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Depot Theatre set to celebrate 35 years on the stage

— “It is sort of ‘Shrek’ on stage,” Wuellner said. “It has those jokes that the kids will laugh at and the adults will laugh at, but for different reasons. It is a kid-friendly show, but it is not just for kids.”

“Fairy Tales” was written by Kirsten Childs, who Wuellner said is a key off-Broadway player.

“A lot of people were excited when they heard we were able to get a show from her here,” she said.

Between the two musicals, the theater will host “Boeing, Boeing,” the Tony Award-winning show for Best Revival of a Play in 2008, starting Friday, July 19 and running through Sunday, Aug. 4.

“It is a farce that is so funny and smart,” Wuellner said. “It’s about sexy stewardesses. It is probably not for the under 13 crowd. Christopher Jones is directing, and I think that it will be something where everyone will have a good time.”

The final main stage production of the season will be “Lombardi,” which will open Friday, Aug. 30 and run through Sunday, Sept. 15.

“It is a drama about coach Vince Lombardi that takes a look at the person behind the persona,” Wuellner said. “He was a man who was more than just all of the catch phrases and memorable quotes.”

Promotions around each show include the opening night receptions with the actors following the first show, post-show talkbacks following the first Thursday night production of each show with the exception of “Route 66” and name your price showings the first Monday of each show’s run. Wuellner added that the theater will also try to have tours of the set during its construction.

“We are looking to see if we can set these tours up leading up to each show,” she said.

The On Track single night performance series will take place Tuesdays, with events set for July 9 and 23 along with Aug. 20. The Apprentice Program will hold Shakespeare in the Park performances of “Hamlet” Aug. 2-3 at Ballard Park in Westport, while the Radio Mystery Theatre will perform at the Depot Aug. 23-24.

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