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 “Les Miserables” – June 20 – July 6

Les-Mis-Electronic-e1398349312929This international smash hit may not only be THE most popular musical in the world but is now the longest running musical in the world! It has won more than 100 major theater awards including an Olivier, a Tony and a Grammy! At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2 pm. $29 adults; $12 for youth 17 and under. Call (830) 997-3588 for more information.

Fredericksburg Theater Company presents “Blithe Spirit” – October 17 – November 2

A delightful satirical comedy, it’s the story of the hilarious life of an upper-middle-class writer bedeviled by two wives – at least one of them a ghost! At the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 S. US Hwy 87.

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

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.

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 Foreigner” – April 13 to 29

A fishing lodge, a “foreigner” who understands “nothing” and loose tongues are all hooked by circumstance in this wildly funny farce that sets up an incredible climax in which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys” as the “good guys” emerge unscathed and triumphant.

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

The Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 Hwy 87 S.

For ticket information, please call (830) 997-3588 or visit the FTC website.

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’s “1940s Radio Hour” – December 13 to 23

Take a step back to the glory days of radio with the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s latest production, “The 1940’s Radio Hour” that takes the stage Thursday, December 13, through Sunday, December 23, at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater. The drama set during the beginning of World War II will also feature the Sentimental Journey Orchestra. Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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.

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