Renaissance Theatre

"All the world's a stage . . ."

Looking at our past which began in 1998 . . .


A small selection of our past shows!  Page under construction, all links may not yet or for that matter ever work correctly!  Sorry!


April, World Premier of


April 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 @ 8 PM, April 9 @ 2:30 PM

Two men stranded on a floating hatch cover in the middle of the ocean, discover they need more than hope to survive.   Finalist in the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, 1997.  A fine mix of humor, mystery and drama.  Adult language!

Featuring Patrick Key and Gary Braden 

Production now closed!

Written and directed by Renaissance Theatre's Artistic Director, Bob Baker. 

Assistant Director, Rob Reser

Lighting Design by Bob Baker & Loren Bacon, Sound Design by Loren Bacon Set construction by Gary Knight, Set Design by Bob Baker. 

 

Production now closed!




















May  5, 6, 12, 13 @ 8 PM

Directed by Sam Marsh - Technical Direction by Billy Jenkins

Featuring Peter K. Owen, Billy Jenkins, Caroline Prince, Ingrid Goree, Darrell Hazelrig, Marcus Estes, Jason Graham and Sam Marsh

The Obie Award winning collection of monologues from the underground social critic and assailant of homogenized American corporate culture, Eric Bogosian.

"Drive Thru Theatre - Fast Food For Thought"

   

Back by Popular Demand!  Brought to you in part by

Pratt Avenue Antique Mall & Alpha Estate Sales & SouthTrust Bank

Mill StoriesThe Musical!

 The great depression was here, millions out of work but the work and life of Lincoln Mill Village went on.  Here are the stories, songs and music, based on historical fact and fiction of those times, when the world was a different place and the pace of life moved at the speed of a mule pulling a wagon.  Back by popular demand, don't miss these touching and often humorous stories of Huntsville's past.   Original music by Jeff Robertson and Rick Taylor.   Last week in June, first week in July.  All seats $12.00 (except June 22.) 

Production Now Closed!!!

Some candid rehearsal shots!  Taken June 11, 2000!


Gary Lee Knight & Dale Worley                             Lezlie Lanza as Mrs. Mallard


Dale & Cameron Miller Starnes at the Blue Willow Cafe

Featuring:  Gary Lee Knight, Lezlie Lanza, Lonnie Starnes, Cameron Miller Staarnes, Dale Worley, Anthony Lee Hicklen, Caroline Kelly and Craig Reinhart.  Written and Directed by Robert Riddle Baker, Assisted by Gary Lee Knight, Lighting and Sound by Loren Bacon, original songs w/music by Jeff Robertson, other incidental music written and performed by Rick Taylor. 


The Renaissance Theatre summer 2000 production of Paul Rudnick's "Jeffrey" continues to live on in the hearts and minds of those whose lives it touched. This show has meant many things to many people, especially to those fortunate enough to have taken part in the magic of transforming a vision into a reality. Here then are a few "behind-the-scenes" glimpses of what was, and still is, a very personal experience for the cast and crew.

 
"Jeffrey" was written by Paul Rudnick and directed at Huntsville's Renaissance Theatre by Gary Lee Knight. Many thanks goes to Renaissance's Artistic Director Bob Baker for his invaluable help and support during the production.
 

 

ALMOST DOROTHY

A Renaissance Theatre
Original World Premiere
by Robert Riddle Baker
Starring:

Anna Blair
Brian Wilson
Elizabeth Scott
Heather Bond
Beth Norwood
Daniel Weldon
Neal Vardaman
Dale Worley

Almost Dorothy, a new comedy-drama by Renaissance Theatre's Artistic Director, Robert Riddle Baker, ran June 21st through July 1st. The show starred Anna Blair and Brian Wilson, and featured Elizabeth Scott, Beth Norwood, Heather Bond, Dale Worley, and two newcomers to the Huntsville community theater stage, Daniel Weldon and Neal Vardaman. 

Anna Blair played the part of Virginia Tate, an old woman living in Hollywood in a slightly run down condo who tells her gay neighbor Chip (played by Brian Wilson) that she was almost a big star until she had a baby out of wedlock. She's slightly daffy and off kilter with the ravages of old age and Chip, who looks after her, just goes along with her stories, not really caring if they are true or not, as he has his own problems to deal with and sort out. 

The action of the play is set in the early 90's and told in flashback style, returning the audience to the late 30's where we meet a young Virginia Tate on the cusp of being a star and being vigorously groomed by the studio system. 

One of the interesting features of this play, other than the unique story line, is that one of the characters (Beth Norwood) who played young Virginia, ends up playing her mother and her daughter, as the scenes unfold and Virginia grows older. Ms. Scott also played triple roles, that of being Virginia Tate's mother in 1938, then playing Virginia at various ages as we move through the play. The story progresses as Marty Bowers (Worley) visits Chip; he is working on a book about "What Ever Happened To" and wants to gather information concerning Virginia Tate. 

Neal Vardaman played the Hollywood producer Max, a married man who is also Virginia's haunting love interest, and whose relationship with the young star changes her life forever. Daniel Weldon played Karl Biddle, a former lover of Chips'. 

The set design and dressing for "Almost Dorothy" was done by Bob Baker, technical director was Gary Lee Knight, wigs and hair were done by Lee Hicklen and Johnny Clements, and lighting was done by Loren Bacon, who, along with Brian Wilson, designed the sound.

 


Also Coming In June – A New Exciting Work.  Explore Huntsville’s past and meet Maria Howard Weeden and her Mammy Bessie in person as they share their lives. 

 

Miss Weeden shares her life stories and history with humor and poignant remembrances as she tells of her life at Aspen Place, the Civil War and her visit to the 1892 Chicago Worlds Fair.

 

A unique experience enhanced by being performed in the beautiful parlor of theBurritt on the Mountain, A Living Museum, Mansion.

