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Mill Mountain Theatre

Center in the Square is proud to house one of the country’s top professional nonprofit regional theatres. Mill Mountain Theatre (MMT) has served for almost 50 years as a nationally recognized professional, regional performing arts theatre committed to producing the highest quality theatre in Southwest Virginia, actively promoting and developing new theatre works, strengthening the artistic influence in the community through education and outreach, seeking and developing new audiences, and providing a diverse population access to both alternative and traditional theatre.

Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory (MMTC) is the educational wing of Mill Mountain Theatre offering several scholarships to low-income individuals on as-needed basis. MMT works together and collaborates with other theatres and professional arts organizations across the region to provide excellent programming for the citizens of Southwest Virginia.

For more details about Mill Mountain Theatre visit www.millmountain.org

Announcing 2019 Season

*Single Shows Now On Sale*

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MAMMA MIA!

Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Book by Catherine JohnsonComedy, Musical | March 27 – April 14

Fly in for a fABBAulous time at Mill Mountain Theatre this Spring. Mamma Mia!tells the story of Sophie, a twenty year old bride-to-be who longs to have her father walk her down the aisle. The problem is, she has no idea who he is! After reading her mother’s diary, filled with her mom’s adventures in love, Sophie invites each of the three potential fathers to her wedding. With nonstop laughs and exhilarating dance numbers set to the iconic music of ABBA, Mamma Mia!has been a global smash hit since its premiere on Broadway in 2002. Notable songs include “Take A Chance on Me,” “Super Trouper,” “Dancing Queen”, and more!

 

 

WRITE STUFF!

Young Playwright FestivalFamily, Festival, Staged Reading, Young Audiences | April 12

MMT’s young playwrights festival Write Stuff! returns for its third year, encouraging young writers to submit their short plays to be produced as staged readings on the Waldron Stage. Students, see your characters come to life on the MMT stage: the competition is open to middle and high-school students and the deadline for submissions is February 1st, 2019. Mark that on your calendar folks!  Several short plays are selected by a panel of readers from the submissions to be produced in a staged reading format and performed by Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory students. Tickets are only available 30 minutes prior to the performance and are pay what you can.

 

MUSIC OF THE 60S

Concert | May 31 – June 1

Twist and shimmy your way to Mill Mountain Theatre with the catchiest songs from one of the most revolutionary decades in music, the 60’s. With your favorites from chart toppers like The Beatles, The Supremes, and Aretha Franklin, we invite you slip on a pair of bell bottoms and dance to your favorites. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. this groovy mix of tunes as we cover the best artists from the Motown Hub to the Woodstock Craze.

 

 

A PETER RABBIT TALE: A CHILDREN’S MUSICAL

Book by Sarah Brandt, Music and Lyrics by Neal RichardsonComedy, Family, Musical, Young Audiences | June 1 – June 29

Beatrix Potter’s classic story A Peter Rabbit Tale comes to life in this spirited  children’s musical, touring the Roanoke Valley this summer. Peter Rabbit has begun to believe that being a rabbit isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. His mother is always making him do chores and he’s had enough of his goody two-shoes twin sisters: Flopsy and Mopsy. After being picked on for the last time, Peter decides to run away from home. When he encounters difficulties living with feisty squirrels and sewing mice, he discovers that home might not be too bad after all. MMT will perform this show around the region at schools, libraries, parks and neighborhood venues to delight families. Admission is free and, MMT will distribute free books to student audience members, as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy.

 

NEXT TO NORMAL

Music by Tom Kitt and Book and Lyrics by Brian YorkeyDrama, Musical | June 20 – June 29

Winner of the Pulitzer-Prize for Drama, this groundbreaking musical follows the Goodmans, a seemingly typical American family whose lives are anything but normal. The contemporary and electrifying musical shares the Goodman family’s intricate battle with mental health. Abundant with love, sympathy, and heart, Next To Normal takes the audience into the minds of each character, and reminds us that nobody’s family is normal.

