Local Theater Companies Announce Line Ups

Local Theater Companies Announce Line Ups
Stages welcome classics, favorites & new talent

Paul Taylor Dance Company comes to Diana Wortham Theatre

in October. Photo by Paul B. Goode.
End-of-the-summer announcements from several Asheville-area theater companies and performing arts centers have lifted the curtain on what theater-goes can expect from the upcoming season, and it's safe to say that there's something for everyone.

From Broadway musicals to modern dance, and cirque-style performances to Americana concerts, the 2014-15 season showcases a broad array of talent from both near and far.

Flat Rock Playhouse--the State Theatre of North Carolina--has announced 16 shows at its Mainstage and Downtown Hendersonville locations. Broadway fans will be excited to see Gypsy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Oliver! and Driving Miss Daisy.

And music-lovers can expect five new installments from Flat Rock's popular "Music on the Rock: series which features tributes to musical legends, eras, films and more. Tickets for the 2015 season at Flat Rock Playhouse are not yet on sale, but visitors can expect new flexibility in ticket prices this year. Contact the box office for details.

Pericles, on stage now at North Carolina Stage Company.

Photo courtesy of NC Stage.
In downtown Asheville, the Diana Wortham Theatre has started the season with a bang, selling out one show within the first few days of ticket sales. But don't worry--there's still plenty of theater to go around!

The line up at this intimate, 500-seat theatre includes Cirk La Putyka's Slapstick Sonataan absurd yet poetic theater piece transcending acrobatics and contemporary dance; musical evenings hosted by local bluegrass darlings Red June and Shannon Whitworth; and modern dance performances spanning the history of the art form, from Paul Taylor Dance Company to newcomer Kyle Abraham.

North Carolina Stage Company company kicked off the new season last week with a creative take on Shakespeare's Pericles, and the upcoming calendar will also feature the return of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, plus the marital farce Don't Dress for Dinner and the poignant Annapurna.

And Asheville Community Theatre rounds out the group with several seasonal favorites, beginning with The Addams Family, just in time for Halloween. The season also features A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Chorus Line and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Find more can't miss performances on our events calendar.
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