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Summer 2014

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan
New Music by Jeanine Tesori
New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris
for the Universal Pictures Film
Directed by Robert Chapel
Culbreth Theatre June 26 – July 5

This 2002 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical brings the Roaring Twenties to life with a collection of snappy and memorable tunes, vibrant dance numbers filled with flappers and tappers, and a classic story of what happens when a wide-eyed Midwest farm girl is introduced to the bright lights of New York City.


Ameriprise Financial
Barrett-Johnson & Associates
An Ameriprise Private Wealth Practice


Shear Madness

By Paul Pörtner
Original Director Bruce Jordan
Directed by Bryan Garey
Helms Theatre July 9 – July 26

Looking for an evening where the scissors are sharp and the comedy is sharper? Get ready for the Charlottesville debut of a record-breaking comedy sensation. For more than 25 years, millions of audience members have been sucked into the ever-shifting comedic vortex of this uproarious tale of law and disorder, becoming armchair detectives tackling a murder above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. Thanks to up-to-the-minute improvisational humor, no two shows are ever the same, adding to the magic of one of the longest-running sensations in theatre history.

Blue Ridge Bank
Woodard Properties


Avenue Q

Music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty
Based on an Original Concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Directed by Reneé Dobson
Ruth Caplin Theatre July 22 – August 2

From one of the authors of The Book of Mormon, and in the same irreverent and sometimes offensive spirit, this puppet-powered musical is a timeless look at the follies and foibles of young adulthood. Recent college grad, Princeton, searches for his purpose in life in his new home on Avenue Q (he couldn’t afford Avenue A, so he kept going). There, he is surrounded by a (literally) colorful group of neighbors who offer new insights to the challenges of making your way in the modern world. The show, winner of the rare Tony Award “Triple Crown” (Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score), is fun, smart, and unfailingly and unapologetically real. 

For mature audiences.


Roberta Bell Williamson

Charlottesville Settlement Company
First Dominion Title, LLC
Real Estate III Title, LLC


One Man,
Two Guvnors

By Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni
With songs by Grant Olding
Directed by Robert Chapel
Culbreth Theatre – July 24 – August 2

Mistaken identities, overactive appetites of every kind, sharp
satire , intricate plot twists and cascading laughter create the perfect setting for merry mayhem in this Tony Award-winning British farce. Francis Henshall’s oversized appetites lead him to juggle a pair of bosses who share a propensity for criminal activity, and, it turns out, so much more. His efforts to keep the two apart bring about an escalating series of comedic contortions that have won raves from fans and critics alike around the world.

For mature audiences.

Century Link
Union First Market Bank































Frank Ferrante in
An Evening with Groucho

Ruth Caplin Theatre June 17 – 21

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs including "Hooray For Captain Spalding," and "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady."  The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.  Accompanied by his onstage pianist,  Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM's Louis B. Mayer.  A show perfect for all ages! According to the Seattle Times, “Ferrante does for Groucho . . .what Hal Holbrook does with his Mark Twain tribute: channel a great American humorist.”


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Vice Provost for the Arts


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