Mill Mountain Theatre participates in the global celebration of composer Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with their production of “West Side Story” running October 3rd through the 21st on the Trinkle MainStage. Led by Producing Artistic Director: Ginger Poole (Director) Broadway’s Nick Kepley (Choreographer), and Seth Davis (Resident Music Director), the production features twenty-seven performers hailing from New York City to Roanoke.
Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this classic follows warring families of teenaged gangs and star-crossed lovers, desperate for somewhere to be together forever. The romantic and violent story is told through choreography based on the Jerome Robbins original Tony Award-winning dances, with the music of Leonard Bernstein and the words of then beginner Stephen Sondheim. Since its Broadway debut 60 years ago, it has remained a shining example of the best of this truly American art form.
“West Side Story” runs Oct 3 – 21 on the Trinkle MainStage at Mill Mountain Theatre. Be sure to grab your tickets at millmountain.org or call 540-342-5740.
Sponsors of West Side Story include Avis Construction Company, Brooks Financial Group, Business Solutions, Corrugated Container Corp Inc., Entre Computer Center, Gentry Locke Attorneys, The Glebe, Member One Federal Credit Union, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Sun Tan City, SunTrust Bank, and Trane. Grantors include: Actors’ Equity Association, Blue Star Theatres, Center in the Square, National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and WVTF.
From the stage to TV and Film, some of the most amazing storytelling moments and memorable characters have come alive through the art form of puppetry. In this Masterclass, participants explore the basic techniques used by professional puppeteers, and learn to activate simple objects to tell exciting stories. Come and join in on the fun.
Sept 15th on the Waldron Stage from 10am-11:30am, Shareformance: 11:30-11:40am. FREE Class for Grades: 2 – 5
Mill Mountain Theatre unveils their exciting 2019 Season: September 20th from 6:30-8:00pm on the Trinkle MainStage. Big splashy musicals, thought provoking plays, and catchy concerts will populate the theatre’s stages, be the first to hear what you have to look forward to!
This public and free event will begin at 6:30pm with a cash bar and catered hors d’oeuvres, donated by Shula’s 347 Grill at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center in the Center in the Square Atrium, at 7:00pm patrons will gather in the Trinkle MainStage to view a special performance where MMT Staff and Guest Artists will reveal the 2019 Season. In addition to the performance, News Station WSLS will be at the Theatre to do live coverage of the event. Later that evening at 8:00pm, guests will be invited to view a live stream of the MMT Documentary on the big screen in the Theatre, the documentary program will also be shown on WSLS that evening.
Classics, Pulitzer-Prize Winning, and new works appear in the Trinkle MainStage Series, Waldron Fringe Series, Young Audience Series, and Music Series at MMT next year. This event will be your first chance to purchase season tickets. Be sure to save the date and join the festivities on September 20th from 6:30-8:30pm at Mill Mountain Theatre.
Mill Mountain Theatre is gearing up for their upcoming concert ‘A Taste of Country’ August 24th and 25th on the Trinkle MainStage. All three singers: Devin Altizer, Trey Getz, and Lyndsay Ricketson are returning MMT alums.
We live in the birthplace of country music and all grew up with those songs and singers – from Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Dolly Parton to Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson. MMT invites you to savor a taste of the rich history of our nation’s authentic soundtrack in an evening of trucks, dogs, the open road and love – lost and found.
Be sure to secure your seats to ‘A Taste of Country’ running August 24 & 25 on the Trinkle MainStage. Tickets range from $20- $25 and can be purchased online at millmountain.org or by calling 540-342-5740.
Devin Altizer is excited to be back at MMT, having last appeared in Spring Awakening on the Waldron Stage. Additional MMT credits include One Hit Wonders and an Evening With Andrew Lloyd Webber. He grew up in Radford, VA, and holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Emory & Henry College. Favorite previous credits include The Great Gatsby (Nick Carraway), The Rocky Horror Show (Riff-Raff), Sweeney Todd (Toby), One Man, Two Guvnors (Alan/Gareth).
Trey Getz is excited to be returning to the MMT stage! Last MMT credit was being in the ensemble of “White Christmas”. Favorite credits include: Phil Davis (White Christmas), Mark (Rent) and Anthony (Sweeney Todd). After singing 4 contracts at Tokyo Disneyland with the show “Minnie Oh! Minnie”, Trey will be returning to Japan to debut a brand new Christmas show at Tokyo Disney Sea this coming winter season.
