Theatre Happenings

Theatre, Music & Dance Updates for the Tennessee Valley

Coming Productions

Independent Musical Productions

The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee

By William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin.

Date and Times:

All performances at location Black Box Theater at Lee High School at 2500 Meridian St. in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers on a fictional spelling bee in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Recommended for teens and adults.

Director: Sherri Ryan

Tickets: $25-$30

Other info: Mature audiences

Contact: or 256-415-7469 or or 256-337-9071

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Community With a Conscience

Building the Wall

By Robert Schenkkan.


Date and Times:

Performance at the Princess Theatre, 212 2nd Avenue in Decatur, AL.

Synopsis: A staged reading of Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Schenkkan‘s look at a dystopian future two years down the road from today’s America. This challenging and provocative work runs 70 minutes and features Emma Allen and Chuck Puckett. An audience discussion will follow.

Director: Carol Puckett

Tickets: Free.

Other info: Community With a Conscience is a monthly series presented by the Princess Theatre that encourages discussion in current affairs. The public is invited to participate, all ages welcome.


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Huntsville M.E.T./ Performer’s League of Huntsville

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

Date and Times:

All performances at Lee High School Mainstage at 2500 Meridian Street, Huntsville, Al.

Synopsis: This family friendly musical goes through a day in the life of Charlie Brown and his friends; the beloved Peanuts gang!

Director: Claire Mitchell


Other info: This free admission musical is a benefit for the Clinic for Children with Cancer at Huntsville Hospital.

Cast: Charlie Brown: Jacob Daughtery
Lucy: Sarah Mitchell
Sally: Claire Mitchell
Schroeder: Tanner Christian
Linus: Chris Ahlf
Snoopy: Meredith Johnson
Peppermint Patty: Nikki Ahlf
Marcie: Brittany Quach

Contact: or or 256-929-8811

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Dream Weavers Children's Theatre

Willy Wonka, JR.

By Roald Dahl.


Date and Times:

All performances at Princess Theatre at 212 2nd Avenue in Decatur, AL.

Synopsis: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer, Willy Wonka, as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory... or suffer the consequences.

Director: Deanna Knox

Tickets: $10/$12

Other info: Family-fun!


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Fantasy Playhouse

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

By Reginald Andre Jackson.


Date and Times:

All performances at VBC Playhouse at Corner of Monroe & Clinton in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: Meet the Watsons of Flint, Michigan: Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, big brother Byron and ten-year-old Kenny. When Byron can’t seem to stay out of trouble, the family piles into the “Brown Bomber” and drives south to visit no-nonsense Grandma Sands and toward a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement and Alabama history. Based on the novel that won the Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honor Book awards and told with humor from a child’s perspective, this play celebrates the power and love of family, even in the of midst of hate and tragedy.

Director: Mark B. Moore

Tickets: $15. Tickets available at 256-539-6829 or online at Group rates available for 10 or more

Other info: Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois. Simple Helix - Season Sponsor. Project XYZ - Performance Partner

Contact: or 256-539-6829

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UNA Theatre

The Mountaintop

By Katori Hall.

Date and Times:

All performances at George S. Lindsey Theatre at 500 N Pine St. (Corner of Pine and Irvine) in Florence, AL.

Synopsis: "The Mountaintop" is a fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth. The entire play is set in room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968 after delivering his legendary “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

Director: Charlton James, M.F.A.

Tickets: $10

Other info: Cast: William Wade, Destini Croom

Contact: or 256-765-4342

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Huntsville High Theater

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins

By Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

Date and Times:

All performances at Huntsville High School Auditorium at 2304 Billie Watkins Avenue in Huntsville, Alabama.

Synopsis: An enchanting mix of a lovable story, unforgettable songs, and breathtaking dance numbers, Mary Poppins will delight the entire family. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the Banks family. 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 members how to value each other again. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Director: Meghan Browning

Tickets: $18 adults, $15 seniors/military, $10 kids/students. Tickets available at, The Toy Place, Bicycles Etc., and Bicycle Cove

Other info: other

Contact: or 256-564-7445

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