 


 All Seats for Shadows on the Wall:  Maria Howard Weeden, A Life With Purpose are $12.  Opening night wine & cheese party $15 and begins at 6 PM, all performances are at 7 PM.  A display of Howard Weeden's life work will also be available for viewing one hour prior to show time and at intermission.  Color prints of some of her work will be available for sale at the museum and include books about her life.

 

Check out the slide show below of Sandra Frierson & Karen Lynn as they appear in the production. 

Poster Design by R.R.Baker


ARS NOVA PRESENTS  @ Renaissance Theatre                             

Madama Butterfly

by Giacomo Puccini

April 8,9 and 15,16 at 7:30
       April 10 at 2:30

Ticket Price: Student $13.00 Adult $18.00
Advance Ticket Purchase call 883-1105

                  Cast

Madama Butterfly-Gloria Ko
B.F. Pinkerton-Ron Roberts
Sharpless-Greg Branham
Suzuki-Ginger Beazley
Goro-Robert Bell
Kate Pinkerton-Mickey Lighthall

Based on a short story by American author, John Luther Long, Madama Butterfly tells the poignant story of a Japanese geisha wed to a United States naval officer and then forsaken by him for a bride from his own country. Although sung in Italian, English sub titles will provide an accurate translation of the text. In addition, a synopsis of the story will be provided in Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

 

 

All inquiries regarding tickets should be directed to arsnova@arsnovahsv.com.

Della's Diner

"Director Lee Deal has managed to create a night of frantic comic insanity which some may find offensive if they can stop laughing long enough to think about what they just saw." 

"I laughed and when I couldn't laugh anymore I cried."

"Watching Ron Roberts is worth the price of the ticket!"

"No socially redeeming messages here, just laughs, fun and theatrical madness."

"Elvis has returned and he's serving doughnuts cooked up by Martha Steward."

Anonymous audience members after watching the dress rehearsal.   

Della and her gang of fools are serving up a heaping order of musical comedy with a side order of trailer trash. Did you want fries with that? A Huntsville cult comedy classic favorite!  Order tickets early and don't be disappointed!

                                

Original poster was designed by Kim Parker.

 

November/December 2004 we presented:


 

The long awaited sequel toSmoke On The Mountain!  You can't miss this incredible holiday offering!  Directed by Lee Deal and featuring the best of local talent.  Merriment, comedy and joy is brought back to Huntsville audiences by this musical comedy treat.  Bring the family or treat your employees to this entertaining gem. 

Kelly Lynn, Sandra Glover, Clint Merritt, Mit Merritt, Charelle Hudgins, David Thornton, Katie Broad
 
Directed by Lee Deal
Assistant Director: Gayl  Alexander
Musical Director:  Becky Waters
Costumes: Gay Broad
Lights: Kevin Hagood
Sound: Rodney Pruitt

November 26, 27, December 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 @ 8 PM

November 28 & December 12 @ 2:30 PM  

All Seats $18.00

Holiday Special, see Smoke on the Mountain Part 2: Sanders' Family Christmas (upstairs) & Dorothy and Christmas in Oz (downstairs) for $24.  Reservations required for each show in advance! 

Sanders Family Christmas is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Alpha Stage:  December 2004  World Premier!


Written by Robert Riddle Baker, Directed by Lezlie Lanza Assisted by Chris Bowser.

Cassandra Bowser, Ronda Lewallen,  Travis Roddy, David Eisele, Emily Lynn, Christopher Roden and Molly Lynn

Featuring Harry Delugach as the Wizard and Karen Lynn as the Witch!

A comedy for all of the family! Little Dorothy is unhappy so she runs away to Oz only to find it has been Winter since she departed with the ruby red slippers! Lion, Tin Man & Scarecrow have been imprisoned as have Glenda and The Wizard! Things heat up when the witch goes for the shoes but Little Dorothy has other ideas.  This is a world premier production. Directed by Lezlie Lanza. Costumes by Gay Broad, Bob Baker, Gary Lee Knight. Technical Direction by Lynn Broad, Set Design & Dressing by Bob Baker

December  3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 @ 7 PM,  December 5, 12 @ 5 PM  All Seats $8.00

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October, 2004

 Sordid Lives  

by Del Shores

Lee Deal as Brother Boy in Sordid Lives....

Coming in October 2004

Fasten your seat belts, its gonna be a bumpy ride!

Sordid Lives - a tragic tale of loss, love and white trash etiquette.  Sissy is trying to quick smoking, mamma has just died an accidental death at a local cheap motel and Brother Boy has been locked up in the mental institution because he thinks he's Tammy Wynette. 

And you thought you had problems. 

 

By the famous playwright Del Shores, who also wrote Daddy's Dying, Who's Got The Will, comes this laugh a minute farce of twisted lives, death, tears, infidelity, nymphomania and other comic events. Featuring:  Karen Lynn, Robbie Shafer, Lee Deal, Gary Lee Knight, Jerry Puckett, Terri King, Lezlie Lanza, Sharon Ryan, Mark Moorehead, Kevin Hagood, Teresa MacDonald and introducing Dean Eason as Ty.  Meet the cast by clicking here!

October 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 @ 8 PM - Sunday October 24 @ 2:30 PM - All seats $14.00 - Reservations Suggested 

WARNING:  Contains offensive language, not recommended for anyone suffering from homophobia or anyone under the age of consent.

Special Partner Dinner Theater October 29 & 30 @ 7 PM (arrive on time please!).  Show with dinner $35.00  Catered by Wild Rose Cafe' 

Sordid Lives is presented by special arrangements with Samuel French, Inc.



