SIOUX CITY -- For its platinum anniversary, the Sioux City Community Theatre has a lineup of productions that range from a Disney classic to a musical that will have audience members recalling past "Summer Nights."

SCCT's 70th Season kicks off with "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" set to run from Sept. 15-Oct. 1. This classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. 

The next production, which runs from Nov. 24 - Dec. 10, is "Our Town." Written by American playwright Thornton Wilder, this three-act play follows the small town of Grover's Corners and chronicles "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity."

"Leading Ladies" is the first production set for the new year. With performances scheduled Jan. 12-28, "Leading Ladies" is a comedy set in the 1950s that focuses on focuses on two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find their careers in a rut.

When they hear a story about an older woman near death who plans to leave her fortune to her long-lost English nephews, the duo decide to impersonate the men only to discover it was her long-lost nieces she wished to see and this sets a hilarious chain of events involving the money hungry thespians.

The season picks back up in spring with "Noises Off," March 2-18. "Noises Off" presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called "Nothing's On." Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

"Leaving Iowa" graces the stage May 11-27. This family road trip comedy focuses on Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home to Iowa and decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood home, as requested. When that option is off the table, Browning travels across Iowa to find a proper resting place for his father.

The season closes out with "Grease," July 13-29. One of the most popular film musical of all-time, "Grease" originated on the stage and follows the hot-and-cold romance of Sandy Dumbrowski, the new girl in town, and Danny Zuko, Rydell High School's coolest greaser.

For tickets, visit the SCCT box office at 1401 Riverside Blvd., call 712-233-2788 or visit www.scctheatre.org.

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