MAINSTAGE SEASON 2016-17

Asheville Community Theatre’s 71st Season

You may have heard the news already: big plans are in the works for Asheville Community Theatre! We’ve been around for 70 years and we’re planning on being around for at least 70 more. The first phase of this plan begins during the Spring of 2017 – when our Mainstage theatre will close in order to undergo much needed renovations. We’re talking new aisles, better acoustics, and upgrades all around!

In a nutshell, our 71st season unfolds like this:

• We open our Mainstage season with Sweeney Todd in October 2016, followed by Snowbound in December 2016
• We close the Mainstage auditorium for renovations
• We partner with UNCA to present Peter and the Starcatcher in the Carol Belk Theatre in March 2017
• We reopen the newly renovated Mainstage with The Producers in August 2017

Even more exciting – each of the shows in our 2016-17 season is new to ACT! So without further ado…

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Sweeney Todd

October 7-30, 2016

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

Directed by Jerry Crouch * Musical direction by Lenora Thom

A barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge returns to England bent on revenge — a revenge that turns indiscriminately murderous. When Sweeney Todd opens a popular new barber practice above a failing pie shop, he meets the resourceful proprietress, Mrs. Lovett, who soon becomes his accomplice when she realizes that adding a new ingredient to her meat pies have the people of London lining up. This Tony Award-winning musical features one of Sondheim’s darkest and most intricate scores.

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Snowbound

December 2-18, 2016
By Tom Godleski
Directed by Mark Jones

A mountain play with mountain music! It’s Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs. Though the weather outside is frightful, inside the depot it’s delightful as memories of Christmases past are shared. A World Premiere play with original bluegrass music played live onstage by members of Buncombe Turnpike and Sons of Ralph.

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Peter and the Starcatcher

March 30 – April 15, 2017 * A co-production with the UNC Asheville Drama Dept
A Play by Rick Elice; Music by Wayne Barker
Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Directed by Chanda Calentine
Performed at the Carol Belk Theatre on the UNC Asheville campus

This show never stops flying! Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters – including the precocious Molly and the fearsome Black Stache – Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love. It will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight!

Tickets on sale soon.


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The Producers

August 18 – September 10, 2017
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan; Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Based on the 1968 Film
Directed by Jerry Crouch

The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime For Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

Tickets on sale beginning February 2017