Lyndsay Ricketson – is thrilled to be back at Mill Mountain for their Taste of Country concert! You may have seen her earlier this year in Mill Mountain’s A Chorus Line (Maggie) or Andrew Lloyd Webber Concert! Other regional credits include: Smokey Joe’s Cafe (DeLee), Kiss Me Kate (Lois Lane), Next to Normal (Natalie), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Rhetta Cupp), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Little Women (Beth) and Hairspray in Concert (Penny).
A Taste of Country is Directed by Alicia Varcoe, Music Direction/Arranging by Seth Davis, Producing Artistic Direction by Ginger Poole, Lighting Design by Bill Webb, Sound Engineering by Ayme Gierchak, Technical Direction by Karen Gierchak, and Band Members: Seth Davis (keys), Evin Bowman (guitar), Jeff Hoffmann (bass) and JT Fauber (drums).
Sponsors for ‘A Taste of Country’: Skyline Capital Strategies LLC and American National Bank & Trust Company. Grantors include: Actors Equity Association, Blue Star Theatres, Center in the Square, National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, Virginia Commission for the Arts, WVTF.
Get your tickets today by calling the MMT box office @ 540-342-5740 or by visiting millmountain.org ‘A Taste of Country’ performs August 24th & 25th on the Trinkle MainStage.
Middle & High School Students interested in the ‘audition only’ Music Theatre Conservatory class at Mill Mountain Theatre: auditions will take place Friday, August 10 from 4-6pm in the 3rd Floor Studio. (20 Church Ave SE, Roanoke, Virginia 24011)
Michelle is a passionate educator, director, and playwright who loves to create and tell stories on stage and in the classroom with people of all ages. Michelle graduated from the University of Central Florida with her MFA, specializing in Theatre for Young Audiences, and she received her Bachelor’s in Theatre, specializing in Musical Theatre, at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has developed curriculum and worked in the education departments at the American Repertory Theatre, The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Christ Fellowship, and Children’s Impact Network. As a teaching artist, Michelle has taught students of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and varying abilities in the Central Florida community in projects like EYEPLAY, a dual-language program developed by Childsplay in Arizona to take drama in preschool classrooms to develop literacy in English and Spanish.
Michelle worked as the Artistic Resident for the Orlando Repertory Theatre, with directing credits like Willy Wonka Jr., Just Like Us, When Pigs Fly, Voice Your Choice, Does My Head Look Big in This?, Tut Tut!, and The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. Michelle was also the Associate Artistic Director for the inaugural season of UCF’s Pegasus Playlab 2018, a play development showcase of new work by emerging playwrights.
As a playwright, Michelle has developed plays for The REP’s Writes of Spring program, a writing competition which takes creative writings from K-12 students to create a play. Her play When Coquis Sing was produced as a part of The REP’s celebration of International Women’s Voices Day 2018, and she is currently working on a commission from Endstation Theatre Company and Kids’ Haven. On the weekends, you will catch this Florida native hiking this new Virginian landscape with her husband Pat and dog, Kibi. MichelleLoRicco.com
Mill Mountain Theatre begins rehearsal today for ‘Shrek The Musical: Theatre For Young Audiences Version” and performs August 1st through 12th on the Trinkle MainStage. Characters you know and love are brought to life by MMT’s cast of 30 performers, featuring youth actors from the Roanoke Valley, as well as Mill Mountain Theatre’s Apprentice Company.
Once upon a time, as all fairytales begin, there lived an ogre named Shrek. His swamp was invaded by castoff characters from other fairy tales. To reclaim the swamp, Shrek must rescue a princess, and in the process, he falls in love with her. Adapted from the animated feature film, this musical is perfect for the whole family!
Be sure to secure your seats to ‘Shrek the Musical TYA’ running August 1-12 on the Trinkle MainStage. Tickets range from $15-22 and can be purchased online at millmountain.org or by calling 540-342-5740.
In conjunction with this production, MMT will distribute free books to student audience members, as part of their initiative connecting theatre to literacy.
Shrek The Musical is sponsored by Roanoke Valley Orthodontics, Lanford Brothers Co., Business Solutions, Inc., Davis H. Elliot Company, Woods Rogers, The Rotary Club of Salem, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Carilion Clinic, Kathryn B. McQuade Foundation, Kroger, The Kiwanis Club of Roanoke. Grantors include: Actors Equity Association, Blue Star Theatres, Center in the Square, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Roanoke Arts Commission, City of Salem, Theatre Communications Group, Virginia Commission for the Arts, WVTF Radio.
