LMC announces Summer Theatre lineup



Article Published: Mar. 3, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011

Lees-McRae Summer Theatre announced this week that the 2011 season will return to the Hayes Auditorium stage with three shows, beginning June 27 with "I Do! I Do!" followed by "Swing! the Musical" and "The Sound of Music."

"Last summer, we decided - in order to remain fiscally responsible - to only produce one show. That show, 'Ragtime,' was a phenomenal success," said Dr. Janet Barton Speer, artistic director. "Due to that success, and to the generosity of our donors and our grants-awarding institutions, we are back on firm financial ground, and will return to our old glory of producing three shows. We are proud of the fact that we only produced what we could afford last year, but we are also proud that we maintained our commitment to quality."

"I Do! I Do!" will open the season at 7:30 p.m. on June 27. Show dates and times for "I Do! I Do!" are June 27, 29, 30 and July 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances on July 2 and 3 at 2 p.m.

Based on "The Fourposter" by Jan de Hartog, "I Do! I Do!" features lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, and follows Michael and Agnes from their wedding day through 50 years of marriage until they turn their house over to the next pair of newlyweds. This is the quintessential musical about love and marriage.

Then, beginning July 13, "Swing! the Musical" dances its way onto the Hayes Auditorium stage. Show dates and times for "Swing!" are July 13 through 16 and July 18 at 7:30 p.m. and July 16 and 17 at 2 p.m.

An original concept by Paul Kelly, this musical dance revue features timeless music by the likes of Duke Ellington, William "Count" Basie and Benny Goodman, and features the dance revolution that shattered ethnic and cultural barriers with styles like Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing and Hip-Hop Swing.

Wrapping up the season is a much-anticipated Lees-McRae Summer Theatre production of "The Sound of Music," the final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein that became one of the world's most beloved musicals. "The Sound of Music" opens at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

"Now that we are back to a full season, we are especially excited that our third show, 'The Sound of Music,' will be connected to the Banner Elk Centennial Celebration.  Indeed, 'the hills are alive with the sound of music,' and the mountains of Banner Elk are a rich place for music of all kinds," Speer said. "We happily credit the town of Banner Elk for making the third show possible, and we are proud and honored to be a part of the town's centennial celebration."

Tickets will go on sale at the box office June 16. For more information, click to http://www.lmst.lmc.edu.

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