By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish, Vice President of Marketing
Kernersville Little Theatre (KLT) is excited to announce its four-production line up and performance schedule for the 2019-2020 Season, Chasing Dreams. From family favorites to powerful drama to side splitting comedy, this is a season not to be missed!
KLT launches its first production of the season in September with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss and originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Winning is not everything—Spelling Bee runs September 13 through September 22, 2019.
KLT will continue its season in November with Treasure Island, a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of England in 1775 and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones, the sinister two-timing Israel Hands, the brassy woman pirate Anne Bonney and the hideous form of evil incarnate, Blind Pew. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. An amazing adventure awaits you—Treasure Island runs November 15 through November 24, 2019.
In February, KLT picks back up with Blithe Spirit and introduces us to fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine,
re-married but haunted by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity. Until death do us part, or so we thought—Blithe Spirit runs February 28 through March 8, 2020.
In June, KLT will wrap its 2019-2020 season with Bright Star, a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46 with flashbacks to 1923. This musical is inspired by Martin and Brickell’s Grammy-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come for You and, in turn, the folk story of the Iron Mountain Baby. A rich tapestry of emotion—Bright Star runs June 18 through June 28, 2020.
KLT’s season tickets are on sale now through October 1 and offer a considerable discount over door ticket prices. With the Season Flex Pass, each purchase includes four (4) tickets, and each ticket is good for any performance of any show. It’s your choice!
All performances will be held at the James Fitzpatrick Auditorium at Kernersville Elementary School, located at 512 West Mountain Street. Performance times vary depending on the date with evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. and afternoon matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets for each show are available for purchase online at www.KLTheatre.com, by phone at 336.993.6556 or at the door on performance dates.
Kernersville Little Theatre wishes to thank its 2019-2020 season sponsors for their support, including The Arts Council of Winston Salem and Forsyth County, the North Carolina
Arts Council, the Kernersville Foundation, River Landing at Sandy Ridge, the Town of Kernersville and Vintage Sound and Light for their support of the arts in our community.
Established in 1977, Kernersville Little Theatre is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre. Everyone is welcome! Join us today and support local arts in your community, and we look forward to seeing each one of you on opening night! For more information about the 2019-2020 season, auditions, performance dates, ticket sales or volunteering, visit www.KLTheatre.com, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for all the latest news and updates.