Theaters prep for upcoming performances

Area theaters are preparing for their upcoming performances of “The Elves and the Shoemaker” and “The Girl in the Freudian Slip.”

Schultz Theatre

At the Schultz Theatre in New Market, 10 children will put on the show “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” said Director Taylor MacMichael.

“The play is about a shoemaker and his struggling family,” MacMichael said. “While the shoemaker works hard, he is terrible at his job, making very uncomfortable shoes. So one day the daughter is on her way home from school and meets a magical peddler who gives her a special item that will help her family.”

The cast has rehearsed for about a month and MacMichael said the play is fun for the whole family.

Cast members include Romney Ritchie, Natalya Postupak, Jolie McIlwee, Wyatt Tinkham, Joshua Postupak, Samuel Post, Brett McIlwee, Cecelia Tinkham, Adrian Alvarado and Julia Marie Obenschain.

If You Go
• 7 p.m. today, Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10.
• 3 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 11.
• Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Buy tickets online at http://tiny.cc/90pcey, or call the Box Office at 540-740-9119. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Winchester Little Theatre

At the Winchester Little Theatre, a cast of six will put on the show “The Girl in the Freudian Slip,” said Director Barbara Swink.

In this play, she said, “The psychiatrist has secretly written a play that his daughter finds. She takes it to his friend who passes it along to a publisher, who turns out to be a former patient about whom the play is written and chaos ensues.”

The play is set in the late 1960s, she added, and she warns it may not be appropriate for young children.

Three of the cast members are long-time actors at the theater, said Swink. Steve Nichols plays the psychiatrist, Rhonda Morris plays his wife and Dick Helm plays the psychiatrist’s best friend.

Rebecca Balcon, who has also participated in the Winchester Little Theatre for Kids, plays the psychiatrist’s daughter. Hilerie Flathers plays the femme fatale. Flathers is an experienced actor and director at nearby theaters. The patient will be played by Eric Platt.

“They all perform as a tight ensemble,” Swink said. “Like pros.”

The cast rehearsed for six weeks, usually four nights a week.

“A great deal of dedication is required of the actors,” she added.

If You Go
• 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Thursday, Sept. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17.
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11.
• Buy tickets online at http://tiny.cc/aejgey, by calling the box office at 540-662-3331, or in person at Winchester Book Gallery in the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall or at Blue Plate Books, 2257 Valley Ave., Winchester.

Theatre Shenandoah

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming performance of “The Crucible.” Tickets can be purchased online at http://tiny.cc/z9igey or by calling the box office at 540-984-3972.

The show will be held in October.

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