2018 Theatre Season 

2018 Center Stage


First Baptist of Ivy Gap

7:35 p.m., April 19 - 21, 26 & 27

Written by Ron Osborne

Directed by Andrew Maples & Laura Connolly

During World War II, six women from First Baptist of Ivy Gap roll bandages and plan the church’s 75th anniversary celebration; the wise-cracking pastor’s wife, a mother whose son is ghting in the Pacific, a rebellious organist, a woman who dreams of a career in Hollywood, the shy newcomer with a secret, and an influential Baptist with a secret of her own. Twenty-five years later, the “First Baptist Six” reunite with revelations formed over a quarter of a century that shake relationships.

“A beautiful Southern comedy that will keep you in stitches beginning to end.” — Elizabethton Star


The Marvelous Wonderettes

7:35 p.m., October 4 - 6, 11 & 12

Written by Roger Bean

Directed by David Hope. Music direction by Gene Anne Gifford 


It’s 1958. Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy serenade us with classic 1950s hits such as Lollipop, Dream Lover, Stupid Cupid, and Lipstick on Your Collar. Their hopes and dreams are as big as their crinoline skirts! At their ten-year reunion, we learn about the highs and lows they have experienced during the past ten years. We are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together! Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, "The Marvelous Wonderettes" will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!

“Effervescent and irresistible! An utter charm bomb!”
— The New York Times 


Declarations: An Evening with Thomas Jefferson

7:35 p.m., Oct. 25-27

With Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson

The author of the Declaration of Independence, the first Secretary of State, the second Vice President and the third President of our United States will visit the Ritz in October! Thomas Jefferson is expertly reenacted by Bill Barker, one of Colonial Williamsburg’s star actor. Audiences will be transported back in time to feel and hear what it would be like to mingle with a Founding Father. Barker has performed at the White House, the Palace of Versailles and throughout the U.S., U.K. and France.

“Barker both looks like the former president and knows his writings so well that to confront him is to feel convincingly like one is debating the real Jefferson.” — U.S. News



SummerStock at the Ritz



7:35 p.m., July 19-21, 26 & 27

Written by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Directed by David Hope. Music direction by Gene Anne Gifford 

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Winner of two Academy Awards for music, New York Drama League’s Best Musical of the Century, four Laurence Olivier Awards, two Tony Awards and one Emmy. The ageless music includes Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey With the Fringe on Top, People Will Say We’re In Love and Oklahoma.

“If ever a show earned its exclamation point, it’s this one!” — Wall Street Journal

Ritz School Schowcase 2018
Details TBA 

Event Calendar

Monday March 26 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
H. R. Lovell: Southern Visions
Thursday April 26 @ 7:35 PM -
First Baptist of Ivy Gap
Sunday April 29 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
H. R. Lovell: Southern Visions
Sunday May 20 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Gulf Coast Contemporary: Selected Works from Artists in Lower Alabama


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