Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

Sierra Repertory Theatre has announced its 2015 season, beginning with the revered musical "Mary Poppins" and concluding with a brand new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol."

Other highlights include the new Broadway musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" starring SRT Artistic Director Scott Viets, "The Music Man," William Shakespeare's "Macbeth," the country tribute "Always, Patsy Cline," a new comedy called "Unnecessary Farce" and a rock 'n' roll revue to be announced.

Season tickets went on sale this week, with group and individual tickets available beginning Oct. 1.

The 2015 season opens with "Mary Poppins," playing March 1 through May 3 at the East Sonora theater. And, yes, Mary will fly.

The 2015 season gala performance will be held on Feb. 28, with the pre-show reception at the Black Oak Casino Resort Hotel in Tuolumne. For reservations, contact Development Director Beverly Handelman at 532-0502, ext .111, or at

Based on P.L. Travers' famous children's books and the Disney film, "Mary Poppins" follows the Banks family after the nanny arrives on their doorstep. Using a "practically perfect" combination of magic and common sense, she takes the children on memorable experiences, but even the grown-ups learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "anything can happen if you let it."

"Mary Poppins" delighted Broadway audiences for more than 2,500 performances and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including best musical. USA Today called the show "Irresistible! A fresh fountain of youth that will make many a grown-up feel like a kid again."

Sierra Rep's first show at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia is subject to availability and will be announced at a later date. The nationwide touring hit will play April 24 through May 31 and features four famous rock 'n' roll legends.

Paul Slade Smith's "Unnecessary Farce" - with two cops, three crooks, eight doors, a politician and a female accountant - opens May 29 in East Sonora and closes June 28.

Seventy-six trombones and much more arrive at the Fallon House June 26 through Aug. 16, heralding Meredith Willson's perennial favorite "The Music Man." The award-winning musical comedy follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef.

His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

The New York Times called the musical, "As American as apple pie and a Fourth of July oration … a marvelous show, rooted in wholesome and comic tradition."

William Shakespeare returns to Sierra Rep's East Sonora theater Aug. 21 through Sept. 13. In medieval Scotland, a savage world of ghosts, witches and bloody battlefields, a dark prophecy leads a warrior and his wife past the point of no return. The searing exploration of the nature of evil and the bloody consequences of ambition, Macbeth is a nightmare journey through the souls of two extraordinary people to murder, madness and death.

Breathtaking in its simplicity, spell-binding in its universal theme, this tragic masterpiece is Shakespeare's leanest and most powerful play.

Sept. 18 through Oct. 18 will bring unforgettable hits like "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces" and more to the Fallon House Theater in "Always, Patsy Cline." More than a tribute to the legendary country singer, the show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger. The musical play, complete with down-home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes 27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love Always, Patsy Cline." The Los Angeles Times called the musical "a song-filled valentine."

Sierra Rep has a "Toledo Surprise" in store for it audiences with "The Drowsy Chaperone," playing Oct. 16 through Nov. 29 in East Sonora. It all begins when a die-hard musical fan dusts off his favorite cast album, a fictitious 1928 smash hit called "The Drowsy Chaperone." The show bursts to life, and the audience is instantly immersed in the glamorous, hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day. New York Magazine called this five-time Tony Award-winning show "The perfect Broadway musical."

Charles Dickens' classic tale "A Christmas Carol" will close the 2015 season Nov. 13 through Dec. 20 at the Fallon House. The brand new adaptation is by Sierra Rep co-founder Doug Brennan. Ebenezer Scrooge encounters three visions - of his past, his present and his future - and takes a journey that awakens his heart to the true spirit of Christmas.

For tickets or more information, call 532-3120 or visit