 

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THE BOYS IN THE BAND
by Mart Crowley

STARRED:
Michael Haney as Michael
Clay Heddon as Donald
Tommy Howell as Emory
David McConnell as Larry
Doug Deason as Hank
Tony Jordan as Bernard
Scott Derrick as Cowboy
Johnny West as Harold
George Kobler as Alan

Directed by Gary Lee Knight
Assisted by Bob Baker

This show ran:
August 15, 16 and 17 at 8 PM
August 18 at 2:30 PM
August 22, 23 and 24 at 8 PM
 



 
Directed by Gary Lee Knight. Assisted by Bob Baker. Set Design by Bob Baker and Gary Lee Knight. Set Dressing by Gary Lee Knight and Bob Baker. Technical Direction by Gary Lee Knight. Props by Tommy Howell and Bob Baker. Program by Kathy Albers. Lights and Sound by Kevin Hagood, Brian Wilson and Loren Bacon. Sound Effects by Brian Wilson. Publicity by Kathy Albers, Bob Baker, Dale Worley and Criss Ashwell. 
 
Tommy Howell was nominated for a Wings Award for best supporting actor.

 

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Steel Magnolias

Directed by Lee Deal
Assisted by Dale Worley

Starring:
Michelle Allen as Truvy
Samantha Hathorn as Shelby
Susan Kenyon as Annelle
Sharon Ryan as Clairee
Robbie Shafer as Ouiser
Linda Wood as M'Lynn


 
Stage Manager: Becky Boggs
Sound & Lights: Kevin Hagood
Steel Magnolias ran in the spring of 2002 and was so popular that it was brought back for another run in July of the same year!

 

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MILL STORIES - THE MUSICAL

Mill Stories originally ran in June 2002

Written and produced by Robert Riddle Baker
Directed by Gary Knight and assisted by Dale Worley
Music score and musical direction by Jeff Robertson


 
 
Starring
Gary Knight as Kendall Morgan
Charelle Causey as Naomi
Rob Olmstead as Dr. Brooks
Dale Worley as Donnie
Lezlie Lanza as Mrs. Mallard
Cydney Thomson as Geraldine
Anthony Lee Hicklen as Ed

Featuring
Craig Reinhart
Henry Thomson 

June 20, 21, and 22 at 8 PM
June 23 at 2:30 PM
June 27, 28 and 29 at 8 PM
 

 

MILL STORIES WAS PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:

Publix Supermarkets Charities, Inc.
















 

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was directed by Gary Knight and Craig Reinhart

and starred Jon Noles as George Bailey
and Craig Reinhart as Clarence the Angel

Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings...

This show ran from November 23 - December 9, 2001.
Every show was a sell-out.


 

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THE TEMPEST

was presented on
October 25, 26, 27, 28
and November 1, 2, 3

and starred:
Jessica Zeller
Rob Olmstead
Gary Braden
Jeff Robertson

and featured:
Mark Parker, Loren Bacon, Damon Hawk, Josh Olive, Doug Deason, Karl Sackett, Heather Bond, Ivy Gervais, Rhiannon Bacon.
Read a review here
Shakespeare's thrilling masterpiece, adapted by Sandi Robertson for our stage production. Directed by Bob Baker, assistant director Sandi Robertson. Assistant to the directors, Heather Bond. Production designed by Bob Baker. Costumes by Carol Morris, Bob Baker, Judy McClay, Theatre Huntsville, Ars Nova School of the Arts. Lighting design by Chris Lighthall and Bob Baker, sound design by Brian Wilson and Bob Baker, executed by Daniel Weldon. Set design by Bob Baker, tech directors Gary Lee Knight and Bob Baker. Production concepts compliments of Ann Armentrout.
 
Heather Bond received a Supporting Actor Wings Award.
Bob Baker & Daniel Weldon received a Wings Award for best set design.


 

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by Terrence McNally

Directed by Bob Baker
Assisted by David Giambrone

"Ho dato tutto a te: I gave everything for you..."

Renaissance Theatre placed third out of ten in the Southeastern Theatre Conference with their production of Master Class in March of 2001. CLICK HERE to read all about the trip, and the exciting meeting with Edward Albee!!!!

 

MASTER CLASS starred Natalie Rushing as Maria Callas
and featured David Michael Giambrone, Susan Kenyon, Barry Petty, and Johnny Clements

Natalie Rushing received a Wings Award for best actress for her performance.


September 2004

HAVING OUR SAY, THE DELANEY SISTERS'

FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS

BY EMILY MANN


Born in 1889 and 1891 respectively, real-life sisters "Queen Bessie" and "Sweet Sadie" Delaney, daughters of a black Episcopal minister, experienced the Jim Crow era in the post-Civil War South, Harlem's Golden Age, and the Civil Rights Movement first-hand. In this stage adaptation of their poignant and personal best-selling memoirs from 1993, the plain-spoken sisters share with us their honesty and humor in a history lesson for the heart. Directed by Gary Lee Knight and featuring Sherri Smith and Jennifer Simmons as the incredible sisters.                       

                                 

Torch Song Trilogy
ACTS, the Alabama Conference of Theatre and Speech, holds a  state competition for community theaters. Renaissance Theatre competed against Madison Children’s Theatre.  For the THIRD consecutive year, Renaissance will represent the State of Alabama.

Harvey Fierstein’s Widows and Children First, the third play of the Torch Song Trilogy, was chosen to proceed to the American Association of Community Theaters Region 10 competition held at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. A monetary award of $800.00 was given to Renaissance Theatre in congratulations.

In 2000, Renaissance Theatre represented the state with the wildly popular production ofHoly Ghosts by Romulus Linney. The comedy/drama about the off-beat members of a snake handling church won the community theatre competition’s Best Production, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress among other commendations for acting and direction. 

Above:  Robbie Shafer as Ma

In 2001, Renaissance’s production of Master Class by Terrence McNally proceeded to the Southeastern Conference, and once again Renaissance Theatre performed well to place third overall at the conference and receive a Best Actress nomination for Natalie Rushing and her performance of Maria Callas.

Widows and Children First will compete against ten other productions in the largest region in the United States. Productions will be adjudicated based on the overall production quality, choice of material and the modification of the material for the allotted time limit. The acting, direction and technical aspects of the production will be scrutinized and critiqued.

