Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival Kicks Off

| May 30, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Crew members work on the set of "Assassins" in Murchison Lane Auditorium.

Crew members work on the set of “Assassins” in Murchison Lane Auditorium.

The Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival starts its fourth season at Sweet Briar College with a play to make kids of all ages giggle. The festival’s resident playwright Josh Mikel wrote “Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island” just for “kids and the young at heart.” The play opens Wednesday, June 1.

The adventure finds Good Good Rosa accidentally delivered to Bad Bad Island where she must accomplish a number of impossible tasks to prove herself to the horrible idol. The idol is played by Walter Kmeic, whose comic performances are known to patrons of previous Endstation shows.

The crew of Endstation Theatre Company, which produces the annual festival while in residence at Sweet Briar each summer, is also busy working on the set of the season’s main-stage indoor production, “Assassins.” Chad Larabee directs the musical, which is scored by Stephen Sondheim.

This year’s lineup also features Adelind Horan’s one-woman show, “Cry of the Mountain.” The season concludes with William Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night,” produced outdoors on Sweet Briar’s campus with the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop. Food sales along with local wine tastings and purchases will be available at the “Twelfth Night” shows.

The Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival runs June 1-July 24. For complete details, please see the related story, “Summer Theater Merriment Locally Flavored” or visit

Category: Performing Arts, Theatre Arts, Uncategorized