Welcome to the Family: KLT 2022-2023 Season

By Kernersville Little Theatre

Kernersville Little Theatre (KLT) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, community-focused theatre. Created in Kernersville 45 years ago, KLT welcomes our volunteers, sponsors, and audience members to our 2022-2023 season.

Many of our members say working with KLT is like being part of a large family. In honor of that, our 2022-2023 season theme is “Welcome to the Family!”

In families, they say the apple does not fall far from the tree. Our season opener is a Pulitzer Awarding Winning compelling drama that explores the notions of family and heredity and their potential to either shape or define us.

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her fathers who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit? Join KLT in September for Proof.

Families influence us in many ways–and in many ways expect loyalty–even in the most outlandish circumstances. Our second show of the season is a timeless comedy that explores how to strike a balance between loyalty and forging your own path.

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he has just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene–his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure–but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother Jonathan returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé–all while trying to keep his own sanity. Follow us for the antics in this farce November for Arsenic & Old Lace.

Families are where we learn about the importance of honesty, friendship, and standing up for what you believe in. In our Annual Bring a book to Life Production, The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.

Bring the kids and grandkids and all those kids at heart to witness how the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant in Seussical the Musical, premiering in February 2023.

In families we learn about life, love, and loss, and how seemingly happy endings can be unraveled in the blink of an eye.

Our season finale will be a musical that tells the story of a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go to the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom. Follow us Into the Woods in June 2023.

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