The cast of Shrek features 30 young artists: Parker Addison, Taylor Barenbaum, Olivia Bloch, Emma Bush, Sarah Clemmer, Hannah Conner, Noah Davis, Cody Edwards, Adalynn Eller, Simon Elliott, Tela Espelage, AnnElese Galleo, Skylar Gay, Mia Gearhart, Olivia Goodman, Leila Haley, Hannah Hill, Ryan Koch, Haley Lynch, Caroline Moledor, James Moledor, Jasper Moore, Sawyer Mullins, Mikayla Parker, Cameron Reynolds, Graham Roudebush, Griffin Shaver,Paige Smeltzer Isaiah Swanson, and Madeline Mae Walker.
The creative team of Shrek is led with Direction and Choreography by Travis Kendrick, Music Direction by Seth Davis, Lighting Design by Martha Carter, Scenic Design by Jimmy Ray Ward, Costume Design by Cole Spivia, Prop Design by Matthew Shields, Producing Artistic Direction by Ginger Poole, Stage Management by Jessica Humke, Assistant Direction and Assistant Stage Management by Roberto Mendez, Assistant Stage Management by Breanna Strife, Pre-Show Choir Coordinated by Reilly Lincavicks, Technical Direction by Karen Gierchak, and Sound Engineering by Savannah Woodruff.
Get your tickets today by calling the MMT box office @ 540-342-5740 or by visiting millmountain.org ‘Shrek the Musical TYA’ runs August 1-12 on the Trinkle MainStage.
6 new ten minute plays and a fun night of theatre at MMT!
Saturday, July 7 at 8:00 pm
on the Trinkle Main Stage
FREE and open to the public
Since 2006, the Hollins Playwright’s Lab and Mill Mountain Theatre have teamed up to present a fun-filled night of entertainment with our “micro-brewed” 24-hour play festival, featuring the world premiere of six original 10-minute plays.
Pre-selected casts of local actors and celebrities — including returning favorites JP Powell (My Radio), Natalie Faunce (WSLS’s Daytime Blue Ridge), Mike Allen (Roanoke Times) and five actors from Mill Mountain Theatre’s apprenticeship program — rehearse with one of six directors to fully stage these new works at 8:00 pm!
Playwrights for this year’s Overnight Sensations include three members of the award-winning Hollins Playwright’s Lab (Sean Abley, Jessica Burton, Erica Zephir), local favorites Ben R. Williams and Dwayne Yancey, and guest playwright Jay Reiss. Directors include four Hollins Playwright’s Lab students (Kavin Grant, Kate Leslie, Lauren Brooke Ellis, Amile Wilson), guest director Katerina Yancey, and our very own Bob Moss (Off-Broadway Living Legend).
Always fun, always packed, and most importantly, ALWAYS FREE! We look forward to seeing you in the audience!
*Please Note: Overnight Sensations is not affiliated in any way with The 24 Hour Plays, a nonprofit corporation organized under the New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.
Tony Award-Winning Rock Musical About Communication Breakdown and Teen Sexuality Invites Opportunity for Thoughtful Discussion After the Performance.
Preview Performance June 21. Opens June 22 on Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage
Mill Mountain Theatre opens Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Spring Awakening on June 22, with a discounted preview performance on Thursday, June 21. The performances will take place on MMT’s Waldron Stage, at 20 Church Ave SE in Downtown Roanoke.
The Company of Spring Awakening
To enhance the theatrical experience and invite discussion that this difficult and controversial piece may present, the following events will take place in the theatre following the performances on June 21, June 23 and June 30.
June 21: Continuing the Ghostlight Project: In January 2017, Mill Mountain Theatre joined hundreds of other theatres around the country in affirming our status as a light in our community, committed to protecting inclusion, participation and compassion for everyone. Join us after the performance to light our ghostlight in honor of this renewed commitment.
June 23: Cast Talkback: Hear from the cast of Spring Awakening after the 7:30 pm performance about their experiences working on the show, with an informal Q & A to follow.
June 30: Hard Conversations: Talking and Listening to Young Adult Voices (panel discussion): In an era where face-to-face conversations are often replaced by texts and tweets, in a time where people are feeling more polarized than ever, how do we break down barriers and have hard
conversations with each other? Our panel of teen and young adult leaders and activists from our community discuss their struggles and successes in communicating their messages in today’s world. Featuring Louis Garcia, Patrick Henry High School student and founder of the Roanoke Valley chapter of Students Demand Action, and John Livingston, Vice President of HokiePRIDE at Virginia Tech.