The Southeastern Theatre Conference will be held March 6-10, 2002 in Mobile, Alabama. ACTS joins Huntsville and arts organizations throughout the state in wishing Renaissance Theatre the best of luck!

Widows and Children Firstwill be produced February 28, March 1, 2, @ 8 PM and March 3 @ 2:30 PM at the theater located at 1216B Meridian Street to raise necessary funds to send the show to Mobile. Please call 536-3117 for further information on the tickets and to make a tax deductible donation for this purpose.


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Perky’s Crown of Beauty, Tanning & Karaoke Salon and the Beaverbrook Community Theater Presents:  Another Christmas Carol (Rated PG12 or 13?)

By Robert Riddle Baker

Somewhere in North Alabama, early one recent December......

Those Beaverbrook actors are up to raising more money for their financially strapped little theater, after the disastrous robbery and loss of all their fund raising money just after their startling production of Romeo and Juliet closed......and with the holidays approaching, what better vehicle than to do what almost every community theater always does at the yuletide season to make a fast buck; a complete production of Dickens's A Christmas Carol...but this won't be like any that you may have ever sat through or for that matter enjoyed. 

After strenuous auditions and rehearsals, Maxine has been cast in the role of Scrooge.  Mamma Gert (her mind has gone to that special place, again) is Mrs. Cratchet, Bobo has gone to Nashville and his identical twin sister Barbara pops in to take on the role of Christmas Past-Present. A big role for a big lady!  In Bobo's absence, Big Bobby is taking on the role of Mr. Cratchet.  There will be carolers, street urchins and those terrible rag pickers.  Charlie Sumpter (still running for mayor and kissing everything he can to do it) will be Marley.  Wilda Jean (still getting a divorce from that worthless woman chasing husband) and her new baby Ethan Alan will also appear...........

More fun than a table full of line dancing turkeys and suitable for ALMOST the whole family!  (PG12 or 13)

Featuring:  Karen Lynn, John Harris, Percy Littleton, Patty James, Tanya Miller, Jackie Mason, Daniel Yearta, Tina Parker, Cheri Furno, Emily Furno, Daniel James, Christine James, Wayne Miller, Kathy Tichow, Wayne Miller, Michael Tichow plus a rare and unusual appearance by the playwrite Bob Baker.  Music by Joni Boulet, costumes by Gay Broad and Bob Baker, directed by Bob Baker.

A North Alabama Premier!  Opens Thanksgiving Weekend November 27, 28, @ 7:30 PM, November 29 @ 2:30 PM, December 5, @ 7:30 PM, December 6 @ 2:30 PM, December 10, 11, 12 @ 7:30 PM, December 13 @ 2:30 PM.  All seats $12.00, Matinees only $10.00  536-3117 to book your Christmas party early!

Catch the real version of A Christmas Carol by Fantasy Playhouse, for ticket information:  www.letthemagicbegin.org
 


Sanders Family Christmas

by  Connie Ray & Alan Bailey

(Photo from a previous production) Winner of the 2010 Wings Award for Best Show With Music!  Contrats everyone!

Get that old time Holiday Spirit when you join us for Renaissance Theatre's rollicking production at the old Baptist Church at the Burritt on the Mountain Museum.  Brand new production, with several new cast members.  Directed by Carol Puckett.  The show opens Wednesday Dec 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, with 2 shows on 19th @ 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM and 2 shows on 20Th @ 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM.  All seats $20.00. 

Evening shows are at 7:30PM and matinees are at 2:30PM.  All proceeds after expenses benefit the Burritt Museum and the Renaissance Theatre, call 536-2882 for ticket information.  This show always sells out, call and order your tickets today!


THE EIGHT

Reindeer Monologues

by Jeff Goode

Coming to the AlphaStage, downstairs this December.  Fasten your safety belts, Santa's sleigh is in for a rough landing as a small herd of disgruntled sleigh pullers expose Santa for what he may truly be.  For mature audiences!  Directed by Gina White

December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 8PM, 2009 Downstairs

All seats $12.00

 
 
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256-536-3117 11AM until 5PM Tuesday Through Saturday
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2010 Season

The Fantasticks

Directed by Gary Knight

All Seats $20....Dinner on the 13Th is $36.00 per person.

El Gallo.......Darin Windham
Luisa...........Cherie Evans
Matt............Sam Neely
Hucklebee and Bellomy ...Jim Zielinski and Craig Reinhart
Henry..........Ron Harris
Mortimer......Robbie Shafer

The Mute......Daniel Yearta

 
The dates and times of the shows are as follows (call to make sure of dates & times):
 
Show is downstairs on AlphaStage
Dates and Performances are as follows:
 
Friday        Feb. 12th    8:00pm
Saturday    Feb 13th     2:30pm (Matinee)
Saturday    Feb 13th     8:00pm (Dinner starts at 6:30PM show at 8PM)
Sunday      Feb 14th     2:30pm
Thursday    Feb 18th     8:00pm
Friday        Feb 19th     8:00pm
Saturday    Feb 20th     2:30pm (Matinee)
Saturday    Feb 20th     8:00pm
Sunday      Feb 21st     2:30pm

A musical fantasy and one of Broadways longest running shows ever! 

But it is not to old-time Italian stagecraft alone that the show pays homage.  As with its Gallic source material, the story is a light parody of Romeo and Juliet, with lashings of the Bard evinced through its verse, prose, soliloquies, and dramatic couplets.  The ingredients are simple:  a boy (Sam Neely), a girl (Cherie Evans), two fathers (Jim Zieliński and Craig Reinhart), and a wall…its stage, a basic platform, its scenery, a tattered cardboard moon.  As a sort of reflection of Our Town, a narrator (Darrin Windham) spins the simple tale, aided by an onstage property man (Daniel Yearta) who, giving a nod to the muse of oriental theatre is, for all purposes, “invisible.”  An old actor (Ron Harris) and his sidekick (Robbie Shafer) echo the rude mechanicals ofA Midsummer Night’s Dream, assisting in a plot to bring the two ostensibly feuding families together via “betrothal by proxy.”

