Disney classic, small-town life take the stage this July

Local theaters are casting a fall performance, adapting a Disney film to a musical performance and hosting dinner theaters to benefit a restoration campaign.

Here are the upcoming July theater performances:

Theatre Shenandoah

Auditions for “The Crucible” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. July 18 and 19 at the theater.

Lee Jette, of Theatre Shenandoah, said they will need a cast of 10 men and 10 women of all ages.

“Potential cast members need no prior experience, a large dose of enthusiasm, a willingness to work as rehearsals are demanding, a desire to be part of the live community of the Shenandoah Valley and the ‘want’ to stretch their limits and color outside the box of everyday life,” she said.

“The Crucible” is a drama set from 1629 to 1630 in Salem, Massachusetts, when a fear of witches overtook the town and resulted in hangings and burnings of suspected witches, she said.

“It can be pretty heavy but we have a talented director and one or two seasoned actors/actresses who will bring everyone along,” she added.

Schultz Theatre

“The Little Mermaid” will be performed at the theater beginning July 15.

Directed by Matt Heineck and Ashley McHenry, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken and book by Doug Wright, the cast performs in the musical adaptation of Disney’s 1989 film.

Director Matt Heineck said the musical performance will differ from both the original Disney film and the Broadway performances with “heavy modifications.”

“I think that it’s really going to be a unique performance,” he said. This play will include more songs and soliloquies from the mermaid Ariel, and the sea witch Ursula will rely more on her minions.

This performance “is definitely for the whole family,” Heineck said.

“The production has been a huge collaboration,” he said. All 29 cast members, directors and choreographers worked together to put the play together.

Performances will be held:
• 7 p.m. July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
• 3 p.m. July 17, 24, 31

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the box office by calling 540-740-9119, at the door or online.  The Schultz Theatre is located at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market

Jordan Springs Event Centre

The Historic Jordan Springs Estate will host eight fundraiser dinner theater performances of the comedy “Greater Tuna” from Friday through July 24 on the specially built stage in the main ballroom of the Jordan Springs Event Centre. These performances are to aid in the expansion campaign efforts of the Winchester Little Theater.

The event will begin with a dinner followed by the show. The comedy will run in two acts with a 15-minute intermission.

Colt Nutter, executive director and event producer for Jordan Springs, said the show was originally written for two actors who play 20 different characters, and they have continued that tradition.

“The show began as a simple part skit based on a political cartoon more than 25 years ago in Austin, Texas,” he said. “Greater Tuna” debuted in Austin in the fall of 1981, then made its off-Broadway premiere in 1982.

“Greater Tuna” is set in the fictional small town of Tuna, Texas, and provides commentary on the town, southern life and the attitudes of the town’s residents, he said.

“The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna – men, women, children and animals.”

The show will be held at 1160 Jordan Springs in Stephenson at 6:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, as well as July 15, 16, 22 and 23, and at 1 p.m. on July 17 and 24.

Tickets are $37.50 for each individual or $75 per couple. Prices include dinner and a show, with taxes. To purchase tickets, visit www.jordansprings.eventbrite.com.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com