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Theatre Bristol Announces 2020 season, auditions

Contributed • Dec 2, 2019 at 8:57 AM

Love runs deep in Theatre Bristol's 55th season. From new romance to love for family, community, country and society, the season is full of laughs and heart-warming moments for the whole family, as well as thought-provoking and important reflection and connection.

The season kicks off with "She Loves Me," the award-winning romantic comedy musical inspired by the same story that brought "You've Got Mail" to the screen — though here love letters are exchanged to beautiful music in a 1930s perfumery.

Directed by Steve Davis and Steve Baskett, celebrate Valentine's with "She Loves Me," weekends Feb. 7-16. Auditions are Dec. 7, 8, 9, and 10; details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

Theatre Bristol's fourth River's Way collaboration follows March 14 and 15 in the ARTspace, with "Real Heroes," written and directed by Dottie Havlik and performed by differently abled young people and Theatre Bristol veterans.

Weekends April 17-26, "Jack and the Beanstalk," directed by Cindi Brooks, comes to the ARTspace stage. Auditions for men, women, and children are February 25, 26, 27, and 28. Rehearsals begin March 8. Audition place, times, and details are at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

One of the most popular musicals of all time, "The Sound of Music," comes to the Paramount Center for the Arts, weekends June 19-28. Auditions for men, women and children are March 21, 28, 29 and 30. Rehearsals begin April 27. Be sure to see the audition place, times, and details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

Theatre Bristol’s annual The Start of Adventure summer camp for kindergarten through eighth grade runs July 6-10. Registration will begin in February at www.TheatreBristol.org.

Theatre Bristol's Youth Service Board then follows a string of successful annual productions with Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Twelfth Night," July 17-19.

The classic "To Kill A Mockingbird," directed by Camille Gray, takes the ARTspace stage weekends Sept. 18-27. Auditions for men, women, and children are Aug. 1, 2, and 3. Rehearsals begin on Aug. 9. Be sure to see the audition times and details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

The holiday movie favorite "Elf" comes to the Paramount Bristol stage under the direction of Kenn Naegele weekends Nov. 13-22, and the ARTspace stage weekends Dec. 4-20. Auditions for men, women, and children for both productions are Aug. 15, 16, 17 and 22. Rehearsals begin Aug. 31. Be sure to see the audition times and details at www.TheatreBristol.org/audition.

Follow Theatre Bristol’s website and Facebook page for tickets, details, and more for these 2020 shows.

Haley White, designer of the Theatre Bristol 2020 Season poster, is a local graphic designer who specializes in logo design, social media content, illustration, photography and hand lettering, and recently joined King University's communications department.

She said she is thrilled to work with Theatre Bristol and present the 2020 Season Reveal design. Haley said she appreciates the opportunity to give back to the community by doing something that she loves. To view her entire body of work, you can visit http://www.haleycatherinedesigns.com.

Theatre Bristol is currently welcoming show and season sponsors and souvenir program advertising for the 55th season. Contact [email protected] or 423-212-3625 for more information.

Those interested in being a part 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.

This invitation includes those interested in orchestra, costuming, set design and construction, lighting, sound, stage management, props, publicity and many other roles. Interested individuals can also email [email protected]. All roles are volunteer, as there is no paid staff. No experience is necessary for crew work, though it is 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.

The vision is that all children experience the unparalleled benefits of live performance and that no child be turned away from opportunities for learning, whether through workshops or attending a show. Theatre Bristol is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a Great Nonprofits 2019 Top Nonprofit and a Gold-level Guidestar organization.

Theatre Bristol's 55th season is made possible by United Company Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission, HomeTrust Bank, HVAC Inc, Summit BSR Roofing, Citizens Bank, Food City and Seaman Corporation.

"She Loves Me" and "Elf" are presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. "To Kill a Mockingbird is presented through Dramatic Publishing and “The Sound of Music” is with special arrangement by Rogers and Hammerstein. All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI, R&H, and Dramatic Publishing.

Founded in 1965 by Cathy DeCaterina, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theater in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theater which seats up to 120, and others at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is a volunteer-operated organization.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email [email protected].

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