Henderson County News: Hendersonville Theater opens 2022 season this spring
The Hendersonville Theater opens the 2022 season this spring
The Hendersonville Community Theater is entering its 56th season with a new name: Hendersonville Theatre.
“Always run by volunteers, the Hendersonville Theater will continue to inspire, nurture, enrich, empower, educate, entertain and challenge artists and audiences with theater productions ranging from classics to new works. ” said Janice Guazzo, president of the theater. “We will also support the next generation of theater artists and provide arts education programs that promote lifelong learning to a diverse community.”
In the 2022 season, theatergoers can expect a diverse offering of quality plays and musicals. Season tickets cost between $80 and $120. For season passes, gift certificates and single-show tickets, visit HendersonvilleTheatre.org or call the box office at (828) 692-1082.
Area businesses and individuals are also invited to sponsor upcoming Hendersonville Theater productions. Sponsorship includes opportunities for logo exposure, customer entertainment, employee engagement, access to new customers, and an opportunity to demonstrate civic leadership in the community. Companies can sponsor a show or the entire season, or make an in-kind donation for publicity or sponsorship. Sponsorships start at $100.
“Breathing new life into a 56-year-old organization is a challenge,” said artistic director Victoria Lamberth, “but I think we’ve picked a crowd-pleasing season with something for everyone in the west. of North Carolina.”
The 2022 season includes the following shows:
• “Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree”, from April 22 to May 8: Following on from “Nunsense”, Sister Amnesia is on a national tour to promote her debut album, “I Could’ve Gone to Nashville”. Filled with hysterical one-liners and infectious comedic tunes, this hilarious hoedown is “Nunsense” fun with “Hee Haw” moments. The show will be directed by Sabrina Rock.
• “Red, White and Tuna”, from June 17 to July 3: two actors ignite the stage with more than 20 characters dressed in polyester from the third smallest city in Texas. Full of fireworks, fun, and gossip, this loving send-up of rural America is packed with memorable characters and hilarious parodies. The show will be directed by Beth Bristol.
• “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” July 22-August 7: In this Tony Award-winning musical, six clumsy spelling champions compete for the spelling championship of their lives. A tumultuous ride, with audience participation, six spellers enter but only one speller wins. The show will be directed by Heather Denton.
• “The Haunting of Hill House”, October 14-30: In a chilling and mystifying study of growing terror, a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in the desolate and deserted Hill House to bring forth the mysterious powers that it is claimed that she possesses powers that have brought madness, murder and suicide. The show will be directed by Jonathan Forrester.
• “Holiday Double Cheer: Five Carols for Christmas and JingleJacks,” December 2-18: Combining two holiday performances, “Five Carols for Christmas and JingleJacks” features holiday favorites sung in barbershop, classical, hip-hop style. hop, smooth jazz, rap, glee club, rock, etc. The show will be directed by Chandler Smith.
The Hendersonville Theater board and staff for the 2022 season, in addition to Guazzo and Lamberth, include Jonathan Forrester, Kai Hamilton, Kathleen Henby, Sabrina Rock, Margie Royal and Don Schwartz.
Forrester has been with the Hendersonville Theater since 2009. His involvement began with the production of “God’s Favorite” in the State Street barn. From there he went on to produce, stage and stage numerous shows for the theater. He has also directed several productions for the Brevard Little Theatre. He has served on the board as executive producer for the past three seasons. When not onstage or working behind the scenes, Forrester is Director of Life Enrichment for Trinity View Senior Living Community in Arden.
Guazzo returned to the Hendersonville Theater in March 2021. From 2017 to 2019, she served as a volunteer and staff member. She previously served as Director of Operations and Head of Digital Media. She has appeared on stage in productions at the Flat Rock Playhouse and the Hendersonville Theater. Over the past two years, she has worked on development projects, “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” at the Montford Park Players, “What Happens After Manhattan” and “The Sparrow and the Whippoorwill” at the Magnetic Theater. She has served on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, usually contributing her technical, marketing and communications skills. Janice has been a freelance professional for over 17 years, providing strategic advice and producing websites, marketing and collateral material for a wide range of clients. When not in the theater, she can be found at the Shamburger Architectural Group where she is the official office manager, but she really has too many titles to list.
As Artistic Director, Lamberth returns to Hendersonville Theater with the 2022 season. public relations and general manager. Lamberth began acting over 40 years ago and has appeared in professional and amateur productions in Memphis, Nashville, Los Angeles and western North Carolina. For the past 20 years she has directed professionally, most recently directing ‘Love, Lost and What I Wore’ at Hendersonville, ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ at the Montford Park Players and ‘The Sparrow and the Whippoorwill’ at the Magnetic Theatre. Lamberth studied acting, advertising and public relations at the University of Memphis and Marquette University. During her career, she has managed staff, marketing and communications for professional and community theatres. Lamberth also provides strategic advice and produces online, print, marketing and collateral materials for a wide range of clients.
Henby has been involved with the Hendersonville Theater for over four years. She has worn many hats at HT, including accountant, costume designer, set designer, stage manager, box office, marketing specialist, concessions and facilities. Over the years, she has been able to share her deep-rooted passion, talents, and love for the arts and Hendersonville by helping local elementary, middle, and high schools with their arts and theater programs. When not at the theater, she spends time with her wonderful family.
Since 1966, the Hendersonville Theatre, known as the Hendersonville Little Theater and Hendersonville Community Theater, has provided an inviting and stimulating environment for live theater and high quality, affordable entertainment. The Hendersonville Theater is located at 229 South Washington Street. For tickets or more information, call 828-692-1082 or visit HendersonvilleTheatre.org.