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Calendar Girls

February 10-19, 2023

By Tim Firth

Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

Director: Brandi Andrade

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.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Rating: Mature due to adult situations, humor, and language

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HT Hometown Sound Music Series Presents

The Tribe Jazz Orchestra 

February 25 at 7:30 pm

Hendersonville Theatre is proud to bring The Tribe Jazz Orchestra to Western North Carolina. The Tribe Jazz Orchestra is an ensemble of musicians led by vocalist Lenora Zenzalai Helm with a unique approach to the music of the big band tradition.With a diverse amalgam of the top men and women performers in Jazz today, the instrumentation features a combination of jazz orchestra and modern chamber ensemble to bring a swinging and soulful concert full of groove and excitement covering many styles.

The members of the Tribe have performed together in various configurations and have appeared in noted concert halls and international music festivals in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The musicians have each garnered an international audience of followers and critical and professional acclaim for the last few decades.

Lenora has six previous commercial recordings and has performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz leading her groups in renowned jazz festivals and venues worldwide, including Jazz Standard, NYC, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy Club Coca Cola Women’s Jazz Festival, Schomburg Center's Women in Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festivals, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Cape Town Jazzathon, South Africa, Fiji Jazz & Blues Festival, NCCU Jazz Festival, and the Art of Cool Jazz Festival, Durham, NC. Her creative practice includes being a performing musician while educating emerging artists in jazz as the Director of the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Assistant Professor of Vocal Jazz at North Carolina Central University, and being sought after internationally for workshops, clinics and master classes. She plays a leadership role in creating communities of practice for teaching artists and producing forums where music performances and edutainment events serve families in local and regional communities. A former U.S. Jazz Ambassador, and a two-time Fulbright Senior Music Specialist, she earned dozens of music and leadership-in-music awards and international accolades, including being a MacDowell Composer Fellow and the first Black woman vocal musician selected as a Chamber Music America/New Works Doris Duke Composer. Their CD release, For the Love of Big Band, launched March 9, 2020, received critical acclaim, and reached the JazzWeek Top 50 list of recordings for 2020. The next recording release will launch Spring 2023, Journeywoman, a recording of all original compositions. Learn more at www.LenoraHelm.com.

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The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People (Reader's Theatre)

March 4

By Oscar Wilde

Director: John Baldwin

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. Presented in a reader's theater format, 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.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours
Rating: PG due to mild adult situations

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HT Hometown Sound Music Series Presents

Tuatha Dea

March 18 at 7:30 pm

Hendersonville Theatre is proud to bring Tuatha Dea to Western North Carolina! Rated as one of the top 10 Celtic bands in the United States, Tuatha Dea is a progressive Americana band with a Rock edge, a Celtic-Appalachian influence and a fearless attitude for pushing the boundaries of modern roots music. Their music thrives on a perpetual energy backed by expansive vocal ranges, steady, driving percussion, electric instrumentation and the melodic sounds of acoustic instruments like fiddle, guitar, penny whistle, bagpipes and even didgeridoo.

Dubbed "The Eclectic Partridge Family In Kilts And Corsets" And "The Appalachian Fae" Tuatha Dae has appeared at The Montauk Music Festival,  Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm And Roots, Dragoncon, Comicpalooza, Anachrocon, and many highland games and celtic music festivals. 

Tuatha Dea has performed on stage with and accompanied Paul Simon, Alto Reed, and James Mckinney. The band hails from Gatlinburg, TN. Please check out Tuatha Dea's website at www.tuathadea.com. 

Tuatha Dea is an Old Irish phrase adopted from the Celtic mythology of the Tuatha de Danaan whose literary history originates in Ireland and Great Britain. The name “Tuatha Dea” literally translates into “Children of The Gods”. The band’s Celtic influence stems directly from this historical clan which lived and ruled for a period in ancient Ireland and who were later destined to become the stuff of legend and basis of Celtic mythology. Those who dwelt beneath the burrows. The Children of The Gods.

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Original Work: Trillium
An Appalachain Drama by Karen Ruetz

March 31-April 2, 2023

By: Karen Ruetz

Director: Lois Hade 

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.

Hendersonville Theatre is dedicated to the development of local playwrights, and to the production of innovative new work. Join us as we present our first production developed here in Hendersonville. This world premiere of a new play has been specifically chosen for our audience and our region.

