By Hollie Stevenson-Parrish
Welcome to Kernersville Little Theatre’s 44th Season: Adapt-Ability! This year, we are trying a few new things, including venues. We are also reserving the right to zig-zag, punt, loop the loop and dosido our way through — by keeping arts opportunities alive and ensuring the safety of our patrons and volunteers — and bringing you four incredible productions! We hope you will take the adventure with us.
Community is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to support activities and events in which we can play a part. You may find us participating in events such as Music at Twilight, Downtown Halloween and the annual Christmas parade in Kernersville. We strive to give back to the community with our Memorial Scholarship and supporting the Kernersville Christmas Stocking for families in need.
We have been fortunate over the years to have the support from those within the Kernersville community and around the Triad. We continue to have volunteers who have been with us from the very beginning, creating a strong sense of family. Join us today and support local arts in your community!
The Service at Rocky Bluff: September 24, 25, and 26
A fun little jointly-produced venture with Krossroads Playhouse and Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden — The Service at Rocky Bluff with additional support from Vintage Sound & Light and Kernersville Museum — is our gift to the community and admission will be FREE. We will hold this production outdoors at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, located at 215 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Reservations will be required so we can abide by gathering restrictions in place at the time of the show. More details will be available as the dates approach.
Amy Westmond and her husband Floyd, along with his brother and father who comprise a country music group, return to Amy’s home church. They reminisce and catch up on the gossip with Marie, the church’s housekeeper, and Betty, the choir director, who inspired Amy earlier but now seems to have somewhat of an attitude. The Westmonds are told that a search committee will be there for the evening hymn-sing to try to lure the church’s beloved pastor away. With the unseen organist who communicates through charades, they form a plan — a fake pastor and fake service! Lloyd will do his comic preacher routine and Floyd will be his minister of education. The two “ministers” have an abundance of bad jokes, and there is plenty of comical choreography when they all sing. The fake service seems to be working, but when Betty brings out her puppet, Bobby Socks the Bible Book Worm, there are unexpected — and heartfelt — consequences.
Kitchen Witches: October 15, 16 and 17
In October we will be back at Paul J. Ceiner Botanical Garden, located at 215 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284, for Kitchen Witches. Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly’s long-suffering TV-producer son, Stephen, tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly’s dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel’s, it’s a losing battle, and the show becomes a ratings smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: February / March 2021
In another shift, we moved our Bring a Book to Life show to late February/March and are hoping that things may look a little more normal by that time. If not, we will be ready, because the goal of this production is not only an entertaining show, but to provide elementary school students with access to free theatre and an age-appropriate book based on the show. Kernersville Little Theatre is pleased to announce our 7th annual Bring a Book to Life production, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars.
Sherlock Holmes is missing, and the streets of London are awash with crime. Who will save the day? The Baker Street Irregulars — a gang of street kids hired by Sherlock himself to help solve cases. Now they must band together to prove not only that Sherlock is not dead but also to find the mayor’s missing daughter, untangle a murder mystery from their own past, and face the masked criminal mastermind behind it all — a bandit who just may be the brilliant evil Moriarty, the man who killed Sherlock himself! Can a group of orphans, pickpockets, inventors and artists rescue the people of London? The game is afoot!
Bright Star: June 2021
And last but not least, and hopefully in our traditional venue, in June 2021 we will get to tell the story we wanted to tell our audiences so badly this season — Bright Star. Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of North Carolina in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past — and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.
Kernersville Little Theatre’s season ticket program lets you see the season your way. Our season tickets are offered in a flex pass format and give you the opportunity to save over door ticket prices. Each Season Flex Pass purchased provides you with four (4) tickets. Each ticket is good for any of our shows and in any combination. It is your choice!
Season Tickets are $52 for adults and $45 for students/seniors (age 60 and older). Season Tickets can be purchased by phone at 336.993.6556 or by downloading and printing our 2020-2021 Season Tickets Order Form from our website and mailing it to Kernersville Little Theatre, PO Box 822, Kernersville, NC 27285. All ticket prices include North Carolina sales tax.
Gold Season Flex Pass
Kernersville Little Theatre issues a special Gold Season Flex Pass for those who purchase season tickets and provide support to us with a donation of $150 and above. The Gold Season Flex Pass provides reserved seating in the front rows of our shows and an invitation to our opening night cast party. It is YOUR support that makes it happen.
For more information about our 2020-2021 season, auditions, performance dates, tickets or volunteering, visit www.KLTheatre.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. We would like to send a special thank you to our generous season sponsors: The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Kernersville Foundation, River Landing at Sandy Ridge, the Town of Kernersville, and Vintage Sound & Light.