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Theatre Bristol announces 2019 season

Contributed • Dec 17, 2018 at 10:06 AM

BRISTOL — Theatre Bristol plans to enchant audiences with traditional and American fairy tales, a mystery and a miracle for its 54th season.

The season kicks off with its third River's Way collaboration March 9 in "Cinder Red Robin Hood and the Seven Dwarfs," a Theatre Bristol original production written and directed by Dottie Havlik. Watch for reservation information for this collaboration that played to standing ovations and sold out in 2018.

Then we're off to see "The Wizard of Oz," by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, under the direction of Kenn Naegele at the Paramount Center for the Arts on June 21-30.

The beloved tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home includes favorite iconic songs "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "If I Were King of the Forest," and many more. Auditions for men, women, children and dogs, too, are March 11, 12, 16 and 17. Performances are June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.

The annual The Start of Adventure summer camp for kindergarten through eighth grade runs July 8-12. Registration will begin in February at www.TheatreBristol.org. It's elementary for the Youth Service Board to follow up their hard work on camp, as well as past successful productions of "Tartuffe," "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Love's Labour's Lost" with a production of "Sherlock Holmes" on July 26-28.

"The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf," directed by Camille Gray, will be presented on the ARTspace stage Sept. 6-15. The Wolf, villain or victim? The Three Pigs, innocent or at fault? The Jurors, Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty, to name a few, solid citizens or characters with a past in this trial of the century? Auditions for men, women, and children are July 13, 14 and 15. Rehearsals begin July 29.

Then, for a perfectly charming holiday experience, Theatre Bristol presents "Into the Woods" under the direction of Glenn Patterson at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Nov. 15-24, 2019. Auditions for men, women, and teenagers are Aug. 3, 4, 5 and 10. Rehearsals begin Sept. 8. Performances are in November.

"Miracle on 34th Street" directed by Dottie Havlik will have everyone believing Dec. 6-22, 2019, at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace. By chance, Kris Kringle, an elderly man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy's.

Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy's customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for, but the magic of Christmas ends up on trial. Auditions for men, women, and children are Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 1. Rehearsals begin Oct. 6.

In advance of the 2020 season, Theatre Bristol will hold auditions for a winter holiday musical directed by Steve Davis and Steve Baskett in Theatre Bristol's ARTspace. Auditions for men, women, and teenagers are December 7-10, 2019. Rehearsals begin Dec. 15, 2019. Performances are in February 2020.

Those interested in being a part of the wonderful experience of live performance by bringing it to life over several weeks and working backstage as part of the production team and stage crew are welcome to come to any of the audition dates and discuss their interest and skill. All roles are volunteer, as there is no paid staff. No experience is necessary for crew work, though welcome.

Year-end contributions to Theatre Bristol may be made to support its mission to offer skills and opportunities to children that increase their self-confidence, as well as to provide an outlet for live performance by community members for audiences throughout the region. Theatre Bristol is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a Great Nonprofits 2018 Top Nonprofit, and a Gold-level Guidestar organization.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, call 423-212-3625 or email info@theatrebristol.org.

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