Bright Star

Show Dates and Times

June 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m.
June 21, 28 at 2 p.m.

About the Show

Bright Star is a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46 with flashbacks to 1923. This musical is inspired by Martin and Brickell’s Grammy-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album Love Has Come for You and, in turn, the folk story of the Iron Mountain Baby. A rich tapestry of emotion—Bright Star runs June 18 through June 28, 2020.

Director

Katie Jo Icenhower has tread the boards for many years, but the journey that lead down her current dramatic path still feels fresh. After her first community theatre production, Katie Jo was so enthralled with theatre and its extended family working together towards a positive goal that she knew she wanted it to be a part of her life forever. However, at the time, the way to do that seemed to be through performing. She did show after show, truly addicted to the on-stage experience. She attended Governor’s School in drama. She toured Europe singing and dancing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre. She studied acting at BADA in London. She worked professionally in theatres around the country. She got an agent and did a bit of film and television work. But it was once she had an opportunity to direct a group of creative individuals in sharing a story that she found where her theatre heart lies. She has directed over 50 shows and taught theatre classes for Artistic Motion, ACT, Studio One, and Broadway’s Best among others. She even decided to go back to school and get a master’s degree in theatre so that she would be fully versed in how best to conduct this collaborative creative art. Katie Jo and her husband, Scott, are currently in the process of building their own theatre in Kernersville to make theatre and sharing it the central part of their lives.

Cast/Characters

Billy Cane, Male, Lead Tenor
Jimmy Ray Dobbs, Male, Lead Tenor
Alice Murphy, Female, Lead Mezzo-Soprano
Mayor Josiah Dobbs, Male, Supporting Baritone
Margo Crawford, Female, Supporting Soprano
Mama Murphy, Female, Featured Mezzo-Soprano
Daddy Murphy, Male, Featured Baritone
Daddy Cane, Male, Featured Tenor
Lucy Grant, Female, Featured Soprano
Darryl Ames, Male, Featured Tenor, Baritone

Location

James Fitzpatrick Auditorium
512 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284

For the 7:30 p.m shows, the lobby doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 7 p.m. For the 2 p.m. shows, the lobby doors will open at 1 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 1:30 p.m.

Directions

Tickets

Tickets available online through Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased at the door. Price includes NC sales tax.

Adults – $15
Students/Seniors – $13
Children – $8

Special Thanks to Our 43rd Season Sponsors

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
North Carolina Arts Council
Kernersville Foundation
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Town of Kernersville
Vintage Sound & Light

Blithe Spirit

Audition Dates and Times

December 16 at 7 p.m.
December 17 at 7 p.m.

Show Dates and Times

February 28, 29, March 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m.
March 1, 8 at 2 p.m.

About the Show

Blithe Spirit introduces us to fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity. Until death do us part, or so we thought—Blithe Spirit runs February 28 through March 8, 2020.

Director

Myla O’Brien is a KLT veteran, acting on-stage, working back-stage, directing and serving as a board member. She directed KLT’s Marvelous Wonderettes in 2015 and A Christmas Carol in 2019.  She last seen on stage as Jeri Neal in The Dixie Swim Club. Myla has also volunteered with other theatre organizations around the Triad. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a B.S. in Theatre.  Myla’s on-stage fiancée become her off-stage husband, Paul, of 20 years. They live in Kernersville with their two daughters, Allie and Peyton.

Cast/Characters

Charles, Writer, 45 – 55 years old
Ruth, Charles wife, 35 – 45
Edith, Housekeeper, 25 – 55
Dr. Bradman, Friend of Charles, 35 – 55
Mrs. Bradman, Wife and friend, 30 – 55
Madame Arcati, eccentric medium, 25 – 55
Elvira, Charles’ deceased first wife, 35 – 45

Location

James Fitzpatrick Auditorium
512 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284

For the 7:30 p.m shows, the lobby doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 7 p.m. For the 2 p.m. shows, the lobby doors will open at 1 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 1:30 p.m.

Directions

Tickets

Tickets available online through Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased at the door. Price includes NC sales tax.

Adults – $15
Students/Seniors – $13
Children – $8

Special Thanks to Our 43rd Season Sponsors

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
North Carolina Arts Council
Kernersville Foundation
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Town of Kernersville
Vintage Sound & Light

Treasure Island

Show Dates and Times

November 15, 16, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m.
November 17, 24 at 2 p.m.

