2016 – 2017 Season
Kingsport, TN- Kingsport Theatre Guild announces its 69th, and biggest ever, season with a record 13 shows spanning 21 weekends. The 2016-2017 schedule consists of 8 productions, including 3 musicals, in their “KTG:Mainstage” series and 5 in the recently developed “KTG:Downtown” series. Each month, August – May, will showcase some of Kingsport’s most talented actors, directors, and technical crews in many different genres of shows.
KTG’s Mainstage venue is located in the historic Renaissance Center Theatre on Center Street, just outside Downtown Kingsport. The facility can seat approximately 330, when utilizing the additional balcony space, and has one of the best technical setups of community theatres in this area. KTG’s Mainstage kicks off the 2016-2017 season in August with the popular Disney musical “High School Musical” followed by “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” in September. October brings Halloween and “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” followed immediately by the fairytale musical “Into the Woods.” December brings us two traditional one-act plays, “Believe! & Follow the Star”, combined for one lovely performance complete with full nativity scene and Christmas story. The Mainstage season continues in February with “Diary of a Wallflower” and wraps up with “Oklahoma!” in March and “Little Women” in May. All 8 Mainstage shows will have school showings offered and will be presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for two weekends.
KTG:Downtown shows will continue to run one weekend only with a 7:00 p.m. show time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. The Downtown series opens the 2016-2017 Season in August with the 2015 KTG Playwriting Competition winner, “Look to the Stars”, followed by the classic thriller from 1948, “Sorry, Wrong Number”, in November. The new year will be ushered in with “Driving Miss Daisy” in January. KTG then offers a Valentine treat in February with “Crimes of the Heart” and wraps up the Downtown series with “The Importance of Being Earnest” in April.
KTG is a community theatre and auditions and crew positions are open to all. Teaching is a large part of KTG’s mission, so actors and crew members of all experience levels are welcomed and encouraged. Beyond acting, KTG is always looking for community members who can sew, build, paint, sweep, usher, make popcorn, etc.
High School Musical
Auditions: June 6 & 7 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: August 12, 13, 19, 20 @ 7 p.m. and August 13, 14, 20, 21 @ 2 p.m.
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians, and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations, and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical that is being led by Ms. Darbus. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well. Disney’s High School Musical is fun for the whole family.
Look to the Stars
Auditions: July 18 & 19 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: September 15, 16, 17 @ 7 p.m.
Last year’s winner of KTG’s Playwriting Competition, this play was written by local playwright, Sam Lamon. Look to the Stars is an episodic comedy-drama that follows everyday characters who struggle to connect romantically. Join the laughs and struggles as these characters take you on a journey through three different relationships and how things can change over the course of just a year and as they seek to overcome the only thing stopping them: themselves.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Auditions: August 1 & 2 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: September 30, October 1, 7, 8 @ 7 p.m. and October 1, 2, 8, 9 @ 2 p.m.
This dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels, and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. All the memorable episodes from the story are represented in this exciting dramatization: the temptation of Edmund by the witch, the slaying of the evil wolf by Peter, the witnessing of Aslan’s resurrection by Susan and Lucy, the crowing of the four new rulers of Narnia, and more. The supporting characters are also here: the unicorn, the centaur and other forest animals, along with Father Christmas, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, and Tumnus the Faun. This story of love, faith, courage and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Auditions: August 15 & 16 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: October 21, 22, 28, 29 @ 7 p.m. and October 22, 23, 29, 30 @ 2 p.m.
Enter the wonderfully creepy world of Edgar Allan Poe with six faithful adaptations of some of his most haunting works. From old favorites such as The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart to lesser known gems like The Oblong Box and The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether, this collection of short plays represents Poe at his most horrifying and includes The Purloined Letter and The Fall of the House of Usher.
Into the Woods (Musical)
Auditions: August 22 & 23 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: November 4, 5, 11, 12 @ 7 p.m. and November 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 2 p.m.
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. One of Sondheim’s most popular works, Into the Woods is a musically sophisticated show.
Sorry, Wrong Number
Auditions: September 19 & 20 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: November 17, 18, 19 @ 7 p.m.
Due to a telephone glitch, Leona Stevenson, a controlling heiress confined to a wheelchair, overhears a conversation about a plan to kill a woman. Unable to leave her home or reach her husband, and written off by the police, Leona struggles to uncover the truth through a series of phone calls that only lead her deeper into a mystery, which may involve her college rival, Sally, and a scheme to sell pharmaceuticals on the black market.
Believe! & Follow the Star
Auditions: October 10 & 11 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: December 9, 10, 16, 17 @ 7 p.m. and December 10, 11, 17, 18 @ 2 p.m.