 Great musical and visual moments abound!  Directed by Gary Lee Knight.  Limited seating, especially for the Valentines Dinner Theatre!  Call now!  256-536-3117


Always...Patsy Cline, presented by Renaissance Theatre at the Burritt on the Mountain Museum and also at the theater at 1216 Meridian Street.

February 5,6,11,12,13 @ 7:30PM Feb 7,14 @ 2:30PM Old Church at the Burritt. Call 256-536-2882 for Tickets, All Seats $20.00

February 19,20,25,26,27 @ 8PM Feb 21,27 @ 2PM at the Renaissance Theatre, 256-536-3117 for tickets, All Seats $20.00

A whole month of honky tonk singing, featuring Criss Ashwell as Patsy and Karen Lynn as Louise Seger, her long time friend.  Accompanied by the Bodacious Bobcats lead by Mark Tortenson (Holding the big bass in the photo.

Written and originally directed by Ted Swindley,ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE is the story of the country music legend as told through the eyes of a Houston housewife, Louise Segar, who got to know Patsy during her short but amazing career. 

 The show features Patsy's famous tunes such as I Fall To Pieces, Walkin' After Midnight and Crazy. Patsy Cline is considered by many to be the first female country/pop cross-over artist. Her songs often hitting the top of both charts. Her career was unsteady, her life was filled with tragedy.

She was killed in a 1963 private plane crash along with other famous country musicians. They were returning to Nashville after a benefit concert in memory of a popular country music DJ who had been killed earlier in the year.  She is remembered for her booming voice and charming performance style. Patsy Cline's fans are still considerable in number. Newly recorded versions of her famous songs made fresh by today's top country singers keep her memory alive..

Joan of Arc an original work by Robert Riddle Baker, based on the historical documents and court records of her rise to power and her being condemned to death by her enemies who used her and then wanted her out of the way.

Eve, a modern day expert on Joan of Arc interacts with the dramatic life and trial of Joan...........

.........April 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, @ 8PM, April  11,18 @ 2:30PM, 2010 
Featuring Molly Lynn as Joan, Gary Lee Knight, Tanja Miller, Stephanie Hyatt, Patrick Billingsley, Jason Summer, Mariah Jones, Wayne Miller......more to come!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truvy.........Criss Ashwell
MyLynn.....Karen Lynn
Ouiser.......Tina Parker
Clarie........Cam Scales/Karen Logan
Annelle.....Joanna Broad White
Shelby......Cherie Evans  
Directed by Tony Argo 

May 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21 @ 8PM, Matinees May 9, 16 @ 2:30 PM


 

 

 

Wedding Belles by Ronnie Claire Edwards and Alan Bailey (Mr. Bailey was the co-writer of Sanders Family Christmas, Smoke on the Mountain and Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming) Set in 1942, Wedding Belles  tells the heart-warming   story  of a young girl  who shows up on the bus  in Eufala Springs, Texas, to meet her soldier fiancée.  They plan to ride the bus together to Galveston and get married before he ships out. Their wedding plans and their lives  are changed by four local ladies who take the couple in tow and plan an unforgettable wedding. June 18, 19, 20, 24, 25. 26, 2010.  Evening shows 8 PM, matinees on June 20 & 27 @ 2:30PM.

Wings Award for Best Set Design & Best Lighting, 2009-10

 

 

 


2010 Season Final Show


Cabaret is SOLD OUT THERE ARE NO TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ANY SHOWS.WE ARE TALKING TO THE CAST ABOUT ADDING A FEW MORE SHOWS BUT SCHEDULES MAY NOT PERMIT!  THANK YOU HUNTSVILLE!

Cabaret - The Musical! July 30-Aug 7, 2010

Set in 1931 Berlin as the Nazis are rising to power, it focuses on nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Club and revolves around the 19-year-old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.

A sub-plot involves the doomed romance between a German boarding house owner Fräulein Schneider and her elderly suitor Herr Schultz, a Jewish fruit vendor. Overseeing the action is the Emcee, who presides as master of ceremonies at the Kit Kat Club and serves as a constant metaphor for the current state of society in Weimar Germany throughout the show.  Set to be directed by Robbie Shafer.  Recommended for adults or mature individuals.

ALL SHOWS SOLD OUT! THANK YOU HUNTSVILLE!

Directorial

 Robbie Shafer (Director),

James Edward Zieliński (Assistant Director; Herr Schultz) 

Christopher-Joel Carter (Music Director) 

Marianne Cook Windham (Choreographer) 

Jessica Alexander (Choreographer/Helga) 

Daniel Yearta (Assistant to the Directors/Sailor) 

Elizabeth Scott (Stage Manager)

Costumes:  Gay Broad, Bob Baker

Set Design:  Bob Baker/Robbie Shafer

Props:  Lezlie Lanza

Cast

 Amanda Lund (Sally Bowles) 

Jay Poff (Emcee)

Jason Graham (Clifford Bradshaw) 

Deborah Fleischman (Fräulein Schneider) 

Lori McWhorter (Fräulein Kost) 

Kevin O’Brien (Ernst Ludwig)

J. Travis Edwards (Victor/Gorilla)

 Sandra Federico (Rosie)

 Kara Jean Haynes (Lola) 

Emily Lynn (Lulu)

Jason Moore (Herman/Sailor) 

Samantha Musto (Uschi)

Sam Neely (Max) 

Julie Ann Phillips (Texas) 

Barbara Pusey (Frenchie)

Michelle Seigh (Fritzi) 

Phil Schrimsher (Bobby) 

Amy Webb (Leni)

 Kit Kat Club Band 

Christopher-Joel Carter, IV, Piano/Music Director,  Curtis Barkley, Bass,  Terry Cornett, Drums


Written by Connie Ray, conceived by Alan Bailey with musical Arrangements by Mike Craver.  Directed by Lyndy Werpy

It's October, 1945, and the gospel-singing Sanders Family is back together again. The war is over and America's years of prosperity are just beginning. But there's another kind of rite of passage at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where Reverent Mervin Oglethorpe is giving his last service. He's been called to preach in Texas, and he's already bought a ten-gallon hat and is preparing to ride into the sunset with his wife June, who is eight months pregnant. The next morning, young Dennis Sanders takes over as Mount Pleasant's pastor. Join the Sanders Family as they send Mervin and June off in style, with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five toe-tapping Bluegrass Gospel favorites. First time produced in Huntsville, Alabama!  Great Seasoned Cast! 

