Theatre Happenings

Theatre, Music & Dance Updates for the Tennessee Valley

Coming Productions



 

Lyrique Music Productions

Hairspray

By Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan.

Date and Times:

All performances at Lee Main Stage Theater at 2500 Meridan St. N in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!

Director: Luz Ladrillono and Gianna Gimenez

Tickets: $20.00

Other info: Cast:

Gizelle Ysalgue........................Tracy Turnblad
Raegan Masterson...Tracy Turnblad Alternate
Eric Kress..................................Edna Turnblad
Jennifer Simmons..........Motormouth Maybelle
Christopher Gunner.....................Corny Collins
Heidi Crane..........................Velma Von Tussle
Art Walthall..............................Wilbur Turnblad
Basia Marotta.........................Penny Pingleton
Cameron DuVall..............................Link Larkin
Olivia Hendrick....................Amber Von Tussle
McKinley Harris.......... .....Seaweed J. Stubbs
Kendall Snodgrass...............................Lil Inez
Claire Johnson....Prudy Pingleton / Hooker #2
Austin Price......................Mr. Pinky / Principal
Stacie Felice.................Matron / Gym Teacher
John-Michael White...Harriman F. Spritzer / Guard
DANCE CAPTAINS
Elena Gimenez..........Choreographer
Nikki Ahlf........A. Dir. / Beatnik Chick
Anna Hebert..........A. Choreographer
Briana Caudle.......G. Choreographer
YOUTH COUNCIL DANCERS
Emma Grace Bailey
Samantha Robertson
THE DYNAMITES
Petrilla Proctor as Shayna
Brittney Quach as Kamilah
Tatyana Tharpe as Judine
FEATURED COUNCIL DANCERS
Hadley Cawthorne
Matthew Donahue
Nolen Gunner
Olivia Knowling
FEATURED DETENTION DANCERS
Tyrell Woods...........................Duane Jonathan Everheart.................Stooie
Jaron Chambers
Unricka Jenkins Jr.
DETENTION KIDS
Justus Alexander......................Gilbert
Jackson Love................................Thad
DeAtra Fleming....Lorraine
Raven Cotton..............Cindy Watkins
DETENTION KIDS
Demola Ayokanmbi
Xabria Banks
Kendall Betts
Nicholas Brazelton
Lauren Parker
Cedrick Scruggs
YOUTH ENSEMBLE
Mary Kate Brooks
Helen Donahue
Sarah Johnson
Abby Sledd
CHILDREN ENSEMBLE
Ariana DeThomas
Raeden Ladrillono
Caden Lones
COUNCIL MEMBERS
McKenna Barlow....................Shelley
Matthew Gay.............................Brad
Suzie Glover...........................Tammy
Liam Nelson............................Sketch
Andrew Pharo....Fender
Hannah Rice...........................Brenda
Duncan Smith................................IQ
Sam Stratton...Lou Ann

Contact: Lyrique email or marottafam@knology.net or 256-417-0593

Added 7/3

Website: www.lyriquemusicproductions.org



Athenian Players

The Fantasticks

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt.

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: “Try To Remember" a time when this romantic charmer wasn't enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that, "without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Director: Dr. Hugh K. Long

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

Other info: Cast: El Gallo (The Narrator) - Julian Rojas
Luisa (The Girl) - Karessa Kelley
Matt (The Boy) – Will Robinson-Smith
Hucklebee (The Boy’s Father) - Trent Thompson
Bellomy (The Girl’s Father) - John Jack
Henry (The Old Actor) - Dean P. Johnson
Mortimer (The Man Who Dies) – Alex Boy
The Mute(s) - Rabia Siddiqui & Caitlyn Merriman

Contact: Hugh.Long@athens.edu or 256-260-3006

Added 7/10

Website: www.athens.edu/athenianplayers



Huntsville Community Chorus

Into the Woods

By Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine.

Date and Times:

All performances at VBC Playhouse at 700 Monroe Street in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: “Careful what you wish for…” In Stephen Sondheim’s fairy-tale inspired musical, the characters venture Into the Woods to make their wishes come true, and find much more than they bargained for! A witch, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and the princes in agony will all be there, along with the songs and stories you love in this modern classic. Be entertained by wonderful young performers and find out what happens after “happily ever after”!

Director: James Desta

Tickets: Adults $23 • Seniors/College $20 • K-12 Students $15 Tickets available online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=74047 or by calling the HCCA Office at 256-533-6606.

Other info: INTO THE WOODS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Recommended for older children through adults.

Cast: Witch: Sarah Coleman
Baker: John Coleman
Baker's Wife: Abigayle Williams
Cinderella: Janie Clasgens
Cinderella’s Prince/Wolf: Ben Davis
Rapunzel’s Prince/Mysterious Man: Stephen Haymond
Rapunzel: Hannah Fluker
Jack: Connor Meyer
Jack’s Mother: Aurora Russell
Little Red Riding Hood: Maddie Austin
Cinderella’s Stepmother: Brittany Jane Proctor
Florinda: Sophie Hosna
Lucinda: Anna Fanning
Cinderella’s Father: Riley Miller
Granny: Sasha Damian
Steward: Brandon Rutherford
Narrator: Brooks Daniel

Contact: info@thechorus.org or 256-533-6606

Added 7/10

Website: www.thechorus.org



Comic Science Improv

Farewell Tour Show

 

Date and Times:

All performances at Heritage Church, 29768 Huntsville Brownsferry Rd, Madison, AL 35756 in Madison, AL. Just off County Line Road at the Publix Shopping Center!

