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The Alabama Shakespeare Festival announces the 2014-15 Season - A Season of Transformation!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two Musicals, Two Shakespeare Productions and Three Classics provide fun, festive and fulfilling theatrical experiences for the Southeast!

Montgomery, AL -
Coming on the heels of a wildly successful production of Disney’s Mary Poppins, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival announces its new season, which includes another Disney blockbuster, The Little Mermaid.   The titles that will be produced in Montgomery over the course of the 2014-15 season include the heartwarming holiday favorite A Christmas Carol (by Charles Dickens, adapted by Geoffrey Sherman); the beloved musical the LA Times calls “a song-filled valentine”  Always…Patsy Cline (by Ted Swindley); a whimsical and wonderful adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (by Lewis Carroll); one of the funniest plays ever written, The Importance of Being Earnest (by Oscar Wilde), Shakespeare’s epic masterpiece King Lear, Shakespeare’s delightful and romantic As You Like It and Disney’s magical musical extravaganza, The Little Mermaid. 

“This is a season of transformation,” said Geoffrey Sherman, Producing Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the State Theatre of Alabama, and one of the most popular Alabama tourist attractions.  “The characters in the plays all undergo an intense metamorphosis through the stories told on stage – some obvious like Scrooge’s redemption, Alice’s drinking from a bottle and Ariel’s transformation into a human girl – and others more nuanced as with King Lear’s fall from the noblest of monarchs to madman, or the madly entertaining machinations of the fellows who try to become “Earnest” to win their ladyloves.  Then you have characters in Always…Patsy Cline and As You Like It who are forever changed by a meaningful relationship that alters the course of their lives.  It’s the perfect season for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival at this time because we ourselves are transforming - drawing in larger audiences (and more visitors to Montgomery) with a varied selection of world-class theatrical productions.”

Memberships for the 2014-15 season go on sale next Friday, September 5th.  Subscribing members receive discounted tickets, flexible date choices, open seating options, and waived fees.  Members can purchase tickets to all the productions (including The Little Mermaid) before the general public. Family subscriptions are available.  More information at www.asf.net or by calling the Box Office at 334.271.5353, Mondays through Saturdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – previews begin November 23, 2014
A Heartwarming Holiday-Must-See that will get you into the swing of the holiday season with Scrooge’s search for redemption and a spectacular, magical evening of ghosts, spirits, festivity and goodwill.   “God Bless Us, Every One!”

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE – previews begin January 13, 2015
“Hoss, If you can't do it with feeling, don't.”  This award-winning musical is a heart-warming and funny foot-stomp through the music and memories of "country music's greatest female singer" as told by the Texas housewife she befriended two years before her untimely death.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – previews begin January 24, 2015
Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice as she encounters beloved characters both zany and strange – from the White Rabbit to the Mad Hatter and dreaded Queen of Hearts.  This whimsical classic is an enchanting story for all ages.                            

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – previews begin February 27, 2015
Hailed as one of the greatest comedies ever written, Oscar Wilde’s deliriously funny masterpiece is a comedic concoction with all the best ingredients:  mistaken identities, meddling chaperones, madcap situations and a happy ending for everyone. 

AS YOU LIKE IT – previews begin March 7, 2015
“All the world’s stage” in this merry romp with maidens in disguise, feuding brothers, couples falling in love and a heroic rescue from a hungry lion.  Eight actors play multiple characters in this condensed version of Shakespeare’s classic but frisky romantic comedy. 

KING LEAR – previews begin April 10, 2015
“How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!”  The lust of power is all in this epic tale of a once noble monarch driven to madness and ruin by family betrayal, treachery and regret.  Experience the fall of a dynasty in one of Shakespeare’s greatest works.   
 
DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID – previews begin July 8, 2015
You know the story, you love the music – now see the magic brought to vivid life by the team that brought you Disney’s Mary Poppins!  Features songs including Under the Sea, Part of Your World, Poor Unfortunate Souls and Kiss the Girl – a fantastic show for ages 5 to 105! 

FUN, FESTIVE & FULFILLING – WORLD-CLASS THEATRE IN THE HEART OF THE SOUTH!

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as The State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton M. Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex set in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. This program/project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


                                         
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