February 21, 2011
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre announces 2011 schedule; Returning to three-show season

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre is pleased to announce that the 2011 season will return to the Hayes Auditorium stage with three shows beginning June 27 with I Do! I Do!, followed by Swing! the Musical and The Sound of Music.

"Last summer we decided, in order to remain fiscally responsible, to only produce one show. That show, Ragtime, was a phenomenal success," said Dr. Janet Barton Speer, artistic director. "Due to that success, and to the generosity of our donors and our grants-awarding institutions, we are back on firm financial ground, and will return to our old glory of producing three shows. We are proud of the fact that we only produced what we could afford last year, but we are also proud that we maintained our commitment to quality."

I Do! I Do! will open the season on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Show dates and times for I Do! I Do! are June 27, 29, 30 and July 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on July 2-3 at 2 p.m.

Based on The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog, I Do! I Do! features book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, and follows Michael and Agnes from their wedding day through 50 years of marriage until they turn their house over to the next pair of newlyweds. This is the quintessential musical about love and marriage.

Then, beginning July 13, Swing! the Musical, dances its way onto the Hayes Auditorium stage. Show dates and times for Swing! are July 13-16 and July 18 at 7:30 p.m. and July 16-17 at 2 p.m.

An original concept by Paul Kelly, this musical dance review features timeless music by the likes of Duke Ellington, William "Count" Basie and Benny Goodman, and features the dance revolution that shattered ethnic and cultural barriers with styles like Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Hip-Hop Swing.

Wrapping up the season is the much anticipated Lees-McRae Summer Theatre production of The Sound of Music, the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein that became one of the world's most beloved musical. The Sound of Music opens Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

"Now that we are back to a full season, we are especially excited that our third show, The Sound of Music, will be connected to the Banner Elk centennial celebrations. Indeed 'the hills are alive with the sound of music,' and the mountains of Banner Elk are a rich place for music of all kinds," said Speer. "We happily credit the Town of Banner Elk for making the third show possible, and we are proud and honored to be a part of the Town's centennial celebration."

Tickets will go on sale at the box office June 16. For updates, check the website at

Photo credit: Kyle Beckman, 2010 LMST production of Ragtime

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