Lucas Kiker, Kelly Lynn, Ronni Bell, Molly Lynn, John Abbott, Dominick Desta, Tanja Miller, Musical Direction by Joni Boulet, Crew: Wayne Miller.

ALL SHOWS SOLD OUT, THANK YOU HUNTSVILLE!

July 30, 31 at 7:30, August 5, 6 8 at 7:30, August 1, 7, 8 at 2:30 

By special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Season Opener 2010-2011

Two original plays by local playwright! 

Collecting things can become a real pain . . .

Friday, Sept. 10--THE AX--8 PM
Saturday, Sept. 11--THE AX--8 PM
Sunday, Sept. 12--THE AX--Matinee 2:30 PM



 

Directed by Samantha Musto and Mark Moore, Musical Direction by Newt Johnson,

ALL shows sold out including the pay what you can dress rehearsal!

December is on its way!  Incredibly, the show that people were afraid to Twitter is back by popular demand!  If you missed it last year, this may be your last chance to see this hilarious send up of the beloved A Christmas Carol!

Perky’s Crown of Beauty, Tanning & Karaoke Salon and the Beaverbrook Community Theater Presents:  Another Christmas Carol (Rated PG12 or 13?)  This original show received several Wings nominations!

By Robert Riddle Baker

Somewhere in North Alabama, early one recent December......

Those Beaverbrook actors are up to raising more money for their financially strapped little theater, after the disastrous robbery and loss of all their fund raising money just after their startling production of Romeo and Juliet closed......and with the holidays approaching, what better vehicle than to do what almost every community theater always does at the yuletide season to make a fast buck; a complete production of Dickens's A Christmas Carol...but this won't be like any that you may have ever sat through or for that matter enjoyed. 

After strenuous auditions and rehearsals, Maxine has been cast in the role of Scrooge.  Mamma Gert (her mind has gone to that special place, again) is Mrs. Cratchet, Bobo has gone to Nashville and his identical twin sister Barbara pops in to take on the role of Christmas Past-Present. A big role for a big lady!  In Bobo's absence, Big Bobby is taking on the role of Mr. Cratchet.  There will be carolers, street urchins and those terrible rag pickers.  Charlie Sumpter (still running for mayor and kissing everything he can to do it) will be Marley.  Wilda Jean (still getting a divorce from that worthless woman chasing husband) and her new baby Ethan Alan will also appear...........

Dec 1,2,3,4,9,10,11 @ 7:30PM, Dec 5 & 12 @ 2:30PM All Seats $14.00

 








Returning for a limited weekend run, Standing By Tammy Wynette!  All seats $14.00

April 1 @ 7:30PM

April 2 @ 7:30 PM

April 3 @ 2:30 PM

A brand new musical for 2011 which played to sold out crowds in February is back!  Donna Chapel tells the true story of her travels and singing with the First Lady of Country Music.  Donna's father was married to Tammy for a almost two years beginning in 1967 and Donna all of 14 years old, sang harmony with Tammy as they traveled all over the US, England and Germany.  Our audiences loved it! 

To Renaissance Theatre: Just wanted to let you know that my husband and I very much enjoyed your recent production of 'Standing by...Tammy Wynette'. We had seen your production of the Patsy Cline story a few years ago and found that to be well done. We wondered a bit how the Tammy Wynette story would be done since it was locally written but didn't have to worry as you did an excellent job. The story line flowed nicely. Erin Johnson and Charelle Hudgins did an outstanding job as Tammy Wynette/Donna Chapel respectively and the small orchestra was wonderful and added the perfect touch. All in all it was a delightful evening. Kudo's to Renaissance Theatre!
Best regards, C.T.

*Photo used in the poster is by Status Images, Decatur, Donald Hood

Featuring Erin Johnson as Tammy, Charelle Hudgins as Donna and Barry Norwood, who is also the musical director.  Written and directed by Bob Baker, assisted by Margie Cumbie.   Hair and makeup by Lynn Ambrose and Shannon Ambrose Newton.

Dinner Theatre October 29TH @ 6PM, see either Dracula or The Head That Wouldn't Stay Dead plus dinner for $36.00......reservations required, call 256.536.3117.

Dracula is a brand new work from Wayne Miller who brought you Frankenstein a few seasons ago.....lots of dark drama and an amazing cast to bring this classic to the stage............

 

The brand new musical that takes you on the twisted road of love...

The Head was written and produced by Bob Baker, directed by Samantha Musto......

 

The Making of Miss Merry Christmas Alabama!

 

For all ticket information, please call 256.536.3117 for tickets, leave message and one of our volunteers WILL call you back!

The womanless beauty pageant that strikes the heart of laughter!  Miss Merrry Christmas Alabama opens November 25 thru Dec 11, 6 contestants try to win your heart as well as the crown!
 

 

We have opening November 25............

There she is Miss Merry Christmas

........could it be you? 

Miss Merry Christmas Alabama:  The Musical! 

The pageant to end all pageants!  Opening November 25 through December 11, 2011.

All seats $18.00, Dinner theatre night December 3, Dinner and Show, $36.00  Dinner at 6PM, show 7:30PM.

Six judges will decide who will wear the crown, with a different winner possible every night.  Music and dancing to a whole different drummer, these girls are not to be believed..........





