Main Stage shows
BE MORE CHILL
music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and book by Joe Tracz, based on the 2004 novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini.
Performances 9/13-15, 20-22, 27-29
Auditions 7/27 and 28
BE MORE CHILL is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com. Jeremy Heere is an average high school nobody. He pines for the pretty girl, Christine, but is forced to make his way through the days at school as a bullied dork. One day, Jeremy learns about the Squip, a quantum supercomputer in the form of a pill. When Jeremy takes the pill, the Squip helps him become cooler, acting as his own, internal life coach. As the Squip becomes more and more malevolent in its coaching, Jeremy begins to doubt its advice and must make a decision on who’s advice to follow. www.supersummary.com. This show is rated PG-13 for language and mature content.
SHREK THE MUSICAL
music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Performances 11/15-17 and 22-24
Auditions 9/23 and 24
Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing...about this pretty princess. But why does she always run off when the sun sets? www.broadway.com. This show is rated G—suitable for families.
HAMLET by William Shakespeare
Performances 1/24-26, 1/31-2/2 and 2/7-9
Auditions 12/9 and 10
Prince Hamlet has returned home to Denmark to attend his father's funeral, only to find that his mother has married his uncle, the brother of the late king. His succession to the throne has been usurped. Hamlet sets out on a journey of finding the truth, finding his strength, and finding revenge. This show is rated PG 13 for violence and mature content.
BRIGHT STAR by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
Performances 5/1-3, 8-10 and 15-17
Auditions 3/2 and 3
In 1902, a baby in a suitcase fell fifty feet from a train crossing Big River in Missouri. Whose baby it was and how it fell from a train and landed in the river are still a mystery. When Steve Martin and Edie Brickell heard this story, they wrote “Bright Star” to answer these questions. Set in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina during the 1920s and 1940s, “Bright Star” imagines the events that might have led to a baby being tossed from a train. Filled with Grammy-nominated music, “Bright Star” tells a tale of love, heartbreak, joy, and forgiveness. This show is rated PG.
Performance November 9, 2019
This is our middle school version of 24@1. Middle school age kids arrive at 7:30 that morning and work on assigned scripts for 12 hours and perform them that evening. An intense and incredible day for middle schoolers to work on theatre skills, team buildings skills, leaderships skills and performance skills.
Performance January 11, 2019
Each season our Studio 1 high school aged youth come together for 24 hours to write, direct, act and promote short scripts of their own creating. Each year there is some kind of theme and framework, and each year the final product is fun, touching, and always a little bit "out of the box."
Performances April 2-5, 2020
Audition by invitation
This production works to have limited rehearsals to allow busy families a chance to be involved and give their kids some confidence building musical theatre stage time and dance performance opportunities and challenge their skills. It is a musical review that incorporates big show numbers from all kinds of musicals into one performance.
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Project directors: John Collier, Kathy Collier, and Richard Phinney
Performances October 17-20, 2019
Hillsborough is an average 1925 American town full of Bible believing citizens, but when Burt Cates, a local schoolteacher, is discovered to be teaching evolution to his class, great concern is felt among the townspeople who then jail Cates for trial, creating a stir across the nation. Prosecuting Cates is Matthew Brady, the passionate Bible scholar played by Kirk Douglas who is determined to bring his nation back to God. Defending Cates is Henry Drummond, one of the leading defense attorneys and atheists in the country played by Jason Robards. These two title characters battle in the courtroom where most of Inherit The Wind is set up until the final verdict. Researcedworks.com
The Women by Clare Boothe Luce
Project director: Ashley Phipps
Performances December 5-8, 2019
Contented, kindly Mary Haines, a well-off woman living in New York City, is the envy of her friends, boasting a wholesome, happy marriage, adorable children, and a comfortable home. Unfortunately, she is
living in a fool’s paradise… which her tactless friend, the gossip-hungry Sylvia Fowler, discovers, when a favored manicurist spills the beans: Mary’s husband Stephen Haines has been nabbed by Crystal Allen, a sultry, gold-digging man-eater, who sets her traps behind the perfume counter at Saks Fifth Avenue. Sylvia arranges, in humiliating fashion, for Mary to hear the tale from that same manicurist, and so Mary’s painful
dilemma is created: keep silent, keep her marriage, and condone her husband’s
cheating ways…. or divorce him, making way for her rival to step into her place? Filled with strong, colorful, comedic characters, a snappy supporting cast of many dozens, and an abundance of witty dialogue, Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women is juicy, wicked, and full of guilty fun. both a scathing commentary on the life of the superficial, selfish socialite and a knowing, heart-felt depiction of romantic rivalry, toxic friendships, and the thousands of supporting roles women play in offices, salons, and their own lives. stageagent.com
‘Night Mother by Marsha Norman
Project directors: Elizabeth Carroll and Claire King
Performances March 5-8
The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie's father is dead; she is epileptic and unemployable, her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne'er-do-well; her last two jobs failed and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father's service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. Wikipedia.org
Duets Concert — An Unexpected Christmas
Performance December 21st, 2019
This annual event is a way to showcase some incredible talent from the performing community through duets of holiday music and show tunes. We also announce our new season for the following year this night. It is always a wonderful way to spend some time during the holidays.
Their Story/Our Story
Performances February 20-23, 2020
Join our performers as they share the stories of several North Carolinians that made an impact on how we live today, because their story is part of our story.
Performance April 25th, 2020
20 scripts, 10 playwrights, 2 rounds, 1 winner. Join us for our playwriting slam and see who takes home the crown and the $100 prize!
¡Viva La Diva!
Performance June 8th, 2020
Come join us for our Las Vegas themed end of year fundraiser as 10 Divas fight over who can raise the most money for Studio 1—in Las Vegas style. And remember—all money raised at Studio 1 stays at Studio 1!!