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Professional Theater at Affordable Prices: Ensemble Stage Has a Lot in Store for 2016

By Jessica Isaacs | jessica@highcountrypress.com

Fantastic stories will come to life this summer as Ensemble Stage presents its latest series of shows. Tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now, so get yours and get ready for another exciting season of comedy, drama and intrigue.

Based in Blowing Rock, Ensemble serves as the High Country’s go-to source for professional theater entertainment at prices anyone can afford. The nonprofit organization aims to “inspire, challenge and nurture the imagination and social skills of youths and adults through performances and theatre-based educational programs.”

Rehearsals at Ensemble Stage.
Rehearsals at Ensemble Stage.

Single show ticket prices (plus tax) start at $21 for adults, $19 for seniors and students and $11 for kids 16 and under.

Planning to see them all? Make the most of your money and purchase a summer mainstage season subscription with premium reserved seating at all four plays for just $73 plus tax, $65 plus tax for seniors and students.

Group discounts are available.

All performances are held at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium, 160 Sunset Drive.

Head over to ensemblestage.com for more information. For tickets, check out the box office online or call 828-414-1844.

So, what’s on stage this summer?

Norm Foster’s “The Melville Boys” — June 25 – July 3

The author of last year’s big Ensemble hit, “The Love List,” brings you this lighthearted story of two brothers and the comedy that ensues when a couple of good-looking ladies turn their latest adventure upside down.

Gardner McKay’s “Toyer” — July 16 – 24

Ensemble Stage Artistic Director Gary Smith
Ensemble Stage Artistic Director Gary Smith

Sponsored in part by Shane and Monique Chalke, “Toyer” tells the story of one psychologist’s entanglement with a mysterious visitor. His presence could be harmless, but it could also be something more sinister. Watch as this suspenseful thriller unfolds! This show contains strong language and adult themes.

Jeff Baron’s “Visiting Mr. Green” — Aug. 6 – 14

What happens when two polar opposites are forced to get to know each other? “Visiting Mr. Green” shows us that you can’t judge a book by its cover. This story of two men, one young and one old, will touch your heart and have you smiling as they learn to focus on their commonalities rather than their differences.

P. Paulette MacDougal’s “Waiting for MacArthur” — Aug. 27 – Sept. 4

Travel back in time to the 1940s as you enjoy this touching tale of four women separated by distance but united in the struggles and challenges of living in a war-torn world. This story gives us a close look at the personal experiences of these ladies as they learn to be strong on their own and for one another.

Saturday Kids’ Theatre

“Cinderella: The Commedia” — July 2, 23

“Robin Hood: The Commedia” — July 9, 30