 

 

THE LITTLE MERMAID JR

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and Book by Doug WrightComedy, Family, Musical, Young Audiences | July 31 – August 11

Journey under the sea with Ariel and her friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR. In a magical underwater utopia, mermaid Ariel’s only wish is to live on land. But first she’ll have to meet a prince, defy her father, and strike up a deal with an evil sea witch! Classic songs like “Part of Your World”, “Poor Unfortunate Souls”, “Kiss the Girl” and more appear in this one-hour version of the story we all know and love. This fully produced production featuring local youth is perfect for the whole family. In conjunction with this production, MMT will distribute free books to children in attendance, as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy.

 

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

Concert | August 23 – August 24

Sit back and enjoy all of your favorite songs from Hollywood’s Greatest Blockbusters: from  Titanic to The Wizard of Oz, Dirty Dancing to The Graduate. You will not want to miss this journey of music through the golden age of cinema at Mill Mountain Theatre. Come join us in this celebration of music through 100 years of movie magic.

 

 

 

 

THE GLASS MENAGARIE

Play by Tennessee WilliamsDrama | September 25 – October 6

Said to be one of the greatest plays in the 20th Century, come see The Glass Menagerie, the “memory play” that catapulted beloved playwright Tennessee Williams to fame. This riveting drama is set in 1937’s St. Louis, and follows the fragile Wingfield family: Tom, an aspiring poet, his painfully shy sister Laura, and their mother Amanda, a faded southern belle. Dreams and reality collide in this play of exquisite beauty.

 

ROMEO AND JULIET

Play by William ShakespeareDrama, Young Audiences | October 19 – October 26

In October, William Shakespeare’s classic tale of Romeo and Juliet is re-envisioned in an imaginative and theatrical adaptation on the Waldron Stage. Shakespeare’s most famous play of love, family feuds, and inevitable tragedy takes on a new life with local youth performers. Romeo and Juliet is appropriate for middle and high school students, and this production will feature student performers, designers, and technicians. The Pay-What-You-Can performances will include the distribution of free books to students, as part of our initiative connecting theatre to literacy. Tickets are only available 30 minutes prior to each performance and are pay what you can.

 

EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Play by Duncan MacMillan and Jonny DonahoeComedy, Drama | November 7 – November 10

“You’re six years old. Your mother’s in the hospital. You’re told she finds it hard to be happy. So you start making a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world: 1. Ice Cream, 2. Kung Fu Movies, 3. Laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose.”

Touching, funny, and brilliantly stripped down, Every Brilliant Thing is one-person show about an individual’s journey with their mother and her struggle with mental health.The Guardian calls it “Heart-wrenching, hilarious…possibly one of the funniest plays you’ll ever see.”

 

HOLIDAY MUSICAL TBA

Announcing Spring of 2019Family, Musical | December 4 – December 22

This Holiday season Mill Mountain Theatre will be presenting one of our most requested musical productions. This classic Broadway show has been produced on the MMT stage before, and has delighted audiences around the globe for over 50 years. Due to our licensing agreement, we are not allowed to divulge this title until Spring of 2019, but we know you are going to love this beautiful story with music to match, fun for the whole family around the holidays!

 


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Roanoke Ballet Theatre,Inc.

Roanoke Ballet Theatre, Inc. (RBT) is one of Virginia’s preeminent dance companies, and is known nationwide for its innovative and exciting ballet and cutting-edge modern performances and is Roanoke’s only non-profit school of dance, providing excellent instruction in ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz, and specialty classes for all ages and skill levels. Dedicated to the heritage, development and promotion of dance, RBT is committed to offering excellent dance instruction in a diverse range of styles and levels; creating and sustaining a challenging artistic environment; providing a variety of performing opportunities for dancers; and offering our community a variety of opportunities to experience dance.

