2016-2017 Schoolfest Season

CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Sept. 13 – Oct. 20, Octagon; Grades Pre-K- 8)

A “timeless tale about love, loss, friendship and courage,” Charlotte’s Web shares the story of Wilbur, a lonely little pig whose life is transformed by the efforts of Charlotte, a kind and generous spider, who teaches him about the power of belief and the true meaning of friendship.

September 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 27 28 29 30 *

October 4 5 6 7 11 12 13 14 18 19 20 *

*All performances at 9:30 am and 11:30 am with exception of the following:

September 23 at 9:30 a.m. only; September 30 at 9:30 a.m. only; October 7 at 9:30 a.m. only; October 14 at 9:30 a.m. only.



THE MOUSETRAP (Sept 20 – October 7, Festival; Grades 6-12)

Throw together a group of eccentric strangers trapped in a boarding house during a snowstorm, and murder and mayhem are sure to ensue! So goes the premise of The Mousetrap, the world’s longest running (62 years onstage in the West End) stage play by the greatest mystery writer of the 20th century, Agatha Christie. The audience will share the nerve-rattling suspense of the guests of Monkswell Manor as they try to determine who the killer is before he or she strikes again – but be prepared to keep the secret once you discover who is responsible for The Mousetrap!

September 20 21 27 28 30 *

October 4 5 6 7 *

*All performances at 10:00 a.m.



GRAVEDIGGER’S TALE (Oct. 11 – 14, Garden; Grades 4-12)

Special limited engagement! An interactive retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from the point of view of the Gravedigger, Gravedigger’s Tale comes to ASF from the Folger Theatre to celebrate the national tour of Shakespeare’s Folio on display at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in October 2016.

October 11 12 13 14 *

*All performances at 10:00 a.m.



A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Nov. 14 – Dec. 16, Festival; Grades K-12)

The River Region’s favorite holiday tradition! A heartwarming-must-see that will get you into the swing of the holiday season with Scrooge’s search for redemption and a spectacular, magical evening of ghosts, spirits, festivity and goodwill. “God bless us, every one!”

November 14 15 16 17 18 29 30 *

December 1 6 7 8 9 13 14 15 16 *

*All performances at 10:00 am.



BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE (Jan. 24 – Feb. 10; Festival; Grades 4-12)

See it before it hits Broadway! Because of Winn-Dixie, the new musical by Tony-winning Spring Awakening songwriter Duncan Sheik and Tony-nominated Legally Blonde lyricist Nell Benjamin, based on the (Newberry honor) children’s book of the same title, is all about a dog who brings new life and hope into a family.

January 24 25 26 31 *

February 1 7 8 10 *

*All performances at 10:00 a.m.

Please note that at this time, all Schoolfest performances of Because of Winn-Dixie are full. Please complete the application to be added to the wait list.

-as of 9/27/16



TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Feb. 21 – May 5, Octagon; Grades 6-12)

Proteus is in love with Julia until he gets an eyeful of his best friend’s girl, Silvia. When friends turn into rivals things quickly go comic as they clash with bandits, a bad-mannered dog, an angry father and a girl who won’t be dumped. This condensed version of Shakespeare’s first play is sure to be a big hit with all ages!

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February 21 22 23 24 28 *

March 1 2 3 *

April 27 *

May 5 *

*All performances at 9:30 am and 11:30 a.m.



SHERLOCK HOLMES (Mar. 7 – May 5, Festival; Grades 7-12)

A new adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes story by Geoffrey Sherman, this gripping tale of the world’s most famous detective features amazing twists and turns, accompanied by a healthy dose of comedy.

March 7 8 14 15 16 21 22 23 *

May 5 *

*All performances at 10:00 a.m.



THE TEMPEST (April 18 – May 14, Festival; Grades 6-12)

Producing Artistic Director Geoffrey Sherman’s final Shakespeare production at ASF, The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s last plays, crafted with themes of magic, illusion and music. Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, has been banished to a remote island. Wanting to restore his daughter to her rightful place, he conjures up a storm, an enormous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and King Alonso of Naples to the island. Prospero’s machinations reveal Antonio’s lowly nature and bring about the redemption of the king and the marriage of Miranda to the king’s son. This is a world premiere production of Kenneth Cavender’s translation, which has slightly updated some of the archaic language of the play, as part of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Play On” initiative, which is detailed here: http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-shakespeare-festival-to-modernize-shakespeares-entire-canon/

April 18 19 25 26 28 *

May 2 3 4 *

*All performances at 10:00 am.