Lees-McRae Summer Theatre

Important Updates

As North Carolina plans to lift stay at home restrictions in phases over the next several weeks, the college has canceled all summer conferencing and events including the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season. The three shows previously planned for the 2020 season are postponed until summer 2021. The Theatre for Young Audiences production, Davy Crockett: A Night at the Alamo, and the Evening with Abigail Rockwell event have been canceled.

Ticketholders for canceled performances may do one of the following:

  • Exchange: Receive a ticket voucher valid for the 2021 season
  • Donate: Convert the value of your ticket(s) to a tax-deductible cash donation to Lees-McRae Summer Theatre and become a supporter of the 2021 season
  • Refund: Receive a refund of your purchase price

With questions, call the Box Office at 828.898.8709 or email summertheatre@lmc.edu.

Get ready for a season of musicals! For more than three decades, Lees-McRae Summer Theatre has been providing high quality, professional theatre to the community and summer visitors of the area. Referred to as the “Gem of the High Country,” the company produces a variety of theatre, but specializes in musicals—Golden Age classics to the newest Broadway hits, and even original works. Each summer the productions are brought to life by the hard work of a 150+ member company who join us in the mountains from all over the country to share their talents.

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Don McKellar
Book by Bob Martin and Greg Morrison
The Drowsy Chaperone is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.


The Drowsy Chaperone
Directed by Gabriel Vanover

When a lover of classic musicals puts the vinyl of his favorite 1920s production—The Drowsy Chaperone—on his turntable, the record comes to life and the zany characters come busting through his refrigerator door! Often referred to as “a musical within a comedy,” The Drowsy Chaperone won five Tony Awards and was called “the perfect Broadway musical” by The New York Magazine, praised for its humor and heart. This production will have audiences sore from laughing as they tap their toes to one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

Music and Lyrics by Jt Oaks and Tommy Oaks

Book written by Dr. Janet Barton Speer
Logo illustration by Shannon Bowyer


America's Artist:
The Norman Rockwell Story

Directed by Dr. Janet Barton Speer

From the creators of From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story and The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story, this new musical brings to life the work of iconic American artist, Norman Rockwell. Creating more than 4,000 pieces of art in his lifetime, Rockwell captured the essence of America with each paint stroke, from Rosie the Riveter to The Four Freedoms, with his paintings and illustrations reflecting America as we wish it to be. This musical, with a lush score and heart-warming book, explores the life and art of America’s artist, Norman Rockwell.

Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

Book by Dennis Kelly
Matilda The Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com.


Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical

Directed by Dr. Janet Barton Speer

Based on the award-winning book, Matilda tells the story of a bright young girl who decides to right the wrongs in her world by using her wit and cleverness. Teaming up with her school chums, Matilda takes on Miss Trunchbull, the evil headmistress of the school, and in the process discovers just how powerful believing in yourself can be. Full of high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, this musical has won more than 47 international awards, with critics raving that it is “brilliant” and “not just for the kids.”