Synopsis: You know how musicians go on a Farewell Tour that's totally their LAST TOUR EVER until, like, the next year. If everyone else can do it, why can't we!? Comic Science Improv is taking hiatus, but, before we do, we're having a celebration to thank everyone who has supported us for the past five years! Come join us – including performers who haven't graced the CoSci stage for a while – for a FREE show! You give us the suggestions; we act them out in the funniest possible way allowed by law! Come laugh with us... or at us! Improv comedy for all audiences!

Director: David Hitt

Tickets: FREE

Contact: comicscienceimprov@gmail.com or 256.683.4434

Added 7/10

Website: www.comicscienceimprov.com



 

Epic Comedy

6th Anniversary Weekend

 

Date and Times:

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

Synopsis: Epic Comedy Hour is turning 6 years old! To celebrate the occasion, we’re giving you three shows on July 28th and 29th!
— FRIDAY JULY 28TH, 8 PM – EPIC COMEDY HOUR
Our standard show format, with host Justin Ledlow, founder of Epic Comedy Hour.
— SATURDAY JULY 29TH, 8 PM – LATE LATE BREAKFAST
This absolutely insane showcase of standup and hijinks is like no other show you’ve seen before. Comedians attempt to get through their sets while facing various themed challenges; anything from an impromptu puppet show or a pie fight or an Easter pageant. This show is brought to you by Chicago comedians Danny Maupin and Tyler Jackson.
— SATURDAY JULY 29TH, 10 PM – BILLY WAYNE DAVIS
We’re happy to have nationally headlining comedian Billy Wayne Davis at Epic! Billy Wayne Davis has been seen on Conan, Last Comic Standing, and WTF w/ Marc Maron, as well as various clubs, theaters, and rock venues around the country. This show is hosted by ECH host Scott Eason.

Tickets: $10/show. WEEKEND PASSES AVAILABLE FOR ONLY $20! You can pick up a weekend pass at Liquor Express, or at this link: https://goo.gl/1DVJ6c

Other info: it’s BYOB and weird as hell, because we like it that way. Big thanks to our sponsors Stand Up Live Huntsville, Liquor Express And Craft Beer Store, lone goose saloon, and Rad One Graphics!

Contact: sharonsingletary@lowemill.net or 256-533-0399

Added 7/24



 

Curtain and Lights Theatre Company

Father's Little Dividend: Sequel to Father of the Bride

By Heather Anderson.

Date and Times:

All performances at The Loft at First Baptist Church at 123 Church Street N.E. in Decatur, AL

Synopsis: In the sequel of "Father of the Bride," newly married Kay Banks Dunstan announces that she and her husband are going to have a baby. Not ready to be a grandfather, Stanley Banks keeps quiet while everyone else fawns over the parents to be and bothers them with baby names and nursery decorations. Ironically, his silence makes him the person Kay turns to for help, which in turn helps him.

Director: Heather Anderson

Tickets: $12.00

Other info: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Calvary Love Ministries, INC. An orphanage in Liberia.

Cast: Stanley Banks - Dakota Layton
Ellie Banks - Nichole English
Kay Banks Dunstan - Heather Anderson
Buckley Dunstan - Kaleb Carter
Tommy Banks - Conner Deke
Sarah Banks - Hannah Dorr
Herbert Dunstan - Jim Anderson
Doris Dunstan - Kathy Anderson
Delilah - Samantha Vickers
Buzz - Nathan Johnson
Natalie - Lottie Christian
Sally - Kita Christian
Johnny - Malikhai Orr
Sharon - Joslyn English
Baby Dunstan - Claire Corzine

Contact: handers2@my.athens.edu or 256-353-0423

Added 7/24

Website: Facebook



 

Grounded Coffee Improv Players

Improv Night Show

 

Date and Times:

All performances at Grounded Coffee at 12120 County Line Road, Suite C, Publix Shopping Center in Madison, AL, 35756.

Synopsis: Laughter and fun for ages 5 to 95, in the tradition of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Live improv comedy, created from audience suggestions, right before your eyes.

Director: Wendy Morgan

Tickets: $7, lap children are free. Purchase your tickets at Grounded Coffee. Only 30 tickets per show! Family friendly comedy. Coffee drinks, non-coffee drinks and pastries available for purchase.

Other info: Cast: Matt Buchman
Steve Lambing
Wendy Morgan
Fred Sayers

Contact: info@thegroundedcafe.com or (256) 258-9637

Added 7/24

Website: website



Huntsville M.E.T.

Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself

By Sarah Mitchell.

Date and Times:

All performances at The Black Box Theatre on the campus of Lee High School at 2500 Meridian Street N. in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: Join Sarah Mitchell and her ensemble of performers for an encore weekend of performances of her newly-premiered original Song Cycle “Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself!” Following the highly acclaimed debut of this original show in April, we’re coming back! And this time better than ever! For one weekend only come listen to the clever, relatable, and unfortunate truths about the struggle of trying to speak your mind, brought to life through Sarah Mitchell’s original music and lyrics, this time with 3 new songs!

Tickets: $15, all seats General Admission

Other info: Appropriate for all ages.

Vocals by Sarah Mitchell, Jacob Daugherty, Meredith Johnson, Samuel Jackson, and Claire Mitchell; musical arrangements and accompaniment by Jackson Love.

Contact: huntsvillemet@gmail.com or 256-929-8811

Added 7/24

Website: huntsvillemet.org



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