Jan 14 - February 5th, Matinee on Jan 22
In a desperate attempt to save their bankrupt "School for Unusual Children", an inexperienced PTA group valiantly mounts an ambitious benefit play, written by a has-been Broadway director. His near hysterical direction and the group's questionable talent turn the production into a shambles. The scenes shift back and forth from the real tribulations of the performers to the play they are "performing", and it is hard to tell which is sillier. This is fast and furious theatrical fun of the first order, with us watching the fun from the "back" of the stage!
March 10th - 26th, Matinee March 12th and 19th
Due to the show opening late for health and safety reasons, we will be
adding Thursday night performances on 3/10, 3/17, and 3/24.
From the very first moment to the last breathtaking note, there is much to love about this powerful new musical. The book, which was written by actor/comedian Steve Martin, is based on a true event and the American folk song “Iron Mountain Baby.” The music was written by Steve Martin and folk singer/songwriter Edie Brickell, who also crafted the lyrics.
Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1940’s, with flashbacks to the 1920’s, the story first introduces Billy Cane, a young man who has returned from war only to find that life at home has changed since he’s been gone. He decides to take a journey of self-discovery and follow his dream to move to Asheville and become a writer. There, he is hired by Alice Murphy, the Asheville Southern Journal’s stern and formidable editor, and a strange connection between the two blossoms. Alice, inspired by their meeting, sets off on a journey to uncover the truth of her past. When a dark secret is brought to light, it will have the power to change both of their lives.
With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, this triumphant story of love and forgiveness will break your heart and put it back together again.
We don’t want to give away the entire narrative, but this show is a powerful portrayal of the resolve of the human spirit to go on, and ultimately triumph, even under the direst of circumstances. There are some brief, but crucial scenes which may be disturbing to a few, but without which there could be no story. We present these scenes with as much sensitivity as possible without diminishing their importance or impact.
James and the Giant Peach
April 22nd - May 14th
Matinee April 30th and May 7st
Roald Dahl’s book, James and the Giant Peach, comes to life in this adventurous musical with music by the award-winning team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman and Dear Evan Hansen), and book by playwright, Timothy Allen McDonald. After the unexpected death of James’s parents, he is sent to live with his heartless and self-centered aunts, Spiker and Sponge. He escapes their loveless world in a magical peach inhabited by various insects. Friendships soon develop between the boy and his traveling companions as their adventure in the peach takes them on land, sea, and air to the happiest ending imaginable.
You Can't Take It With You
June 3rd - June 25th
Matinee June 11
Grandpa Vanderhof and his wacky family, the Sycamores, have been happily living their zany lives in his house by Columbia University in New York for many years. This family (and their friends) are a madcap group of eccentrics, marching to the beat of their own drum, with pride and joy.
Their hobbies include collecting snakes, building fireworks in the basement, writing a myriad of plays that never get published, and taking ballet lessons. Things like stress, jobs, and paying taxes to the government are for other people, not for them! But when practical young Alice Sycamore becomes engaged to her company’s Vice President Tony Kirby, the Vanderhof/Sycamore clan must straighten up to meet the new in-laws.
Disaster ensues when the Kirbys arrive at the wrong time and, despite the best laid plans, see Alice’s family in all of its crazy glory. The evening ends with everyone in the house getting arrested, and Alice ending the engagement. It isn’t until Grandpa’s wise speech to Mr. Kirby about the importance of living life to the fullest that the two families find a way to accept each other, and love conquers all. You Can’t Take It With You is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.
July 14th - July 19th
Matinee July 16
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.
Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! Directed by Colton Kraus, Seussical Jr. is sure to have you laughing and smiling while ultimately learning the important lesson that: no matter what a person looks like, they matter.
Singin' in the Rain
August 19th - Sept 10th
Matinee August 27th and Sept. 3rd
Considered the “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time", Singin' in the Rain is faithfully and lovingly adapted from the original award-winning screenplay and set to make its Heritage Theatre debut.
Set in the decadent era of silent films, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont may seem a hot item, but behind the scenes things aren't always as they appear on the big screen. As “talking pictures” move into focus, Lamont’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career without the help of a talented young actress to do the talking and singing for her.
Filled with every memorable moment from the film, a dazzling ensemble, and a downpour of unforgettable songs including the show-stopping title number, Singin' in the Rain is sure to have you tapping your toes and singing along to this splashy adaptation of the celebrated and beloved film.
Little Shop of Horrors
October 7th - 29th
Matinee Oct 15th and 22nd
A meek flower shop clerk finds a strange and interesting plant and begins to get everything he ever wanted.
There's just one problem-this plant has a taste for human blood.
Can this plant be stopped before it takes over the world? One thing is for sure.....DON'T FEED THE PLANTS!
Nov 25th - Dec 17th
Matinee Dec 3rd, 10th and 17th
The familiar, yet timeless story of a young girl who, when her beloved father dies, is left in the clutches of a cruel stepmother who favors her own two daughters and treats Cinderella as a lowly servant. Cinderella, inwardly wishing to find love, dreams of attending a ball that is being hosted by the local Prince, whose intention is to find a bride among the guests. Her fairy godmother comes to her aid in making it possible for her to attend. Though there are frustrating circumstances that arise, a romantic, fairy-tale ending is finally reached.
This is a new Broadway adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical. Some characters have been added or adapted to make this a thoroughly delightful, enchanting experience for cast and audience alike.
Included in the magical score are “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” with an upbeat, hilarious, romantic script.