A court room drama that will have you splitting your ribs laughing as the testimony and evidence is presented to you, the audience who become the jury.  A new work by local playwright Wayne Miller, creator of The Ax, Communion, Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus and last years Dracula: Lord of the Vampires.

2010-2011 Season Offerings Renaissance Theatre, Inc.

** are to be considered for Wings

 **Standing By….Tammy Wynette written and directed by Bob Baker MainStage (New Work) watch for cities in North Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee information here.  www.standingbytammywynette.com for updates on this amazing show!

***November 20th Antique Auction @ 1:30 AlphaStage

**Wings    ***Extra Bonus Shows

2012 Season

**October - Dracula written and directed by Wayne Miller, MainStage

**October - The Head That Wouldn't Stay Dead....The Musical, written and directed by Bob Baker assisted by Samantha Musto, AlphaStage

**November 25 - through December 11, 2011 - Miss Merry Christmas Alabama:  The Musical!  Written and directed by Robert Riddle Baker.  Six lovelies all battle for the glittering tiara and to become the winner in the high camp new musical/comedy.  Who will win?  Only the specially selected panel of judges (chosen each night from the audience) know for sure!  This show will be the hottest ticket in town during the Holiday Season. Dinner theatre may be offered or corporate parties may wish to book a show!

 
 
Three couples, one room, separated by time and circumstance, Neill Simon's sparkling romantic wit at its most hilarious!  Regular shows are $14.00.  Featuring John Harris, Tanja Miller, George Kobler, Karen Lynn, Michelle Huguley and Clifton Craig.  Cameo appearance by Kevin McDougal, directed by Bob Baker .
Dog Sees God, directed by Christopher Carter.  The Peanuts gang all grown up and crazy as hell............
A troubled family finds its way, finally putting away the past and facing the future.  Directed by Barry Petty.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

















 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following was a guest show:



















 

Friday, May 10 at 7:30pm/Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm/Sunday, May 12 at 2:30pm/Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm/Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm/Saturday, May 18 at 7:30pm/Sunday, May 19 at 2:30pm.

Something's afoot as Sherlock Holmes sets up housekeeping with his new friend Dr. Watson but their comfortable existence is shattered when the inspector is called onto the scene of a horrible crime that eventually uncovers a story of dark revenge and of course, a beautiful woman in peril.  An adventure in murder and a thriller that will have you gasping as you look over your shoulder to see who might be sitting behind you.......World Premier!  Based on the first of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's masterpieces and adapted to the stage by our Artistic Director and Founder, Robert Riddle Baker.

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      Renaissance Theatre is thrilled to bring back Smoke On The Mountain! First in the series, Smoke On The Mountain introduces you to the zany Sanders Family. Filled with rollicking rowdiness, this show features 26 incredible “old-time” gospel tunes. Why go to Branson to see this hit when you can laugh right here in Huntsville? This special show will be held downstairs on the Alpha Stage.

      While on the road, the Sanders have to pull their truck out of the ditch near the pickle factory and end up paying a visit... to the local Mt. Pleasant Baptist church. Once there they begin testifying and telling their stories with poignant humor, all the while blending their voices in entertaining harmonies which have pleased audiences everywhere! Reverend Oglethorpe sure has his hands full! The most fun filled church service ever seen is about to begin!

      "Smoke on the Mountain" was conceived by Alan Bailey, written by Connie Ray, with musical arrangements by Mike Craver and is being presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

      The Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening rocks its way into Huntsville’s Renaissance Theatre for ten performances – August 2-4 and August 8-11 at 7:30pm and matinees August 3, August 10 and August 11 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 students 17 and under. Call Renaissance Theatre at (256) 536-3117; visit us on Facebook, or www.ShowClix.com. Also visit Renaissance’s webpage at www.RenaissanceTheatre.net. Spring Awakening is recommended for mature audiences only (sexual situations and explicit language).

 

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And coming in September!  Don't expect the movie, or the game, but expect one hell of a good time with this riveting Brand New Play produced and created for the stage (from the original screenplay with the blessings of the original writer) by Arecia Jones assisted by  Bob Baker.  Directed by Kevin L. Meier......as Renaissance Theatre presents . . .

September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30 (Note this starts on a Friday, but the following two weeks have Thursday performances.

AND September 15, 22, and 29 (Sunday matinees) @ 2:30PM  All seats $20.00

Murder is never a game.............Clue! 

 
Sanders Family Christmas 2013, at the Burritt on the Mountain's Old Country Church, Dec 18-22 @ 7:00pm and Dec 21 & 22 at 2:30pm.
 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

We have opening November 25............

There she is Miss Merry Christmas

........could it be you? 

Miss Merry Christmas Alabama:  The Musical! 

The pageant to end all pageants!  Opening November 25 through December 11, 2011.

All seats $18.00, Dinner theatre night December 3, Dinner and Show, $36.00  Dinner at 6PM, show 7:30PM.

Six judges will decide who will wear the crown, with a different winner possible every night.  Music and dancing to a whole different drummer, these girls are not to be believed..........

A court room drama that will have you splitting your ribs laughing as the testimony and evidence is presented to you, the audience who become the jury.  A new work by local playwright Wayne Miller, creator of The Ax, Communion, Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus and last years Dracula: Lord of the Vampires.

2010-2011 Season Offerings Renaissance Theatre, Inc.

** are to be considered for Wings

 **Standing By….Tammy Wynette written and directed by Bob Baker MainStage (New Work) watch for cities in North Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee information here.  www.standingbytammywynette.com for updates on this amazing show!

***November 20th Antique Auction @ 1:30 AlphaStage

**Wings    ***Extra Bonus Shows

2012 Season

**October - Dracula written and directed by Wayne Miller, MainStage

**October - The Head That Wouldn't Stay Dead....The Musical, written and directed by Bob Baker assisted by Samantha Musto, AlphaStage

**November 25 - through December 11, 2011 - Miss Merry Christmas Alabama:  The Musical!  Written and directed by Robert Riddle Baker.  Six lovelies all battle for the glittering tiara and to become the winner in the high camp new musical/comedy.  Who will win?  Only the specially selected panel of judges (chosen each night from the audience) know for sure!  This show will be the hottest ticket in town during the Holiday Season. Dinner theatre may be offered or corporate parties may wish to book a show!

