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Our 2022 Season

 

Thank you so much for continuing to support Renaissance as the Historic Miller Center’s Theatre in Residence.  We can’t wait to see you in 2022 at Lynchburg’s longest running community theatre – Welcome to the Renaissance!

Auditions: Sunday, January 9th and
Monday, January 10th, 2022 –
Call Backs Tuesday, January 12th, 2022
Academy Warehouse Theatre – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Kiss Me, Kate will be held at
The Academy Center of Fine Arts
600 Main Street

Performances on March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 and 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Special ticket pricing for this show only:
$25 general admission, $20 seniors & students, $50 box seats

We kick off in March with a bang as we Partner in Performance with the Academy Center of the Arts to present Kiss Me, Kate directed by Jim Ackley on the historic Academy theater stage!

Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate involves the production of a musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between the show’s director, producer, and star, and his ex-wife leading lady.  A secondary romance concerns the actress playing Bianca, and her gambler boyfriend, who runs afoul of some gangsters.  After premiering in 1948, Kiss Me, Kate won the first Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949.  One of the most popular American musicals ever produced, the show has had four Broadway revivals, each proving to be as popular and successful as the original.   Auditions will be held in January so watch for more information coming soon! 

 

Auditions: Sunday, February 27th and
Monday, February 28th, 2022

Miller Center – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Performances at the Miller Center 

April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.
April 24 at 3:00 p.m.

In April we present The Tin Woman by Sean Grennan. 

Directed by Caleb Towns, this intimate, funny, and poignant play explores the power of human connection as Joy, reeling in the wake of an unexpected heart transplant, finds herself drawn to contact the donor’s family. A tempestuous meeting ensues resulting in a roller coaster of tears, laughter, and healing.  Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life. 

 

Auditions:  Monday, April 25th and
Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
Miller Center – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Performances at the Miller Center
June 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25, 2022

For our youth/adult production in June, we can’t wait to bring you the classic, Anne of Green Gables adapted by Peter DeLaurier.

When aging brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert send to an orphanage in Nova Scotia for a boy to help them on the farm, they get more than they bargain for.  Due to a mix up, they are instead left with 11-year-old Anne Shirley, whose acclimation to life in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island isn’t exactly smooth sailing. Over the course of 6 years, this romantic, hot-headed, and energetic girl wins their hearts and turns the stodgy, rural Canadian community into a bright world of “kindred spirits.”  Anne of Green Gables is sure to warm the hearts of both young and old through this charming coming-of-age tale.


Auditions:  Sunday, July 17th and
Monday, July 18th, 2022
Miller Center – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Performances at the Miller Center 
September 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23 & 24, 2022

In September we bring you It Came From Mars by Joseph Zettelmaier.

It’s October 30, 1938. The members of Farlowe’s Mystery Theatre Hour are in rehearsal for their weekly radio show when they hear an alarming announcement come over the radio – Martians have landed! The actors fly into hysterics, barricading themselves in the studio, not expecting to live to see the next day. Passions ignite, secret identities are revealed and slapstick mayhem ensues when a washed-up director, his drama queen Ex, a wanna-be war hero, a ditzy actress, and a German sound effects wiz all think they are about to annihilated by men from Mars.  You’re not going to want miss this outrageous comedy directed by Anthony Quaranta!

Auditions:  Sunday, September 11th and
Monday September 12th, 2022

Miller Center – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Performances at the Miller Center 

November 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18 & 19, 2022

In November, our final production of 2022 is entitled Step on A Crack by Suzan Zeder.

As one of the first to portray child characters as smart, strong, and complex while they work through real life challenges, this gifted playwright brilliantly captures the contemporary theatrical fantasies of a little girl named Ellie in this dramatization that has been electrifying audiences of children and adults in both professional and amateur productions.

10 year old Ellie Murphy has been living happily with her widowed father, Max, bowling, eating TV dinners and playing with junk. But now, suddenly life is different. Max has remarried, and Ellie has a stepmother. Ellie and her imaginary friends, Lana and Frizbee, launch into a fantasy world as Ellie seeks to escape real-life problems. Only by running away and discovering what it is really like to be alone does Ellie begin to come to terms with herself and her own need for a mother.  With so many children being raised by single parents and mixed families, this is a show that is both entertaining and immensely relatable for all ages.

Be sure to check out everything the Lynchburg Department of Parks & Recreation has to offer!