Shown are (front row, from the left) Nancy Williams-Shuffle, Stacy Rife, Debbie Briggs, and Mary Ann Falk; (back row) Kristin Lee and Laura Warnement. (Photo submitted)
Shown are (front row, from the left) Nancy Williams-Shuffle, Stacy Rife, Debbie Briggs, and Mary Ann Falk; (back row) Kristin Lee and Laura Warnement. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT — Motherhood, the Musical opens at Van Wert Civic Theatre on Sept. 23 for a two-week run. VWCT is back with “Live Theatre Better Than Ever.” This funny show with book, music, and lyrics by Sue Fabisch and arrangements by Johnny Rodgers, takes a walk through all things motherhood - the good, the bad, the funny, and the touching. This is an evening of pure entertainment. In fact, this year’s entire season is lighthearted fun. The theme for this season is “We’re Still Standing,” and VWCT has persevered to bring shows back to their 170-seat intimate theatre on South Race Street in Van Wert, Ohio.

Director / Choreographer Jerry Zimmerman and Music Director Dee Fisher have assembled a stellar cast. This production is a collaboration with Amil Tellers Encore Theatre who will have a six-show run after the show closes at VWCT. Not only is the collaboration innovative but so is the casting. Two of the roles are shared by actresses. Each performance will be a unique show.

Debbie Briggs plays the soon-to-be mom, Amy; and Stacy Rife plays Barb, an overworked, underpaid, stressed-out mother of five. The role of Brooke, a lawyer who works too much and barely sees her kids, is shared by two actresses - Mary Ann Falk and Laura Warnement. Tina, a single mom struggling to balance work, family, and a divorce, is played by Kristin Lee and Nancy Williams-Shuffle. In addition to the four main characters, a fifth gal graces the stage. Audiences will have to show up to see who is singing that role each night.

Motherhood, the Musical runs Sept. 23, 24, 25, 26*, 30, and Oct. 1, 2, 3* with curtain times at 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. All tickets are $16 and are on sale now. Visit vwct.org to order online or call 419-238-9689. Call-in box office hours may vary. If no one answers the phone, please leave a message indicating the night you wish to attend, number of reservations needed, your name, and a phone number. A volunteer will return your call to verify and complete the reservation. All tickets must be paid for at the time of reservation.

To get a 15% discount on tickets, consider buying a Flex Pass. For $55, the purchaser gets four admissions to be used in any way for any shows. Flex Passes are only on sale until Oct. 3. Also available are Patron memberships. Starting at $50, a Patron level membership provides recognition and all-season box office access right now. Members can make reservations to all the season shows immediately. Other shows this season include The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, Neil Simon’s Fools, and Mamma Mia. A youth theatre production, Lion King, Jr., will happen in January. Call the box office or visit the website for more information.