Shakespeare in Love

Michael Ackerman played Will Shakespeare, and Emma Szuba was Viola de Lesseps in “Shakespeare in Love,” which was part of Little Theatre of Winston-Salem’s last season.

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem has announced its 85th season of live theater productions, which they are calling “Magic, Mischief & Mayhem.”

From September 2019 through June 2020, the company will produce eight plays and musicals ranging from classics to straight-off-of Broadway mega hits.

Four of The Little Theatre’s productions will be performed at Reynolds Place, a theater space under construction in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, which is slated for completion at the beginning of July. The Hanesbrands Theatre, Mountcastle Forum Theatre, and SECCA’s Dunn Auditorium will be used for the other productions.

Here’s the lineup.

Sept. 20-Oct. 6: “Matilda: The Musical.” Based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl and brought to the stage by Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning show features a precocious little girl who uses equal parts courage and cleverness to save the day for her mistreated classmates and herself; Reynolds Place.

Oct. 18-27: “Wait Until Dark,” by Frederick Knott, is a suspenseful murder mystery; Reynolds Place.

Dec. 6-22: For the holidays, “An Old Salem Christmas Carol,” Stephen P. Scott’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, will return to The Little Theatre’s line-up for its second annual production; SECCA).

Feb. 7-16: The Tony Award-winning hit, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” by Robert L. Freedman and Steve Lutvak. This musical comedy follows a distant heir to a family fortune who eliminates relatives in order to speed up the line of succession. One actor plays all of the targeted relatives; Reynolds Place.

April 17-May 3: The musical comedy, “Guys and Dolls,” by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling and Frank Loesser; Hanesbrands Theatre.

June 12-21: A British farce, “Out of Order,” by Ray Cooney, concludes the season; Reynolds Place.

In addition to its 2019-20 mainstage line-up, The Little Theatre will introduce a new “Spotlight Series”: thought-provoking productions that explore content for audiences looking for something different. The first production will be Science Fiction Double Feature: The Plays of Ray Bradbury, which will include two one-act plays: “Kaleidoscope” and “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” (Jan. 17-26; Mountcastle Forum Theatre). The second offering will be “The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer, a drama set in the early days of the AIDS crisis (March 20-22; Hanesbrands Theatre).

The Little Theatre is offering two membership packages for its 85th Season. A Full Season Membership offers one ticket to each of the eight productions for $150, with an “early bird special” of $135 for those who buybefore Aug. 1. A Flex Pass 6 offers six fully flexible tickets, good for any of the shows in the 2019-20 season for $125. Both the Full Season Membership and the Flex Pass 6 include additional benefits, such as discounted single tickets, the ability to reserve seats before the general public, and discounts on acting classes or summer camps. Single tickets, which will be $24 for adults, $22 for students and seniors for mainstage productions and $15 per person for Spotlight Series offerings, will go on sale Aug. 15.

For more information, visit www.LTofWS.org or call 336-725-4001.

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