Welcome to Tidewater Stage
After nearly a decade of planning and dreaming, Regent University proudly launched its professional theatre company, Tidewater Stage, in the summer of 2013. Our inaugural season, featuring the 1950's music revue Forever Plaid and the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park, was a glorious success. Hampton Roads came out in droves to support the community’s newest professional theatre company resulting in sold-out runs and glowing reviews. In follow-up, we produced Pump Boys and Dinettes and Driving Miss Daisy (2014 season) and I Do1, I Do! and The Nerd (2015 season). Both seasons continued to grow our devoted patron base and set records for our annual sponsorship campaign. Building on these early successes, we proudly announce our 2016 season.
The Marvelous Wonderettes will transport you back in time to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where you’ll meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves the girls serenade us with chart-topping hits from the 1950’s and 1960’s including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid, ”Lipstick on Your Collar,” ”Son of a Preacher Man,” and “It’s My Party.” In Act Two, the Wonderettes reunite to perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they conquer it together. If you love the musical Forever Plaid, you’ll swoon over The Marvelous Wonderettes!
Freud’s Last Session centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young, rising Oxford Don C.S. Lewis to his home in London. On the day England enters World War Two, Freud and Lewis clash over religion, war, love, the existence of God, and the meaning of life itself. The Curtain Up review of the Off-Broadway production declared the show “Bracing theater! Intractably analytical and amusingly conversational…a wittily and compassionately dramatized clash of personalities and ideologies.” The Off-Broadway production was originally slated for 14 performances; it ran for over 800. Don’t miss this critically-acclaimed, audience-favorite combining humor and intellect in an unforgettable evening of theatre.
This summer promises to be a pure delight. We can’t wait to share it with you!
Eric W. Harrell
Producing Artistic Director