Hendersonville Theatre announced its 2023 season, which centers around two crowd-pleasing musicals, one original production written by an area playwright, 3 plays, and 3 reader’s theatre productions.
“Hendersonville Theatre will continue to inspire and empower artists and audiences with theatrical productions that range from classics to new works.” said Victoria Lamberth, HT’s Artistic Director. “We will also support the next generation of theatre artists by providing arts education that promotes life-long learning to our diverse community.”
“We plan to kick off 2023 with our first concert in our new Hometown Sound Music Series,” added Lamberth. “We are proud to bring Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues to Hendersonville, and plan to host concerts featuring local and regional musicians each month.”
Blues legend Mac Arnold has played with James Brown, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton, B. B. King, The Temptations and Big Mama Thornton. Mac now resides in Pelzer, SC, and is serving up a mess of Blues with his own band, “Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues”. The band consists of Austin Brashier on guitar and vocals, Max Hightower on harmonica and vocals, Rick Latham on drums, Mike Frost on bass, and Mac Arnold on vocals and Gas Can Guitars. Tickets are $25 and are on sale at HVLtheatre.org or by calling 828-692-1082.
Our 2023 season subscriptions for the 6 full productions run $96 to $144 and are on sale through January 31. For patrons who would like to save without attending every show, flex passes allow patrons to purchase and use 6 tickets for any of the regular season shows (does not include special events or reader’s theatre productions) in a way that fits with their schedule. Flex passes run $120 and are on sale through July 23.
“With many people’s busy schedule, our flex passes are very popular,” said Kathleen Henby, HT’s Executive Director. “It allows patrons to save on ticket prices, and choose to use their 6 tickets all at once, across a few shows, or over the entire season.”
Season subscriptions, flex passes, single tickets, and gift certificates are available online at www.hvltheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (828) 692-1082.
Area businesses and individuals are also invited to sponsor upcoming Hendersonville Theatre productions. Sponsorship includes opportunities for logo exposure, client entertainment, employee engagement, access to new customers and an opportunity to display civic leadership in the community. Businesses can sponsor a show or the entire season, or provide an in-kind donation for advertising or sponsorship. Sponsorships start at $25.
The 2023 Season includes the following shows:
Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth, February 10-19: Tim Firth’s hilarious play is based on the true story of eleven middle-aged women who famously posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund in 1999. When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They persuade four friends and fellow members of the Women’s Institute to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, assisted by hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. News of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in Yorkshire, England. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Directed by Brandi Andrade, Calendar Girls runs approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes and is rated mature due to adult situations, humor, and language. Calendar Girls is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. (www.concordtheatricals.com).
Original Work: Trillium, an Appalachian Drama by Karen Ruetz, March 31-April 2: Written by emerging playwright Karen Ruetz from Georgia, Trillium is a tale of magic, love, jealousy and revenge set in the Appalachian Mountains. Granny always warned Maeve not to interfere with love, but when Sarah, an old friend, comes to her for a love potion, Maeve reluctantly agrees to help her. Hoping to heal past wounds of a broken friendship, Maeve unknowingly opens Pandora’s box, releasing unfortunate events that will change her life. Directed by Lois Hade, Trillium runs approximately 90 minutes and is rated PG due to adult situations and mild language.
Savannah Sipping Society by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten, May 5-14: In this delightful comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. Directed by Beth Norris, Savannah Sipping Society runs approximately 2 hours and is rated PG due to mild adult themes.
Rock of Ages, book by Chris D’Arienzo, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp, July 7-23, 2023: This five-time Tony Award-nominated musical tells the story of a small-town girl, a city boy, and a rock ‘n’ roll romance on the Sunset Strip. But when the bar where rock reigns supreme is set to be demolished, it’s up to these wannabe rockers and their band of friends to save the day – and the music. Rock of Ages takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This jukebox musical features all of your favorite ‘80s rock anthems and power ballads from bands including Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and more. Directed by Victoria Lamberth, Rock of Ages runs approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes and is rated PG-13 due to adult content, alcohol use, and language. Rock of Ages is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals (www.concordtheatricals.com).
The Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, book by Mel Brooks, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, October 13-29: It’s alive! The electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Dr. Frankenstein aims to fulfill his grandfather’s legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment. Directed by Elizabeth DeVault, Young Frankenstein runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes and is rated PG-13 due to adult humor and content. Young Frankenstein is presented through a special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (www.mtishows.com).
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) by Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez, December 8-17: Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told – plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. Part vaudeville and part Complete Works of William Shakespeare…Abridged, Every Christmas Story Ever Told is a fast, furious, and slightly irreverent look at holiday traditions. Santa Claus, Rudolph, the Grinch, and just about every other seasonal character, make an appearance in this racy comedy that will have you laughing all the way to the New Year! Directed by Jonathan Forrester, Every Christmas Story Ever Told runs approximately 2 hours and is rated PG due to mild language and the truth about Santa. Every Christmas Story Ever Told is produced by a special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com).
The 2023 Reader’s Theatre productions are not included in season subscriptions and flex passes, but offer a great entertainment value at $15 per ticket. In reader’s theater, actors don’t memorize scripts but read them to the audience while using their voices and upper bodies to convey the roles they are playing. The Reader’s Theatre shows are:
The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People by Oscar Wilde, March 4: The most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies, The Importance of Being Earnest is the story of two bachelors, John “Jack” Worthing and Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage. Directed by John Baldwin, The Importance of Being Earnest runs approximately 2 hours and is rated PG due to mild adult situations.
Original Work: Where the Heart Is by Stephen Marsh, June 3: Written by Brevard playwright Stephen Marsh, Where the Heart Is tells the story of Maria Shaughnessy, who runs an unofficial boarding house that’s home to several elders. All goes well until… Directed by Rowan Duncan, Where the Heart Is runs approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes and is rated PG for mild language.
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, November 4: Written in 1879 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House is about a housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her condescending husband. The play raises universal issues and questions that are applicable to societies worldwide, including gender inequality, materialism, and corruption. Directed by Patricia Sands, A Doll’s House runs approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and is rated G.
Since 1966, Hendersonville Theatre has provided an inviting and nurturing environment for live theatre, as well as high-quality, affordable entertainment for the residents of Hendersonville and surrounding areas. Hendersonville Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking behind and in front of the theater. Hendersonville Theater has made masks optional for patrons, and no proof of vaccination is required to attend a performance.
Hendersonville Theatre is located at 229 South Washington Street. For tickets or more information contact us at 828-692-1082 or online at HVLTheatre.org.