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Community Theatres Announce Upcoming Season

June 30, 2011

Season illustration, “Standing Room Only,”
a watercolor by Clay James, HCT’s technical director.

Four musicals, a Shakespeare classic and a “back by popular demand” comedy highlight the Hickory Community Theatre’s 2011-12 season.
Leading the fun on the Jeffers Theater main stage is the timeless classic musical “The Sound of Music” in September. It is followed by “Disney’s The Jungle Book —Kids” showing in October.
The Theatre’s holiday celebration features the North Carolina Community Theatre premiere of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas-The Musical.” This Broadway hit is the stage version of the popular movie. Among its hit songs are “White Christmas,” “Blue Skies” and “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm.”
Hickory’s popular comedy playwright Molly Bass will enters the season in February with a revival of her sold out comedy “By a Flared Nostril.”
The Theatre follows this up with a monumental drama, Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” The tragedy of love and duty, power and loss plays in March.
The Jeffers Theatre season closes out in a raucous finale with “The Full Monty.” The Broadway hit musical is adapted from the film about out-of-work steel workers. Just ordinary guys, in their despair, they plot to make money as singer/dancers and take it all off. Although the action is risqué, the show is tuneful, funny and endearing.
HCT’s second stage, The Firemen’s Kitchen is host to two dramas and a mystery.
Featured in the 70-seat cabaret theater in November will be Tony Award winner “God of Carnage.” January’s show is the sweet and thoughtful “Becky’s New Car,” the story of Becky’s mid-life crisis.
“Deadly Murder,” a mystery with a wonderful twist, closes the Kitchen season in April.  
Season subscriptions are available in the form of “Anytime” tickets, which are flex passes that can be mixed and matched anyway you like. A three-admission pass is just $30.
Call the Theatre at (828) 327-3855 to subscribe today, or visit for more information on these offerings.

The 2011-2012 season is a celebration of The Green Room Community Theatre’s 25th Anniversary. This year’s slate of exciting musicals and plays are favorites from years gone by. All productions will be in the Old Post Office Playhouse on the main stage in the Bob and Michele McCreary Theatre or in the smaller, more intimate Black Box Theatre. The Playhouse is located in historic downtown Newton at 10 S. Main Avenue.
This season features six classics on the main stage and opens with an all-time favorite based on the MGM movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” Sept. 2-18. Travel down the yellow brick road with Dorothy and her friends as she experiences the land of Oz and tries to find her way back home.
Next, laugh, cry, love and dream with “Steel Magnolias” playing Nov. 4-13. This modern classic follows a group of Louisiana women who share their triumphs and tragedies with one another at the local beauty parlor and reminds us to spend each day appreciating the ones you love.
The Christmas show, playing Dec. 2-18, is the beloved Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol.” Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s discovery of the true meaning of Christmas as the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future share with him over the course of one fateful evening.
Feb. 10-19, join Alice on a journey into a world of talking animals, comic royalty, and crazy races in the timeless children’s story “Alice in Wonderland.”
One of our audience’s all-time favorites, “Smoke on the Mountain,” returns April 20-May 6. Set in North Carolina, the Sanders Family performs at a church Gospel sing. Enjoy your favorite hymns while laughing at the family’s crazy antics, and witness a heartwarming conclusion that reminds us what it means to be a family.
The season ends with Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,”June 8-24. An all-star lineup of fairy tale characters hilariously pursue their own “happy ever after,” but find out what happens after the story ends. Stories are upended and people must trust in more than magic in this delightful, tender modern musical classic.
Our second stage shows will be performed in the Black Box Theatre located within the Old Post Office Playhouse.
“The Fantasticks,“the longest running musical ever, plays Oct. 14- 30. This timeless, comedic fable of two young lovers follows their journey from first love through lost love and finally, to true love.
March 16-April 1, travel to Tuna, Texas where the population is small but the personalities are big in the laughter-filled comedy “Greater Tuna.”
Our second stage all-youth production, “Peter Rabbit and Friends,” goes on stage Feb. 24-March 4. It is a sassy and entertaining re-working of the childhood favorite. Peter has had all he can take — with chores and his goody two-shoes sisters — and runs away, but he finds out life at home wasn’t so bad after all.
This year, we are offering more season ticket options than ever. We will continue to offer our “six-punch” ticket (available for $65 for adults and $55 for seniors (60+) and students as well as our new “eight-punch” ticket ($85 for adults, $75 for seniors and students).
This option is specifically designed for our season tickets holders who don’t want to miss any of the wonderful shows offered on both the mainstage and in the Black Box Theatre.
Our flexible season tickets allow you a total of six or eight admissions to any of the shows. You can use one punch per show or bring friends and use multiple punches per show — you decide how you want to use your ticket. Individual ticket prices for the 2011-2012 season will be $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, and $8 for youth 12 and under.
For more information, visit or call (828) 464-6583.
The Green Room is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.


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