Sunday, October 23, 2016

MMT's 2017 Season: A Grand Stocking Stuffer

'A Christmas Story,' one of my all-time faves
If you've started thinking about Christmas, here's a gift suggestion: Mill Mountain Theatre tickets. Next year's season of plays, readings, music and young people theatrics looks inviting at the region's premier professional theater.

The season is--as always--sprinkled with the familiar, with music and with comedy. MMT's main stage, especially, is geared toward the traditional and that philosophy is exemplified by the coming season's lineup.

Here's a list of what's coming up (and I can't wait for "A Christmas Story," the Jean Sheppard story of a boy who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB rifle ("You'll shoot your eye out!" for Christmas).

Trinkle Main Stage

April 26-May 7: “Moonlight and Magnolias” by Ron Hutchinson, a comedy about the writing of the screenplay for “Gone With the Wind”

July 26-Aug. 6: “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.,” a musical adapted from Dahl’s children’s novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” 
Oct. 4-22: “Little Shop of Horrors” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, a musical about a carnivorous plant from outer space

December 6-23: “A Christmas Story” by Philip Grecian

Waldron Fringe Series

Feb. 24-25: “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall, staged reading about civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s final days

June 22-July 1: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a musical that invites audience participation, performed by Mill Mountain’s summer apprentices

Sept. 8-9: “The Little Lion” by Irene Ziegler, staged reading of a play based on a novel about the Holocaust

Mill Mountain Music Series

March 17-18: “Acoustic Legends” 
June 2-3: “One Hit Wonders” 
Aug. 18-19: “Best of Broadway: The Songs of the 2000s”

Young Audiences Series

March 25-April 1: “The Velveteen Rabbit”
June 3-July 1: “The Jungle Book”
Oct. 21-28: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

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