Cast members of "Careless Love."
The lights are ready to come up on another season of theater at the Westport train depot.
The Depot Theatre will open its 2012 season with “Careless Love,” which has already stolen the heart of managing director Angel Wuellner.
“This first show is the one that I have been looking forward to, and it is living up to the hype in rehearsals,” said Wuellner, who was named as the new director in February. “I left the practice singing the songs, and that is what you want, people leaving a musical singing the songs.”
The show opens the 2012 season on Friday, June 22, with an opening reception following the performance. It will run through July 8, and be followed by “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” running from July 13 through July 29.
“Three actors play all of the parts and tell the story, so it is kind of a comedic take on a classic Sherlock Holmes tale,” Wuellner said.
The third show of the season is “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” which runs from Aug. 3 until Aug. 19.
“It’s about three high school students in the 1950s who meet back up at their class reunion, and it features all of the girl group songs from the 50s and 60s that everyone knows the words to, like ‘Mr. Sandman’ and ‘It’s My Party,’” Wuellner said.
The final show is “Real women Have Curves,” from Aug. 24 through Sept. 9.
“It is a coming-of-age comedy that we are looking forward to at the end of the season,” Wuellner said.
There will also be six Tonight Only performances featuring local acts along with other groups July 3, 18 and 25 and Aug. 8, 15 and 29.
Along with opening night receptions, the Depot Theatre will also return with Name Your Own Price Nights, which will be held on the first Monday of each production.
“We want everyone who wants to come here and enjoy a show to be able to come,” Wuellner said. “This was something that was very popular last year and we wanted to make sure that it continued.”
New to the productions will be a Talk Back session, which will be held on the first Thursday of each production.
“It’s a chance for the audience to ask questions and get answers from the artistic staff for each one of the performances,” Wuellner said.
Wuellner said that she was excited for the new season to start, her first at the Depot.
“These past few months have been exciting and non-stop,” she said. “The summer came fast, but it is going to be a great one. We have a great team here and even there was a lot of work, there are a lot of willing people to put in the work.”
For more information on the Depot Theatre season, visit depottheatre.org or call the box office at 962-4449.