Fredericksburg Youth Ballet Ensemble presents Swan Lake and Narnia – November 12 & 13 at Fredericksburg Theater Company

Allen Abrams of the Luminario Ballet in Los Angeles works on partnering with Fredericksburg student Emma Hill in preparation for their performance of Swan Lake. Dancers from the Fredericksburg Youth Ballet Ensemble will present Act II from Swan Lake along with an original ballet - Narnia - at the Fredericksburg Theater Company on November 12 and 13. Tickets are now on sale for four shows.

The Fredericksburg Youth Ballet Ensemble invites the public to enjoy both old and new holiday traditions as it presents Legends: Swan Lake Act 2 & Narnia on Saturday, Nov 12, and Sunday, Nov 13, with shows at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. both days, at the Fredericksburg Theater Company, 1668 Hwy 87 South. Special guests are Allen Abrams, Principal with Ballet Austin and Luminario Ballet, and Mark Hierholzer, composer and performer for Narnia.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $7 for students, and are available at Ms. Rhonda’s School of Dance, 202 E. Creek St. Requests for tickets can be made by calling 830-998-0785, by leaving a message at 830-997-0756, or via email at foxcanyon@live.com.

Swan Lake is considered the epitome of classical ballet, according to Bohnert, who calls it “the most classical, stylized, traditional ballet in the world.” The local 20-member corps will be working with professional male lead dancer Allen Abrams, who is based in Los Angeles with the Luminario Ballet and also was a principal with Ballet Austin.

Narnia is a new ballet composed by Mark Hierholzer and choreographed by Lisa Bohnert that premiered last season. Inspired by the works of C.S. Lewis, Narnia is the tale of a magical land where evil threatens, animals speak, and children tangle with treachery and truth. The work features original music, choreography, costumes, lighting and sets.

Hierholzer will perform his score on the piano with the dancers live onstage for all shows.

Mark Hierholzer received his BA in piano music performance from UTSA and his MA in piano performance and literature from Eastman School of Music. Mark currently resides in Fredericksburg and is the music director and organist at Zion Lutheran Church. He directs and composes for the Fredericksburg Chorale, two German community choirs, the League of David, and the Zion Children’s Choir.

Lisa Bohnert studied with Merit Scholarships at the National Academy of Arts, Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago, and the Evanston School of Ballet. She performed professionally with the San Antonio Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet Company, touring 19 states. Ms. Bohnert is an accredited member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dance and currently teaches in Fredericksburg.

FTC Presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” – February 22 to March 10

Rome will never be the same! In this inspired musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim with the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, boy wants girl, slave wants freedom, and Roman war hero wants…. the same girl.

Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus, the musical tells the bawdy story of love, mistaken identity, class warfare and the search for family – with all the masquerades, deceptions and blackmailing going wrong at every turn1

This Tony Award winning musical is a classic of the stage and was the subject of a 1966 film. Don’t miss the laugh-filled trip to ancient Rome presented by the Fredericksburg Theater Company at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 Highway 87 South. Tickets are available online and at the Box Office, 306 E. Austin Street. Call 830-997-3588 for more information.

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents “Little Shop of Horrors” – March 7-9

4_LittleShop_PwrPt-683x1024A hapless florist, a blood-thirsty plant, a Greek chorus of doo-wop singers and the search for fame, fortune and love create an innocent-looking “Little Shop of Horrors” – and a riotously funny musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman that will make you scream . . . with laughter. At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87. Tickets available online or at 830-997-3588.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents “The Fantasticks”

The story of two fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud. This is a special one weekend event honoring Harvey Schmidt, the American Theatre Hall of Fame Composer and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee. At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm. $29 adults; $12 for youth 17 and under. Call 830-997-3588 for more information.

