2017 Progress Edition
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Johnson City Community Theatre
105 Years and Still Going Strong
It’s 2017 and Johnson City Community Theatre is starting its 105th season standing strong and ready to rock. With a season designed to delight theatre patrons from all walks of life, the launch of a new partnership with Barter Youth Theatre, and the annual Rocky Horror Show fundraiser in October, this is the just beginning of what is sure to be an epic year at JCCT.
Starting the 105th season is the Off-Broadway musical sensation I LOVE YOU, BECAUSE directed by Daniel Harr. Set in New York City, this love story that twists on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, follows a young, uptight greeting card writer’s life that is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Add in eccentric friends and siblings, their tumultuous relationship teaches them both how to learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.
I LOVE YOU, BECAUSE opens Thursday, Feb. 9 and runs through Feb. 18. Show times are Feb. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for students, seniors, and military. Tickets may be purchased by going to www.jcct.info or by calling the box office at 423-926-2542.
Coming up next is the hilarious British comedy See How They Run, directed by JCCT President Scott Elliott. The title, which comes from the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice,” is an accurate description of this intensely comedic farce. Audiences should prepare for mistaken identities, doors, vicars, and to leave the theatre truly exhausted from laughing.
In July, the jukebox musical hit All Shook Up directed by JCCT Lifetime Member Sharon Salyers will be rocking audiences. A take off of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night but set to the music of Elvis Presley, All Shook Up follows a small-town girl who falls in love with a motorcycle-riding stud with the help (and sometimes hindrance) of their friends and family.
Another new addition to the JCCT family is the new partnership with Barter Youth Academy, who will be offering classes once a week through the spring for children ages K-12th grade at the theatre. Classes start Feb. 14 and will end with a Demo Night for each class in April at JCCT. For more information, or to register, please visit www.bartertheatre.com.
Other shows to look for this season include Little Shop of Horrors and The Rocky Horror Show, with a few more surprises hidden up their sleeves for the year, so be sure to “stay tuned.” Additional information for all shows will be announced on the Facebook page and www.jcct.info.
For 2017, JCCT is making giving back to Johnson City and local theatre patrons a top priority with workshops, classes and one-night only events happening throughout the year. JCCT holds open meetings on the second Sunday of every month at 6:00 p.m., and all are encouraged to attend, give feedback, voice opinions, and help JCCT continue to grow. For more information on shows, auditions, volunteering, sponsoring, or donating, please visit www.jcct.info or call 423-926-2542.