2017-2018 Schoolfest Season

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

October: 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 31
November: 1, 2, 3
All performances begin at 10:00am
Octagon Theatre

“In memory, everything seems to happen to music.”  At the behest of his mother Amanda, Tom brings home a gentleman caller for his painfully shy sister, Laura. The themes of how family, the power of recollection, and our perception shape reality are as impactful today as when this Tennessee Williams masterpiece—one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century—premiered 70 years ago.

Recommended: Ages 12+ (7th grade – 12th grade)

 

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

November: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 28, 29, 30
December: 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15
All performances begin at 10:00am
Festival Theatre

A heartwarming must-see that will get you into the spirit of the holiday season with Scrooge’s search for redemption and a spectacular, magical evening of ghosts, festivity, and goodwill. Under new direction this season, there are sure to be a few extra surprises in store for all who love Alabama’s favorite holiday tradition. “God bless us, every one!”

Recommended: Ages 5+ (Kindergarten – 12th grade)

Run time: approximately 2 hours* with intermission
*This is an estimated run time that is subject to change.

The Snow Queen
by Hans Christian Andersen

January: 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
February: 1, 2
Performances begin at 9:30am and 11:30am
Octagon Theatre

The fairy tale that inspired Disney’s FROZEN and the White Witch character in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe comes to magical life on ASF’s Octagon Stage. Children will be spellbound as Gerda struggles to free her friend Kai from the clutches of an evil queen with a frozen heart. With the help of faith and loyalty, Gerda proves that love can always triumph over evil.

Recommended: Ages 5+ (Kindergarten – 7th grade)

Run time: approximately 70 minutes*, no intermission
*This is an estimated run time that is subject to change.

Fly: Inspired by the Story of the Tuskegee Airmen
by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan

January: 24, 25, 30, 31
February: 1, 6, 7, 8
All performances begin at 10:00am
Festival Theatre

“A Superior Piece of Theatrical Synergy” The New York Times.  With a focus on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, Fly tells the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen who flew over the skies of Europe and North Africa during World War II.  Fly dramatizes the historic contributions, including desegregation of the American military and the furthering of the civil rights movement, of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Recommended: Ages 11+ (6th grade – 12th grade)

**TWO PERFORMANCES ADDED — JANUARY 24 and 25**

Run time: approximately 90 minutes*, no intermission
*This is an estimated run time that is subject to change.

Much Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare

February: 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27
Performances begin at 9:30am and 11:30am
Octagon Theatre

“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, men were deceivers ever…”  The delightfully antagonistic relationship of Beatrice and Benedict is at the heart of this Shakespearean comedy. They skewer each other with witty repartee until they must join forces to save innocent young lovers threatened by a common enemy.

Recommended:  Ages 11+ (6th grade – 12th grade)

Run time: approximately 80 minutes*, no intermission
*This is an estimated run time that is subject to change.

The Miracle Worker
by William Gibson

March: 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21
All performances begin at 10:00am
Festival Theatre

“Interesting, absorbing and moving.” —The New York Post. This classic is based on the true story of Anne Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, who grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Trapped in a world of her own, Helen is unable to communicate. Anne realizes there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark silence, and her success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word: “water.”

Recommended: Ages 9+ (4th grade – 12th grade)

Run time: approximately 1 hour 45 minutes* with intermission
*This is an estimated run time that is subject to change.

Bear Country
by Michael Vigilant

March: 8, 13, 14, 21, 22
All performances begin at 10:00am
Octagon Theatre

Bear Country feels like a winning game in a championship season”  —Tuscaloosa News.  The Southern Writers’ Project world premiere production of Bear Country returns to the ASF stage for a limited run to commemorate Alabama 200’s 2018 theme: “Honoring Our People.”  Meet the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant as he reminisces about the career that turned him into an icon, and dispenses his particular brand of life-coaching that made him a champion to his players on and off the field.

Recommended: Ages 11+ (6th grade – 12th grade)

Run time: approximately 1 hour 50 minutes* with intermission
*This is an estimated run time that is subject to change.

Twelfth Night 
by William Shakespeare

April: 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
May: 1, 2, 3, 4
All performances begin at 10:00am
Festival Theatre

If music be the food of love, play on!” so the love-struck Duke Orsino moons over the lady Olivia, who is in turn struck with love for a handsome youth – though little does she know her “youth” is actually a disguised Lady Viola, who is in love with Orsino. Mistaken identities abound in this rambunctious romp, which is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

Recommended: Ages 12+ (7th grade – 12th grade)

Run time: approximately 2 hours* with intermission
*This is an estimated run time that is subject to change.

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