2016 Theatre Season



MAY12, 2016 7:00 PM 

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The Ritz School for the Performing Arts (RSPA) 2016 Student Showcase will be Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre, 111 W. Third Street, Sheffield. There are 31 students from nine regional schools who have completed a year-long course of study that includes acting, vocal performance, choreography and technical theatre.

The Student Showcase features individual and group performances that include singing, dance and acting.

Technical theatre students have designed scenery, lighting, sound and will run the technical components for the show.

School systems that do not offer a full time theatre program are eligible to participate in the Ritz School for the Performing Arts. Each school recommends students who have expressed an interest in the performing arts. Students are accepted to the School through the audition process. Those admitted study with a highly qualified artistic faculty once a week at the Ritz throughout the school year.

Students enrolled during 2015-16 are from Brooks, Deshler, Lauderdale County, Mars Hill, Muscle Shoals, Phil Campbell, Red Bay, Rogers and Wilson.

The Ritz Theatre School for the Performing Arts provides a high level of training for high school students who have a strong personal interest in, and aptitude for, the performing arts. Classes are designed to develop individual talents and prepare students to perform in group productions and/or as solo artists. The school also provides opportunities that enable students from schools that do not offer theatre programs to confidently apply to college performing arts programs.

The goal of the Ritz School for the Performing Arts is to develop the talents and social skills of each student so when they leave the program they will be independent, cooperative, responsible and creative young adults.

The school faculty includes David Hope, artistic director and acting; Gene Anne Gifford, vocal performance; Matthew Kiel, choreography and John Jackson, technical theatre.

The Showcase is open to the public. General admission tickets are $5 for both adults and students and are available at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, www.ritztheatre.ticketleap.com, or at the door. The house opens at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, contact the Tennessee Valley Art Association at 256-383-0533 or tvaa.net.


Center Stage





Mama Won't Fly: April 28, 29, 30 & May 5, 6
Show Time: 7:35 pm
by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Directed by Andrew Maples and Laura Connolly

A race against the clock begins when Savannah  Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother's wedding. Savannah's problem: Mama won't fly. With only four days to make it to the ceremony, the determined daughter has no choice but to drive cross-country with her equally willful mother. This ferociously funny, family-friendly Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy will have audiences laughing their way across the country and all the way down the aisle! 

"...if you need to forget your troubles and laugh your head off, this is the play for you!" — Broadwayworld.com


Ticket Prices: $12.50 Adult / $8 Student








Agnes of God: October 6, 7, 8, 9 (one weekend only)
Show Time: 7:35 pm
by John Pielmeier

Directed by David Hope


Dr. Martha Livingstone is a court-appointed psychiatrist summoned to a convent to assess the sanity of Sister Agnes, a young nun whose infant has been found strangled. With Agnes claiming a virgin conception, and having no memory of giving birth, Livingston must distinguish between the lies and the nun's perception-altering faith. Clashes with the overbearing Mother Miriam Ruth who insists she leave Agnes alone forces all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love that leads to a dramatic, compelling climax.

"Outstanding play [that]...deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology." - The New York Times

Ticket Prices: $12.50 Adult / $8.00 Student




SummerStock at the Ritz

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Carousel: July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29
Show Time: 7:35 pm
Music by Richard Rodgers | Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by David Hope. Music Director Gene Anne Gifford

A carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries naive millworker Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant. Desperate to provide for his family, he becomes an accomplice in a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Fifteen years later, Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day where he encounters the daughter he never knew. Her father's reputation has haunted her throughout her young life. She is lonely and friendless. Billy's dramatic testimony to the power of love instills in both mother and child a sense of hope and dignity. Of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite. Musical numbers include If I Loved YouJune Is Bustin' Out All OverYou'll Never Walk Alone and more. 

As close to perfection as musical theater gets..."—Boston Globe

Ticket Prices: $20 Adult / $15 Student


Event Calendar

Tuesday March 28 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Veda Reed solo show
Friday March 31 @ 7:00 PM -
The If Project


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