Mill Mountain Theatre has announced their 2019 season which will consist of four main stage musicals on the Trinkle Main Stage, three shows for Young Audiences, two productions in the Waldron Fringe Series, and two concerts in their Music Series.
TRINKLE MAINSTAGE SERIES
Four big-cast shows of drama, comedy, music, and family fun, all with impressive production quality.
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!
The Little Mermaid Jr
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.
The Glass Menagerie
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?.
Holiday Show TBA
December 4 – 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!
WALDRON FRINGE SERIES?
Two productions of cutting edge drama centered around the theme of mental wellness.
Every Brilliant Thing
November 7 – 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.”
Next To Normal
June 20 – 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.
YOUNG AUDIENCE SERIES
Three delightful productions, two in the Waldron, and one in the community, all encouraging literacy and for children to read.
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.
A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Children’s Musical
June 1 – 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.
Romeo and Juliet
October 19 – 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.
Two musical concerts, with four fun-filled nights of well known tunes.
Music of the 60s
May 31 – June 1
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.
Let’s Go to the Movies
August 23 – 24
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.
Season subscriptions are available on Oct 1st on their website. There are many different packages visit millmountain.org/tickets/subscriptions:
Trinkle Productions ? – Package includes: Mamma Mia, The Little Mermaid Jr, The Glass Menagerie, and Holiday Musical TBA.
Music Series ? – Package includes: Music of the 60s and Let’s Go to the Movies.
Waldron Fringe Series ? – Package includes: Next to Normal and Every Brilliant Thing.
All In Package – Package includes: Mamma Mia, The Little Mermaid Jr, The Glass Menagerie, Holiday? Musical TBA, Music of the 60s, Let’s Go to the Movies, Next to Normal and Every Brilliant Thing.
Single tickets go on sale: December 1st.
Visit millmountain.org or call 540-342-5740 for more information