About the Show

Treasure Island, written by Tara Raczenski and based on the masterful adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. It begins at an inn on the Devon coast of England in 1775 and quickly becomes an unforgettable tale of treachery and mayhem featuring a host of legendary swashbucklers including the dangerous Billy Bones, the sinister two-timing Israel Hands and the hideous form of evil incarnate, Black Dog. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time. An amazing adventure awaits you—Treasure Island runs November 15 through November 24, 2019.

Director

Moses Goldberg, now a resident at Well•Spring in Greensboro, retired after 25 years as Producing Director of Stage One Family Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. He still works as a freelance director, teacher and playwright. He has directed professionally at theatres from Washington to Florida, including – in 1988 – one of the first US/Soviet exchanges at Moscow’s famed Taganka Theatre. Sixteen of his plays for young audiences have been published, as well as his most recent book TYA: Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences. He has received the 1990 Charlotte B. Chorpenning Cup, in 2002 was honored with the Governor’s Artist Award for the state of Kentucky, and the 2005 Medallion of the Children’s Theatre Foundation. He has taught at Florida State University, Southwest Texas State University and served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisville, McDaniel College and UNC Greensboro.

Characters

Lead roles are available for older teens & adults, with limited roles for ages 10+

JIM HAWKINS, (12-16) the narrator and hero of the story.

DR. LIVESEY, (30+) a sensible country doctor, a female disguised as a man.

SQUIRE TRELAWNEY, (40-60) a good-hearted country gentleman of generous means.

MR. HAWKINS, (40+) Jim’s overworked father, doubles as BEN GUNN, a reformed pirate, marooned.

MRS. HAWKINS, (40+) Jim’s overwrought mother, doubles as JOB ANDERSON, a pirate (disguised as a male).

JOHN (JANE) SILVER, (40+) a female pirate disguised as a one legged male sea-cook.

BILLY BONES, (40+) a pirate with a valuable secret, doubles as CPT. SMOLLETT, a hard-nosed sea captain worth his salt.

BLACK DOG, (50+) a blind sea-faring man, doubles as ISRAEL HANDS, a pirate.

ABIGAIL GRAY, (late teens) a serving girl, and Silver’s daughter. Also, disguised as ABRAHAM GRAY, a pirate with divided loyalties.

MORGAN, (50+) an old sea-dog and pirate.

GEORGE MERRY, a young and ambitious pirate.

DANNY, DARBY, JUTE, Silver’s Crew. Also, PIRATES and FLINT’S CREW.

NICK O’BRIEN, a young seaman and a blood-thirsty mutineer. Also one of the PIRATES, and FLINT’S CREW.

ALAN DOOLEY, (10-14) a boy sea-man.

TOM LOCKE, GEORGE HUNTER, young sailors.

RICHARD JOYCE, Trelawney’s valet, female disguised as a male.

Cast

JIM HAWKINS Nick Kelley
DR. LIVESEY Beth Strader
SQUIRE TRELAWNEY Mark Graves
MR. HAWKINS/ BEN GUNN Brooke Simmons
MRS. HAWKINS/ JOB Jennifer Raiford Graves
JOHN (JANE) SILVER Tara Raczenski
BILLY BONES/ SMOLLETT Archie Collins
BLACK DOG/ ISRAEL HANDS Christy Gantt
ABIGAIL GRAY/ABRAHAM Paiten Iselin
MORGAN Michele Swanson
MERRY/Fight Captain Margaret Stringer
DANNY Laura Strader
DARBY Caroline Holland
JUTE Sharon Jarriel
NICK O’BRIEN Esther Mullis
TOM LOCKE Ben James
ALAN DOOLEY Dylan Shaw
GEORGE HUNTER Ivey Harris
RICHARD JOYCE Sarah Cameron
APPRENTICE PIRATE Joey Mattingly 

Location

James Fitzpatrick Auditorium
512 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284

For the 7:30 p.m shows, the lobby doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 7 p.m. For the 2 p.m. shows, the lobby doors will open at 1 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 1:30 p.m.

Directions

Tickets

Tickets available online through Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased at the door. Price includes NC sales tax.

Adults – $15
Students/Seniors – $13
Children – $8

Special Thanks to Our 43rd Season Sponsors

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
North Carolina Arts Council
Kernersville Foundation
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Town of Kernersville
Vintage Sound & Light

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Show Dates and Times

September 13, 14, 20, 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
September 15, 22, 2019 at 2 p.m.

