Archives 2012-13


The Color Purple

Directed by Justin Smith

Assistant Director: Joy Gregory

Music Directed by Chiaki Ito

Choreography by David T. Loudermilk

SHOW DATES:  October 24-28 and Nov 2-4

TICKETS: (910) 632-2285 or

ABOUT THE SHOW: THE COLOR PURPLE is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.

This musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story.

With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, THE COLOR PURPLE premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005. It was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.

Click on the poster for more information on the show including cast bios!

Day Drinkers

By Justin Tanner

Directed by Gil Johnson

SHOW DATES:  October 18-21, 26-28 and Nov 2-4

Show time is 8pm

Tickets are $16 and $10

TICKETS: (910) 264-2602 or

ABOUT THE SHOW: It’s 9a.m., and the bar is open: that means a scotch omelet for retiree Mick, bracing for the arrival of his priggish son, Bradley, intent on stopping dad from marrying loopy Val and squandering what little remains of the family fortune. Rubbernecking on their way to an annual dose of familial homophobia are squabbling lesbians Sharon and Kate.  Even the (married) bartenders have issues: Jenny has the hots for Caleb, who just happens to be the brother of her husband, Daniel. Ah, love. Preppy Kate counsels Jenny to stick to her vows: “There’s a reason you two have been together for years.” Jenny: “Yeah, low standards.”

-LA Times review, Charlotte Stoudt

Santaland Diaries

Starring Adam Poole

Caroling provided by the HoHoHos

SHOW DATES:  November 23-25, Nov 30-Dec 2 & Dec 7-9

All shows are at 8:00 PM.

Ticket prices: $14 or $12

TICKETS:  Click here or (910) 264-2602

ABOUT THE SHOW: THE SANTALAND DIARIES is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment of goodwill just before his employment runs out.

This is our 10th anniversary of The Santaland Diaries.  Past Crumpets include: Michael Granberry, Steve Vernon, Cullen Moss, Sam Robison, Justin Smith, Jason Hatfield, Jon Stafford, Michael Brady, and Zach Hanner.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

at Thalian Hall Mainstage

Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle

Music by John Du Perez & Eric Idle

Directed by Justin Smith

Music Directed by Chiaki Ito

Choreography by Judy Greehnut

SHOW DATES:  Dec 29-31, Jan 3-6 & 10-12

All shows at 8pm except Sundays at 3pm

Tickets are $25 ($20 on Thursdays)

Tickets are $100 each.

Ticket price includes show,

hors d’oeuvres, open bar, DJ, dancing, and karaoke!

TICKETS: (910) 632-2285 or

ABOUT THE SHOW: Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

The Lieutenant of Inishmore


Starring Cullen Moss, Jon Stafford, Zach Hanner, Adam Poole, Kendra Goehring-Garrett, Shane Callahan, Morgan Brown and Lance Oehrlein

Directed by Nick Basta

SHOW DATES:  Feb 7-10, 15-17 & 22-24

All shows at 8pm

Tickets are $16

TICKETS: (910) 264-2602 or click here.

ABOUT THE SHOW: It's the early 1990s, the Northern ­Ireland peace process is taking its faltering first steps, and INLA man Mad Padraic is hard at work pulling out the toenails of ­Belfast drug pusher James, when the news comes through that his beloved cat, Wee Thomas, is poorly. So instead of slicing off James's right nipple, as planned, he heads back home to the island of Inishmore. But when he ­arrives at the family home, he discovers that Wee Thomas isn't sick, but has had his brains squeezed out like toothpaste. Padraic, a man considered too mad for the IRA and sorely trying the ­patience of his INLA comrades, is intent on ­revenge, even if that means wiping out his own father. Just as he's about to put a ­bullet through Dad's head, there's an ­unexpected knock at the door. The plot is set in 1993 on the island of Inishmore, County Galway, Ireland

The Who’s Tommy



Directed and Choreographed by David T. Loudermilk

Music Directed by Chiaki Ito

SHOW DATES:  March 7-10, 15-17, 22-24 & 29-31

All shows at 8pm

Tickets are $24/$22

TICKETS: (910) 264-2602 or click here.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Pete Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in a theatre!After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother's lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, and when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar.

Brooklyn: The Musical

Starring Tracy Byrd, LaRaisha Burnette, Olivia James, Brendan Carter, Amy Smith and Erik Maasch

Directed by Anthony Lawson

Music Direction by Chiaki Ito

SHOW DATES:  May 23-26, May 31-June 2 & June 7-9

All shows are at 8:00 PM.

TICKETS:  Click here or (910) 264-2602

ABOUT THE SHOW: Brooklyn The Musical is a story within a story. On the outside you have a troupe of street performers who are sharing a story from their lives, using it to help you see them as people too. Then there is the story they tell – the story of a young girl who comes to the U.S. to find the father she never knew. Together these stories create a show that is both touching and inspiring, drawing the audience into a live theater experience to remember.

Band : Rob Murphrey, David Easton, Luke Perkins, Sharon Moore, Pedro Esparza and Chiaki Ito.

The Great Americal Trailer Park Musical

Starring Justin Smith, Kendra Goehring-Garrett, Amy Tipton, Michelle Reiff, Heather Setzler, Madison Moss, Patrick Basquill and Brit Garner

Directed by Don H. Baker

Choreography by Jason Aycock

Music Direction by Chiaki Ito

SHOW DATES:  April 18-21, 26-28, May 3-5 and 10-12

All shows are at 8:00 PM.

TICKETS:  Click here or (910) 264-2602

ABOUT THE SHOW: There's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew.