2017 Theatre Season
RITZ SCHOOL FOR PERFORMING ARTS
2017 STUDENT SHOWCASE: MAY 15, 2017 7 p.m.
The Ritz School for the Performing Arts will be hosting its 2017 Student Showcase at the Ritz Theatre at 7 p.m., May 15. Tickets are $5.
“I would encourage people to come see this performance because the talent is going to be mind boggling,” said Artistic Director David Hope. “I’ve spent 40 years working with high school kids and anyone who thinks they aren’t capable of turning in incredible performances are uninformed.”
One of the unique aspects of the Student Showcase is the variety of performances, ranging from drama to comedy, Broadway music, singing and dance.
Hope added that it’s important to support the youth as they pursue performing arts.
“We’re giving our students a wonderful education that would otherwise not be available,” he said. “They’re the future of our community’s performing arts. If we want to continue to have theatre in our community, we must support our future participants.”
Enrollment in the Ritz School for the Performing Arts this year is the program’s largest so far.
Artistic director David Hope said 40 students were accepted, a 20 percent increase over last year.
“When you consider the number of students we’ve graduated, this is the largest beginning class we’ve had and they’re all so talented,” Hope said.
Participating students in the Ritz School for the Performing Arts are enrolled at Brooks, Cherokee, Colbert County, Muscle Shoals, Phil Campbell, Red Bay and Wilson High Schools as well as home school students.
The Ritz School for the Performing Arts is a year-long performing arts school for students whose schools do not offer full time performing arts classes.
The Dixie Swim Club: June 1-3, 8 & 9
Show Time: 7:35 pm
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Directed by Andrew Maples and Laura Connolly
Directors Andrew Maples and Laura Connolly return to the Ritz stage in June to direct “The Dixie Swim Club,” the story of five Southern women who recharge their relationship by gathering for a long weekend every August.
“It tells the story of how these five women navigate their way through life and their friendships since college,” Maples said. “They really are five best friends who rely heavily on one another to go through life.”
Maples said these kinds of plays are his favorites.
“The characters are hilarious at times, but there is some part of every character that someone can identify with,” he said. “They’re telling such a personal story about friendship and what we choose to make of our family.”
A Comedy of Tenors: August 24-26 & 31, Sept. 1
Show Time: 7:35
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Michael Green
Get ready! The fast-paced farce “A Comedy of Tenors” is coming to the Ritz Theatre, directed by Michael Green.
The play is the sequel to the Ritz’ 1992 production, “Lend Me A Tenor,” also directed by Green.
When he discovered playwright Ken Ludwig penned a sequel to the show, Green said he had to jump on board.
“I’m a big fan of comedies,” Green said. “Musicals and comedies are the best things to do in a theatre. There is nothing better than hearing people in the audience laugh.”
Auditions for the Center Stage production of Ken Ludwig’s “A Comedy of Tenors” will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 in the Annex of the Ritz Theatre on 3rd Street in Sheffield. For more information about auditions, call 256-383-0533.
Opal: October 5-8
Show Time: 7:35
By Robert Lindsey-Nassif
Directed by Darren Butler
This fall, Darren Butler will undertake the Off Broadway hit “Opal,” winner of the Richard Rodgers and AT&T award.
The musical is written by Robert Lindsey-Nassif, composer and lyricist of “Honkey Tonk Highway.”
Set in the early 1900s, the story is based on the real-life diary of a young girl who is orphaned in a shipwreck and adopted by a lone Oregon farmer.
“ ‘Opal’ is a story about hope,”
The New York Times called “Opal” “Splendid … lovely music draws one into a place of magical transformations. It is a rare achievement.”
Audition dates for Opal to be announced at a later date.
SummerStock at the Ritz
Fiddler on the Roof: July 20-22, 27 & 28