April plays bring entertainment for all ages

Area theaters are springing (and singing) into the season with hit shows and children’s productions in early April.

Theatre Shenandoah will kick off the month with their production of the Tony-winning ’50s Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls.” Lori Staley, president and artistic director of the theater, will be co-directing the show with board member Polly Capansky.

Theater treasurer Lee Jette said the large cast of around 25 has been hard at work during eight full weeks of rehearsals. He also said the show will introduce some brand new singing voices to the area.

“Guys and Dolls” will play at Theatre Shenandoah at 7:30 p.m. April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 and at 2:30 p.m. April 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and youth and can be purchased at or online at http://tinyurl.com/hk7cm87.

Schultz Theatre is looking to further foster youth involvement with the stage with classes, workshops and shows for children, according to artistic director Michael Gwin. The theater is starting out the season with a production by kids and for kids in “The Last of the Dragons,” a tale of fantasy and bravery.

Director Elizabeth Dunham said the show is packed with plenty of excitement and energy.

“It’s kind of a twist on a classic fairytale story…the princess doesn’t really want to be saved, she wants to fight the dragon all by herself,” she said. “It’s really short and it’s cute and it’s really funny.”

Dunham said her cast consists of children aged 7 to 11, which is rare for the New Market theater group. She said many of the kids hadn’t acted before, and she’s been impressed with how much they’ve learned since auditioning at the end of January.

The Schultz Theatre will show “The Last of the Dragons” at 6:30 p.m. April 8 and 9 and at 3 p.m. April 10. Tickets can be bought at the box office or online at http://tinyurl.com/hyb98sj and are $10 for adults or $8 for students and seniors.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com