Welcome to Kernersville Little Theatre’s 44th Season: Adapat-Ability! This year, we are trying a few new things, including venues. We’re also reserving the right to zig-zag, punt, loop the loop and dosido our way through — by keeping arts opportunities alive and ensuring the safety of our patrons and volunteers — and bringing you four incredible productions! We hope you’ll take the adventure with us.
The Service at Rocky Bluff (September 10, 11 and 12)
A fun little jointly-produced venture with Krossroads Playhouse and Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden — The Service at Rocky Bluff with additional support from Vintage Sound & Light and Kernersville Museum — is our gift to the community and admission will be FREE. We will hold this production outdoors at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, located at 215 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284. Reservations will be required, so that we can abide by gathering restrictions in place at the time of show. More details will be available as the dates approach.
Amy Westmond and her husband Floyd, along with his brother and father who comprise a country music group, return to Amy’s home church. They reminisce and catch up on the gossip with Marie, the church’s housekeeper, and Betty, the choir director, who inspired Amy earlier but now seems to have somewhat of an attitude. The Westmonds are told that a search committee will be there for the evening hymn-sing to try to lure the church’s beloved pastor away. With the unseen organist who communicates through charades, they form a plan — a fake pastor and fake service! Lloyd will do his comic preacher routine and Floyd will be his minister of education. The two “ministers” have an abundance of bad jokes, and there’s plenty of comical choreography when they all sing. The fake service seems to be working, but when Betty brings out her puppet, Bobby Socks the Bible Book Worm, there are unexpected — and heartfelt — consequences.
Kitchen Witches (October 15, 16 and 17)
In October we’ll be back at Paul J. Ceiner Botanical Garden, located at 215 South Main Street, Kernersville, NC 27284, for Kitchen Witches on October 15, 16 and 17.
Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for thirty years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly’s long-suffering TV-producer son, Stephen, tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly’s dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel’s, it’s a losing battle, and the show becomes a ratings smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars (February/ March 2021)
In another shift, we moved our Bring a Book to Life show to late February/March and are hoping that things may look a little more normal by that time. If not, we’ll be ready, because the goal of this production is not only an entertaining show, but to provide elementary school students with access to free theatre and an age-appropriate book based on the show. Kernersville Little Theatre is pleased to announce our 7th annual Bring a Book to Life production, Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars.
Sherlock Holmes is missing, and the streets of London are awash with crime. Who will save the day? The Baker Street Irregulars — a gang of street kids hired by Sherlock himself to help solve cases. Now they must band together to prove not only that Sherlock is not dead but also to find the mayor’s missing daughter, untangle a murder mystery from their own past, and face the masked criminal mastermind behind it all — a bandit who just may be the brilliant evil Moriarty, the man who killed Sherlock himself! Can a group of orphans, pickpockets, inventors and artists rescue the people of London? The game is afoot!
Bright Star (June 2021)
And last but not least, and hopefully in our traditional venue, in June 2021 we’ll get to tell the story we wanted to tell our audiences so badly this season — Bright Star.
Inspired by a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of North Carolina in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past — and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.