Drawing upon local talent and bringing together performers of all ages, the Summer Community Musical has been a staple of Wilson theatrical culture since 2011. Each performance is a festival of sight and sound with dramatic costumes and stage decoration. Be sure to plan your trip to Wilson each July for this must-see performance.
Legally Blonde the Musical, 2017
Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical was presented as the 7th Annual Summer Community Musical. This presentation stayed true to form with a peppy score that was ridiculously enjoyable, from start to finish. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 2016
The 6th Annual Summer Community Musical was Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Bursting with the rambunctious energy of the original MGM film, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is all boisterous fun and romance that harkens back to the glory days of the movie musical. A truly rollicking adventure that teaches that it takes a bride to turn seven unshaven unkempt brothers into manly gentlemen and to turn desire into romance.
Shrek the Musical, 2015
Shrek The Musical tells the story of an ogre named Shrek who desires one thing and one thing only, to be left alone. When the evil Lord Farquaad banishes all the fairy tale creatures in the land to Shrek's front doorstep our green friend is a little less than pleased. Shrek also gains a new "friend" through this process. Donkey is a talking, you guessed it, donkey who has developed an attachment to Shrek and desires to be around him as often as possible. In the meantime, Lord Farquaad, desiring to be king, pines for a queen to make him so. He finds his heart's desire in Princess Fiona, an imprisoned princess who is guarded by a fire-breathing dragon in a tower. Shrek The Musical was directed artistically by Christopher A. Ballance, Performing Arts Director of the Arts Council of Wilson, with musical direction by Jayson Keyton, and choreography provided by Patricia Bradshaw.
The King and I, 2014
The beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King and I, was directed musically and artistically by Jeremy Tucker with choreography by Patricia Bradshaw. Set in 1862 Siam an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King, largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 2013
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, with lyrics by Tim Rice, based on the story of Joseph from the Bible’s Book of Genesis. This production was directed by Jeremy Tucker with choreography under the direction of Patricia Bradshaw. The captivating biblical story at the heart of this show is of the life of Joseph, who was favored by his father, and his eleven brothers, who sold him into slavery and told their father he had been killed. The saga continues through Joseph being pursued by his master’s wife, being thrown in jail, interpreting the dreams of his cell mates, and being promoted to second in command, and eventually saving the lives of his family. All this is done in beautiful song and drama.
Fiddler on the Roof, 2012
Fiddler on the Roof was directed by Jeremy Tucker with choreography under the direction of Patricia Bradshaw. This popular musical, rich in historical and ethnic detail, is set in the village of Anatevka, where Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. The play has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.
The Music Man, 2011
The Music Man marked the first imd in ten years since Wilson had a summer community theater production. Records show that this musical was performed in Wilson twice, the first time in 1979, under the direction of Bob Johnson, and again in 2000, directed by Pat Tomlinson. This production will be directed by Jeremy Tucker, with choreography by Patricia Bradshaw. The award-winning, critically acclaimed Broadway class, The Music Man, has something for everyone! From the quirky characters to the charmingly predictable dramatic situations, including its rousing marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads, this musical is always entertaining.
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