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Volume 26, Number 5 — May 2019

Theatre Bristol Announces 2019 Season

By Leslie Grace | A! Magazine for the Arts | January 30, 2019

Theatre Bristol plans to enchant audiences with traditional and American fairy tales, a mystery and a miracle for its 54th Season.

The season kicks off with its third River’s Way collaboration March 9 in “Cinder Red Robin Hood and the Seven Dwarfs” a Theatre Bristol original production written and directed by Dottie Havlik.

Then we’re off to see “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, under the direction of Kenn Naegele at the Paramount Center for the Arts June 21-30. The beloved tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home includes favorite iconic songs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “If I Were King of the Forest” and more. Auditions for men, women, children and dogs too, are March 11, 12, 16 and 17. Performances are June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30.

Theatre Bristol’s annual The Start of Adventure summer camp for kindergarten through eighth grade runs July 8-12. Registration begins in February at

The Youth Service Board follows up their hard work on camp, as well as past successful productions of “Tartuffe,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost” with a production of “Sherlock Holmes,” July 26-28.

What big plans they have to present “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf” directed by Camille Gray on the ARTspace stage Sept. 6-15. Is the Wolf a villain or victim? Are the Three Pigs innocent or at fault? The Jurors are Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty, to name a few. Are they solid citizens or characters with a past in this trial of the century? Auditions for men, women, and children are July 13, July 14 and July 15. Performances are Sept. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15.

Then, for a perfectly charming holiday experience, Theatre Bristol presents “Into the Woods” under the direction of Glenn Patterson at the Paramount Center for the Arts, Nov. 15-24. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece... and a modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are enchanting and touching, with the notable music of “Children Will Listen,” “Ever After,” “Agony,” “The Last Midnight” and many more. Auditions for men, women and teenagers are Aug. 3, Aug. 4, Aug. 5 and Aug. 10. Performances are Nov. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24.

“Miracle on 34th Street” directed by Dottie Havlik, will have everyone believing Dec. 6-22 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace. By chance, Kris Kringle, an elderly man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for, but the magic of Christmas ends up on trial. Auditions for men, women and children are Sept. 28, Sept. 29, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Performances are Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

In advance of the 2020 season, Theatre Bristol holds auditions for a winter holiday musical directed by Steve Davis and Steve Baskett in Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace. Auditions for men, women and teenagers are Dec. 7, Dec. 8, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10. Performances are Feb. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16.

Those interested in volunteering are welcome to come to any of the audition dates and discuss their interest and skill. Interested individuals can also email No experience is necessary for crew work, though welcome. For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email

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