The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem to Present Das Barbecü June 22-23 & 27-30
The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will present the musical comedy, Das Barbecü, opening Friday, June 21, at the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce Street in Winston-Salem. Additional performances will be held June 22-23 & 27-30. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm; an additional matinee will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for students; discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online and the box office is open for phone sales Wednesday through Friday from 12–4 pm. Call (336) 725-4001 for tickets or purchase them online at www.LTofWS.org.
Das Barbecü takes audiences on a hilarious, fast-paced ride when it reimagines Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the pinnacle of grand opera – complete with Norse mythology, a magical ring of gold and a brief ride with the Valkyries – deep into the heart of Texas. Five actors play thirty zany characters alongside a live band that performs songs ranging from Broadway to swing to country & western. Originally commissioned by the Seattle Opera, this witty musical by Scott Warrender and Jim Luigs follows two feuding families through a water ballet, a double shotgun wedding, a song and dance tribute to the joys of guacamole, and the sweetest two-step ever to slide across the stage. The names may sound familiar, but a Texas twist will delight young and old alike in this wild musical comedy!
Das Barbecü will be directed and choreographed by Lane Fields, with music direction by Dan Dodson. Sam Barnes will design the set, with lighting design by Shawn Hooper and sound design by Jenny Viars. Tara Raczenski will design costumes, with wig design by Thao Nguyen. Katie Jo Icenhower will serve as props master. Kevin Hampton will stage manage the production, assisted by Lisa Brennan and Jacob Greene.
The cast is as follows:
Linda Shillito – Actor 1
Peggie Dull – Actor 2
Sarah Jenkins – Actor 3
Trevor Ketterling – Actor 4
Dave Wils – Actor 5
Chloe Adam – Understudy
Butler + Burke CPA will sponsor the run of Das Barbecü.
An Opening Night Reception will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, June 21, in the lobby. Das Barbecu runs approximately two hours, plus one fifteen-minute intermission. Please note that strobe light and haze will be used briefly during each performance.
The Little Theatre will hold a barbecue fundraiser, “The Das Barbecü Pit Master Challenge,” in front of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 22, from 4-7 pm. Barbecue Masters David Barksdale and John Young will provide barbecued meats and Bib’s Downtown will provide sides. For $20, diners will enjoy a plate with samples of the different barbecues, plus beans, coleslaw, and a drink. All proceeds will help The Little Theatre continue to bring high-quality, live theatre to Winston-Salem as it enters its 85th Season in 2019-20. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LTofWS.org or by calling (336) 725-4001. They will also be available through the Hanesbrands Theatre box office window on the day of the event. Barbecue tickets can also be shown at Sawtooth’s Arts & Craft Beer event, happening the same day, to receive a discount off of those tickets. For further information, please visit www.LTofWS.org or call (336) 725-4001.