RBT maintains a Company of professional and student artists that offers performances and tours throughout the year. RBT’s teaching philosophy embraces a holistic approach, wherein each student is regarded as a “whole” being, and not just as a dancer needing technical training. Positive attitudes, good nutrition, teamwork, creativity, and personal commitment are all important components of instruction.

Past projects which have received international recognition for innovation include Bluegrass Ballet with the Del McCoury Band, Aerial Ballet, and NASCAR Ballet. RBT has presented and/or performed in concert with North Carolina Dance Theatre, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, Moscow State Ballet, Guangdong, Richmond Ballet, Doug Varone and Dancers; and individual artists from Dance Theatre of Harlem, National Dance Institute, School of American Ballet, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Charleston Ballet, National Ballet of Ecuador, Mongolian National Ballet, Merce Cunningham Company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Urban Bush Women, Pilobolous, Moving Poets, and others.

For more details about Roanoke Ballet, School of RBT, Roanoke City Ballet, City Modern Ensemble, and Tinker Showcase please visit www.roanokeballet.org

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“Gala of the Arts”

April 26 & 27 at 7:00pm on Trinkle MainStage

The “Gala of the Arts,” is the first annual performance of Roanoke Ballet Theatre performing alongside and collaborating with local art organizations. This year’s gala will feature Roanoke City Ballet, Roanoke Children’s Theatre, Bryan and Kevin Matheson of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, Shenandoah Ballet, and City Modern Ensemble.


 

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“The Belle of Amherst”

  by William Luce

Adapted and performed by Sybil Rosen.

Presented with permission from The Dramatists Play Service.

April 26 & 27 at 7:30pm on the Waldron Stage

The “Belle of Amherst” is an intimate glimpse into the life of our most loved – and least known – American poet, Emily Dickinson.  By turns, funny, poignant, lyrical, and wise, the one-woman play investigates the  poet’s unusual life – her self-imposed seclusion, the close circle of family, her writing life, and the men who loved her. Time Magazine called the play, “An intrepid exploration of the heart, the mind, and the soul.”

“I’ve loved Emily Dickinson’s poetry for a long time,” says Sybil Rosen, a 1968 graduate of Patrick Henry High School. “And when I discovered ‘The Belle of Amherst,’ I fell in love with her.  The beauty of performing the play is that, for about an hour, I get to be a genius.”

“I’m nobody, who are you?
Are you nobody too?
Then there’s a pair of us?
Don’t tell – they’d banish us, you know.

“How dreary to be somebody,
How public like a frog,
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog.”

– Emily Dickinson

The Waldron Stage’s production of “The Belle of Amherst” is a benefit to raise money for, and awareness of, our public libraries.  All net proceeds will go to the Roanoke Valley library system and the Whitesburg Public Library in Whitesburg, Georgia, where Ms. Rosen resides.

Sybil Rosen is an award-winning playwright, novelist, short-story writer, and a memoirist. Her memoir of Texas music legend Blaze Foley, “Living in the Woods in a Tree,” published by The University of North Texas Press, was recently adapted for the Ethan Hawke-directed movie “BLAZE.” Ms. Rosen wrote the screenplay with Mr. Hawke and plays her own mother in the film.

 


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Opera Roanoke

Southwest Virginia’s only professional opera company, Opera Roanoke presents fully-staged productions and a variety of smaller-scale presentations each year. Scott Williamson is the General and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, where he was an Associate Conductor, Chorus Master, and artist beginning in 1998. Steven White, Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Advisor, is one of North America’s premiere conductors of both operatic and symphonic repertoire.

Opera Roanoke has moved its offices into the Center in the Square facility in order to enhance its budgetary position, take advantage of in-house benefits, and to support a strategic cost-savings move by Center in the Square.