About the Show

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a comedy with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss and originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in the geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Winning isn’t everything—Spelling Bee runs September 13 through September 22, 2019. Rated PG13, some language and mild adult themes. 

Director

Margaret “Maggie” B. Gallagher, Artistic Director and Music Director, first appeared with KLT as Mame in the musical Mame and has been back several times as an actress and a music director. She is a retired choral music and drama teacher with the Guilford County School system and lives in Winston Salem. Gallagher now teaches private voice students and directs/music directs for theatre companies in the Triad and Virginia. Her favorite shows to music direct have been Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, Smoke on the Mountain, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Tarzan.

Cast/Characters

William Barfee: Michael Mickiewicz
Olive Ostrovsky: Taylor Bechtold
Logainne “Schwartzy” Schwartzandgrubenierre: Grace DiMaio
Marcy Park: Jessie Stewart
Leaf Coneybear: Jake Messina
Charlito “Chip” Tolentino: Kolton Collins 
Vice Principal Douglas Panch: James Crowe
Rona Lisa Peretti: Steffanie Vaughan
Mitch Mahoney: Michael Kotula

Location

James Fitzpatrick Auditorium
512 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284

For the 7:30 p.m shows, the lobby doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 7 p.m. For the 2 p.m. shows, the lobby doors will open at 1 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 1:30 p.m.

Directions

Tickets

Tickets available online through Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased at the door. Price includes NC sales tax.

Adults – $15
Students/Seniors – $13

Special Thanks to Our 43rd Season Sponsors

The Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
North Carolina Arts Council
Kernersville Foundation
River Landing at Sandy Ridge
Town of Kernersville
Vintage Sound & Light

Season Flex Passes

Season flex passes are on sale and available now! Use your tickets in any combination for any of our 4 shows during the season. And for those of you who enjoy dinner and a show as an evening out, we are entering all of our season flex pass members into a drawing to win a $50 gift card from The Prescott, Kernersville’s farm to table dining location. Order your season flex pass today!

 

Season Flex Pass prices for our season are as follows:

  • Adult – $52
  • Student/Senior (age 60 and older) – $45

Purchase your Season Flex Pass now!

All ticket prices include NC sales tax. 

2019 Annual Gala

Everyone is invited to the covered dish banquet at 5:30 PM, Saturday, August 17, 2019, in the Fellowship Hall of Kernersville Moravian Church, located at 504 S. Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284, followed by the annual business meeting at 6:40 PM and the awards ceremony at 7 PM. The awards are the highlight of the season for those actors and technical personnel who have labored so hard to bring quality theatre to the area. For more information about the Annual Gala, email the President at president@kltheatre.com.

Cast Announcement

Thank you to all who auditioned for our 6th Annual Bring A Book to Life production of Treasure Island. Sadly, we were not able to cast everyone. We invite you to return to audition for a future show. 

JIM HAWKINS Nick Kelley
DR. LIVESEY Beth Strader
SQUIRE TRELAWNEY Mark Graves
MR. HAWKINS/ BEN GUNN Brooke Simmons
MRS. HAWKINS/ JOB Jennifer Raiford Graves
JOHN (JANE) SILVER Tara Raczenski
BILLY BONES/ SMOLLETT Archie Collins
BLACK DOG/ ISRAEL HANDS Christy Gantt
ABIGAIL GRAY/ABRAHAM Paiten Iselin
MORGAN Michele Swanson
MERRY/Fight Captain Margaret Stringer
DANNY Laura Strader
DARBY Caroline Holland
JUTE Sharon Jarriel
NICK O’BRIEN Esther Mullis
TOM LOCKE Ben James
ALAN DOOLEY Dylan Shaw
GEORGE HUNTER Ivey Harris
RICHARD JOYCE Sarah Cameron
APPRENTICE PIRATE Joey Mattingly

Please email stage manager Penny Holland at stagemanager61@gmail.com by Sunday night to accept or decline your role. 

A Christmas Carol

Dates and Times

November 29, 30 and December 1, 7 and 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. and December 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.

About the Show

Back by popular demand–four mysterious spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge to help him find the true meaning of Christmas. This faithful adaptation will be our 5th Annual Bring a Book to Life production.

