EVERETT – Village will be back next year.

More than a year after COVID-19 lowered the curtain, Village Theater announced a 2022 season of four shows.

The lineup is “Songs for a New World”, “The Book Club Play”, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Raisin”.

Village artistic director Jerry Dixon said the season was made up of small-cast musicals and plays to facilitate the Everett region’s return to theater during the pandemic. As the season progresses, the number of artists on stage will increase.

“It will be great to open the doors,” he said. “I want to get these Hollywood lights coming and going.”

The season kicks off with “Songs for a New World”, which is neither a musical nor a cycle of songs. It can be described as a series of songs all linked by a theme: “The moment of decision”. It opens on February 18, 2022 in Everett.

“It’s about getting through hard times, coming up against obstacles and overcoming them and celebrating times of real pain where you leaned against that and healed,” Dixon said. “If that’s not a message this time, I don’t know what it is. It is a wonderful show about celebrating the endurance and perseverance of the human spirit.

The Off-Broadway show features a collection of songs that explore life, love, and the choices we make. There are only four actors in the cast.

“The Book Club Play”, with six performers, will follow. The hit comedy is as much about connection as it is about books.

The play, which premieres April 8, 2022, deals with what happens to the dynamics of a book club when its five members become the focus of a documentary film.

“It’s a comedy about the community,” Dixon said. “It’s really that version of when we were sitting during the COVID winter and figuring out who belongs to our pod. There are six of us in our party and we’re comfortable with that, but what if someone wants to invite a seventh and an eighth? ”

“You’re a good man, Charlie Brown” is next in the lineup. The musical, based on the iconic Peanuts comic book by Charles Schultz, premieres in Everett on May 27, 2022. It has nine in the cast.

He explores a day in the life of Charlie Brown as he goes from wild optimism to utter despair. Through the ups and downs of growth, the Peanuts gang learn that a dose of sunshine and positivity can be the best medicine.

“I don’t have kids, but I’ve seen the effects of isolation on kids,” Dixon said. “Kids really have a hard time expressing their fears and anxieties, so I wanted to find a show that talked about it. “You’re a good man, Charlie Brown” has kids who look at children’s stuff and try to do it like an adult. ”

The season ends with “Raisin”, a musical based on Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 play, “A Raisin in the Sun”. “Raisin” won a 1974 Tony Award for Best Musical. It opens on July 15, 2022.

The story follows a proud black family motivated by a unique opportunity to relocate and grow. There are 14 artists in all.

“They have this opportunity for the American Dream,” Dixon said. “A house with a palisade in a beautiful area. They grab it – and then they’re politely uninvited from this neighborhood. From the first highlight of the opening, it is the family’s decision to take the money and go to a neighborhood that will welcome them or to push through and say: “I belong to n ‘wherever I decide I belong’.

All four shows have been carefully selected to accommodate tough times, Dixon said.

“This season embraces the persistence and the road to recovery that we see in our world through stories of connection,” he said in a press release. “The productions for our 2022 season reflect hope and growing anticipation for a better future. As our communities continue to find ways to make new connections, embrace honesty and acceptance, and recognize that there can be joy in overcoming adversity or challenges as we overcome them. let’s face it together, we’ll bring that spirit and hope to the stage. ”

Three musicals from the 2019-2020 Village Theater season have been canceled due to the pandemic. This includes all performances of “Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Günter” and “The Wedding Singer”, as well as the last two weeks of “She Loves Me”.

A 2020-2021 season also had to be abandoned due to COVID-19. This programming was “Mamma Mia! “,” Hello, Dolly! “,” Deathtrap “,” Making Tracks “and” Ain’t Misbehavin “.

The closure of the village resulted in an 80% loss of income. The theater company had to lay off or lay off 176 employees to mitigate its losses. Nineteen staff members worked reduced hours and 10 operated with wages reduced by 10% to 30%, with the highest paying positions seeing larger percentage pay cuts.

But the show will continue – next year. After receiving a $ 3 million donation, Village Theater brought back some of its production staff for the 2022 season in March.

Season tickets for all four shows are $ 104 to $ 312. Visit www.villagetheater.org/everett/subscribe.php or call 425-257-8600 for more information. Performances will be Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett .

Sara Bruestle: 425-339-3046; sbruestle @heraldnet.com; @sarabruestle.