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Ensemble Stage Banner Elk Summer 2020 Lineup

Ensemble Stage Banner Elk Summer 2020 Lineup

A local not-so-secret treasure of the High Country, this 99-seat professional theatre is tucked in the Historic Banner Elk School located in downtown Banner Elk. Shows sell out quickly and the theatre has a loyal following! There are many great restaurants, cabin rentals and B&B's located within walking distance of the theatre.  Taking in a show can be the perfect compliment to a weekend getaway to the mountains.  Here is the lineup for summer 2020.  To purchase tickets, visit the website HERE

Tiny Island Ensemble Stage

Tiny Island
June 5-13

This delightful, charmingly funny and bittersweet play introduces us to two sisters who, as little girls, created worlds of happiness and wonder, inspired by the countless movies they watched from the tiny projection booth of their family-owned cinema. However, in their teens one sister betrayed the other and their relationship was never the same. Now, in middle-age, one has returned to the fading movie palace where her estranged sister screens old films for a dwindling audience hoping they can reconnect and become family once again. A poignant, powerful play about the limits of love and the limitless magic of the movies.

The Fisherman and His Wife Ensemble Stage

The Fisherman and His Wife
June 20, July 11,July 18, Aug 3 @11am

(OUR SATURDAY KIDS THEATER SERIES) Remember the tale of the fisherman who catches an enchanted fish and uses his three wishes to try to bring happiness to his wife? This delightful adaptation taps into the magic of audience participation. Here kids in the audience become scenery, sound effects, and even walk-on parts. As the fish grants the fisherman's wife's spiraling wishes, the audience creates sea and storms, goes fishing, and becomes chickens and ducks in the farmyard. A creel full of fun for the whole family.

Catch the Butcher Ensemble Stage

Catch the Butcher
June 26 thru July 3

To keep from giving away too much about this suspense thriller, I'll describe it in rather broad terms. If you were to combine the TV show 'Dexter' with the movie 'Hostel,' add a touch of 'Forensic Files,' a dash of 'Stepford Wives' and just a pinch of 'Mad About You,' then mixed it all together, you'd have this quirky, unsettling and rewarding play. It's effective blend of romance, satire and dread makes this creepy macabre love story a play you won't soon forget.

Julie and Mary and Ethel and Babs Ensemble Stage

Julie and Mary and Ethel and Babs!
July 11, July 17

(A SPECIAL BENEFIT CABARET CONCERT) All it takes is a song to bring back a thousand memories. This show is a tribute to four icons of Broadway, Julie Andrews, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman and Barbra Streisand. It features songs that you know, and some that you don't- along with anecdotes and fun trivia tidbits. Laura Hodos has such an infectious personality and charm that, by the time show is over, you’ll swear the two of you have been best of friends for years and years. Not to mention, her voice is like melted butter. It oozes from her effortlessly and is full of rich, decadent goodness.

Beer for Breakfast Ensemble Stage

Beer for Breakfast
July 24 thru Aug 1

Four middle-aged buddies reunite for a "guys' weekend" -- complete with old music and cheap beer. These guys are out to prove they've still got it, so they are going to party like it's 1979! It's all going well until one of them doesn't show up...but his wife does. Snowed in overnight, an epic struggles ensues: will man be judged the superior sex or will woman prevail? And perhaps most importantly, if Doritos are made of corn, why can't they be considered a vegetable?

Zaglada Ensemble Stage

Aug 14 thru Aug 22

Drama and history intersect in this powerful story that is textured full of hidden secrets. Some you would expect and others that will rattle you to the core. A journalist and a highly trained Homeland Security officer join forces to prove a retired factory worker who has lived in Queens, NY since 1945, was a kapo for the Nazis in Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II. However, they are running out of time and living witnesses to get the proof they need to have him extradited back to Europe and tried as a war criminal.