‘Smile’ opens at Theatre Alliance on April 13
Smile adapted from Michael Ritchie’s 1975 movie, “Smile,” a satirical portrait of a teenage beauty pageant, brings together two of the most commercially successful talents in the American musical theater. Marvin Hamlisch, the Oscar-winning composer, brought us the Broadway classics “A Chorus Line” and “They’re Playing Our Song.” Howard Ashman, the 36-year-old lyricist, book writer and director of “Smile,” wrote (with the composer Alan Menken) and directed the smash hit Off Broadway show, “Little Shop of Horrors.”
This touching musical follows both the public and behind-the-scenes goings on at the fictitious Young American Miss Pageant in Santa Rosa, California, where 16 teenage girls compete for the title.
The show focuses on two girls from very different backgrounds – Robin, a newcomer to the circuit, and Doria, her pageant-seasoned roommate who knows every trick of the trade.
The show also depicts the relationship of Brenda DiCarlo, the ambitious pageant coordinator and former Young American Miss, and Big Bob Freelander, the president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the pageant’s chief judge.
The cast is comprised of area high school students and younger.
Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 19, at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 20, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m.
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
1047 Northwest Blvd.
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On April 5 at 7:30 p.m. High Point Theatre will present On Golden Pond. For 48 years Norman and Ethel Thayer have spent summers at their vacation home on Golden Pond. This summer, the aging couple faces the sad prospect that this may well be their last year at the cottage due to Norman’s physical and neurological decline. The somber realization, and mood, gradually gives way to a brighter, more hopeful future as the elderly man experiences the healing effects of bonding with the couple’s 13-year-old grandson, who joins them for an unexpected month-long visit.
Front orchestra reserved tickets are $45, rear orchestra/ balcony reserved tickets are $40. High Point city residents get a $5 per ticket discount to this performance. Groups of 10+ also get special discount pricing. Call the box office at (336) 887-3001, 12-5 p.m., Monday-Friday for more details and to take advantage of these special offers. Room and show packages are available for this performance. Get two tickets to the show plus a double occupancy room at either the Radisson Hotel, the J.H. Adams Inn, the Wingate by Wyndham, or the Seven Oaks Bed & Breakfast.
On April 13, 15 and April 19-22 The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will be presenting Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, a celebration of songs that have become a part of our lives. Featuring show-stopping Broadway numbers from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and more from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
On April 19-22, Greensboro College will present Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon, directed by Jo Hall, at the Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building. Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s early television hit “Your Show of Shows,” with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman Max Prince.