This play is the perfect opportunity to combine traditional Christmas music with a sweet, contemporary story. It’s ten days before Christmas, and 15-year-old Alex Norton is struggling. He’s always loved Christmas, but the shine has left his favorite holiday. He sees Christmas as nothing more than an over-hyped, greedy, present-grabbing time of year. Where is the peace in this season that’s supposed to be all about the Prince of Peace? Alex wants to believe in something… but what? Reluctantly, he participates in “Project Christmas” at his church, where members of his youth group are preparing items for the homeless. First, we get a glimpse of the younger children’s adorable Christmas pageant rehearsal, including a child in half a donkey costume (missing his better half!) and a herd of adorable sheep complaining about their itchy wool costumes. Still not warming up to the season, Alex is finally convinced by Angela, a young friend who Alex finds out is homeless, to realize that if you work to make this world a brighter and better place, the peace grows. “It doesn’t help to curse the darkness; it only helps when you light a candle. That’s what God did for us that lovely, silent night.” Filled with warmth and laughter and brightened by traditional Christmas songs sung by the actors, a choir, or even our audience members, everyone touched by this play will find something in which they can truly… Believe! Includes a full nativity scene!
Driving Miss Daisy
Auditions: November 14 & 15
Show Dates: January 19, 20, 21 @ 7 p.m.
The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued, Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer’s patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple. Slowly and steadily the dignified, good-natured Hoke breaks down the stern defenses of the ornery old lady, as she teaches him to read and write and, in a gesture of good will and shared concern, invites him to join her at a banquet in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and it is movingly clear that they have both come to realize they have more in common than they ever believed possible—and that times and circumstances would ever allow them to publicly admit. Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play.
Crimes of the Heart
Show Dates: February 9, 10, 11 @ 7 p.m.
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
Diary of a Wallflower
Auditions: December 5 & 6 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: February 17, 18, 24, 25 @ 7 p.m. and February 18, 19, 25, 26 @ 2 p.m.
High school junior Charlotte Walden is convinced that she’s virtually invisible. Madison Truesdale’s popular clique doesn’t know she’s alive. Even her one friend, Gabby, doesn’t always notice or listen to her. And her mom is rarely around since she’s working long hours. Is it any wonder Charlotte begins to write in her diary? At least “Dear Diary” will listen! Through the trials and tribulations of everyday high school life, this lighthearted look at Charlotte’s ups and downs will have your audience both laughing and crying. As Charlotte embraces her wallflower status, she also gradually learns that there are people who care, people to whom she becomes more and more visible day by day. Through her work on a class assignment, she finds a new role model who says she was just like Charlotte growing up. Empowered with hope for the future, she sheds some of her disillusionment, and realizes that she’s not alone. In fact, she never has been.
Auditions: January 9 & 10 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: March 17, 18, 24, 25 @ 7 p.m. and March 18, 19, 25, 26 @ 2 p.m.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!
Importance of Being Earnest
Auditions: March 2 & 3 – 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: April 13, 14, 15 @ 7 p.m.
The Importance of Being Earnest offers a tale of two well-to-do gentlemen, John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff , as they pursue countryside adventures, love, and identities – both real and invented. Gwendolen Fairfax captures John’s heart while Cecily Cardew catches Algernon’s eye. Algernon and John’s falsified identities prevail until the young gents cross paths with the indomitable Lady Bracknell, Wilde’s symbol of Victorian ethics run amok. Whenever Jack Worthing slips away to London from his Hertfordshire estate, he says he is going to see his (fictitious) wayward brother Ernest. Once there he keeps his privacy by calling himself Ernest – luckily so as his beloved Gwendolen declares she could only love an Ernest. Her cousin Algy is the one person who knows Jack’s secret and one day he travels down to the estate, announcing himself to Jack’s attractive ward Cecily as bad brother Ernest. Cecily is much taken with him and with his name, so on Jack’s return home and Gwendolen’s unexpected arrival, it becomes clear there are both too many and too few Ernests earnestly courting.
Auditions: March 9 & 10 – 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Show Dates: May 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 7 p.m. and May 6, 7, 13, 14 @ 2 p.m.
Under the guidance of their beloved mother, the four young March sisters — tempestuous Jo, motherly Meg, shy Beth, and spoiled baby Amy — struggle to keep their family going while Father’s away in the Civil War. In this beautifully dramatized adaptation of the classic novel, even as privation, illness, and sibling rivalry cast their shadows, each girl strives to find her true self.
Kingsport Theatre Guild (KTG) is entering its 69th year as a community theatre which promotes growth and education, offers encouragement and hope, builds self-esteem and engages the minds of not only the actors, directors, and crew but also the community in which it is based. KTG is a starting point for those interested in pursuing an education or career in theatre. It is an escape from reality for a few hours for those who are seeking it. It is also a place many call home, where returning cast and crew are considered family and newcomers are welcomed with open arms. KTG is you, just as you are, in all of your many talents.