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2018-2019 Schoolfest Season

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe

October: 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 (2018)
Festival Stage, 70 minutes, no intermission
Recommended grades 9 through 12
All performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

Through equal parts humor and empathy, Every Brilliant Thing tells the story of a young man who has lived in the shadow of mental illness. In an attempt to raise his mother’s spirits, he starts a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world—all of the reasons to want to live. As he grows up and has his own experiences with love, loss, and depression, the list evolves to serve as a lifelong reminder that joy can be found even in seemingly insignificant moments.

Limited availability.

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
All performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

Please note: All SchoolFest performances for The Sound of Music are full. However, if you’d like to be placed on the waitlist, submit a reservation request.

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
All performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

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
All performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

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
All performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

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. Shakespeare’s iconic story asks the question: What happens when a community fails its young people? 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
All performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

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.

Winnie-the-Pooh

From the stories of A.A. Milne
Dramatized by le Clanché du Rand
Music by Allan J. Friedman
Lyrics by A.A. Milne and Kristin Sergel
Additional lyrics by le Clanché du Rand

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, 65 minutes, no intermission

Recommended Pre-K through grade 4

Join Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, and friends in this charming musical adaptation of A.A. Milne’s classic stories. Winnie-the-Pooh spends his days searching for honey, doing his exercises, and playing with his best friends. Adventures ensue as a new animal — a kangaroo — moves to the forest!

As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

March: 18 (2019)
April: 8, 22, 30 (2019)
Festival Stage, 75 minutes, no intermission

Recommended grades 6 through 12
Performances at 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.

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 Brant

April: 11, 16, 18, 25 (2019)
Octagon Stage, 2 hours 10 minutes, plus intermission
Recommended grades 9 through 12
All performances begin at 10:00 a.m.

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.