Spring Awakening is a rock musical about teenagers caught between the tumult of adolescence and the frustrating lack of experience with sex, pregnancy, abortion and suicide, guilt, innocence and death, all with wailing guitars, driving percussion and tortured young voices. The musical,
based on a 19th century German play, won 8 Tony Awards in 2006. This production contains mature language and content. Viewer discretion is advised.
Spring Awakening will be presented on June 21 (discounted preview performance), 22-23, and 27-30 at 7:30pm, and June 24 at 2:00pm on the Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://millmountain.org/shows/, by calling 540-342-5740, or Tuesday-Saturday from 9:45am-4:45pm and Sunday from 12:45-4:45pm at the Box Office, located in the lobby of Center in the Square. Tickets are $20 or $15 for preview performances.
For more information on the 2018 Mill Mountain Theatre season and to purchase season tickets,visit http://millmountain.org/tickets/.
Thought Provoking Exploration of Coming-Of-Age, Sexuality, & Censorship In A Folk-Infused Tony Award Winning Rock Musical
Opens June 22 on Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage
Mill Mountain Theatre will continue its 2018 Waldron Fringe season with Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Spring Awakening, which will preview on June 21 and open on June 22 on Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage.
Spring Awakening is a rock musical about teenagers caught between the tumult of adolescence and the frustrating lack of experience with sex, pregnancy, abortion and suicide, guilt, innocence and death, all with wailing guitars, driving percussion and tortured young voices. The musical, based on a 19th century German play, won 8 Tony Awards in 2006.
Continuing the Waldron Fringe Series goal of providing intimate, thought-provoking, and contemporary work in the Roanoke community, director Travis Kendrick describes Spring Awakening as dealing with topics that are still taboo in many places. “I think in 2018 it’s just as relevant subject matter as in 1890.” The original 1890 German play was banned when it was produced and was censored twice in New York, only adding to the already present themes of censorship and expression in the show. “It’s a tragedy of circumstances. It’s a tragedy of truth-withholding. The heart of the argument in Spring Awakening is that when young people are denied permission to express themselves or be told the truth, crisis rises.” Despite the dark themes in the musical, Kendrick expressed the positive message of this provocative show: “Melchior says, ‘In the end we only have each other—we must build a different world.’ Despite it all, there’s hope.”
Mill Mountain Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening will feature the 2018 Summer Apprentice Company of college students as well as local high school students and industry professionals. This diverse cast exemplifies the themes of childhood versus adulthood in the musical. The Apprentice Company can also be seen in A Year With Frog And Toad and Shrek The Musical – TYA Version this season.
This production contains mature language and content. Viewer discretion is advised.
Spring Awakening will be presented on June 21 (discounted preview performance), 22-23, and 27-30 at 7:30pm, and June 24 at 2:00pm on the Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online at http://millmountain.org/shows/, by calling 540-342-5740, or Tuesday-Saturday from 9:45am-4:45pm and Sunday from 12:45-4:45pm at the Box Office, located in the lobby of Center in the Square. Tickets are $20 or $15 for preview performances.
Mill Mountain Theatre 2018 Apprentice Company Tours the Roanoke Valley
Promoting Literacy And Theatre With A Free Production For Young Audiences
Opens June 2 at Heights Community Church
ROANOKE, VA – May 25, 2018 – Mill Mountain Theatre will continue its 2018 Young Audiences season with Robert & Willie Reale’s musical A Year With Frog And Toad – TYA Version, which will open on June 2 at 10am at Heights Community Church and tour around the region offering free performances.
The Mill Mountain Theatre 2018 Summer Apprentice Company will perform this show around the region at schools, libraries, parks and neighborhood venues to delight families. Admission is free, and free books will be distributed to young audience members as part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s initiative connecting theatre to literacy. A Year With Frog And Toad is appropriate for children of all ages.
This charming musical, the first children’s show to reach Broadway, was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2003. A 60 minute one-act play, A Year With Frog And Toad depicts a year in the life of two amphibian friends and a host of other woodland characters. As said by director Christopher Castanho, “though the story features all animal characters, the scenarios and experiences that they go through are relatable for people of all ages: making new friends, facing your fears, taking responsibility…We’ve all had so much fun bringing Frog, Toad, and the other forest creatures to life, and we can’t wait for you to join us!”
