Theatre Bristol Presents “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” March 16 – 25

Introducing the cast and crew of Alexander; Tickets are on sale now!

Some days you wish you hadn’t gotten out of bed. It is that kind of day for Alexander, but not for fans of the book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day which comes to life under the direction of Steve Davis on the Theatre Bristol ARTspace stage, 506 State Street, weekends March 16 through 25.

Alex cast announcement“In this musical adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander’s rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America’s feistiest characters. Not only does Alexander wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he’s not his best friend anymore. And if that’s not bad enough, Alexander’s brothers don’t have any cavities but—he does. And just when it can’t get any worse, there are lima beans for supper and —yuck!—kissing on TV.

“It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings and to realize that bad days happen—even in Australia” (Dramatic Publishing).

Alexander is played by Owen Griffith, along with an ensemble cast including Abigail Combs, Zaiah Gray, Ava White, and Mason White, and parents Elizabeth Burns and Steve Baskett.

Director Davis is supported by assistants Steve Baskett and Samantha Gray, stage managers Suzanne Eleas and Cindi Brooks, choreographer Camille Gray, dance captain Luke Gray, costumer Marley Hillman, lighting designer Paul Pratt, light and sound operator Albert Tester, and properties mistress Terra White.

Davis, most recently music director of Theatre Bristol’s production of ANNIE at the Paramount Center for the Arts, is a music and voice teacher and retired church music minister. As former Executive Director of Steve Davis Productions, he presented the Bristol Passion Play The Day He Wore My Crown, The Sound of Music, and Four Tickets to Christmas.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens March 16, and runs for two weekends at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 5:30 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm, and an additional Saturday show at 10:30 am. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and available at or

Theatre Bristol’s is pleased to present Alexander as part of its family-friendly 53rd season of ARTspace and Paramount shows, including Lessons from Shakespeare: How to Avoid a Personal Tragedy with River’s Way; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Tartuffe; Pinocchio; Blithe Spirit; She Loves Me; and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

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

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

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