Looking for something new and exciting to do this weekend? Don’t miss your chance to see great local theatre at Ensemble Stage in Blowing Rock. Here’s what you can see:
KILLING TIME — Friday through Sunday, July 17-19
Ensemble continues its latest show, Killing Time, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In this Richard Stockwell play, the chance meeting of a man and a woman turns into a twisted tale that’s anything but innocent.
Ensemble Stage Artistic Director Gary Smith said he’s excited to share this suspense thriller with local audiences.
“It’s a real cat and mouse kind of game. It keeps the audience guessing as to who’s manipulating things,” Smith said. “It’s very character driven and things aren’t always what they seem to be in the sense of who these characters are, what their intentions are and what each one is presenting to the other.
“It’s always fun to do these shows. By intermission, you might think you have all of the answers, but in the end you learn that you were completely wrong. That makes for an enjoyable night of theater, I think.”
In addition to the many hardworking folks behind the scenes, Killing Time features professional actors Laura Hodos and Mark Colbenson on the stage.
“Mark is a professional actor out of St. Petersburg who came up here in April to audition for us and he did a great job,” Smith said. “He’s got a great look for the character he’s playing and a great résumé for an actor. It’s his first time up here in Blowing Rock and I’m sure, like everyone else who comes here, he will want to come back.”
Hodos, who hails from Orlando, also starred in Ensemble’s first show of the season, The Love List, a playful comedy that ran from June 20-28 in Blowing Rock.
Hodos has written several cabarets and will perform her latest one-woman show, Julie and Mary and Ethel and Babs, for one night only at Ensemble on Sunday.
Kids Theatre: THE VOYAGES OF SINBAND — Saturday, July 18
The Ensemble Stage Saturday Kids Theatre returns this weekend, too, with an 11 a.m. performance of The Voyages of Sinbad on Saturday. The Ensemble commedia troupe creates a series of hilarious depictions of the seven voyages of Sinbad the Sailor, inviting kids in the audience to get creative and use their imaginations throughout the show. Admission each day is $6 by cash or check at the door.
TICKETS AND SHOW TIMES
Visit Ensemble Stage online to read more about upcoming performances, get your tickets and see a full schedule of show times.
Ensemble Stage is a nonprofit theatre company. Performances are held at 160 Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock.
Coming up next week at Ensemble:
AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD — July 24-26
Ensemble will premiere a powerful performance of Michael Slade’s And a Child Shall Lead, which tells the story of eight children confined in the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II.
“There are no adults in this cast, just the eight kids. We’ve been rehearsing it for three-and-a-half months and it’s going to be very powerful show,” Smith said. “It’s not what you’d expect from kids in theater.
“They are playing real people, not fictitious characters, and most of them died at that camp. The kids are doing a wonderful job of understanding the characters, respecting the script and honoring the people they’re playing.”
And a Child Shall Lead opens on July 24.