A Year With Frog And Toad will be performed on June 2, 6, 8-9, 11, 13-15, 19-21, 23, 26-27, and 29-30. Tickets are free for all ages at the door. For more show information and for a complete show schedule visit http://millmountain.org/production/year-frog-
A Year With Frog And Toad will be performed by Mill Mountain Theatre’s 2018 Summer Apprentice Company, which is comprised of five college students studying to pursue a professional career in the arts. The Apprentice Company can also be seen in Spring Awakening and Shrek The Musical – TYA Version this season. For more information on the 2018 Mill Mountain Theatre season and to purchase season tickets, visit http://millmountain.org/tickets/.
Saturday, June 2nd- 10am: Heights Community Church
Wednesday, June 6th- 11am: Downtown Roanoke, Market Square
Friday, June 8th- 10:30am: Williamson Road Library
Saturday, June 9th- 10am: Elmwood Park
Monday, June 11th- 10am: Glenvar Branch Library
Wednesday, June 13th- 11am: Downtown Roanoke, Market Square
Thursday, June 14th- 10am: Hollins Branch Public Library
Friday, June 15th- 10am: Vinton Branch Public Library
Tuesday, June 19th- 10:30am: Gainsboro Branch Library
Wednesday, June 20th- 11am: Downtown Roanoke, Market Square
Thursday, June 21st- 10:30am: Raleigh Court Library
Saturday, June 23rd- 10am: Countryside Park
Tuesday, June 26th- 3pm: South County Library
Wednesday, June 27th- 3pm: Jackson Park Library
Friday, June 29th- 10am: Salem Public Library
Saturday, June 30th- 10am: Heights Community Church
Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory is proud to present their 2018 Summer Camp Series during June 4 – July 12. Camps provide burgeoning artists of all ages the opportunity to hone their creative skills in acting, music theatre, dance, and technical theatre disciplines at the only equity professional theatre in the valley.
Camps are weekly sessions with full and half-day options, which offer students a variety of ways to explore their creativity and self-expression. Each camp culminates with a performance for family and friends on the Trinkle MainStage.
Learn to perform where the professionals do!
ELEMENTARY/K-2 SCIENCE & THEATRE CAMP: “A WRINKLE IN TIME” Half-Day or Full-Day
ELEMENTARY/K-2 MUSIC THEATRE: “THE GREATEST SHOW!” Half-Day
TEEN & ADULT DANCE: BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS Half-Day
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC THEATRE: “THOROUGHLY MODERN MUSICAL!” Full-Day
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL ACTING: SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY CAMP Half-Day
TEEN & ADULT TAP CAMP Half-Day
TECHNICAL THEATRE CAMP Half-Day
All classes are taught by working theatre artists. Get a chance to flex your collaboration muscle and put on a show with a variety of different styled courses. Need-based scholarships are available on request: email email@example.com for more information.
Next up in Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Fringe Series is a staged reading of The Christians. The production of Lucas Hnath’s beloved play will play two nights only May 18th & 19th. Former MMT Staff Member Jay Briggs returns after his production of Constellations, earlier this year, to direct this staged reading with a company of five actors.
Pastor Paul approaches the pulpit on the day when his megachurch is celebrating paying off its debt. To the surprise of his congregation, his sermon reveals that the church is taking a new direction theologically. Fractured by a dispute over salvation and damnation, this is a play about religious schism in modern America. This play will be presented as a staged reading. (Actors will have scripts in hand)
The cast of The Christians features Sean Hinkcle (Associate Pastor Joshua), Tristan Sample (Jay), Amanda Sox (Elizabeth), Danielle Thorson (Jenny), and Scott Watson (Paul). Production is directed by Jay Briggs and Music Directed by Alicia Varcoe.
Be sure to secure your seat to The Christians May 18th & 19th @ 7:30pm on the Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre. All tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at millmountain.org or by calling 540-342-5740.
Sean Hinckle(Associate Pastor Joshua): Off Broadway: Beneath the Gavel (Stewart, 59E59 Theaters). Off Off Broadway: Hamlet (Hamlet, New York Shakespeare Exchange), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo, Lower East Side Shakespeare Company), Titus Andronicus (Bassianus, New York Shakespeare Exchange), Pushing Daisy (Sketch, Secret Theater). Regional: Playmakers! (Florida Studio Theatre), Oklahoma! (Fred, New Theater Restaurant), Macbeth (Porter, Reduxion Theatre Company). Sean is a resident ensemble member of Bated Breath Theatre Company and works as a teaching artist in New York City. Endless thanks to Mill Mountain Theatre for the opportunity to tackle such an incredible play!