Guest artists of national and international distinction perform on the Opera Roanoke stage. Southwest Virginia’s pool of talent is an integral part of the Opera Roanoke experience. The Roanoke Symphony is the official orchestra of Opera Roanoke. The Roanoke College Children’s Choir, Roanoke Ballet Theater, and the Blacksburg Master Chorale are just some of the outstanding local organizations that frequently add luster to Opera Roanoke productions.

Educational and outreach programs and activities of Opera Roanoke allow persons of all ages and socio-economic levels to enhance their knowledge and enjoyment of opera. Teacher Resources offer information relative to performances with cross-curricular ideas for lessons that meet the Virginia Standards of Learning. Opera Roanoke also introduces local students to production cast members through in-school performances. These free programs offer opportunities for students to interact with singers while learning more about opera and its career opportunities.

Most significantly, Opera Roanoke is proud to offer the Sempre Libera Program – Free Admission for Students! This initiative encourages students of all ages to attend any performances entirely free of charge. Italian for “always free,” Sempre Libera allows students the opportunity to experience an art form that encompasses everything young people love: high drama, thrilling music, sly humor and extravagant costumes regardless of ability to pay.

Opera Roanoke’s administrative offices are housed in Center in the Square at Center on Church – performances held in Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center. Performance tickets may be purchased through Jefferson Center Box Office

For more details about Opera Roanoke, please visit www.operaroanoke.org

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Opera to Live For: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville

May 9 & 10 at 7:30pm, and May 12 at 3:00pm on Trinkle MainStage

Opera Roanoke closes its 43rd season with a new production of Rossini’s ever-popular romantic comedy, The Barber of Seville. Named after that famous singing barber, factotum, and match-maker Figaro, the heart of Rossini’s sparkling opera beats around his heroine, Rosina. This fully-staged production will feature several Opera Roanoke debuts, including Stephanie Foley Davis in the role of Rosina and Alex DeSocio as Figaro, led by the dream-team of conductor Steven White and stage director Scott Williamson. Celebrate Mother’s day weekend with Opera Roanoke and Rossini!

To purchase a season subscription, please contact Brooke Tolley at Opera Roanoke directly. 

Phone: (540) 982-2742 Email: manager@operaroanoke.org


 

 

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The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1953, is the largest professional orchestra in Virginia west of Richmond. In 1986 the Roanoke Symphony hired its first full-time, resident music director, Victoria Bond; established its professional status; and made a public commitment to artistic excellence and meaningful educational programs. Since that time, the orchestra has been recognized nationally for its artistic achievements, its innovative education programs and its unique outreach to diverse audiences.

David Stewart Wiley serves concurrently as Music Director and Conductor of both New York’s Long Island Philharmonic and Virginia’s Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Wiley’s tenure with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra continues to be a remarkable success story, and the RSO is rapidly becoming an example for a successful new artistic business model for a vital and stable regional orchestra. Under his artistic leadership, the RSO balanced budget has almost tripled, with dramatically increased artistic quality, community excitement, endowment growth, and increased ticket sales. Wiley partners with schools and numerous arts organizations throughout the region, and innovative events like “RSO Rocks” have broadened what a symphony event can be for new audiences.

Green Room

The administrative offices for RSO are located on the second level of the historic Shenandoah Hotel building at 128 East Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke with studio space for David Stewart Wiley, Music Director and Conductor of the RSO, occupying the north-east corner of the building on the ground level. Picture windows open up the space and invite observers to enjoy a glimpse into the excitement of the Symphony and engage the public in downtown Roanoke.

“The Green Room” is the heart of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s new location just steps away from Roanoke’s downtown City Market. Wiley, together with RSO musicians, are able to advance opportunities for participation in the arts and strengthen the RSO’s integration into the cultural and educational mainstream of our community. Visit The Green Room for music, learning, and fun in the rhythm of Roanoke’s downtown city center. Programs are given by RSO musicians, music director David Stewart Wiley, plus guest speakers and performers.

For more details about the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Youth Symphony, In-School Ensembles, and RSO’s Educational Programs, please visit www.rso.com