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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 Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

7 p.m. Shows: June 19, 22, 23, 24, 26
2 p.m. Shows: June 20, 25, 27

Directed by Gabriel Vanover

Called “the funniest musical of the decade” and praised for its unique balance of charm and comedy, this bright and witty, award-winning musical is a riotous ride, complete with audience participation. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows an eclectic group of six spellers as they vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their lives, the contestants spell their way through a series of words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing "ding" of the bell that signals the end of the road for them. Six spellers enter but only one will leave with the title of C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N—and you’ll leave sore from laughing!

Please note: Due to its humor, this production is estimated to be rated PG-13 and is not recommended for children. 

Lees McRae Summer Theatre Norman Rockwell Story

America's Artist: The Norman Rockwell Story

7 p.m. Shows: July 27, 28, 30, 31
2 p.m. Shows: July 25, 29, 31, and Aug. 1

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.