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Mark your calendar: New theatrical shows
Catlin Scott and Richie Cook in Savannah Children's Theatre's 'Cinderella,' opening Jan. 14

The Savannah Children’s Theatre’s new, starting–right–now mainstage production is the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Cinderella (dates are Jan. 14–30), with Caitlin Scott as the rags-to-riches heroine, and Richie Cook (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) as the charming Prince.

SCT mainstage shows are the big ones, with mixed casts of adults and young people. Production standards are set extremely high, and a good time is pretty much always had by all.

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Elsewhere, our 2011 live theater season is cranking up big time: Savannah’s community and college playhouses are getting ready to fire up some new shows, cutting a wide swath of drama, comedy and all things in between.

The Tybee Arts Association’s recent production of Steel Magnolias was so successful, they were all ready to produce an encore weekend.

Sadly, one of the actresses had to pull out at the last minute, so the “new” shows - set for Jan. 21-23 - have been scrubbed.

Down the road: Words Between Two Reformers: Mary McLeod Bethune and Eleanor Roosevelt, an original two–person play dramatizing a meeting between two women dedicated to social change, is onstage at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at Armstrong Atlantic State University. Jewell Robinson’s show features Ysaye M. Barnwell as Bethune and Linda Kenyon as Roosevelt.

The next AASU Masquers show is Pearl Cleage’s Flyin’ West, March 3–12 in Jenkins Hall.

There’s a production of Eve Ensler’s The Good Body at Muse Arts  Warehouse Feb. 3–13 from the Drama Bums, who brought you One Flew  Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 2010. Jim Holt’s City Lights Theatre Co. presents Jason Greenough’s A Madrigal in Moonlight Feb. 18–20 at the city S.P.A.C.E. auditorium. Bay Street Theatre has a repeat performance of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 25–27.

The Collective Face’s staged reading of Agnes of God is Feb. 25 and 26 at Muse. Sharon Ott directs SCAD’s theater students in a production of Ray Bradbury’s futuristic fable Farenheit 451 March 10–13 at the Lucas Theatre; Fair Weather Productions (The Odd Couple) is doing Peter Morgan’s reality–based Frost/Nixon at Muse the first two weekends in March, directed by Grace Diaz Tootle and featuring Christopher Blair (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as British talk show host David Frost; also coming (April 1–10) is a Savannah Community Theatre production of the classic mystery Deathtrap.

And Asbury Memorial is doing another splendid Gilbert & Sullivan operetta March 4–13 – it’s The Mikado. Asbury’s 2010 production of The Pirates of Penzance was an enormous hit.