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Live Theater Calendar [Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA)]

November 3, 2013


Our monthly guide to live theater in and around the Roanoke and New River valleys.

Be sure to check out the Calendar in Inside Out every Thursday for the most current information.

If you have a play to list in December, please email

- Mike Allen

Mill Mountain Theatre

Event: "The Sound of Music," by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Venue: Trinkle Main Stage, Center in the Square, Roanoke

Summary: Mill Mountain Theatre returns to large-scale musicals with this classic tale of the musical Von Trapp family's escape from Nazi-occupated Austria.

Dates and times: Dec. 4-6, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m.; Dec. 11-13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $17 to $27

Information: 342.5740;

Family-friendly? Yes.

Broadway in Roanoke

Performances: "Hello, Dolly!" starring Sally Struthers; "Straight No Chaser"

Venue: Roanoke Performing Arts Center, Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke

Summary: "Hello, Dolly!" stars movie and television actress Sally Struthers as the manipulative matchmaker of the title in this Tony Award-winning musical comedy. "Straight No Chaser" is a touring male a cappella group.

Dates and times: "Hello, Dolly!" Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.; "Straight No Chaser," Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

Tickets: "Hello, Dolly!" $37-$57; "Straight No Chaser," $36.50- $46.50. Includes $2 handling fee.

Information: 853-5483;;

Family-friendly? Yes.

Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema

Play: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," by C.S. Lewis and Wesley Young

Venue: Pridemore Playhouse, Radford University

Summary: A stage adaptation of the beloved children's novel about the four Pevensie children's discovery of Narnia.

Dates and times: Nov. 16, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets: $8; senior citizens, faculty and staff, $5; students free.

Information: 831-5289;

Family-friendly? Yes.

Hollins Theatre

Play: "Mitzi's Abortion: A Saint's Guide to Late-Term Politics and Medicine in America," by Elizabeth Heffron

Venue: Hollins Theatre, Hollins University, Roanoke

Summary: Written by a Hollins graduate student, the play takes a multifaceted and sometimes even humorous look at the political and moral landscape surrounding late-term abortion.

Dates and times: Today, 2 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: General admission, $10

Information: 362-6517; events.shtml

Family-friendly? Mature subject matter

Theatre Roanoke College

Play: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

Venue: Olin Theater, Roanoke College, Salem

Summary: A dramatization of Robert Louis Stephenson's classic novella about a good man whose scientific experiments unleash a bestial nature.

Dates and times: Nov. 20-23, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $7; senior citizens and students, $5

Information: 375-2333;

Family-friendly? Yes.


Play: "Messiah on the Frigidaire," by John Culbertson

Venue: Showtimers Community Theatre, 2067 McVitty Road, Roanoke

Summary: A comedy about the hijinks that ensue when claims that an image of Jesus has appeared on an outdoor refrigerator bring a storm of publicity to a South Carolina trailer park.

Dates and times: Dec. 4-7, 8 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2 p.m.; Dec. 11-14, 8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $12; ages 12 and under, $5

Information: 774-2660;

Family-friendly? Mildly mature.

attic productions

Play: "It's a Wonderful Life," by Frank Capra and James W. Rodgers

Venue: D. Geraldine Lawson Performing Arts Center, 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle

Summary: The stage adaptation of the classic film about a man who needs something to live for at Christmastime.

Dates and times: Dec. 5-6, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 12-13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $12; children 18 and under, $10.

Information: 473-1001;

Family-friendly? Yes.

rke children's theatre

Play: "A Little House Christmas," by James DeVita, adapted from the book by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Venue: Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Development, 108 Henry St., Roanoke

Summary: Join the Ingalls family from the "Little House" books on Christmas Eve.

Dates and times: Dec. 5-6, 7 p.m.; Dec. 7, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Dec. 8, 3 p.m.; Dec. 12-13, 7 p.m.; Dec. 14, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Dec. 15, 3 p.m.; Dec. 19-20,7 p.m.; Dec. 21, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Dec. 22, 3 p.m.

Tickets: $18; senior citizens and children 18 and under, $12; Dec. 5 preview, $10

Information: 400-7795,

Family-friendly? Yes.

star city playhouse

Play: "The Bargain," adapted by Karon Sue Semones from a Charles Dickens story

Venue: Star City Playhouse, Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge, 806 Jamison Ave. S.E., Roanoke

Summary: A Faustian tale of a man who makes a supernatural bargain to forget the things that make him unhappy. As is often true of wishes in fairy tales, the bargain backfires, until a kind person intervenes.

Dates and times: Nov. 22, 7 p.m.; Nov. 23-24, 2 p.m.; Nov. 29, 7 p.m.; Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2 p.m.; Dec. 6, 7 p.m.; Dec. 7-8, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $12; seniors and students, $8

Information: 366-1446; Star City Playhouse on Facebook

Family-friendly? Yes.

va. tech dept. of theatre & cinema

Play: "Three Sisters," by Anton Chekhov

Venue: Squires Studio Theatre, Blacksburg

Summary: A complex drama that chronicles the decline of a well- to-do Russian family at the start of the 20th century.

Dates and times: Nov. 12-15, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 18-20, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10; senior citizens and students, $8

Information: 231-5615;

Family-friendly? Appropriate for older children.

little town players

Play: "Dearly Beloved," by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten

Venue: Elks National Home Theater, 931 Ashland Ave., Bedford

Summary: A comedy about the mayhem that ensues when an extended Texas family attempts to organize a traditional wedding.

Dates and times: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 2 p.m.; Nov. 15-16, 8 p.m.; Nov. 17, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $12; children 12 and under, $10

Information: 586-5881;;

Family-friendly? Yes.

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