2019-2020 Season

Tony Award Winning Best Musical "In the Heights" highlights a season of "community"

E.C. Glass High School Theatre will explore the theme of “community” for the 2019-2020 season, presenting works that take a good look at the many ties that bind us together. 

“Lynchburg is a gentle, dignified community steeped in history and modern pressures,” said Allison Daugherty, director of Glass Theatre. “Our plays this season unpack and explore important questions.  What holds us together? What is worth fighting for? What makes life precious?”

The season opens in October with a new take on “Our Town,” pairing America’s favorite “Grover’s Corner” with our own favorite Lynchburg, Virginia.  “The Heart of Robin Hood”, a rollicking, witty, off-beat take on the classic anti-hero, swings into Valentine’s Day weekend. Spring will reverberate with the exuberant rhythms of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights”.   

In November, students will perform a one-act play straight from the Virginia Theatre Conference, along with a choreographed tribute to musical theatre. In the Spring, student playwrights and directors will present original new works in the Alumni Black Box Theatre.

This season marks the return of family matinees for select productions. Two productions, “The Heart of Robin Hood” and “In the Heights,” will be performed in E.C. Glass Auditorium. 

“Our Town” By Thornton Wilder

October 2-5, 2019
Alumni Studio Theatre
Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Described by Edward Albee as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.”  The audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre - return to discover “oh earth.

You’re too wonderful for anybody to realize youl”  This American treasure is simple and profound. 

 

VTA One Act: "Elephant's Graveyard" by George Brant
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Choreography Showcase: "So We Dance"

November 14-16, 2019
Alumni Studio Theatre

Glass Theatre students will return from the Virginia Theatre Association One Act Competition in Norfolk to share their performance with the public along with a review of original musical theatre, choreographed by Lynchburg’s Ronnie Brady and featuring Glass Theatre’s talented dance students.

Elephant's Graveyard is the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant. Set in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence, and revenge.

  • Winner - 2008 Keene Prize for Literature
  • Winner - 2008 David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award

“The Heart of Robin Hood” by David Farr

February 12-15, 2020
E.C. Glass Auditorium

The notorious Robin Hood and his band of outlaws steal from the rich, creating a fearsome reputation amongst those who dare to travel through the mighty forest of Sherwood. But they do not share their spoils with the poor and are unloved by the people, who must also pay unfair taxes to the evil Prince John. In this time of chaos and fear, it is down to Marion to boldly protect the poor and convince Robin that he must listen to his heart if they are to save the country. "The Heart of Robin Hood", David Farr's spirited new version of the great English legend, was premiered by the RSC at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2011.  

“In the Heights” by Lin Manuel Miranda

April 29-30, May 1-3,  2020
E.C. Glass Auditorium
2008 Tony Award Winner -  Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations

“In the Heights” tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

New Works

Spring, 2020
Alumni Studio Theatre

Students in the Playwriting & Directing class will present readings and performances of original works.