Tristan Sample (Jay) is thrilled to be working with Mill Mountain! His recent NYC credits include: After the End (Paradise Factory) Failure: A Love Story (NSD), Butcher (Stella Adler: Harold Clurman Lab); West Coast credits: Buyer and Cellar, The Graduate. When not on stage you can find him at the piano, composing music and writing lyrics.MFA: New School for Drama. www.tristansample.com
Amanda Sox (Elizabeth) was last seen at Mill Mountain Theatre as Marianne in Constellations, having previously been Ms. Poppenghul in Moonlight and Magnolias. Regional credits include: The Cake (Jen), In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Catherine Givings), Christmas on the Rocks (Cindy Lou Who), Richard III (Lady Anne), and Othello (Desdemona) at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC; A Christmas Carol at Virginia Stage Company; Night of The Iguana at Berkshire Theatre Festival; Rough Magic at The Hangar Theatre. Up next, Amanda will be playing Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest at Lean Theater Ensemble in Hilton Head, SC. She graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Acting.
Danielle Thorsen (Jenny) is absolutely thrilled to be working with Mill Mountain Theatre. She is a Roanoke native and grew up in the theatre communities around the city, with the Mill Mountain Conservatory being a source of training and inspiration to pursue theatre professionally. She attended Wake Forest University, and after graduation, she lived and worked in Atlanta and Chicago, establishing herself in the theatre communities there. She is now back in Roanoke before tackling the (still to be determined) next big adventure.
Scott Watson (Pastor Paul) is overjoyed to return to his favorite Virginian home, Mill Mountain Theatre, and collaborate and play again with such passionate and talented folks! Previous Mill Mountain Credits: A Christmas Story, 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Odd Couple. Off-Broadway: Taming of the Shrew & Henry V (New York Classical Theatre), Drunk Shakespeare (The Lounge), Going Once, Laughing Twice (St Luke’s Theatre) Regional: Hamlet & Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare on the Sound) Othello & Much Ado About Nothing (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Taming of the Shrew (Roxy Regional) Hamlet & The Winters Tale (Adirondack Shakespeare) Film: Neighbors, When the Moon was Twice as Big, Zombie Apocalypse TV: A Crime to Remember, The Perfect Murder, Shadow of Doubt, Redrum. BA Grand Valley State University in Michigan. www.scottymwatson.com @scottymwatson. Thank you to Ginger, Alicia, Travis, Christopher, Emma, Jay, Amanda and everyone at MMT for all you do!
This production is supported by Friends of the Fringe, an affinity group of theatre-goers interested in bringing contemporary drama to our stages. To join Friends of the Fringe, please contact John Levin at 540-342-5761 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following The Christiansin the Waldron Fringe Series is Spring Awakening, a fully produced production of the a contemporary rock musical exploring teenagers caught between the tumult of adolescence and the frustrating lack of experience. This 2006 Tony Award winning musical will feature our summer apprentice company with additional guest artists. Visit millmountain.org or call the box office at 540-342-5740 to reserve your tickets today.
Mill Mountain Theatre presents exciting programming for their Young Audience Series as two productions: Mother Goose Tales and Shakespeare’s The Tempest run in repertory on the Waldron Stage, May 5-12. Audience members of all ages can see both productions on the same day, as the performances are alternating in the same theater space.
An original play by Christopher Castanho features all of the Nursery Rhyme characters you know and love, perfect for younger audience members and entire families. When siblings Jack & Jill decide they’re too old for bedtime stories, they suddenly are whisked away to a strange land and have to find their way home. On their journey they meet Nursery Rhyme characters: the Itsy Bitsy Spider, Little Bo Peep, Humpty Dumpty and more, who lead them to the Queen: Mother Goose, who will help them get back home! A collection of well-known fairy tales and nursery rhymes will come to life in song and pantomime. Children from MMT’s Conservatory will perform these classic tales for other children, the production is directed by MMT Outreach Coordinator and Teaching Artist: Emma Gwin.
The Tempest(May 5th, 6th, 12th @ 3pm and May 9th @ 7pm)
Sorcerers, sprites and spirits meet villains, and monsters, and kings in Shakespeare’s tragicomedy set on a remote island complete with a shipwreck. Romance and a raging storm end in revelations, redemption and marriage as Shakespeare’s plays so often do. MMT’s shortened adaptation of the original script by Travis Kendrick is an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for Middle and High School students, acted by MMT Conservatory students, and directed by Resident Creative & Teaching Artist: Christopher Castanho
In conjunction with these productions, Mill Mountain Theatre will distribute free books to student audience members, as part of their initiative connecting theatre to literacy.
