By SERINA MARSHALL
Staff Writer [email protected]
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is kicking off its new season of shows for the whole family to enjoy.
“We are opening at the end of August with Irving Berlin’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun,’ which is a show that’s been around for many years. However, the JRT has never produced that show, so we’re really excited about opening the season with this show,” said Jennifer Ross-Bernhardt, artistic director for JRT. “It’s a wonderful show for the whole family, and of course you can’t go wrong with Irving Berlin music, so it’s just funny and fun and uplifting.”
Another show the theatre will be performing is Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” which just recently had auditions.
“It will be done in October. It is hilarious! It is a wonderful play, and being in October, it is perfect for Halloween,” Bernhardt said. “And then (the first weekend in December) for Christmas time we’re doing the one weekend Christmas Cabaret with all of our singers and dancers. It will be a collection of different Christmas songs and a very community oriented musical review.”
For the second and third weekend of December, the theatre will be doing a radio show production of “A Christmas Carol.”
“We did ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ last year and it went over so well. We sold out every show, so we’re bringing back the same playwright and the same format as the regular show but with ‘A Christmas Carol,’” Bernhardt said. “Then in January we are going to be doing ‘On Golden Pond,’ which we did produce in the late ’80s. I was actually working with JRT then, and we did it at that time, and it’s such a wonderful, heartwarming story.”
JRT will also be producing a musical premier titled, “School of Rock.”
“No one has done that in this area, so it will be a regional premier,” Bernhardt explained. “We already have kids that are learning to play an instrument just so they can be in that play. I can’t tell you how many students have come up and said, ‘Hey, I’m learning to play an instrument so I can try out for the show!’ So, we are excited about doing that show. It is so funny and has a wonderful message.”
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis will then take the stage, with another heartwarming message of community, according to Bernhardt.
“Then we’re going to be bringing back a play we did almost eight years ago, ‘Any- thing Goes’ which is Cole Porter,” she said. “It is one of the funniest musicals I’ve ever done, I love it so much. The music is just phenomenal.”
JRT will be rounding out the season with their annual production of their “1940s USO Show.”
“That will be done with a live band and will be done for the 4th of July. We are doing three weekends next year. We did 16 shows in two weekends this year,” Bernhardt said.
That will wrap up the season.
“We are very thankful to be back, we’re thankful our shows are selling out and that we’ve had such a great response from people in the community,” Bernhardt said.
Auditions and dates for upcoming shows can be found on the JRT website at http:// www.jonesboroughtheatre.com/.