The play’s the thing: Local theater 2011-2012 season
by Erin Williams
Special to The Star
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Like Hamlet said, the play is the thing ... at least it is around Calhoun County. Local theater companies are gearing up for the 2011-12 season, and while the likes of Hamlet won’t come around here, Shakespeare is, with Jacksonville State University’s production of Much Ado About Nothing in November. Want to get out to the theater sooner than that? CAST’s season opener, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, has its final performances this weekend, and the Ritz Theater in Talladega will present Civil War Voices in early October. From comedy to tragedy, musicals to children’s stories, upcoming local theater productions will have something for just about anyone.

Jacksonville State University Drama

All JSU performances are staged at the Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center on the corner of 11th Street and Church Avenue in Jacksonville. For more information and tickets, call 256-782-5648 or go to

Leading Ladies by Ken Ludwig, Oct. 6-9. Two down-and-out male English Shakespearean actors aim to turn their luck around by posing as the long lost relatives of an elderly woman in order to collect her fortune. $10.

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, Nov. 17-20. It’s men versus women in a comedy of two couples, one desperately try to hide their affection; the other shielding their relationship from slander. $10.

Rent by Jonathan Larson, Feb. 16-19 and 24-26, 2012. The classic modern-day rock opera based on La Boheme, set against the backdrop of ‘80s New York in a time of song and survival. $15.

The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien, April 12-15, 2012. This Obie-award-winning play presents the four-generation story of two families — one black, one white — in 1960s South Africa and the two children born into their shared home. $10.

Snoopy!!! by Charles Schultz, May 9-13, 2012. The Peanuts gang comes to life in the sequel to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. $15.

Dead Towns of Alabama by Barry Bradford, June 20-24, 2012. A middle-aged bookstore clerk feels his life slipping away from him until he receives a package leading him to the home of the father who abandoned his family 35 years ago.$10.


All CAST plays are staged at the McClellan Theater, 100 Gamecock Drive, Anniston. For more information and tickets, call 256-820-CAST or go to

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change by Joe Dipietro. Tonight and Saturday night at 8, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Long-running off-Broadway show about relationships in the modern age. $20.

It’s a Wonderful Life, Nov. 17-19 and 25-27. The holiday season kicks off with the story of selfless businessman George Bailey, who learns that money and possessions are nothing compared to the wealth of family and friends. $20.

The Nerd by Larry Shue, Feb. 2-4, 9-11, 2012. A distanced friendship is put to the test when one friend, inconvenienced by the other’s presence, is driven to explore what it would take to get rid of him for good. $20.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams, April 26-28 and May 3-5, 2012. This Pulitzer-prize-winning play sheds light into the lies and shakiness of one Southern family. $20.

Jacksonville Opera Theatre

For more information, call 256-782-5876 or go to For tickets, call 1-800-838-3006.

Princess and the Pea by Mary Carol Warwick. Oct. 20-21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mason Hall Performance Center on the JSU campus, Nov. 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ritz Theatre in Gadsden. The fairy tale of a potential princess whose sleep is aggravated by a tiny pea is infused with song in this operatic rendition. Ticket price not yet available.

Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, performed in collaboration with the Etowah Youth Orchestra. March 23-24, 2012, at Wallace Hall on the campus of Gadsden State Community College. The classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Ticket price not yet available.

Knox Concert Series

All Knox Concert Series performances are staged at the Anniston Performing Arts Center at Anniston High School, 1301 Woodstock Ave. For tickets, call 256-237-3464. For more information, visit

My Fair Lady by Lerner and Loewe. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Anniston Performing Arts Center. Season tickets are $150; individual tickets range from $50 to $75 per performance. The play and movie Pygmalion, created by George Bernard Shaw and Gabriel Pascal, respectively, transforms into a musical with Professor Henry Higgins transforming and eventually falling in love with misfit Eliza Doolittle.

The Historic Ritz Theatre

15 Court Square North, Talladega. For tickets and information, call 256-315-0000 or visit

Civil War Voices by Mark Hayes and James R. Harris, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. This musical performance presents the true stories of five individuals who lived through the “War Between The States,” gathered from their personal documents.

Floor seats $25, mezzanine seats $20.

PLEASE NOTE: All listed ticket prices are for adult admission only.
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