Sponsors of the 2018 Young Audience Series of performances include: Roanoke Valley Orthodontics, Lanford Brothers Co., Business Solutions, Inc., Davis H.Elliot Company, Woods Rogers, The Rotary Club of Salem, Carilion Clinic, and Kathryn B. McQuade Foundation. Grantors include: City of Roanoke Arts Commission, City of Salem, Friendship Foundation, Star City Reads, Turn the Pages Foundation, Center in the Square, Theatre Communications Group, National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts.
The Tempest and Mother Goose Tales open on Saturday, May 5th on MMT’s Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave, SE). Performances of The Tempest: May 5th, 6th, 12th @ 3pm and May 9th @ 7pm.Mother Goose Tales will perform May 5th & 12th at 11am & 1pm. Admission is ‘pay-what-you-can’ at the door. No advance tickets will be sold for the listed performances above. Visit millmountain.org for more information
The cast and creative team of MMT’s A Chorus Line have been hard at work bringing this Pulitzer-Prize and Tony-Award winning musical to life on the Trinkle MainStage April 25th – May 13th. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr & Nicholas Dante, A Chorus Line tells the personal stories of 17 dancers auditioning for 8 spots in the chorus of a new Broadway musical.
Four of those dancers are Patrick Henry High School students Chloe Cannon (Freshman), Nathan Derrico (Senior), Cameron Reynolds (Junior), and Cathleen Turner (Senior). Derrico and Turner hold previous performances on the Mill Mountain stages, meanwhile Cannon and Reynolds are making their exciting Trinkle MainStage debut in the award-winning musical.
The young performers spoke of how much they’ve learned in their first week of rehearsals. “This entire cast is full of professionals, they’re incredible. It’s always such a learning experience working with everyone, seeing how they take it all in.” says PH Senior Cathleen Turner (Tricia/ Val U/S). MMT’s production of A Chorus Line is Patrick Henry Junior Cameron Reynolds’ (Roy) first time working on a professional musical “It’s an opportunity that I’ve never had before, I’m just taking it all in.”
Considered a landmark celebration of the American Musical, A Chorus Line follows the lives of 17 Broadway dancers vying for a spot “on the line.” Through epic song and dance, the performers describe the families, jobs, and tough times that shaped their lives and careers. Set on a bare stage, audiences will get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a performer trying to make it on Broadway.
PH Senior, Nathan Derrico (Frank) spoke about how the rehearsal process is different than any other projects he’s worked on. “It’s a big learning experience, getting to work with people who know how to do a show like this. It’s a lot faster paced than things I’ve done in the past. It’s fun!” Freshman Chloe Cannon (Vicki) just finished Patrick Henry’s production of Into The Woods as Cinderella, “I’m learning a lot of new things, especially just from watching the professionals in rehearsal.”
Chloe Cannon (Lois) is a freshman at Patrick Henry High school. She has been taking ballet since she was three years old and currently trains with Southwest Virginia Ballet. Chloe’s love for theatre has grown so much each year and continues with every show she’s in. She recently played Cinderella in Into the Woods at Patrick Henry High school. Chloe is beyond thankful for being given this opportunity to work with amazing people in such a phenomenal show!
Nathan Derrico(Frank) is excited to join Mill Mountain Theatre in his first main stage production! He is currently a senior at Patrick Henry High School and takes classes through Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory. He is hoping to attend college for musical theatre this fall. He would like to thank his friends, family, and teachers for their loving support on his journey.
Cameron Reynolds (Roy) is a sophomore at Patrick Henry high school. He has enjoyed doing In The Heights, Grease, Heathers, and Little Shop of Horrors. He plays several instruments and has been singing and dancing for most of his life. He wants to thank his family for their time and support and Mill Mountain for such a wonderful opportunity.
Cathleen Turner(Tricia/Val US) – Cathleen is excited to be returning to Mill Mountain Theatre for her 8th and last main stage production of high school! Some of her favorites have been 42nd Street, White Christmas, and Children of Eden. Cathleen is a senior at Patrick Henry High School who is eager to graduate and attend college in the fall in hopes of pursuing musical theatre. She enjoys spending her free time with Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory where she has spent a large portion of her childhood growing through all aspects of theatre.
