ASF to celebrate 25 years with huge season

Meg Lewis talks with WSFA 12 News anchor Sally Pitts about ASF's 25th Anniversary
Meg Lewis talks with WSFA 12 News anchor Sally Pitts about ASF's 25th Anniversary

Posted by: Matthew Russell

MONTGOMERY, AL – Single and group tickets for all ten of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's spectacular Silver Anniversary Season shows, including encores of the smash hits Peter Pan the Musical, Bear Country and Menopause the Musical, will go on sale Monday, July 19.

Tickets are available by calling the ASF box office at 1.800.841.4273 or by visiting online at A limited number of seats are available for as little as $25. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is located at 1 Festival Drive in Montgomery's beautiful Blount Cultural Park.

ASF kicks off its 25th anniversary season September 24-October 3 with the world premiere of Pearl Cleage's hilarious comedy The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of its First One Hundred Years. The play is a joyous and irreverent romp through Montgomery, Alabama's Black debutante society during the 1960s. The play features Tony Award winning actress Trazana Beverly and television, film and Broadway star Jasmine Guy.

The House at Pooh Corner will run September 25-October 22 with performances only on Saturdays  at 2 and 4 PM. Bettye Knapp's adaption of one of A.A. Milne's classic stories is a follow-up to ASF's sold out Winnie the Pooh production in 2009.  The House at Pooh Corner also introduces the beloved character, Tigger.

The biggest hit in ASF history, Peter Pan the Musical, is back for the holidays. Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell join the Lost Boys to take on the dreaded Captain Hook November 19-December 31. Peter Pan the Musical features a book by James Barrie and music by Carolyn Leigh and Mark Charlap. Additional music is provided by Jule Stine with lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolf Green.

The biggest hit in the history of ASF's Octagon stage, Bear Country, by Michael Vigilant will have its encore performance on a reconceived set on the Festival stage January 13-23. ASF favorite Rodney Clark will reprise the role of legendary University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

The world premieres of two Montgomery based stories The Flagmaker of Market Street by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder (February 4-March 19) and Blood Divided  by Jeffry L. Chastang (February 20-March 20) will be part of the State of Alabama's commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. 

The Flagmaker of Market Street follows the true story of Montgomery merchant George Cowles who was tapped by Jefferson Davis to create the Confederacy's first flag. But while Cowles worked on the project, he was also holding secret meetings with Unionist sympathizers in the back of his store, placing him and all of those close to him in mortal danger. In Blood Divided friends, relatives and community clash as prominent Montgomerians Dr. William Baldwin and William Lowndes Yancey take opposite sides of impending secession and battle for the hearts and minds of their fellow citizens as well as the people they love.

Both Civil War plays are made possible by the Alabama Department of Tourism.

ASF's three-play spring repertory season will open with Ron Hutchinson's gut busting comedy Moonlight and Magnolias April 8 to May 29. Production on the epic film Gone with the Wind has been stopped. Producer David O. Selznick has a plan to save movie but there's only one problem – his phenomenal new writer hasn't read the novel! Can hundreds of bananas, millions of peanuts and five days locked in the producer's office turn this bomb into a blockbuster?

Shakespeare's witty comedy Much Ado About Nothing will run April 14 –May 21. The devious Don John crashes the wedding of a young couple, and worse, trashes the reputation of the bride-to-be. Can this marriage be saved? Good friends Beatrice and Benedick come to the rescue and do their hilarious best to save the day.

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar will conclude the repertory season April 16-May 21. In this extraordinary tragedy members of Rome's political elite are concerned about Caesar's growing power and gather to plot his murder. But the conspirators do not complete the perfect crime – and are left with deadly results.

ASF will complete its Silver Anniversary Season with its biggest summertime smash hit ever Menopause the Musical, July 8-24. Jennie Linders' hot flash of a musical tells the story of four very different ladies going through the same "Change." The 25-song score features unforgettable parodies of baby boomer tunes such as My Thighs (My Guy), Stayin' Awake (Stayin' Alive) and Hot Flash (Heat Wave).