By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH - Audiences at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild will alternate between laughing themselves silly and tapping their toes merrily during the 2012-13 season if the schedule of productions is any indication.
Five shows will be brought to the community theater stage this season, including one classic musical that hasn't been produced by the guild since 1989, "Oklahoma!"
This season, guild productions will alternate between comedies and musicals, both of which seem to be favorite genres for local audiences, said Mark P. Wygonik, president of the guild and director of the first show of the season "Hotbed Hotel."
"Hotbed Hotel" is a relatively new American farce written by British playwright Michael Parker and its opening will mark the beginning of the guild's 56th year.
Set in Key West, the story follows hotel owners trying to make a good impression for a prospective buyer and hilarity ensues.
"There's mistaken identities, slamming doors and everyone is running around. It's really too funny for words," Mr. Wygonik said.
Opening night of "Hotbed Hotel" is set for Sept. 13.
Cowboys and farmers will duke it out in "Oklahoma!" starting Nov. 8, a press release said.
Open auditions for "Oklahoma!" will be held Aug. 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Aug. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For casting requirements and audition expectations, visit the guild's website.
In January, the classic American comedy, "The Odd Couple" will tickle the funny bones of audiences and in May, British humor will once again rule the stage with "The Importance of Being Earnest," Mr. Wygonik said.
In between the final two comedies will be a musical that has yet to be named.
The guild has received all permissions to a show- stopping Broadway musical the whole family will enjoy, but a contractual agreement stipulates the guild must wait until Aug. 12 to reveal the name of the musical, said Leighann Dunleavy, advertising chairwoman for the guild.
"We're going to release the name soon, we just can't do it just yet," she said.
Season tickets for all five shows are $88 for section A or $80 for section B. Individual performances are $22 for section A and $20 for section B.
Student tickets are half price for students younger than 18. Group rates are available for parties of 20 or more. Wheelchair space and companion tickets are available. All three special ticket groupings must be purchased at the box office, not online.
For more information about the community theater's upcoming season, call (772) 562-8300 or visit www.verobeachtheatreguild.com.