $10.

There are others shows running, including Snow White and the Seven Bottoms and Jonathan Larson’s Rent. For more information about those shows, click here.

6.  Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate at the Monomoy Theatre in Chatham: Described as a “madcap, musical twist on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew", this is a comedy that has memorable music and is sure to delight everyone in the audience. The play is showing June 17 through June 28. For information about ticketing and show times, click here. For more information about the plays being shown throughout the summer, including An Enemy of the People, Blood Knot, Death Trap, South Pacific, Twelfth Night, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and the Man Who Came to Dinner, visit the website by clicking here.

7. The Odd Couple at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis: Featuring all the hilarity of Felix and Oscar, this play is sure to keep audiences laughing. The play runs June 9 through June 21. For ticketing info and show times, click here.
Others shows of the season include Freud’s Last Session, 1776, and Perfect Wedding. For more information, click here.
The Playhouse is billed as the place where “Broadway comes to summer” and the plays certainly live up to that reputation.

8.  College Light Opera Company, Falmouth: Located in Falmouth, this company has been seeking to provide summer audiences with high quality musicals and operettas since 1969. With 9 shows coming up for the 2014 summer season, there is sure to be something everyone can enjoy. Shows include the White Horse Inn, George M!, Lady Be Good, the Pajama Game, Carousel, Les Miserables, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, HMS Pinafore, and Into the Woods. This will be the 46th season for the CLOC, so come and support a group that has been going strong for nearly 5 decades! For more information about the theatre and ticketing, click here.

9. The Cotuit Center for the Arts: Another true powerhouse of talent on Cape Cod, the Cotuit Center for the Arts is not only known for its plays and musicals, but also for its concerts and other artistic endeavors. Be sure to click on the above link for show information for the summer. Some of the shows include Moby Dick! The Musical, The Last Five Years, Bark Park, Grey Gardens, and The Kind of True Story of Mona Coyote.

10. The Woods Hole Theater Company: For lovers of the theatre on the Upper Cape, the Woods Hole Theater Company has been providing enjoyable shows for 40 years (nearly 200 productions). The WHTC will be putting on a production of Harvey this season, a play about Elwood P. Dowd, his sister Veta, and other assorted cast members in a classic comedic adventure. For more information, call 508-540-6525.

About the Author

Contributing Writer

Mati Brown holds a Journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has written for several publications, including the Berlin Reporter, EDGE publications, and the Falmouth and Mashpee Bulletins. A current resident of Brewster, she is glad to be writing about the area she grew up in.