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is coming to
the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 2013-14
New Season also includes A Christmas Carol, Taming of the Shrew, The
and two World Premieres.
(July 15, 2013) Mary Poppins, the Broadway blockbuster based on the hit movie,
will be popping into the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a limited run in July
of 2014. Mary Poppins is one part of an eight-play season that includes
three Shakespeares, plays based on works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner, a classic children’s
musical and a reprise of a holiday favorite.
Memberships for the 2013-14 season may be obtained by
calling 1.800.841.4273, online at www.asf.net or by visiting the ASF box office at
1 Festival Drive in the heart of Montgomery’s beautiful Blount Cultural Park.
Single ticket opportunities will be announced at a later date.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will open its 2013-14
season with A Christmas Carol, Nov. 29 through Dec. 24. Adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel by ASF’s
producing artistic director Geoffrey
Sherman, this holiday spectacular features the character of Dickens
himself, who, with sleight of hand and sense of humor, brings his magical story
to life. When Ebenezer Scrooge receives an unwanted visit from the ghost of his
former business partner, an overnight journey of epic proportions begins. The
play takes place on an elaborate set of 19th Century London. The
show also employs period costumes, lots of carols and a new surprise ending.
Brown and Clement Hurd’s classic
children’s tale, Goodnight Moon, will run Jan. 11 through Feb. 1. Bunny’s room
magically comes to life as he sings and dances through nursery rhymes of
dancing bears, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Cow Jumping over the Moon and a
stellar voyage through the constellations. This musical adaptation, which is
suitable for children three and older, features a book, lyrics and music by Chad Henry.
Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, will be performed Jan. 31 through May 25. The
breathtaking glamor and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to life on the ASF
stage. Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive
Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn to their
world of obsession, greed and passion.
Seven, an adaptation of William
Faulkner’s Old Man, will have its
world premiere Feb. 14 through March 2. When a great storm causes the levees to
break on the mighty
Mississippi, a flood of biblical proportions occurs. A
prisoner from a penal colony is entrusted to pilot a
small raft in to the heart of the mayhem to save who he
can. When he pulls a young pregnant woman from the limb of a tree, the unlikely
pair embarks on a seven-week journey in which they face the perils of the Big
Muddy and others who would do them harm.
Taming of the Shrew runs March 14 through May 24. Loose objects and
sparks fly in what may be the most hilarious battle of the sexes ever written.
No man is a match for the wild-tempered and seemingly unmarriable Kate. That’s
a problem because until Kate is married, her father won’t let beautiful and
desirable younger sister Bianca tie the knot with one of her suitors. But
things change when Petruchio swaggers into town and turns his eye toward
Kate—with explosive results.
Just in time for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday,
ASF will complete the Bard’s canon with its production of Timon of
Athens, April 25 through May 23. Translated into modern English by Kenneth Cavander, this version was
originally commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and will enjoy its
world premiere at ASF. When the overly generous Timon realizes he’s given away
too many of his worldly goods to people he thinks are his friends, he becomes
disillusioned when no one will return any of his belongings. Despondent, he
exiles himself into the forest where he stumbles upon a vast treasure. But this
time, Timon’s plans for his new found fortune are less than altruistic.
ASF’s touring production of Shakespeare’s Romeo
& Juliet will come home for performances on May 18, 22 and 25. When
Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love at a ball, they are instantly at odds
with their warring families, the Montagues and Capulets. When the star-crossed
lovers secretly marry, a series of misunderstandings, duels and death
eventually lead to their undoing. In addition to the dates on the ASF stage,
the touring version of Romeo & Juliet will be performed
in communities throughout the state of Alabama as well as Florida, Mississippi,
Louisiana and Georgia.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival will conclude its 2013-14
season with Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Broadway
blockbuster Mary Poppins July 16-27. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny
packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of
magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again.
Mary Poppins showcases some of the most memorable songs ever sung on
the silver screen or stage including Chim
Chim Cher-ee, Jolly Holiday, A
Spoonful of Sugar and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Poppins features original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert
B. Sherman and book by Julian
Fellowes. Additional music is provided by George Stiles and Anthony
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among
the largest Shakespeare theatres in the world. Designated as the State Theatre
of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from
Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton Blount’s gift of a performing arts
complex in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park. This program/project
has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and
the National Endowment for the Arts.