Actor Chris Zonneville performs a number from Elf: The Musical at the Thursday launch of Neptune Theatre's 2012-13 season. Elf is the holiday show for Neptune's 50th anniversary season.

Neptune Theatre will celebrate its golden anniversary with music, laughter and friends, the theatre’s artistic director says.

George Pothitos unveiled the much-anticipated 2012-13 lineup to a packed Fountain Hall theatre at the launch of the 50th-anniversary season on Thursday.

“I wanted to have a celebration,” Pothitos said in an interview afterwards. “So there’s music, there’s laughter, there’s drama, but there’s also friends. And to me, that’s a party. So that’s what I started out with.”

The season opens in September on the main Fountain Hall stage with the musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Other highlights include Elf: The Musical, for the holidays, and Legally Blonde: The Musical, to close the season out.

“From new works to celebrated classics, we have something for everyone,” he said. “Sweeney Todd is (everything) a musical can be, but each production is very different.”  

Introduced this year was the Open Spaces program, which was developed to provide a place to perform for Nova Scotia theatre companies with limited funds.

“It’s a part of the celebration. It’s to include other theatre companies in Nova Scotia,” Pothitos said. “It helps theatre branch out.”

As for the 50th anniversary of Neptune, Pothitos hopes the community will come out and celebrate.

“People talk about Neptune in such loving terms, so I hope they will rekindle their passion (this season). They can celebrate by simply seeing plays.”

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