Summer Musicals Feature Fun for Audiences Young and Old
The hills are alive with the sound of music in the Upper East Side of Texas this summer. Stages in Greenville, Mineola, Athens, Tyler, Longview, Nacogdoches, Palestine, and Henderson are bringing great entertainment to audiences of all ages with some classic and favorites.
Shrek The Musical JR
Presented by the Tyler Civic Theatre, Shrek The Musical JR, is the the condensed version of the tale of everyone’s favorite ogre. Shows are July 5-6. Visit tylercivictheatre.com for tickets and call 903.592.0561 for more information.
Disney’s Frozen JR
Henderson Civic Theatre’s Limelight Players’ present Disney’s Frozen JR July 10-12 and 17-19. The show is based on the Broadway musical and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film. It’s a story of true love and acceptance between sisters and expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. Frozen JR is loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor. Call (903) 657-2968 and visit hendersoncivictheatre.org for more information.
Beauty and the Beast
The Greenville Family Theater presents Beauty and the Beast July 12, 13 and 19, 20 at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium. The classic “tale as old as time” features an arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants who fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress. She turns the prince into a hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl, Belle, enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father. With the help of his servants, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. For times and tickets, call (903) 457.3126 or visit showtimeatthegma.com.
Beauty and the Beast JR
The Henderson County Performing Arts Center presents Beauty and the Beast JR July 18-21 and 25-27. This is the kid-sized version of the original. The play has more than 40 young actors and is directed by Ami Hickmon. Get tickets at hcpac.org or call (903) 675-3908 for more information.
Matilda The Musical
The Lamp-Lite Theatre in Nacogdoches presents Roald Dahl’s Tony-award winning Matilda The Musical. Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly lovable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Performance dates are July 12-14 and July 19-21. Go to lamplitetheatre.com for tickets or call 936.564.8300 for more information.
ArtsView Children’s Theatre presents Ella Enchanted July 22-28 in Longview. At birth, Ella of Frell was given the “gift” of obedience by a misguided fairy. She must obey any order given to her, whether it’s hopping on one foot for a day or pulling her own hair. Unwilling to accept her fate, strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, encountering ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, fairy godmothers, and a handsome prince along the way. Get tickets through artsviewchildrenstheatre.com or call 903.236.7535 for more information.
Disney’s Newsies The Musical
Tyler Civic Theatre presents Disney’s Newsies The Musical July 25 - August 11. This Disney film turned Tony-winning Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what’s right and seize the day. Set in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies is the rousing tale of a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged “newsies.” Visit tylercivictheatre.com for tickets and call 903.592.0561 for more information.
My Son Pinocchio
The Palestine Community Theatre presents My Son Pinocchio: Geppetto’s Musical Tale July 26-28 and August 2-4. This is a musical based on the classic story told from the perspective of the father of the marionette-turned-real boy, Pinocchio. The show features classic songs, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and “I’ve Got No Strings” and tackles timely issues about what it means to be the “perfect” child and what it means to be a real father. Geppetto journeys beyond the toy shop to discover the meaning of family. When the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto’s wish to bring his beloved puppet to life, the new father quickly learns that being a parent is full of challenges. For more information, go to thetexastheater.com.
Shrek the Musical
Mineola’s Lake Country Playhouse presents Shrek the Musical August 2-4 and 9-11 at the Historic Select Theater. Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation film, this show brings to life the little ogre named Shrek. This tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and more than a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, Shrek saves the day. The theater is located at 114 N. Johnson Street. Call (903) 569-2300 and visit lakecountrypalyhouse.com.