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Lees McRae Summer Theatre 2021

Lees McRae Summer Theatre 2021 series is yet another way to experience the arts in downtown Banner Elk North Carolina.  The Theatre series has multiple performances with matinee and night showings. Tickets prices are between $18-$38 and can be purchased HERE. Here is a list of the summer 2021 performances:

Lees McRae Summer Theatre Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone

7 p.m. Shows: June 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
2 p.m. Shows: June 24, 26, 27

Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert, Don McKellar; Book by Bob Martin and Greg Morrison
Directed by Gabriel Vanover

When a lover of classic musicals puts the vinyl of his favorite 1920s production—The Drowsy Chaperone—on his turntable, the record comes to life and the zany characters come busting through his refrigerator door! Often referred to as “a musical within a comedy,” The Drowsy Chaperone won five Tony Awards and was called “the perfect Broadway musical” by The New York Magazine, praised for its humor and heart. This production will have audiences sore from laughing as they tap their toes to one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

Lees McRae Summer Theatre Norman Rockwell Story

America's Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story

7 p.m. Shows: July 9, 10, 13, 14
2 p.m. Shows: July 10, 11, 14, 15

Music and Lyrics by Jt Oaks and Tommy Oaks; Book by Janet Barton Speer
Directed by Dr. Janet Barton Speer

From the creators of From the Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story and The Denim King: The Moses Cone Story, this new musical brings to life the work of iconic American artist, Norman Rockwell. Creating over 4000 pieces of art in his lifetime, Rockwell captured the essence of America with each paint stroke, from Rosie the Riveter to The Four Freedoms, with his paintings and illustrations reflected America as we wish it to be. This musical, with a lush score and heart-warming book, explores the life and art of America’s artist, Norman Rockwell.

Lees McRae Summer Theatre Matilda Musical

Matilda, The Musical

7 p.m. Shows: July 28, 29, 30, 31
2 p.m. Shows: July 29, 31 and August 1, 3

Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly
Directed by Dr. Janet Barton Speer

Based on the award-winning book of the same name, Matilda tells the story of a bright young girl, who decides to right-the-wrongs in her world by using her wit and cleverness. Teaming up with her school chums, Matilda takes on Miss Trunchbull, the evil headmistress of the school, and in the process discovers just how powerful believing in yourself can be. Full of high-energy dance numbers and catchy songs, this musical has won over 47 international awards, with critics raving that it is “brilliant” and “magic and just not for the kids.” Playing to packed houses around the world, we’re proud to present it as our final musical of the 2020 season!