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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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; http://millmountain.org
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; roanoke.jamtheatricals.com; roanokeciviccenter.com.
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; www.radford.edu/theatre-season
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; www.hollins.edu/academics/theatre/ 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; www.roanoke.edu/tickets
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; Showtimers.org
Family-friendly? Mildly mature.
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; atticproductions.info
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, roanokechildrenstheatre.org
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
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; www.tickets.vt.edu
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; littletownplayers.com; lynchburgtickets.com
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