CPCC Summer Theatre taps into Hollywood history

CPCC Summer Theatre presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” July 1-11.
CPCC Summer Theatre presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” July 1-11. Joan Marcus

CPCC has dubbed its 42nd season of summer stock “CPCC Summer Theatre Goes to the Movies.” Sure enough, all five shows began as films or ended up onscreen after success onstage.

Here’s the roster:

June 5-13: “Oliver!” Lionel Bart’s musical retelling of “Oliver Twist” features orphans both adorable and adept at crime, an ambiguous crook named Fagin, steadfast pal Nancy and murderous Bill Sikes.

June 19-27: “Anything Goes.” This buoyant musical takes place mostly aboard ship, as a night club singer, a gentle criminal on the run, an ingenue and some upper-class Brits sing Cole Porter’s songs.

July 1-11: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” This abbreviated adaptation of the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman musical is aimed at children.

July 3-11: “Boeing-Boeing.” Marc Camilleri’s farce, originally in French, centers on two men: swinging Bernard, who has a flat in Paris and is “engaged” to three flight attendants, and hapless Robert, the American friend who stumbles into his apartment.

July 17-25: “Young Frankenstein.” Mel Brooks adapted his 1974 film about a reluctant doctor, a cheerful monster and the nutty women in their lives into a musical, writing more than a dozen new songs with Thomas Meehan.

Coming up at CPCC

Tickets are $22 and $18 for musicals in Halton Theatre, $18 for the comedy “Boeing Boeing” in Pease Auditorium. (Kids 15 and under get in for $10.) Details: 704-330-6534 or tix.cpcc.edu.