The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem to Present Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein
The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will present Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein opening Friday, April 13, at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. Additional performances will be held April 14-15 & 19-22. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. Tickets are $27.50, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For ticket information, please visit www.thelittletheatreofws.org or call The Little Theatre’s box office at 336-725-4001.
Some Enchanted Evening is a celebration of some of the best songs of the twentieth century, written by the greatest team of songwriters to ever collaborate, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Together they composed such well-loved shows as The Sound of Music, The King and I, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, and State Fair. Weaving songs from these and other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals together, Some Enchanted Evening creates a fun, lively and intimate journey through the golden age of musical theatre.
This will be The Little Theatre’s grand farewell to the Arts Council Theatre stage, since the building has been sold and the theatre company will have to move this summer. “When we selected Some Enchanted Evening a year ago, we had no idea that this would be the last mainstage production we would do in this space,” commented The Little Theatre’s former artistic director, Edwin Martinat III, who is the production designer for the musical. “It’s making it a very special show for us – for everyone involved.” The Little Theatre has produced almost all of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals represented in Some Enchanted Evening over the past 61 years at the Arts Council Theatre, so the company sees this as an opportunity not only to celebrate the beautiful music the songwriters created, but also to acknowledge the many happy years it has spent in this location.
“It will be a love letter to the theatre,” stated Some Enchanted Evening director Mark Flora. “The music will bring back memories of wonderful Little Theatre productions performed on this stage. We’re going to make the show very fresh and optimistic, too. Our cast is incredibly talented, and we plan to have a lot of fun. It will definitely be something for the whole family to enjoy.”
Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein will be directed by Mark Flora, with music direction by Margaret Gallagher and choreography by Benji Starcher. Edwin Martinat III will design the set and Hannah Fuqua will design lighting. Alexander Wolfe will design sound, Jeannette Brown will design costumes, and Teri Bennett-Bain will manage props. Kevin Hampton will stage manage the production, assisted by Karen Robertson and Tenesia Turner. The cast is as follows:
Mary Lea Dominick – Anna
Marilyn Gaylord – Nellie
Troy Hurst – Will
Chuck King – Billy
Mary Mendenhall – Julie
BB&T is a Production Sponsor for the show. An Opening Night Reception, hosted by Compass Financial Services and Raffaldini Vineyards, will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, April 13, in the lobby.
Some Enchanted Evening runs approximately two hours, including a fifteen-minute intermission.
The Little Theatre will conclude its 83rd season in June with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which will be performed at the Hanesbrands Theatre.
The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem is the oldest performing arts organization in Winston-Salem, and has presented award-winning, affordable, professional-quality productions since 1935. In addition to main stage performances, The Little Theatre provides acting classes, summer camps, and productions for school groups. It would like to thank the Law Offices of Timothy D. Welborn and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for supporting its 2017-18 season.
For further information, please visit www.thelittletheatreofws.org or call (336) 725-4001.