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Lees McRae Summer Theatre 2019

Lees McRae Summer Theatre 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 2019 performances:

Lees McRae Summer Theatre From the Mountaintops

From the Mountaintops: The Edgar Tufts Story

From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story celebrates local heritage. The show will premiere July 11 with additional performances July 12, 13, and 16 at 7 p.m. and afternoon shows July 14, 16, and 17 at 2 p.m.
What did Banner Elk, North Carolina, look like in the 1890s? With the vision of a young seminary student, one tiny town gained a church, a college, an orphanage, and a hospital. The musical, written by Janet Barton Speer, with songs and lyrics by John Thomas Oaks and Tommy Oaks, tells the story of Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Edgar Tufts.
Tufts first came to the region as a seminary student to organize a church, but his love and admiration for the mountain people called him back to an extraordinary life of service that forever changed the complexion of the area. With remarkable purpose, Tufts founded a number of institutions that continue to serve today: the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, Lees-McRae College, Cannon Memorial Hospital, and Grandfather Home for Children.
In addition to the show this summer, the Town of Banner Elk and the institutions he founded will celebrate his life in a variety of ways. Learn more at


Lees McRae Summer Theatre Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia! will debut June 27, 28, 29, and July 2 at 7 p.m. at the Lees-McRae Hayes Auditorium and Broyhill Theatre with additional shows on June 30 and July 2 and 3 at 2 p.m.
With Judy Craymer’s melding of iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, and the enchanting tale of family and friendship on a Greek island paradise, Mamma Mia! is entertainment from beginning to end. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they had last visited 20 years ago. Popular songs including Dancing Queen,The Winner Takes It All,Money, Money, Money,and Take a Chance on Me are all featured in this feel-good night of fun, laughter, and unforgettable music.
From The Mountaintop: The Edgar Tufts Story is next in line and features a production that celebrates local heritage. The show will premiere July 11 with additional performances

Lees McRae Summer Theatre Newsies


Newsies performances are July 30, 31, and August 1, 2, and 3 at 7 p.m. and August 3 and 4 at 2 p.m.
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, Disney’s Newsies is the Tony award-winning story of newsboys and girls at the turn of the century in New York City who fought the system and won. When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, lead character Jack Kelly rallies his fellow newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right. Based on a true story, Newsies with extraordinary dancing, acting, and music will appeal to musical lovers everywhere.