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2018-2019 Schoolfest Season

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

September: 28 (2018)
October: 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 (2018)
Festival Stage, 70 minutes, no intermission
Recommended grades 9 through 12

Imagine a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world—all of the reasons a 7-year-old would want to live: ice cream, the color yellow, laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose. A refreshingly intimate and collaborative performance that celebrates the lengths we will go to for those we love.

 

The Sound of Music

Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp

November: 16, 27, 28, 30 (2018)
December: 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 (2018)
Festival Stage, 2 ½ hours, plus intermission 
Recommended grades 3 through 12

The beloved story of Maria, a young and spirited nun-turned-governess, and the Von Trapp family. This delightful musical will thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score.

The Gospel of Luke

December: 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 (2018)
Octagon Stage, 90 minutes, with intermission
Recommended grades 5 through 12

The Gospel of Luke is told with the passion and surprise of an eyewitness account. In a compelling ninety minutes, the tale comes alive with the urgency, passion, and humor of someone who was there.

Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963

by Christina Ham

January: 22, 24, 29, 31 (2019)
February: 5, 7, 12, 13 (2019)
Festival Stage, 1 hour, no intermission
Recommended grades 6 through 12

Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins. Four little girls who are multitalented and filled with promise share their hopes and dreams against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. Produced in collaboration with Montgomery Public Schools and Alabama State University.

Romeo and Juliet

by William Shakespeare

March: 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29 (2019)
April: 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 25 (2019)
Festival Stage, 2 hours, plus intermission
Recommended grades 7 through 12

An exciting new production of Shakespeare’s iconic love story. Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet a Capulet—“star-crossed lovers” whose families’ long-standing feud has pitted neighbor against neighbor in a mid-20th-century American town. Directed by Rick Dildine.

Our Town

by Thornton Wilder

March: 5, 11, 12, 20, 21, 22 (2019)
April: 9, 10, 24, 26 (2019)
Festival Stage, 2 hours, plus intermission
Recommended grades 6 through 12

Our Town follows young lovers Emily and George and their neighbors through a life journey that delivers universal truths about what it means to be human.

Dr. Seuss’s

The Cat in the Hat

March: 4 (2019)
April: 2, 23 (2019)
May: 1, 2, 3 (2019)
Performances at 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.
Festival Stage, 50 minutes, no intermission

Recommended Pre-K through grade 4

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears, his mischievous antics begin! With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in the Hat, the fun’s never done!

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

March: 18 (2019)
April: 8, 22, 30 (2019)
Performances at 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

Festival Stage, 75 minutes, no intermission
Recommended grades 6 through 12

One of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedies, As You Like It is a beguiling game of love, desire, and mistaken identity that revels in the pleasure of life.

 

Into the Breeches!

by George Brandt

April: 11, 16, 18, 25 (2019)
Octagon Stage, 2 hours 10 minutes, plus intermission
Recommended grades 9 through 12

Montgomery, 1942: With the local playhouse’s director and actors off at war, the director’s wife sets out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and V. A hilarious and moving comedy about the transformative power of art.

 

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