The cast of Mill Mountain Theatre’s A Chorus Line features Stevie Bovo (Al), Sam Brackley (Paul), Chloe Cannon (Vicki), Nathan Derrico (Frank), David Foster (Larry), Mary Hannah Garber (Val), Andrew Gleckler (Mark), Kristin Guerin (Sheila), Lawrence Hailes (Richie), Tyler Jimenez (Greg), Guy Mannick* (Mike), Lizzie Markson (Diana / Dance Captain), Caitlin McAvoy (Bebe), Diane Meck (Connie), Niklaus Miller (Bobby), Hamilton Moore (Zach), Caitie Moss (Kristine), Lizz Picini* (Cassie), Lyndsay Ricketson (Maggie), Cameron Reynolds (Roy), Megan Tatum (Judy), Cathleen Turner (Vicki U/S Val), and Richard Westfahl (Don).
The creative team of A Chorus Line features Alicia Varcoe (Director), Kristen Brooks Sandler (Choreographer), Seth Davis (Music Director), Ginger Poole (Producing Artistic Director), Sammy Brown* (Stage Manager), Jimmy Ray Ward (Scenic Designer), William Webb (Lighting Designer), Sera Bourgeau (Costume Designer), Matthew Shields (Props Designer), Ayme Gierchak (Sound Designer), and Jessica Humke (Assistant Stage Manager).
*Sammy Brown, Guy Mannick, and Lizz Picini appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Get your tickets now to A Chorus Line running April 25 – May 13 on the Trinkle MainStage at Mill Mountain Theatre. Tickets range from $20-38 and can be purchased online at millmountain.org or by calling 540-342-5740.
Mill Mountain Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line is sponsored by BB&T Bank, Catawba Capital Management, Innovative Insurance Group, Howell’s Motor Freight Inc., Avis Construction, Business Solutions, and Elk Hill Advisors Inc. Special grantors for A Chorus Line are Center in the Square, Actors’ Equity Association, Theatre Communications Group, Art Works, and Blue Star Theatres.
That singular sensation is coming to Roanoke audiences at Mill Mountain Theatre on the Trinkle MainStage April 25th – May 13th. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr & Nicholas Dante, A Chorus Line tells the personal stories of 17 dancers auditioning for 8 spots in the chorus of a new Broadway musical.
Through epic song and dance, the performers describe the families, jobs, and tough times that shaped their lives and careers. Set on a bare stage, audiences will get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a performer trying to make it on Broadway. “The characters portrayed in A Chorus Line are for the most part based on the lives and experiences of Broadway dancers,” says original Broadway producer, Joseph Papp. “This show is dedicated to anyone who has ever danced in a chorus or marched in step anywhere.”
A Chorus Line made its groundbreaking debut on the great white way in 1975 and Broadway has never been the same. Unlike most commercial theatre at that time, the musical originated at a non-profit theatre company, and then transferred to a record-breaking run of fifteen years and 6,137 performances at the Shubert Theater. The original production was nominated for twelve Tony-Awards, winning nine including Best Musical, and received the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It remains the sixth longest-running Broadway show in history.
Director Alicia Varcoe spoke on the excitement of bringing A Chorus Line to Roanoke. “This musical was groundbreaking for its time, and the heart of this piece is completely timeless. Through these characters at this unconventional audition, we are telling the stories of professional dancers everywhere, including the talented performers that will be joining us onstage at MMT,” she says. “Their raw passion and love The storytelling in A Chorus Line is truly one-of-a-kind when it comes to music theatre, and I think our audiences will not only revel in the amazing song and dance, but truly be touched by the stories of the lives of these dancers.”
Mill Mountain Theatre’s production of A Chorus Line is sponsored by BB&T Bank, Catawba Capital Management, Innovative Insurance Group, Howell’s Motor Freight Inc., Avis Construction, Business Solutions, and Elk Hill Advisors Inc. Special grantors for A Chorus Line are Center in the Square, Actors’ Equity Association, Theatre Communications Group, Art Works, and Blue Star Theatres.
Get your tickets now to A Chorus Line running April 25 – May 13 on the Trinkle MainStage at Mill Mountain Theatre. Tickets range from $20-38 and can be purchased online at millmountain.org or by calling 540-342-5740. Production contains mature language
Organized in 1989 as a way for young professionals to meet, ‘First Fridays at Five’ have seen two decades of success and in the process they’ve donated well over a million dollars to nonprofit organizations in The Roanoke Valley! If you’re in the mood for some great entertainment, fun, networking or want to support a Mill Mountain Theatre, volunteer to be part of the MMT team!
Mill Mountain Theatre will be one of the participating charities working at the event on May 18th & August 17th. Contact Director of Development, John Levin to volunteer as part of the MMT crew: call 540-342-5761 or at email@example.com
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