Dan Demers , Executive Artistic Director Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than ourselves. This yearning is so primal that we often try to secure it by seeking the approval of others in order to fit in, which is not only a hollow substitute for belonging, but often a barrier to it.

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
– Brené Brown

As we awaken to our personal path and reach for our unique dreams, we must find the trust, love and self-acceptance to belong to something bigger than ourselves.

“Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.”
– Heath Buckmaster

In each of the eight stories selected for our 76th Season, we’ll share the journeys of beautifully drawn characters who awaken to self discovery and self worth, allowing them to find belonging within themselves.

I am honored and excited to once again be working with amazingly talented performers and musicians, production teams, staff, teachers, students, and people like you to create Hillbarn Theatre’s exciting launch into its next quarter century.

We believe the ARTS belong to everyone, so come join us and experience the strong
sense of love, community and connection we share because, Hillbarn Belongs to You, and You Belong here at Hillbarn!

Dan Demers
Executive Artistic Director
Hillbarn Theatre

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Aug 25, 2016 thru Sep 18, 2016

August 25–September 18, 2016

Hillbarn Theatre kicks off its 2016–2017 season with Harvard’s most beloved blonde who will take the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal.

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Sep 13, 2016 thru Sep 20, 2016

Staged Reading

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a hilarious, poignant, through-provoking work by Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, zany cast of characters, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology; What happened to Judas Iscariot? The facts(we think!) we know are these; Judas was the disciple of Jesus who betrayed his friend and teacher to the authorities.

He is seen as the man responsible for Jesus’s death; afterwards, Judas fell into despair and hung himself from an olive tree; since then, he has been suffering for his deeds deep in Hell, and will continue to do so for all eternity. Is that really fair? Was Judas the duplicitous master of his own fate, and much-suffering pawn used for Jesus’s end, or just a man who made a mistake? This dark comedy will make audiences reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.


Directed by: Benjamin Ismail

Stage Manager: Caylyn Skoog

*Please Note: This is a mature show with adult content and language

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Oct 13, 2016 thru Oct 23, 2016

Book by Aaron Sorkin

Winner of an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Outer Critics Circle Awards

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.


*Please Note: This is a mature show with adult content and language

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Nov 25, 2016 thru Dec 18, 2016


Start a holiday tradition by bringing your family and loved ones to see Mary Poppins, a practically perfect musical.  We can’t think of a better way to introduce the young theatregoers in your life to the magic of LIVE theatre!

This stage version is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.  The magical story of the world’s favorite nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane is spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman including the classics “Jolly Holiday”, “Step in Time”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Feed the Birds”.

​Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards nominations, including Best Musical.  This show is rated “E” for EVERYONE!

 Directed by Dan Demers
Vocal and Musical Direction/Conducting by Greg Cheng
Choreography by Michelle Greenberg Shannon
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Jan 19, 2017 thru Feb 05, 2017

January 19 – February 5, 2017 

Hillbarn Theatre brings Kander and Ebb’s masterpiece, Cabaret, to the stage to kick-off 2017 in style. The scene is the Kit Kat Klub, a night club in Berlin, as the 1920s are drawing to a close. The Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience to the show and assures them that, whatever their troubles, they will forget them at the Cabaret. The entire orchestra is onstage, and the actors play along with it when they are not part of the dialogue. Cliff, a young American writer, meets Ernst, a German who surprises Cliff by putting his briefcase among Cliff’s luggage at the German border. Musical numbers include “Willkommen,” “Cabaret,” “Mein Herr,” “Maybe This Time,” “The Money Song” and “Two Ladies.”

Directed by Erica Wyman-Abrahamson
Musical Direction and Conducting by Joe Murphy
Choreography by Riette Burdick

18 and under must have parent permission due to strong content. 

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Mar 09, 2017 thru Mar 26, 2017

March 9 – 26, 2017

Hillbarn Theatre celebrates the coming of spring with Neil Simon’s classic farce Rumors. At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

Directed by Hunt Burdick

*Please Note: This is a mature show with adult content and language

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Mar 21, 2017 thru Mar 25, 2017


Three Performances:
Tuesday, March 21 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 22 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 25 @ 2:00pm

As a musical memoir based on the life of Capitola baker, cookbook author and musician Joe Ortiz, Escaping Queens takes place right under the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City. The show is an ultimately hopeful story of an Italian-Puerto Rican family trying to avoid the chaos and poverty of New York housing projects life.

Mama rules the home with a wooden spoon but cannot control her charismatic, womanizing, gambling husband. Sooner or later, something has to give—and does. The music, meanwhile, draws on the same richness of traditions that the family itself does: Latin beats, Sicilian ballads, doo-wop numbers on the street corner, and songs reflecting the radio hits of 1950s era New York.

Music & Lyrics by Joe Ortiz
Book by Joe Ortiz & Greg Fritsch

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May 04, 2017 thru May 28, 2017

May 4 – 28, 2017

To close out its 2016–2017 season, Hillbarn Theatre announces the Peninsula premiere of Sister Act. This brilliant play centers around a woman hiding in a convent helping her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has brought audiences to their feet for years. Featuring original music by Tony and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical.

Directed by Bill Starr

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