Tower Theater


2013 - 2014 Season

Les Miserables

This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways.

Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world.

  • September 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, October 11, 12, 18*, 19-7:30pm
  • September 28-2:00pm
  • September 15, 22~, 29, October 13~, 20-3:00pm
  • October 1-9:30am (Open to school groups only)
  • Tickets go on sale Monday, August 5 at 1:00pm

The Man Who Came to Dinner

THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER is set in Ohio in the 1930’s. The play takes place during Christmas. A famous radio personality named Sheridan Whiteside is invited to dinner at the home of a rich factory owner. Before Whiteside enters the house, he falls and hurts his hip. He ends up staying at the home to recover and consequently terrorizes the lives of the rich factory owner and his family.

  • November 8, 9, 15, 16, 21*, 22-7:30 pm
  • November 10, 17~-3:00 pm
  • Tickets go on sale Monday, October 21 at 1:00 pm
  • Not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Sanders Family Christmas

Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey's wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN. It's December 24, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.

  • December 5, 6, 7, 11, 12*, 13-7:30 pm
  • December 7-2:00 pm
  • December 8~-3:00 pm
  • Tickets go on sale Monday, October 21 at 1:00 pm
  • Recommended for all ages.

Little Women

Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel), Little Women, follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart. Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. This powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache and hope -- the sounds of a young America finding its voice.

  • February 14, 15, 21, 22, 28*, March 1-7:30 pm
  • February 16, 23~, March 2-3:00 pm
  • Tickets go on sale Monday, January 20 at 1:00 pm
  • Not recommended for children under the age of 5.

The Rivals

In The Rivals, generations clash as young people pursue their hearts’ desires. A theatrically heightened retelling of playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s own courtship of his wife, the play romps through a delicious variety of comic styles, from comedy of manners to satire, farce, and slapstick, held together by Sheridan’s joyful exuberance and youthful zest for life. Its classic characters include Mrs. Malaprop, whose comic misuse of language gave us the term “malapropism,” the love-sick Lydia Languish, the cowardly Bob Acres, the fiery Sir Lucius O’Trigger and the valiant Captain Jack Absolute.

  • March 20, 21, 22* - 7:30 pm
  • March 22 - 2:00 pm
  • March 23~ - 3:00 pm
  • Tickets go on sale Monday, January 20 at 1:00 pm
  • Not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Mary Poppins

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS includes a score filled with timeless classics such as “Feed the Birds”, “Jolly Holiday”, “Step in Time” and the Academy Award®-winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee”.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again.

  • April 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, May 2*, 3, 10-7:30 pm
  • April 19-2:00 pm
  • April 13, 27~, May 4, 11-3:00 pm
  • April 22, 28, May 8, 9-10:00 am (Open to school groups only)
  • Tickets go on sale Monday, January 20 at 1:00 pm. Row D is the front row of this performance.
  • Recommended for all ages.

Second Stage

Second Stage includes all Theatre Department-affiliated shows that are not a part of our 2013-14 Season, or are not being performed on the Tower Theater stage.

Taming of the Shrew - Workshop Production

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW tells a timeless battle-of-the-sexes story. Bianca, beautiful daughter of a lord, is eligible for marriage but cannot be courted until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband. Katherina’s quick temper and acerbic wit, however, frighten off all suitors. Two suitors to Bianca hire a newcomer named Petruchio to “tame” Katherina. Petruchio succeeds in dragging Katherina to the altar then away to his country home where the taming begins. Famed for its linguistic acrobatics, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW stands as one of Shakespeare’s sharpest and funniest scripts.

  • The Workshop will be performed in Rehearsal Room 1258 A.
  • October 31, November 1, 2, 4, 5 - 7:30 pm
  • November 2 - 2:00 pm
  • November 3 - 3:00 pm
  • General Admission: $3
  • Tickets go on sale Monday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Kindertransport - Warehouse Theater

KINDERTRANSPORT - In November 1938, after nights of violence against Jews across Germany and Austria, the British government introduced a program called the Kindertransport (children’s transport), which gave Jewish children—and only children—safe passage to the UK. Spared the horrors of the death camps, the Jewish “Kinder” were uprooted, separated from their parents and transported to a different culture where they faced, not the unmitigated horror of the death camps, but a very human mixture of kindness, indifference, occasional exploitation, and the selflessness of ordinary people faced with needy children.

  • January 30,31, February 1,2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • February 1,2 at 3:00 p.m.
  • January 31 at 10:00 a.m. (Open to School Groups only. Call (434) 582-7080 for information)
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Downtown Lynchburg
  • Tickets: $20 ($17 for Season Ticket Holders)
  • Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Not recommended for children under the age of 9.

As You Like It - Summer Shakespeare

AS YOU LIKE IT is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. The heroine, Rosalind, is one of his most inspiring characters and has more lines than any of Shakespeare's female characters. Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke falls in love with Orlando the disinherited son of one of the duke's friends. When she is banished from the court by her usurping uncle, Duke Frederick, Rosalind takes on the appearance of a boy calling herself Ganymede. She travels with her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile. Themes about life and love, including aging, the natural world, and death are included in the play. New friends are made and families are reunited.

  • May 22-24, 26-28 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Jerry Falwell Library
  • General Admission: $10 ($8 for Season Ticket Holders)
  • Tickets go on sale Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Not recommended for children under the age of 10.

Young Playwrights on the Verge

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS ON THE VERGE is an opportunity for the students in the THEA 350 Playwrighting class to have their plays read to the public.

  • Monday, December 9 at 7:00
  • Tower Theater

A * indicates a Talkback performance. At the conclusion of these performances, there will be an open Q&A with the director, designers, and selected actors. Talkbacks are free and open to the public. You are not required to attend the production to attend Talkback.

A ~ indicates an ASL interpreted performance. Please contact the University Ticket Office for ASL seating information.

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