Monday, August 17, 2009

New 2009-2010 Season Announcement

After long months of discussions and budget meetings, we at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival have announced the 2009-2010 season! So for a quick run-down, the season includes:

Ferdinand the Bull Nov. 7 - Dec. 19, 2009
adaptation and lyrics by Karen Zacarias
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Based on the book The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson

All Ferdinand wants is to sit in his field and smell the flowers. All Danilo wants is to dance. But Danilo's father, the Duke, has other ideas, and so into the bullring they go. This sweet and funny musical, based on Munro Leaf's classic children's story, teaches important lessons about being true to yourself. Recommended for ages 4+

A Christmas Story Nov. 27- Dec. 24, 2009
adapted by Philip Grecian from the works for Jean Shepherd

Oh fudge! Yes, it's that Christmas story, complete with little Randy's oversized snowsuit, the Old Man's leg lamp, and, of course, Ralphie's Red Ryder BB gun. We triple-dog dare you to bring out the whole clan to spend a hilarious holiday with a family even more dysfunctional than yours. Recommended for ages 7+

Harriet's Return Feb. 5 - 28, 2010
by Karen Jones Meadows
This incredible and inspiring story of Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman comes to life in this amazing one-woman show, in which playwright and actress Karen Jones Meadows plays more than 30 characters. Recommended for ages 13+, due to occasional suggested violence and mild sexual suggestion

Provocative Premieres

Nobody March 12 - 28, 2010
by Richard Aellen

A pair of down-on-their-luck African-American vaudevillians can't catch a break until they do the unthinkable - don blackface. This provocative new musical story is based on the tempestuous lives of Bert Williams and George Walker, who broke racial barriers by portraying racial stereotypes. This production is recommended for mature audiences only, due to strong language and adult situations

The Fall of the House April 9 - 25, 2010
by Robert Ford

The spirit of Edgar Allen Poe haunts this mind-bending new play that brings together magic, betrayal, forbidden love, tragic accidents, secret documents and familial bonds that span 150 years. This production is recommended for mature audiences only, due to strong language and adult situations

The Repertory Season

Lettice & Lovage April 9 - May 23, 2010
by Peter Shaffer

Exuberant, eccentric Lettice Douffet is a tour guide given to exaggerating history to entertain her charges. Lotte Schoen is a buttoned-up, by-the-book boss brought in to fire her. The confrontation leads to an unlikely friendship filled with drama, laughter, and an accidental near-beheading. This very witty, very British comedy is tailor-made for fans of the BBC. Recommended for ages 10+

Hamlet April 16 - May 22, 2010
by William Shakespeare

Denmark's Sweet prince suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune as he seeks to avenge the murder of his father, poisoned by Hamlet's conniving uncle. The bodies pile up as his revenge takes its toll on the innocent as well as the guilty. Recommended for ages 10+ for some violence and mature themes

All's Well That End's Well April 23 - May 22, 2010
by William Shakespeare

Helena is smart, brave, and talented...and in love with a man who's just not that interested in her. But she's willing to do whatever it takes to win his heart - be it risk the wrath of a king, cross battle lines, or fake her own death. Because after all, all's well that end's well. Recommended for ages 10+ for mature themes

Summer Musical

Cowgirls June 11 - July 3, 2010
by Betty Howe with Music and Lyrics by Mary Murfitt

Jo Carlson is gonna lose the family saloon unless she raises a lot of cash, fast. And darned if she hasn't accidentally hired an all-girl trio of classical - not country - musicians for her Grand Reopening. Now she's gotta help them find their inner cowgirls in just 24 hours. Ya'll won't want to miss this very funny musical, featuring such original songs as Don't Call Me Trailer Trash, Honkey Tonk Girl, Saddle Tramp Blues. Recommended for ages 10+

The only way to order right now is by becoming a member. Don't worry, it's painless this year with our new membership program. Each starts with a $25 membership fee and then just add how many tickets you'd like to whatever show you'd like to attend. We have three different levels:

Scripted - Want to see six or more shows? Buying in bulk ensures the highest discount off ticket prices.

Ad Lib - Want to see five or fewer shows or just want to add on throughout the year? Then Ad-Libing it is the way to go.

Improv - This is our voucher membership in case you'd like to purchase discounted tickets but don't know when you want to go, or if you'd like to give them away as gifts during the year.

So give us a call at 334-271-5353 or check out the website at for more information.