CLERMONT — The 25th year of the Moonlight Players brings a new season of plays and a new president for the nonprofit theater group.
Trista Fouts took over as president in July.
“I have been at this theater for a little over five years,” she said. I’ve enjoyed doing shows here, and a friend of mine asked if I wanted to come to a board meeting. I helped with the gala with items for the auction and ended up on the board the next year. It just snowballed.”
Former President Cathy McEachern said she knew for about three years that she wanted Fouts to take over.
“She was my first choice when I started telling everybody I’m going to be leaving,” McEachern said.
Fouts' goals include finding sponsors and a permanent home. They are also trying to build the children’s program.
“I’m confident in the team that we have,” she said. The team that we put together has a vision of the theater to keep it moving and continue to grow.”
The offering for the new season was also recently announced.
The season begins with “Disney’s Newsies: The Musical,” from Sept. 7 to 30. The musical is based on the 1992 film “Newsies,” which was inspired by the real-life newsboys strike of 1899 in New York City.
The second production, “Aliens with Extraordinary Skills,” plays Oct. 7 to Nov. 11. In the dark comedy, a clown from Moldova pins her hopes on a U.S. work visa. Chased by Homeland Security, a deportation letter deflates Nadia's enthusiasm and a pair of spike heels might be all it takes to burst her American Dream — or turn it into a nightmare.
For the holiday season, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show” takes the stage from Dec. 7-16. The holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast and tells the story of George Baily as he considers ending his life on Christmas Eve.
The Agatha Christie mystery, “And Then There Were None,” starts the new year Jan. 18 to Feb. 3. Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island. Each guest has a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal and a secret that will seal their fate.
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” plays March 1 to 24. The much-loved story tells of Belle, a young woman, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.
The musical comedy, “First Date,” sets the stage April 26 to May 12. Blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, and a casual drink at a busy restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner.
The season concludes with the Shakespeare comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor” June 7 to 16. Sir John Falstaff conspires to seduce the wives of two prominent Windsor citizens. Meanwhile, two suitors vie for the affections of the lovely Anne Page, who prefers to marry her true love, a poor, young gentleman named Fenton.
Moonlight Players is at 735 W. Minneola Avenue in Clermont. For tickets and more details, go to moonlightplayers.com or call 352-319-1116.