Theatre Happenings

Theatre, Music & Dance Updates for the Tennessee Valley

Coming Productions

Athenian Players


By Crystal Skillman.


Date and Times:

All performances at The Studio Theatre at the Alabama Center for the Arts at 133 2nd Avenue NE in Decatur/AL

Synopsis: With pissed-off Pikachus, steam punk armies, stood-up Sailor Moons and roller-blading monsters on the prowl, it's easy to get lost in the Inferno-esque anime convention where the fans, the otakus, and the geeks prowl. But to score a rare meeting with their comic book idol, teenage outcasts Dayna and Honey will take on obsessive magic players, Jedis and elfs, cosplayers and convention guards - through all nine flights of Ohio's Dante's Fire-Con. But when the dark nature of their quest breaks through the fantasy of these girls cos-playing - they find that no game can mask the deep loss they’ve recently shared ... unless they truly discover who they are.

Director: Dr. Hugh K. Long

Tickets: $15 General Public, $10 Students, Faculty, Staff, & Seniors

Other info: The play rated ages 13 and up. $5 off for anyone dressed in cosplay.

Cast: The cast includes Karessa Kelley as Danya Spencer, Meghan Swann as Honey Taylor, Connor Hinkle as Toby, Haleigh Bradberry as Ellen Taylor/Gwen/Goth Girl Princess, TJ Boland as Guard #2/Minnie/Ensemble, Matthew Boy as Guard #1/Tiny Ajax/Goth Boy Princess, Ashley Busick as Molly/Devil Cat #1/Samagashi, Tyler Dalton as Squeaker/Battle Bot Boy, Chase McKay as Steampunk Lieutenant/Ensemble, Sam Powell as Steampunk Lieutenant/Ensemble, Rabia Siddiqui as Marcy/Devil Cat #2/Spring, Alan Silvestri as Brian/Manno, Stephen Snell as Steampunk Lieutenant/Ensemble, and Trent Thompson as Steampunk Lieutenant/Troll.

Contact: or 256-260-3006

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Bob Jones High School

Thoroughly Modern Millie


Date and Times:

All performances at Bob Jones Auditorium at 650 Hughes Road in Madison, Alabama.

Synopsis: Forget about the boy when a small town girl searches for a new life in the bright lights of 1920s New York City. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season's most awarded new show on Broadway! Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when "moderns," including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there. Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas, who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East, her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage and the man she actually falls in love with doesn't have a dime to his name... or so he tells her. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. Find explosive tap numbers and a "Fred and Ginger" routine on a window ledge. In Millie Dillmount, musical theatre has found a new heroine for the ages inThoroughly Modern Millie!

Director: Mary Davis

Tickets: $10 Students (k-12) and Seniors (60+), $15 adults

Contact: or

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Website: website


Austin High School Drama


By Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Date and Times:

All performances at Austin Auditorium at 1625 Danville Rd in Decatur, AL

Synopsis: Our version of Cinderella is based on the 1957 television classic, starring Julie Andrews.

Director: Susan Godwin Thompson

Tickets: $8 students & sr citizens over 65 / $10 adults

Other info: Cast: Cinderella Cast List
Cinderella - Ryleigh Morland
Prince - Rhett Tucker
King - Will Parker
Queen - Erin Wiley
Stepmother - Ashlyn Wheat
Portia - Molly Tittle
Joy - Julia Davenport
Godmother - Aislinn Cain
Herald - William Farris
Chef - Tyler Denny
Steward - Avery Jackson
Townspeople/Guests at the Ball:
Brooks Blaxton, Zykeria Bolding, Ebony Brown, Aliayah Coleman, Jordan Eady, Charles Henry, Benjamin Miland, Caity Parker, Bryce Payne, Emma Pendley, Malieq Senior, Mikyah Stover, Mallie Watkins, Tyles Williams

Contact: or 256-552-3060 ext. 6436

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Fantasy Playhouse


By Peter-John Sligting, Schuyler Howie, & Penny Ewing.


Date and Times:

All performances at VBC Playhouse at Corner of Monroe & Clinton in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: From the moment the wooden puppet Pinocchio comes to life until he becomes a real boy for rescuing his father from the great fish, the excitement never ends. Join the Blue Fairy and his friends as they lead the audience through the tale of the boy whose “nose” grew.

Director: Kevin O'Brien and Sarah Brown

Tickets: $15. Tickets available at 256-539-6829 or online at

Other info: Simple Helix - Season Sponsor. Jerry Damson Honda Acura - Performance Partner

Contact: or 256-539-6829

Added 4/3



Film Co-op

National Bird- Indie Lens Pop-up


Date and Times:

All performances at location.

Synopsis: National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries.

Tickets: Free

Other info: Indie Lens Pop-Up documentary films are screened in Studio 251 (aka “The Film Co-op”) Screening is approx. 1 hour, an audience discussion to follow film. The Alabama Filmmakers Co-op is a local Producing Partner of Indie Lens Pop-up. Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.


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Website: website


Epic Comedy

Epic Comedy Hour


Date and Times:

All performances at Flying Monkey Arts Theatre at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment 2211 Seminole Dr., SW in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: They’re back! The best in regional comedy, Epic Comedy Hour in the Flying Monkey Arts theatre, second floor south. This month join Joel Byars, Clark Franzman, Derrick Stroup, Tom Russell, Ann Marie Lowman, Natasha Ferrier, Lace Larrabee, Andrew Markle, and Epic host, Scott Eason.

Tickets: $8

Other info: Rated:R

Contact: or 256-533-0399

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Shoals Theatre/Zodiac Players


By John Patrick Shanley.


Date and Times:

All performances at Shoals Theatre at 123 N. Seminary Street in Florence, AL.

Synopsis: In 1971 at Camp Lejeune, NC, Lt. Col. Morgan Littlefield and reluctant protégé Capt. Lee King--a young African-American officer--clash over issues of race and authority within the Marine Corps, even as the civil rights movement and Vietnam War divide the world outside.

Director: Julia Gilchrist Matthews

Tickets: $9, $12, $15

Contact: or or 256-764-1700

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Decatur Heritage Christian Academy

Mulan, Jr.

By San Souci.

Date and Times:

All performances at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy at 3802 Spring Ave. SW in Decatur.

Tickets: $10.00

Contact: or 256-351-4275

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