2020-2021 Season, Fredericksburg Theater Company
Raise The Curtain!
Fredericksburg Theater Company Announces
On Wednesday evening, March 11th, the Fredericksburg Theater Company (FTC) announced the selections for their twenty-fourth season. Entitled Raise The Curtain! The season includes five musicals, a classic comedy, and a thriller-mystery. All performances will be held at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, 1668 Hwy 87 South, Fredericksburg, TX, 78624.
Besides the seven main stage productions, FTC will also feature seven special events. According to Executive Director Steve Reily, the slate of special events is best described as, “a mix of comedy, dance, and guest artists that will add a welcoming blend of variety to the season.”
For the third year in a row, FTC will produce five musicals in one season. Reily goes on to state, “Every year FTC offers a selection of titles that we believe will electrify and enthuse our patrons. For Season 24, we have programmed five award-winning musicals, a heart-racing thriller, and a classic comedy. The board of directors and staff at FTC are excited about the array of choices and hope the public shares this feeling with us. We consider this collection of shows to be the perfect step forward for FTC as we inch closer to the year 2022, and what will be our silver anniversary.”
Most of FTC’s funding is from private donations, but the theater also receives grants and corporate donations. A season Flex Pass is $145 and includes six tickets that can be used as chosen throughout the theater season. Donation levels begin at $250 with the Performer level and include Director ($1,000), Playwright ($2,500), Producer ($5,000) and Tony Award ($10,000). Each level of support comes with tickets, recognition, and other special features. Donors can also pledge support in the form of monthly donations, starting at only $25 a month.
FTC has earned a positive reputation for its big musicals, dramas, and comedies, being voted the Best Theater in the San Antonio region by BroadwayWorld.com for four consecutive years. Some of those productions included “Les Misérables,” “Evita,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “South Pacific,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.”
Tickets go on sale a full two weeks prior to opening night at the FTC Box Office, located at the theater, at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South. Donors can order tickets three weeks prior to opening. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the FTC office at 888-669-7114 or online at the fredericksburgtheater.org. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online at the fredericksburgtheater.org. All main stage productions are on weekends, with Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. The schedule of Special Events can be found on the FTC website.
Calendar revised as of March 24:
7 Main Stage Productions
Jul. 17 - 26, 2020
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved score features some of the greatest songs ever written for the theater, including “It’s A Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. Can Annie foil Miss Hannigan’s evil plans? Will Annie find happiness and a new home? A family favorite that is not to be missed! (Rated G, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
Disney’s The Lion King Jr.
Aug. 6 - 8, 2020
Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, for the first time ever, it is coming to the Fredericksburg Theater Company stage! The African savannah comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale! (Rated G, Adults $15 / 17 & Under $10)
Smokey Joe’s Cafe
Sep. 11 - 20, 2020
“Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” “Charlie Brown,” “Love Potion #9,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Yakety Yak,” “Kansas City,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Poison Ivy,” “Stand By Me” - The songwriting duo of Leiber and Stoller virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an evening of electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized ‘50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded and a live orchestra, Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t just great pop music - it’s compelling musical theatre! (Rated PG, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
Oct. 9 - 25, 2020
Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash. Sidney’s plan, devised with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student for co-credit. Or is it? Deathtrap provides twists and turns of devilish cleverness and offers hilariously sudden shocks in such abundance that you will be spellbound until the very last moment! (Rated PG-13, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
Nuncrackers- The Nunsense Christmas Musical
Dec. 11 – 20, 2020
They’re back! Nuncrackers- The Nunsense Christmas Musical!, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. Featuring all new songs, including “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us” and “It’s Better to Give than to Receive,” this show is filled with wacky Nunsense humor, some of your favorite carols, and a “Secret Santa” sequence. Certain to tickle your funny bone and likely to tug at your heartstrings, Nuncrackers is the perfect way to make your holiday season merry and bright! (Rated PG, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
9 to 5: The Musical
Feb. 12 -28, 2021
This Broadway smash hit, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, is based on the memorable film. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. But will their plot work? And can a team of secretaries really get ahead in the impenetrable boy’s club? (Rated PG-13, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
The Sunshine Boys
Apr. 16 – May 2, 2021
This classic Neil Simon comedy is the story of two top-billed vaudevillians, Al and Willie, The Sunshine Boys, who worked together for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking! When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries, and laughs. Besides remastering their sketch, the two men have numerous issues to work out before they are ready to return to the public eye. This hilarious comedy was a celebrated 1975 film starring two of America’s great legends, George Burns and Walter Matthau. (Rated PG, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
7 Special Events
Guadalupe Dance Company
August 21st, 2020 7:30 pm
Founded in 1991, the professional dance ensemble of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center performs the colorful regional dances of Mexico, as well as the flamenco rhythms of Spain. With live musicians the company will perform their Alma Flamenco concert. A wonderful night of intricate flamenco rhythms and breathtaking choreography, this program stretches the boundaries of traditional and contemporary movement! (Rated G, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
Texas Comedies presents Bonnie & Clyde: A Musical Comedy
Sept. 4th, 2020 7:30 pm
Texas Comedies creates entertaining and engaging musical comedies about famous-- and infamous-- events in Texas history. Their original work, “Bonnie & Clyde: A Musical Comedy” has entertained audiences in Austin and throughout the state. Based on newspapers, trial transcripts, and other sources, every Texas Comedy performance is an audience-pleasing night out for all ages! (Rated G, Adults $15 / 17 & Under $10)
Jaston Williams in Blood & Holly, Christmas West of the Pecos
Nov. 7 & 8, 2020 - 7:30 p.m.
Christmas letters, fake snow, aluminum trees, and family conflict bring us all together for the Best Time of the Year. Written, directed and performed by “Greater Tuna” star Jaston Williams, this one-man show will leave you in stitches! (Rated PG, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12) Nov. 7 performance features a gala starting at 6:00 p.m. with food, drinks, and silent auction benefiting FTC.
Third Annual Texas Hill Country Cowboy Gathering
Nov. 13 & 14, 2020
This two day festival of Song, Story, Poetry, and Art features internationally acclaimed, regional, and local talent. Songwriters, poets, balladeers, and artists will celebrate the legend and cowboy spirit in all of us. Tickets available early Fall at TexasHillCountryCowboyGathering.com. (Rated G)
Fredericksburg Dance Company presents The Nutcracker
Nov. 20-22, 2020
Fri. at 7:30 p.m, Sat at 2:00 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Fredericksburg Dance Company presents the holiday ballet classic The Nutcracker. Join us for an evening of enchanting fun and dance, perfect for audiences of all ages. (Rated G, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
Texas A&M Singing Cadets
Mar. 5, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
THE VOICE OF AGGIELAND From humble beginnings as the A&M College of Texas All-Male Glee Club formed in 1893, the Singing Cadets is Texas A&M University’s premier men’s chorus. Now in their 119th touring season, they will be performing over 100 concerts this year throughout Texas, the United States, and the world. (Rated G, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)
The Hideout Theater
Mar. 12, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Austin’s premier improvisation theatre company performs their brand of award-winning comedy! Featuring an all-star lineup of performers with years of experience in a show that is accessible, surprising, and hilarious. A guaranteed evening of endless laughter! “An honest, wonderful night of theatre.” - The Austin Chronicle (Rated PG, Adults $29 / 17 & Under $12)