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"Frozen", "Engaged" are coming to Bonnie Kate

John Thompson • Jan 16, 2018 at 7:10 PM

ELIZABETHTON — It may be cold outside, but the Bonnie Kate Theater, 115 S. Sycamore St., has “got things going on inside.”

And those things include events for children this month and for lovers of all ages during Valentine’s weekend and the following weekend. There will also be several educational opportunities for children and teens who are interested in musical theater and youth theater.

Most of the recent events at the Bonnie Kate have been live performances, but this weekend, the Bonnie Kate goes back to its beginnings as a movie theater with a showing of the Disney movie “Frozen.”

‘Frozen’ sing-along movie

Unlike traditional theaters, the Bonnie Kate doesn’t want the lovers of “Frozen” to just sit quietly in their seats. The Bonnie Kate will go cutting edge and expand the opportunities for excited children to have a fun time with their friends while watching a favorite move. They will be encouraged to come up front and sing and dance with characters during a sing-along version. The children will also enjoy snacks, including the perfect snack for “Frozen”: gelato.

Showtimes on Saturday, Jan. 20, are 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $3.

Musical theater auditions

On Monday, Jan. 22, middle and high school students are welcome to audition for the musical theater ensemble. They will learn acting and signing skills as they work toward a spring production. The group will meet on Monday from 4-5:30 p.m.

Youth theater class

An opportunity for children from 6-10 years old will be the youth theater class which will start Tuesday, Feb. 6. This will be an eight-week session of storytelling, acting, set and costume work. There will be a performance on April 7. Meetings will be on Tuesday from 4-5:30 p.m. There is a $50 registration fee.

A play and dessert

The Bonnie Kate is offering a sweet treat for lovers during the two weekends following Valentine’s Day.

The play will be W.S. Gilbert’s “Engaged,” a romantic farce first produced in 1877. Gilbert is better known for his comic operas produced with Arthur Sullivan.

“Engaged” is a Bonnie Kate Theater Restoration Project, to help fund the renovation of the old theater, which opened in 1926.

The dessert will feature a selection of treats.

“Engaged” will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 16-17 and Feb. 23-24 at 7:30 each night. Admission is $12. Tickets are available at the door.

New roof

The Bonnie Kate Theater Building Board has also launched a fundraising effort to raise the final $20,000 on the cost of putting a new roof on the section over the stage. The roof over the front was put on at the time the building was acquired in 2016.

The fundraising effort calls for a new roof “because we’ve got things going on inside.” Once a new roof is in place over the stage, the board said it can plan for improvements in the auditorium “to make it a place that can live up to its name, the Bonnie Kate. It can be a bonnie lass again.”

The fundraising effort has several categories of giving. These are First Act, $50; Center Stage, $100; Curtain Call, $250; Applause, $500; and Encore, $1,000. Donations for the “New Roof Fundraiser” can be sent to the Elizabethton-Carter County Foundation, P.O. Box 695, Elizabethton, TN 37644; or by giving through the East Tennessee Foundation website www.easttennesseefoundation.org. Click the “Give where you live” link and select Carter County.

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