The Hideout Theater performing at Fredericksburg Theater Company – March 14

An all-star lineup of performers will ignite the evening with games, scenes and improvised stories. The very best parts of The Hideout’s award-winning shows performed by award-winning comedians with an improvised musical score. “An honest, wonderful night of theater.” – The Austin Chronicle. At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87. All seats reserved. Tickets available online.

8 pm. $29 adults; $12 youth 17 and under. Call (830) 997-3588 for details.

FTC Presents “The Glass Menagerie” – September 9-25

Tennessee Williams is one of the pillars of post-WWII theater and is considered one of America’s best dramatists. In this gripping masterpiece, Williams is at his best exploring the dynamics between parent and adult children, between siblings, and between dreams and reality.

Set in the 1930s Tom relives, with the audience, a specific memory in his life dealing with his controlling mother, Amanda, and his fragile sister Laura. His mother desperately wants her children to achieve success, but can’t give them the freedom to flourish.

A mother’s smothering love brings this fragile family to its shattering climax.

This production will be directed by Bob Straus, Assistant Director Kevin Judson.

The Steve W. Shepherd Theater is at 1668 Highway 87 South.

Performance Schedule:
Weekends: September 9 – 25th, 2011
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm
* In honor of September 11, there will be no performance on that Sunday.

* Special “Talk About” performance on Thursday, September 22nd at 7:0pm
Tickets for this performance are $25 for adults and $5.50 for youth 18 and under.
Education group/School group pricing for this performance: $1.00 for students (5 student minimum). Group must make reservation together. Individual reservations will not qualify for special pricing.

Additional special education group discounts are available. Please contact the FTC office for additional information (888-669-7114 or 830-997-3588).

Tickets: Available for sale beginning Monday, August 29th
$20 for adults, $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased online or at the Box Office, 306 E. Austin Street.

Please call the box office (888-669-7114) for information on group pricing

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents “The Miracle Worker”

2_MiracleWorker_PwrPt-682x1024William Gibson’s Tony Award Winning drama powerfully presents the story of Anne Sullivan’s struggle to give Helen Keller the “sight” of life she has lost.

Hired as a governess, to give her untamed, wild charge discipline and purpose in life, Anne Sullivan resorts to dramatic means to break through to the sightless and raging Helen in this profoundly moving play. It’s a dramatic, universal story of the need to be known, to be heard, and finally to be in control of one’s destiny.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sun at 2 PM.

At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 Hwy 87 South.

Please visit the website for ticket information www.fredericksburgtheater.org

“Inspecting Carol” by Fredericksburg Theater Company – December 9-18

What better way to spend the holidays than with a play that will have you rolling in the aisles.

It’s Christmas time and a small theater is preparing to bring “A Christmas Carol” to its holiday stage.

At auditions, in walks an unknown actor who is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment of the Arts. The troupe is put into high, farcical gear as they bend over backwards to accommodate the bewildered wannabe actor who is given a role in the holiday production.

Everything that can go wrong goes wrong, hilarity is piled upon hilarity, and the Christmas holiday will never be seen the same way again by this struggling troupe – nor by our audience! Perfect anytime, this is a special family treat at Christmas.

Performance Schedule:
Weekends December 9 – 18

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Tickets: Available for sale beginning Monday, November 28th
$20 for adults, $5.50 for youth 18 and under

Fredericksburg Theater Company Box Office -306 E. Austin Street
Stev W. Shepherd Theater – 1668 Highway 87 South

Please call the box office (888-669-7114) for information on group pricing. Visit www.fredericksburgtheater.org for tickets.

Classic Christmas Cinema at Fredericksburg Theater Company – December 5

Join Fredericksburg Theater Company after the Christmas Parade at the Fredericksburg Theater Company for an evening of carols, popcorn, cocoa, wassel and holiday snacks. Our feature film on the big screen and in glorious Technicolor will be “White Christmas” starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye! Proceeds will benefit the Fredericksburg Theater Company. At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

7:30 – 10:30 pm. $10 adults; $8 children. Call (830) 997-3588 for more information.