Lees-McRae Summer Theatre
The 2017 Summer Theatre season kicks off on June 25. We hope you will join us for these fantastic shows!
Message from the Director
I love going back to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat because it is a tale a director can tell in many ways. The biblical story of Joseph is revisited by masters Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber in their first collaboration on a musical. It is pure fun, telling the story in vaudevillian style. Song, dance and color are blended into a musical feast.
Million Dollar Quartet has taken this country by storm. Based on a true story, it tells of a night when Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins got together at Sun Records. To see this production is to see how these young artists exploded onto the stage. And to see this production is to revisit some of the greatest songs of the Rock and Roll age.
Legally Blonde The Musical can be perceived erroneously as “fluffy.” Yes, there is a lot of pink and “California girl talk,” but it morphs into something different. Every moment in this show reminds us that when we try to stereotype people, we usually get it wrong. That theme is then surrounded with great song and dance numbers. Based on the film Legally Blonde, this show is a thrill a minute.
You told us what you wanted to see. We delivered!
Dr. Janet Barton Speer
Directed by Dr. Janet Barton Speer
Before they wrote Phantom of the Opera, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Color, engaging dances, wonderful music and one vaudeville act after another, “Joseph” will make you laugh and cry as you experience “the best Bible lesson” you’ll ever experience!
June 27-30 at at 7 p.m.
June 25 and July 1-2 at 2 p.m.
Lees-McRae Summer Theatre’s Amateur Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat | Lyrics by Tim Rice | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Dr. Michael Hannah
Million Dollar Quartet is the new smash hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. “Quartet” brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Great Balls of Fire, “Walk the Line,” and “Hound Dog.”
July 12-15 at 7 p.m.
July 13 and 15-16 at 2 p.m.
1 hour and 45 minutes
Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux | Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux | Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
Directed by Dr. Janet Barton Speer
This production is rated PG-13. Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable, from start to finish. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
July 28 and August 1-2 at 7 p.m.
July 29-30 and August 3-4 at 2 p.m.
1 hour and 30 minutes
This production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). www.MTIshows.com.
Book by Heather Hach | Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin | Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
Written by Janet Barton Speer | Music by John Thomas Oaks | Directed by Jennifer Poarch
Show Times: June 17 and July 1, 8, 22 (All shows at 10 a.m.)
Run Time: 45 minutes
Location: Shelton Learning Commons
All Tickets $10 (general admission)
Purchase tickets at the box office during regular hours beginning June 14, at the Shelton Learning Commons prior to showtime or online beginning April 20.
About the Show: Young people spend as much as eight hours or more in front of a screen; phone screens, TV screens, monitors and tablets have become the norm. Research is indicating that this is causing problems that range from inability to concentrate, to aggressive behavior to physical issues such as strained eyesight and obesity. Screen Test gently reminds children that too much time spent with these technological addictions can be detrimental to a healthy lifestyle. Screen Test is a new play written by Janet Barton Speer with lyrics and music by John Thomas Oaks, the same duo who wrote The Denim King. Children will have a wonderful time laughing at the funny moments and thinking about how screens are good in our lives but should be used in moderation.
Creative and Performing Arts Camp (CAPA)
Calling all PreK through 12th graders! Join us for CAPA this summer where we'll explore drama, dance, music, technical theater and other art forms!
High School Camp: June 24-30
PreK-8th Grade Camp: June 26-30