HERITAGE THEATRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
UPCOMING 2013 SEASON
Classic Musical Annie Get Your Gun To Kick Off Five-Show Season That Will Include 2010 Tony Award Winner for Best Play, Red; 2010 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Musical Next to Normal; Fun-Filled Girl Group Mini-Musical The Marvelous Wonderettes And A Riotous Return To Tuna, Texas In Tuna Does Vegas
Season To Feature Two Shows in The State-of-the-Art Ruth Caplin Theatre Along With Shows In Newly-Renovated Culbreth Theatre And The Helms Theatre
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – December 13, 2012 – The Heritage Theatre Festival will be back in full force this coming summer with a five-show season filled with classic audience favorites and fascinating contemporary works – and featuring two shows in the new Ruth Caplin Theatre.
Charlottesville’s premier professional summer theatre will kick off its 38th year in late June at Culbreth Theatre with the all-time classic Irving Berlin musical Annie Get Your Gun. The show, which features such legendary tunes as There’s No Business Like Show Business and Anything You Can Do, will be directed by Heritage Producing Artistic Director Robert Chapel.
The season will also include John Logan’s 2010 Tony Award-winning play Red, about the painter Mark Rothko. The production will be presented in the Ruth Caplin Theatre. The $14 million, 300 seat thrust theatre will allow Heritage to create a range of exciting new programming options while presenting three concurrent shows during the season. Betsy Tucker is set to direct Red.
Heritage audiences will also have a chance to renew a longtime love affair with the wackiest little Texas town there never was with Tuna Does Vegas. This latest look into the lives of the unforgettable residents of Tuna, Texas, to be presented at the Helms Theatre, will reunite fan favorites J.P. Scheidler and Evan Bridenstine. The pair will once again take on dozens of characters in an evening of quick wit (and quicker costume changes) designed to leave audiences gasping for breath and begging for more.
The melodic magic made by 1950’s and 60’s all-girl singing groups is at the heart of The Marvelous Wonderettes, a nostalgic mini-musical that has charmed audiences across America. The show will be presented at the Ruth Caplin Theatre and will be directed and choreographed by the Philadelphia-based HTF veteran Renee Dobson.
The 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next To Normal, which will also be directed by Chapel and presented in the Culbreth Theatre, is a powerful rock musical, and just the eighth musical in history to win a Pulitzer (the most recent being Rent). Next To Normal tells the story of a mother struggling with bipolar disorder and the devastating effects the condition has on her family.
“We are delighted to be returning for a full season this summer utilizing all of our venues,” said Chapel, “and greatly look forward to being in our extraordinary new theatre, named in honor of Ruth Caplin. In addition to providing us with a state-of-the-art performance and production space, the addition of this theatre allows us to further expand the scope of theatrical experiences we can deliver to our audiences."
“Perhaps more this year than ever, Chapel said, Heritage will be counting on community support in order to cover the increased production costs associated with an expanded season and sparkling new venue. “Throughout our history, this community has played a huge role allowing us to continue to bring summers full of a wide array of professional productions to central Virginia. We hope that this support continues this year, and encourage people to help us meet our goals by making an end-of-the-year tax deductible donation.”
Tickets for the 2013 Heritage Theatre Festival will go on sale in April. For more information on the coming season, or how you can support the not-for-profit theatre’s efforts, visit www.uvahtf.org.
Local auditions for these shows will be held on February 2 and 3. More information to follow.
Heritage Theatre Festival Publicist-
John Kelly PR