Director

Myla O’Brien is a KLT veteran, acting on-stage, working back-stage, directing, serving as a Board Member, including VP of Marketing. She directed KLT’s Marvelous Wonderettes in 2015. While Myla has enjoyed all her roles at KLT from her 1987 debut as the title character in Lily The Felon’s Daughter, to her favorite role of Charlene in 1994’s I Take This Man, which not only resulted in her Best Leading Actress award, but also with her on-stage fiancee becoming her off-stage husband of 20 years, Paul. The two have since collaborated on several productions, but their proudest is their daughters, Allie (17) and Peyton (15). A graduate of Ball State University with a B.S. in Theatre, Myla has volunteered with other theatre organizations around the triad, including directing the World Premier of Conversations in a Cafe and a Staged Reading of All About Faith for Log-Inn Productions. She is Business Manager for The Lattitude Group, a Business Consulting firm headquartered in Kernersville, which is the best town around!

Cast

EBENEZER SCROOGE – DAVID KOLB

GHOST OF JACOB MARLEY – MIKE KOTULA

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST – PAITEN ISELIN

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT -JENNI PIRKEY

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS FUTURE – MICHAEL MICKIEWICZ

MRS. TURK – TAMMY BASON

CHARLES DICKENS – JOHN SHEA

CHARITY COLLECTOR 1 – PAITEN ISELIN

CHARITY COLLECTOR 2 – SARAH KEPINS

BOB CRATCHIT – GEORGE HURT

MRS. CRATCHIT – MICHELE SWANSON

MARTHA CRATCHIT – EMILY RADFORD

PETER CRATCHIT – BEN JAMES

BELINDA CRATCHIT – ABBY ASHBURN

CRATCHIT BOY 2 – LEVI HEDGECOCK

CRATCHIT GIRL 3 – SARAH CAMERON

TINY TIM CRATCHIT – DENISE BIAS

FRED HOLLOWELL – NICOLAS KURSONIS

MRS. HOLLOWELL – JANEA PLATT

TOPPER – MIKE KOTULA

SISTER 1 – REBECCA STANIFER

SISTER 2 – NINA MITCHELL

HOLLOWELL GUEST 4 – BRIAN ALBRECHT

HOLLOWELL GUEST 5 – ARCHIE COLLINS

BOY SCROOGE – TREY ALBRECHT

MR. FEZZIWIG – MICHAEL MICKIEWICZ

MRS. FEZZIWIG – JENNI PIRKEY

FEZZIWIG CHILD 1 – ELLA LAWRENCE

FEZZIWIG CHILD 2 – ETHAN LAWRENCE

FEZZIWIG CHILD 3 – LEVI HEDGECOCK

FEZZIWIG CHILD 4 – LAURA STRADER

DICK WILKINS – NOAH DUMONT

YOUNG SCROOGE – GRAY WEAVER

YOUNG BELLE – BROOKE SIMMONS

OLDER BELLE – TABATHA EATON

BELLE’S HUSBAND – NICOLAS KURSONIS

BELLE’S DAUGHTER – KYLIE EATON

BELLE’S SON – CALEB EATON

IGNORANCE – JOEY MATTINGLY

WANT – ADDISON STANIFER

GOSSIPER 1 – CHRIS HUGHES

GOSSIPER 2 – BETH STRADER

GOSSIPER 3 – MAUREEN FIORENTINO

WEALTHY BUSINESSMAN 1 – BRIAN ALBRECHT

WEALTHY BUSINESSMAN 2 – MIKE KOTULA

PAWNBROKER – ARCHIE COLLINS

LAUNDRESS – JENNIFER STANIFER

TURKEY RUNNER – KYLIE EATON

TOWNSPEOPLE – AMANDA GIBSON, CAROLINE HOLLAND, JAN KOTULA, MIKE WHICKER, PAUL WILLIAMS

CAROLERS – BETH JAMES, ESTHER MULLIS, KARIS TUCK

Location

James Fitzpatrick Auditorium
512 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284

Directions

Tickets

Tickets available now through Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased at the door. Price includes NC sales tax.

Adults – $15
Students/Seniors – $13
Children – $8 

Sponsors

Shrek The Musical

Dates and Times

Preview Night: Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 8 p.m. All tickets for Preview Night are $10. 

June 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2019 at 8 p.m.

June 16 and 23, 2019 at 2 p.m.

About the Show

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek the Musical is a Tony award-winning fairy tale adventure.

