"In a festive reveal event last evening at the Arts Council Theatre, Twin City Stage announced its 80th Season line-up of shows, which will run between September 2014 and June 2015. 

Following a wine and cheese reception, the audience adjourned to the theatre for a presentation of the upcoming season, along with a bevy of photos from the company’s 79 years of theatrical productions.  Inviting the audience to “Be a Part of the Story”, the theatre company disclosed an ambitious and exciting line-up of its five main-stage season shows, plus three additional main-stage shows, which will be a part of a Youth Production Series.  All of the productions planned have links to the literary world.  In total, the company will present three musicals and five plays, many of which will be Triad premieres.

The 80th Season will begin with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s spellbinding musical Into the Woods (Sept. 19-21 & 25-28, 2014).  Following this will be the NC premiere of John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes (November 7-9 & 13-16, 2014) and Jane Austen’s classic romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice, adapted for the stage by Jon Jory (February 6-8 & 12-15, 2015).  Twin City Stage will then proudly present the NC community theatre premiere of the Tony Award winning musical Mary Poppins, with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellows, new songs and additional music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh (March 27-29, April 2-5 & 9-12, 2015).  The company will end its 80th season with the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang (May 29-31 & June 4-7, 2015).

The Youth Production Series, while not a part of the season membership package, will offer three additional, fully-staged shows.  They will be cast from open auditions and feature roles for adults, teens and children.  This series will begin with S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel (October 17-19, 2014). The second production, a Christmas show based on the famous NY Post editorial,  will be Yes, Virginia: The Musical, with music by Wesley Whatley and book & lyrics by William Schermerhorn (December 19-21, 2014).  The final show of the series will be L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, adapted for the stage by Peter DeLaurier (May 1-3, 2015).

Season memberships are now on sale and are priced at $100 for adults and $88 for seniors (62+), students with i.d., and children aged 18 and under.  A season membership includes five flexible admission tickets;  patrons can use one admission to each of the five season offerings,  or combine tickets to see fewer shows and bring friends.  Single tickets, which will not be offered until the season begins, will be $25 for adults and $22 for seniors, students and children for the season shows, and $12 for the Youth Productions.

Patrons who purchase a season membership prior to June 30, 2014 will be automatically entered into a raffle, with a chance to win a $500 USAirways gift card.  Season memberships will be on sale until September 5, 2014.

For more information, or to purchase season tickets, visit Twin City Stage at 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem, or call or e-mail Box Office Manager Janice Dearth at (336) 748-0857 x203 or"
Submitted by Kristina Ebbink

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