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 Tributre to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber” – 4/1-17

Fredericksburg Theater Company TributeJoin the Fredericksburg Theater Company as they celebrate another season. FTC’s production will be “A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber” at the Steve W. Shepherd Theatre, 1668 Highway 87 South.

Expect to hear your favorite show tunes in this concert filled with their greatest songs from Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Cats, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love and more.

All performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. 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 “Wait Until Dark” – October 12 to 28

In Frederick Knott’s stage thriller, a recently blinded housewife must outwit a gang of criminals who threaten her life.

Susy Hendrix, independent and resourceful, innocently has come into possession of a drug-filled doll, a doll she has gifted to her difficult and slightly unreliable young neighbor.

The gang impersonates police officers and friends of her traveling husband to get access to Suzy’s apartment and gain her confidence. Alone in her apartment and cut off from the outside world, Suzy takes the fight to these cutthroats on the only playing field on which she has an advantage; the total dark!

Find out in this nail-biting thriller just how dark “Dark” can get.

Fri and Sat at 7:30 PM and Sun at 2 PM.

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

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.

FTC presents The Sentimental Journey Orchestra Holiday Show – 12/11-14

Celebrate the holidays with the music of the fabulous Big Bands of the 1940′s . . . Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and more. ”The greatest music from the greatest generation!” At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2 pm. $29 adults; $12 for youth 17 and under. Call (830) 997-3588 for details or tickets

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents “Lost in Yonkers”

A poignant coming of age story of Jay and his younger brother Artie as they spend a year with their stern grandmother and her dysfunctional family. Despite living above Grandma’s candy store, there is nothing but bittersweetness in this tale of growing up lost in Yonkers. Tickets available online or by phone. At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2 pm. $20 adults; $5.50 youth 18 and under. At the door $25 adults; $7.50 youth 18 and under.

For more information call (830) 997-3588

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents “Little Shop of Horrors” – February 22 to March 2

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.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Call (830) 997-3588 for more information.

Fabulous 50′s Fest at Fredericksburg Theater Company – November 8

An evening of fun, food and rock ‘n roll at Fredericksburg Theater Company! Live music featuring T. J. Smith and his Rock Box All-Stars! All you can eat 50′s menu! Classic car show! Silent auction! Drinks and Dancing! Don’t miss this fundraiser for the Fredericksburg Theater Company! At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

5 pm to midnight. $50 per person. Call (830) 997-3588 for details.