Director

Steffanie N. Vaughan, played the part of John Adams in KLT’s production of 1776. She has also been in Brigadoon and Alice in Wonderland and directed Tarzan for KLT. She followed her high school boyfriend into the pit for a production of Annie, and became a part of the Piedmont theatre community. Since then, she has played in the orchestra, acted, music directed and directed. Her favorite roles include “Abigail Adams” (1776), “Anna Leonowens” (The King and I) and “Eleanor of Aquitaine” (The Lion in Winter).

 

Cast

Shrek: Guy Dorsinville
Princess Fiona: Ashley Pearson
Donkey: Jerry Byers
Lord Farquaad: John Michael Sloan
Dragon Trio/Pigs Trio/ Women’s Trio/Three Blind Mice: Marilyn Gaylord, Rosie Manla, Jessica Perry
Teen Fiona/Humpty Dumpty: Ava Belle Jones
Child Fiona/Baby Bear: Natalie McCarthy
Pinocchio: Mariah Morales
Papa Ogre/Papa Bear/Pied Piper: Braxton Allen
Mama Ogre/Gingy/Blue Bird/ Offstage vocals: Charity Hampton
Young Shrek/Dwarf: Kiera Call
King Harold/Knight/Guard: Brian Albrecht
Queen Lillian/Duloc Performer/Pied Piper Rat: Rachel Schroeder
Wicked Witch: Judy Thompson
Sugar Plum Fairy: Sammy Campbell
White Rabbit/ Duloc Performer/ Pied Piper Rat: Grace Hampton
Elf/Duloc Performer/ Pied Piper Rat: Heather Hadjoglou
Ugly Duckling: Rebecca Stanifer
Mad Hatter: Janea Platt
Big Bad Wolf: Dakarai Ince
Greeter/Duloc Performer/ Pied Piper Rat: Sarah Simpkins
Peter Pan: Brandon Schroeder
Fairy Godmother: Dedrica McRae-Templeton
Bishop/Knight/Guard: John Foltz
Mama Bear/Duloc Performer/ Pied Piper Rat: Sakile Ince
Thelonius/Knight/Guard: Isaac Hampton
Captain/Knight/Guard: Archie Collins
Duloc Performer/ Pied Piper Rat: Morgan Borden, Fiona Cahoon, Caitlin Holland, Brooke Simmons, Ava Stripling

Location

James Fitzpatrick Auditorium
512 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
For the 8 p.m shows, the lobby doors will open at 7 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 7:30 p.m.
For the 2 p.m. shows, the lobby doors will open at 1 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 1:30 p.m.

Directions

Tickets

Tickets available online through Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased at the door. Price includes NC sales tax.

Adults – $15
Students/Seniors – $13
Children – $8 

Sponsors

Harvey

Dates and Times

February 22, 23, March 1 and 2, 2019 at 8 p.m. and February 24 and March 3, 2019 at 2 p.m.

About the Show

Elwood P. Dowd insists on including his friend Harvey in all of his sister Veta’s social gatherings. Trouble is, Harvey is an imaginary six and a half foot-tall rabbit.

Director

Bobby Bodford is a veteran of stage and screen. As a professional director, playwright and actor, he has over 40 years experience. His directing credits include critically acclaimed productions of the Smoke on the Mountain Trilogy and Fiddler on the Roof  for Twin City Stage; and most recently, Avenue Q and Madagascar Jr. for Community Theatre Greensboro. He just completed a summer camp at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro NC where he directed his adaptation of Treasure Island.

 

Cast

Myrtle Mae Simmons: Amanda Mayes

Veta Louise Simmons: Pam Barrans

Elwood P. Dowd: Michael Simmons Jr.

Mrs. Ethel Chauvenet: Christy Gantt

Ruth Kelly: Tabatha Eaton

Duane Wilson: Archie Collins

Lyman Sanderson: Nic Kursonis

William R. Chumley: Michael Mickiewicz

Betty Chumley: Beth Strader

Judge Omar Gaffney: Larry Horn

E.J. Lofgren: John Walsh

Location

James Fitzpatrick Auditorium
512 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284
For the 8 p.m shows, the lobby doors will open at 7 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 7:30 p.m. For the 2 p.m. shows, the lobby doors will open at 1 p.m. and the auditorium will open at 1:30 p.m.

Directions

Tickets

Tickets available online through Brown Paper Tickets or can be purchased at the door. Price includes NC sales tax.

Adults – $15
Students/Seniors – $13
Children – $8 

Sponsors