Theatre Bristol Announces 2019 Season

Musical fairy tales, trials, and mystery favorites on the ARTspace and Paramount stages, summer camp, collaborations, and holiday shows! Mark your calendars for performances, auditions, and other ways to get involved in your community theatre!


Theatre Bristol Announces 2019 Season Featuring The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, Sherlock Holmes, River’s Way, and Miracle on 34th Street

Theatre Bristol plans to enchant audiences with traditional and American fairy tales, a mystery, and a miracle for its 54th Season! We invite you to get involved!

The season kicks off with its third River’s Way collaboration on March 9 and 10 with “Cinder Red Robin Hood and the Seven Dwarfs” a Theatre Bristol original production written and directed by Dottie Havlik. Please watch for reservation information for this collaboration that played to standing ovations and sold-out in 2018!

Then we’re off to see “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, under the direction of Kenn Naegele at the Paramount Center for the Arts June 21-30. The beloved tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home includes favorite iconic songs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “If I Were King of the Forest,” and many more. Auditions for men, women, children and dogs too, are March 11, 12, 16, and 17. Rehearsals begin April 14. Performances are June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30. Be sure to see the audition place, times, and details at

Theatre Bristol’s annual The Start of Adventure summer camp for kindergarten through eighth grade runs July 8-12. Registration will begin in February at

It’s elementary for the Youth Service Board to follow up their hard work on camp, as well as past successful productions of “Tartuffe,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost” with a production of “Sherlock Holmes,” July 26-28.

What big plans we have to present “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf” directed by Camille Gray on the ARTspace stage September 6-15. The Wolf, villain or victim? The Three Pigs, innocent or at fault? The Jurors, Miss Muffet, Bo Peep, Cinderella and Humpty-Dumpty, to name a few, solid citizens or characters with a past in this trial of the century? Auditions for men, women, and children are July 13, July 14, and July 15. Rehearsals begin on July 29. Performances are September 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. Be sure to see the audition times and details at

Then, for a perfectly charming holiday experience, Theatre Bristol presents “Into the Woods” under the direction of Glenn Patterson at the Paramount Center for the Arts, November 15-24. “James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece… and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching,” with the notable music of “Children Will Listen,” “Ever After,” “Agony,” “The Last Midnight,” and many more. Auditions for men, women, and teenagers are August 3, August 4, August 5, and August 10. Rehearsals begin September 8. Performances are November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24. Be sure to see the audition times and details at

“Miracle on 34th Street” directed by Dottie Havlik will have everyone believing December 6-22 at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace. By chance, Kris Kringle, an elderly man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for, but the magic of Christmas ends up on trial! Auditions for men, women, and children are September 28, September 29, September 30, and October 1. Rehearsals begin October 6. Performances are December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. Be sure to see the audition times and details at

In advance of the 2020 season, Theatre Bristol will hold auditions for a winter holiday musical directed by Steve Davis and Steve Baskett in Theatre Bristol’s ARTspace. Auditions for men, women, and teenagers are December 7, December 8, December 9, and December 10. Rehearsals begin December 15. Performances are February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2020.

Please follow Theatre Bristol’s site for details on the audition times, announcements and performance dates, as well as for tickets, for these 2019 shows.

Haley White, designer of the Theatre Bristol 2019 Season poster, is a local graphic designer who specializes in logo design, social media content, illustration, photography and hand lettering. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2017 with a bachelor’s in graphic design. She currently works for the nonprofit the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency. She is thrilled to work with Theatre Bristol and present the 2019 Season Reveal design. Haley appreciates the opportunity to give back to the community by doing something that she loves. To see her work visit

Theatre Bristol is currently welcoming show and season sponsors and souvenir program advertising for the 54th Season. Please contact or 423-212-3625, visit sponsorship for more information.

Those interested in being a part of the wonderful experience of live performance by bringing it to life over several weeks and working backstage as part of the production team and stage crew are welcome to come to any of the audition dates and discuss their interest and skill. This invitation includes those interested in orchestra, costuming, set design and construction, lighting, sound, stage management, props, publicity, and many other roles. Interested individuals can also email All roles are volunteer, as there is no paid staff. No experience is necessary for crew work, though welcome.

Year-end contributions to Theatre Bristol may be made to support its mission to offer skills and opportunities to children that increase their self confidence, as well as to provide an outlet for live performance by community members for audiences throughout the region. The vision is that all children experience the unparalleled benefits of live performance and that no child be turned away from opportunities for learning, whether through workshops or attending a show. Theatre Bristol is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a Great Nonprofits 2018 Top Nonprofit, and a Gold-level Guidestar organization.

“Into the Woods” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI. “The Wizard of Oz” is presented through special arrangement with Tams Witmark. “The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf” and “Miracle on 34th Street” are presented through arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

Founded in 1965, Theatre Bristol is the oldest continually running children’s theatre in northeast Tennessee. Its Main Stage season consists of up to five productions. Some of its performances take place in the ARTspace, a multi-purpose, black box theatre which seats up to 120, and others at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Theatre Bristol is a volunteer-operated organization and we invite you to get involved.

For more information, visit the Theatre Bristol’s website or Facebook page, contact Theatre Bristol at 423-212-3625, or email