It’s a Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Season at ASF!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
MONTGOMERY, AL (July 23, 2013) Mary Poppins, the Broadway blockbuster based on the hit movie, will be popping into the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a limited run in July of 2014. Mary Poppins is one part of an eight-play season that includes three Shakespeares, plays based on works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner, a classic children’s musical and a reprise of a holiday favorite.
Memberships for the 2013-14 season may be obtained by calling 1.800.841.4273, online at www.asf.net or by visiting the ASF box office at 1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery’s beautiful Blount Cultural Park. Single ticket opportunities will be announced at a later date.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will open its 2013-14 season with A Christmas Carol, Nov. 29 through Dec. 24. Adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel by ASF’s producing artistic director Geoffrey Sherman, this holiday spectacular features the character of Dickens himself, who, with sleight of hand and sense of humor, brings his magical story to life. When Ebenezer Scrooge receives an unwanted visit from the ghost of his former business partner, an overnight journey of epic proportions begins. The play takes place on an elaborate set of 19th Century London. The show also employs period costumes, lots of carols and a new surprise ending.
Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd’s classic children’s tale, Goodnight Moon, will run Jan. 11 through Feb. 1. Bunny’s room magically comes to life as he sings and dances through nursery rhymes of dancing bears, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow Jumping over the Moon and a stellar voyage through the constellations. This musical adaptation, which is suitable for children three and older, features a book, lyrics and music by Chad Henry.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, will be performed Jan. 31 through May 25. The breathtaking glamor and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to life on the ASF stage. Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn to their world of obsession, greed and passion.
Edward Morgan’s Twenty Seven, an adaptation of William Faulkner’s Old Man, will have its world premiere Feb. 14 through March 2. When a great storm causes the levees to break on the mighty Mississippi, a flood of biblical proportions occurs. A prisoner from a penal colony is entrusted to pilot a small raft in to the heart of the mayhem to save who he can. When he pulls a young pregnant woman from the limb of a tree, the unlikely pair embarks on a seven-week journey in which they face the perils of the Big Muddy and others who would do them harm.
William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew runs March 14 through May 24. Loose objects and sparks fly in what may be the most hilarious battle of the sexes ever written. No man is a match for the wild-tempered and seemingly unmarriable Kate. That’s a problem because until Kate is married, her father won’t let beautiful and desirable younger sister Bianca tie the knot with one of her suitors. But things change when Petruchio swaggers into town and turns his eye toward Kate—with explosive results.
Just in time for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, ASF will complete the Bard’s canon with its production of Timon of Athens, April 25 through May 23. Translated into modern English by Kenneth Cavander, this version was originally commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and will enjoy its world premiere at ASF. When the overly generous Timon realizes he’s given away too many of his worldly goods to people he thinks are his friends, he becomes disillusioned when no one will return any of his belongings. Despondent, he exiles himself into the forest where he stumbles upon a vast treasure. But this time, Timon’s plans for his new found fortune are less than altruistic.
ASF’s touring production of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet will come home for performances on May 18, 22 and 25. When Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love at a ball, they are instantly at odds with their warring families, the Montagues and Capulets. When the star-crossed lovers secretly marry, a series of misunderstandings, duels and death eventually lead to their undoing. In addition to the dates on the ASF stage, the touring version of Romeo & Juliet will be performed in communities throughout the state of Alabama as well as Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will conclude its 2013-14 season with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway blockbuster Mary Poppins July 16-27. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins showcases some of the most memorable songs ever sung on the silver screen or stage including Chim Chim Cher-ee, Jolly Holiday, A Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Mary Poppins features original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and book by Julian Fellowes. Additional music is provided by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.
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 Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex 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.