 
 
Three couples, one room, separated by time and circumstance, Neill Simon's sparkling romantic wit at its most hilarious!  Regular shows are $14.00.  Featuring John Harris, Tanja Miller, George Kobler, Karen Lynn, Michelle Huguley and Clifton Craig.  Cameo appearance by Kevin McDougal, directed by Bob Baker .
Dog Sees God, directed by Christopher Carter.  The Peanuts gang all grown up and crazy as hell............
A troubled family finds its way, finally putting away the past and facing the future.  Directed by Barry Petty.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following was a guest show:

 

Friday, May 10 at 7:30pm/Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm/Sunday, May 12 at 2:30pm/Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm/Friday, May 17 at 7:30pm/Saturday, May 18 at 7:30pm/Sunday, May 19 at 2:30pm.

Something's afoot as Sherlock Holmes sets up housekeeping with his new friend Dr. Watson but their comfortable existence is shattered when the inspector is called onto the scene of a horrible crime that eventually uncovers a story of dark revenge and of course, a beautiful woman in peril.  An adventure in murder and a thriller that will have you gasping as you look over your shoulder to see who might be sitting behind you.......World Premier!  Based on the first of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's masterpieces and adapted to the stage by our Artistic Director and Founder, Robert Riddle Baker.

    • (www.showclix.com)
    •  
      Renaissance Theatre is thrilled to bring back Smoke On The Mountain! First in the series, Smoke On The Mountain introduces you to the zany Sanders Family. Filled with rollicking rowdiness, this show features 26 incredible “old-time” gospel tunes. Why go to Branson to see this hit when you can laugh right here in Huntsville? This special show will be held downstairs on the Alpha Stage.

      While on the road, the Sanders have to pull their truck out of the ditch near the pickle factory and end up paying a visit... to the local Mt. Pleasant Baptist church. Once there they begin testifying and telling their stories with poignant humor, all the while blending their voices in entertaining harmonies which have pleased audiences everywhere! Reverend Oglethorpe sure has his hands full! The most fun filled church service ever seen is about to begin!

      "Smoke on the Mountain" was conceived by Alan Bailey, written by Connie Ray, with musical arrangements by Mike Craver and is being presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

      The Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening rocks its way into Huntsville’s Renaissance Theatre for ten performances – August 2-4 and August 8-11 at 7:30pm and matinees August 3, August 10 and August 11 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 students 17 and under. Call Renaissance Theatre at (256) 536-3117; visit us on Facebook, or www.ShowClix.com. Also visit Renaissance’s webpage at www.RenaissanceTheatre.net. Spring Awakening is recommended for mature audiences only (sexual situations and explicit language).

 

Hit Counter

 

And coming in September!  Don't expect the movie, or the game, but expect one hell of a good time with this riveting Brand New Play produced and created for the stage (from the original screenplay with the blessings of the original writer) by Arecia Jones assisted by  Bob Baker.  Directed by Kevin L. Meier......as Renaissance Theatre presents . . .

September 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 7:30 (Note this starts on a Friday, but the following two weeks have Thursday performances.

AND September 15, 22, and 29 (Sunday matinees) @ 2:30PM  All seats $20.00

Murder is never a game.............Clue! 

 
Sanders Family Christmas 2013, at the Burritt on the Mountain's Old Country Church, Dec 18-22 @ 7:00pm and Dec 21 & 22 at 2:30pm.
 
The Sanders Family is back in Sanders Family Christmas. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 18th – 22nd.
We'll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' own, ship off to World War II. The Congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members. The play is set in a church which makes the Old Country Church perfect as the venue. For more information call256-536-2882.

The Trip to Bountiful, by Horton Foote:  Opening April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 @ 7PM and April 27 & May 4 @ 2:30PM, 1216 Meridian Street, Huntsville, Al. 35801, Upstairs on the MainStage.....All seats $16.00. 

The touching American classic, the Tony Nominated THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, TX one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective but hen-pecked son and domineering daughter-in-law. Their struggle to live together in a small one bedroom Houston, TX apartment brings out touches of comedy amid the sadness of Mrs. Watts dream of going back to Bountiful.  Once on the bus, her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith.

Says Bob Baker, the director, "Although the play is set against the indomitable spirit of running away from reality, the cast and I have found grains of humor to bring the story to life."  Mr. Baker originally directed the show for Lee Deal Productions at the Von Braun Playhouse about 20+ years ago.  The set design is by Bob and he will be greatly assisted in executing it with the very talented Sharon Griffin.

The Sanders Family is back in Sanders Family Christmas. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 18th – 22nd.
We'll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' own, ship off to World War II. The Congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members. The play is set in a church which makes the Old Country Church perfect as the venue. For more information call256-536-2882.

The Trip to Bountiful, by Horton Foote:  Opening April 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3 @ 7PM and April 27 & May 4 @ 2:30PM, 1216 Meridian Street, Huntsville, Al. 35801, Upstairs on the MainStage.....All seats $16.00. 

The touching American classic, the Tony Nominated THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her small hometown of Bountiful, TX one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective but hen-pecked son and domineering daughter-in-law. Their struggle to live together in a small one bedroom Houston, TX apartment brings out touches of comedy amid the sadness of Mrs. Watts dream of going back to Bountiful.  Once on the bus, her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith.

Says Bob Baker, the director, "Although the play is set against the indomitable spirit of running away from reality, the cast and I have found grains of humor to bring the story to life."  Mr. Baker originally directed the show for Lee Deal Productions at the Von Braun Playhouse about 20+ years ago.  The set design is by Bob and he will be greatly assisted in executing it with the very talented Sharon Griffin.