- Published on Sunday, 27 May 2012 21:19
- Written by Super User
Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina, has announced their 2012-13 slate of productions, which includes three Wilmington premieres and two American classics.
The season will open on September 27 with the Wilmington premiere of the musical 9 to 5. Based on the popular motion picture concerning female empowerment in the workplace, the musical features an original score by Dolly Parton which includes the hit, Oscar-nominated title song. Debuting December 6 is the second premiere of the season, the musical Miracle on 34th Street. Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning holiday film, the musical is written by multi-Tony Award winner Meredith Willson, author of The Music Man.
January 31 marks the opening of the third premiere of the season, the musical Xanadu. This four-time Tony nominee, inspired by the cult-classic movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, follows a magical Greek muse who descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach in 1980. Her quest to inspire a struggling artist to create the ultimate roller disco is accompanied by such hits of the period as “Magic,” “Have You Never Been Mellow?,” “Suddenly” and “Dancin’.” The Tony Award-winning Best Play, The Miracle Worker, will open on March 21. This inspiring American classic illuminates the emotionally explosive relationship between the deaf, blind, mute and willful Helen Keller, and the extraordinary young teacher who eventually breaks through her wall of isolation. Thalian Association, which has been honored as Wilmington’s Best Theater Company six times, will end their season with the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, opening May 16. This inspired, hilarious satire of corporate America remains as timely as this morning’s headlines.
The current revival is one of the biggest hits on Broadway, prompting The New York Times to suggest, “Let Wall Street and Madison Avenue tremble as the rest of us rejoice.” The four musicals will run for two weeks with The Miracle Worker running for one week, Thursdays through Sundays, at historic Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington. Memberships for Thalian Association’s season of productions are now available by calling 910-251-1788 or by visiting thalian.org.