Celebrate the holidays with Vladimir Zelevinsky’s The Cricket on the Hearth December 6-15

West End Players Guild’s 109th season of “big theatre in a small space” resumes on December 6th with Vladimir Zelevinsky’s The Cricket on the Hearth, a world-premiere stage adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens novella. And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with a touch of Dickens?

In mid-19th century London John and Dot have fallen in love and married. Theirs is a May-December match (she is young and spritely, he is older and wiser), as unlikely as it is loving. The joy of their life is their bouncing baby boy, and their home is guarded by a friendly cricket who chirps from the hearth, an omen of good fortune. Then, a mysterious stranger enters their lives. Has he brought with him suffering and sorrow that will tear apart the lives of John, Dot and their friends, or does he bring gentler gifts? We won’t spoil the ending, except to say that you just might leave the theatre with your heart a little warmer than when you entered.

Steve Callahan directs an ensemble cast that includes Chuck Winning, Gracie Sartin, Kent Coffel, Charles Heuvelman, Samantha Hayes, Kellen Green, Samantha Hays and Mary Tomlinson, with musical stylings by Cameron Perrin and Heather Chung.

Tickets for The Cricket on the Hearth and for the rest of this season’s shows are now on sale here . Buy yours today!

Four great shows including a world premiere:
West End Players Guild Season 109

For 2019-2020, West End Players Guild offers an exciting menu plays never or rarely seen in St. Louis, including a world premiere commissioned exclusively for WEPG.

September 27-October 6, 2019: Bill Cain’s Equivocation is a Shakespearean tale of intrigue starring the Bard himself. The King offers Shakespeare a commission he can’t refuse, to write a play about the Gunpowder Plot to blow up Parliament. Shakespeare discovers it is a perilous assignment, as he learns that the King’s version of the story does not quite square with the facts. Shakespeare is torn between the truth and the Crown. Can he walk this tightrope without losing his head (literally)? Tom Kopp directs.

December 6-15, 2019: It’s the world premiere of Vladimir Zelevinsky’s The Cricket on the Hearth, an adaptation of the Charles Dickens story, commissioned and written especially for WEPG. Steve Callahan directs this tale of unlikely but undying love, a holiday heart-warmer that will both entertain and move you.

February 21-March 1: Sharon’s husband and son are gone and her big Iowa house feels very lonely. Maybe a roommate will help. Enter Robyn, who turns out to be someone quite different from what she appears to be. Sean Belt directs Jen Silverman’s The Roommate, a very funny show about standing up to life and daring to do something totally new. It’s a lesson in life and a quirky “buddy comedy” all rolled up in one.

April 17-26, 2020: What if you could go back in time and change the one moment that reshaped your life forever? What if you could see a lost love of 40 years ago just one more time, to learn how her life turned out? Would you? Steven Dietz’s bittersweet Bloomsday poses the questions – the answers are for you to discover (and if you are not familiar with Bloomsday, just click here). Jessa Knust makes her WEPG directing debut.

Season and single-show tickets for the upcoming season are now on sale at www.WestEndPlayers.org/tickets. All shows are at the theatre in the Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard in the Central West End.

West End Players Guild is the region’s oldest continuously-operated theatre company, presenting “big theatre in a small space” since 1911.