Approximate Run Time: 90 minutes
Rating: PG due to adult situations and mild language

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Savannah Sipping Society

May 5-14, 2023

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten

Director: Beth Norris

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.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours
Rating: PG due to mild adult themes

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Murder Mystery for Hire in association with Hendersonville Theatre Present

An Improper Royal Tea Murder

May 20-21, 2023

Written and Directed by Jimmy Ferraro

The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by Her Majesty to invite You to the Palace Garden Tea...
Each summer Her Majesty hosts the Palace Garden Tea. This year an UNinvited guest has eluded Palace Security, and the arrival is causing panic! As the mystery unravels, we find the Royals worried about the intruder and the staff with something much more important on their minds! MURDER!!! The suspects are lined up...WHO DONE IT? Could it have been our beloved Queen? Her American nephew? The Queen’s Escort? The Cook? The Maid? The Housekeeper? or perhaps The Inspector, himself? YOU identify the culprit and YOU solve the crime!

Approximate Run Time: 2 hour

Rating: PG -- some material may not be suitable for children. 

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Original Work: Where the Heart Is (Reader's Theatre)

June 3

By: Stephen Marsh

Director: Bob Trisolini

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… Presented in a reader's theater format, 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. Actors also use vocal and facial expressions, as well as hand and arm movements.

Hendersonville Theatre is dedicated to the development of local playwrights, and to the production of innovative new work. Join us as we present our first reader's theatre developed here in Hendersonville. This world premiere of a new play has been specifically chosen for our audience and our region.

Approximate Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Rating: PG for mild language

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Jimmy Ferraro, in association with Hendersonville Theatre, Presents

Raunchy Little Musical  – Belle Barth is Back! 

June 9-17

Book by Joanne Koch
Music by Ilya Levinson
Lyrics by Owen Kalt

Directed by: Jimmy Ferraro

“I talk dirty in a cute way!” Belle Barth

Breaking the glass ceiling for Amy Schumer, Joan Rivers and The Marvelous Mrs. Masel, Belle Barth was the original irreverent female comic, Queen of the Borscht Belt, deflating anyone who dared take sex too seriously. Raunchy Little Musical – Belle Barth is Back! is an hilarious and heartfelt show that chronicles the launch of the 50s Queen of Crass. It is an evening with this pioneer of edgy comedy anchored by an original score by Grammy-nominated composer Ilya Levinson, with plenty of Belle’s jokes and songs that topped the charts of the “adults only” record section… the “party records” your parents played when you were sent to bed. Inspired by her Jewish comedian father, Belle, a classically trained pianist, defined the odds (and her mother’s wishes for a career at Carnegie Hall). She rose to the top of a very limited genre of performers playing to packed clubs worldwide in an era when “women ain’t comics” culminating in a sold-out appearance at Carnegie Hall..her greatest success and yet her demise.

Approximate Run Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Rating: Mature due to adult situations, humor, and language

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Rock of Ages

July 7-23, 2023

Book by Chris D’Arienzo
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ethan Popp
Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals
www.concordtheatricals.com

Director: Victoria Lamberth

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.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Rating: PG-13 due to adult content, alcohol use, and language.

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The Mel Brooks Musical
Young Frankenstein

October 13-29, 2023

Book by Mel Brooks
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Original Direction & Choreography by Susan Stroman

Presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

www.mtishows.com

Director: Elizabeth Devault

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.

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Rating: PG-13 due to adult humor and content

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A Doll's House (Reader's Theatre)

November 4

By Henrik Ibsen

Director: Patricia Sands

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. Presented in a reader's theater format, 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.

Approximate Run Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: G

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Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

December 8-17, 2023

By Michael Carleton, Jim FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
(www.playscripts.com)

Director: Jonathan Forrester

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!

Approximate Run Time: 2 hours

Rating: PG due to mild language and the truth about Santa

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2022 PRICING INFO

*NC Sales Tax is not included in ticket prices
** Tickets will incur a $3.00 service fee per ticket.

PLAY PRICING

Section A: Adults $25; Students/Military/Youth: $20
Section B: Adults $20; Students/Military/Youth: $18
Section C: All $17

MUSICAL PRICING

Section A: Adults $30; Students/Military/Youth: $25
Section B: Adults $25; Students/Military/Youth: $22
Section C: All $21.25


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