Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre moves into its fourth decade of producing Broadway musicals with the opening of Man of La Mancha on Wed., June 11. In announcing the new season’s opening, Harold Herman, Producing Artistic Director and founder of the theatre, shared the names of directors for each of the 2014 season’s productions.
Man of La Mancha is under the direction of Christopher Sanders, who will also be playing the lead role of Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana. Sanders is remembered for his portrayal of Javert in SSMT’s 2013 production of Les Misérables. He was first seen on the SSMT stage in the role of Emile in South Pacific, and has received critical acclaim for this role as well as that of the lead in Man of La Mancha. Additional theatre credits include lead roles in Kiss Me Kate, Jekyll and Hyde, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Evita and Kopit and Yeston’s in Phantom. Throughout his career, Sanders has worked with George Hearn, Roddy McDowell, Carol Lawrence, John Raitt, Debbie Boone and Rosemary Clooney.
The season will continue with Monty Python’s Spamalot, which will be directed by Richard Costa, whose Broadway credits include Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Cabaret and the original Las Vegas Company of Spamalot. Costa is no stranger to SSMT having been in the 1st season, again in the 6th season and then again in 2004 and 2005 as Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Billy Flynn in Chicago.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I and the fourth production, Mary Poppins will both be under the direction of Carolyn Coulson, a member of the Shenandoah Conservatory theatre faculty and director of both musicals and plays produced by the Theatre Division. She was seen in last summer’s Les Misérables and Shrek as well the previous season’s Legally Blonde. The spring 2014 production of The Secret Garden was directed by Coulson as well as Shenandoah Conservatory productions of Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, Assassins, Henry IV: Part 1, and Noises Off.
Man of La Mancha will run June 11-22; Monty Python’s Spamalot, June 25 – July 6; The King and I, July 9-20; and Mary Poppins, July 23 –August 3. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Wed. through Sat.; 7 p.m. Sunday evenings; 2:30 each Sat. and on Wed., June 18, July 3, July 16 and July 30 with an added matinee for Mary Poppins on Thurs., July 31.
Tickets may be obtained from the Shenandoah Box Office at 540-665-4569 or www.shenandoahsummermusictheatre.com. Subscriptions are available at a 15% savings.