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Our 2023 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!

Performances at the Miller Center
February 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25,  2023

In February our first production is

Death by Chocolate by Paul Freed

This “Who dun it” will keep you guessing!  When members of the newly renovated  Meadowbrook Health Resort start dropping like flies on the eve of the grand re-opening, it is not the best advertisement.  The clues point to a sinister box of chocolates and the suspects include all the outlandish characters working for the resort. The delightfully sarcastic and cynical hotel manager finds himself teaming up with a mystery writer and amateur sleuth in a wacky race against time to find the cause and the murderer.

Performances at the Miller Center 

April 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 28 & 29, 2023

In April we present

Smoke on the Mountain

Our spring musical tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of a Saturday night gospel sing at a country church in the Smoky Mountains in 1938.  The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played by the Sanders family, a traveling group attempting to make their return to performing after a five year hiatus.  Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true – and hilariously imperfect – natures. By the evening’s end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.

Performances at the Miller Center 

June 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23 & 24, 2023

In June we present

Revenge of the Fairy Queen by Dwayne Yancey

For our June youth/adult production this year, Renaissance is proud to present the premier of local playwright Dwayne Yancey’s Revenge of The Fairy Queen!  In this imaginative and hilarious unauthorized sequel to Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titania realizes that Oberon has duped her into falling in love with a mortal transformed into an ass. Furious, she plots revenge to be carried out on Midwinter’s Day. However, her plot goes awry in a very big way as complications and adventures ensue.

Performances at the Miller Center 

September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22 &23, 2023

We can’t wait for September and our fall musical

Once Upon a Mattress

Winnefred the Woebegone is just a simple swamp princess looking to win the heart of Prince Dauntless.  But can she pass the impossible test Queen Aggravain has in store for her?  Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the classic tale The Princess and the Pea provides some side-splitting shenanigans. For after all, a princess is a delicate thing.

Performances at the Miller Center
November 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17 & 18, 2023

In November we bring you

The Games Afoot by Ken Ludwig

It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this funny, quirky, and thrilling whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

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