It’s Summer Theatre time all the time - even when it snows!
Get ready for a season of comedy and musicals! Here’s our schedule for the 2015 season:
Oliver, the musical
Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
Lend Me a Tenor, a comedy
Wednesday, July 15 at 7 p.m.
Denim King, a musical
Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
This beloved musical based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, has won numerous awards including the Tony for Best Musical and an Academy Award for Best Picture. Set in the 19th century, Dickens makes important social statements about the conditions of poverty in London, yet does it with comedy, empathy and the every present sense of hope. Songs like “Consider Yourself” and “As Long As He Needs Me” move the exciting plot through the streets of Dickens’ city, entrancing the audience and showing them the historical truths of his time. Family friendly and a must-see for children (and adults).
Lend Me a Tenor
This comedy won the Tony for Best Play and Best Revival of a Play. The New York Times says it is “one of two great farces by a living writer.” The London Times says, “A remarkable piece of theatre . . . a masterpiece . . .Author Ken Ludwig has verve, a sound grasp of plot mechanics and a rare ability to couple high art with low comedy.” Tito Morelli, famous opera star, is supposed to perform Otello, but Tito has been given tranquilizers so the manager has to find someone else to play his role. Once Tito awakens, we have two “Otellos,” two women in lingerie who think they are Tito’s lover, and the manager in one mishap after another. Suitable for children.
The Denim King: The Story of Moses Cone
Several years ago the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation commissioned Janet Speer and John Thomas Oaks to write a musical about the Cone Dynasty and Flat Top Mano, the Cone mansion that resides along the Parkway in Blowing Rock. The Denim King was then produced at the Blowing Rock Stage Company and became their best attended production to date. Lees-McRae is proud to partner with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and Well-Springs Retirement home to produce this fascinating show once again. The story of how Moses and his brother Ceasar developed textiles --- particularly denim, and came from Jewish immigrants to become a major force in the south is captivating. Add to that the Cone sisters who accrued one of the largest contemporary art collections in the country and you have a tale worth telling. It takes a musical to show its grandness! Suitable for children.
College students may apply for internships which include technical, management and acting talents. Tuition is paid and there is a stipend of $1000 for the summer. Housing is provided. Auditions for acting should follow the above requirements. Others may provide resume. Learn more
Technical and Management Positions
Technicians and stage managers are welcome to apply. We will most likely not be looking for designers (we will know more on that in the coming weeks). We do not need directors, choreographers or music directors.
Contact Janet Speer at email@example.com.
Submit a cover letter and resume to Erin Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.