And One to Grow On

By on 4 November, 2016 in Art, Fun, Sarah Thornton with 1 Comment

ambassadors“That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” -Walt Disney

The Playhouse is heading into our sixth season! Can you believe it? As we approached the task of selecting our shows for our sixth year, several goals were at the forefront. The Playhouse reputation for taking risks in our work is a great source of pride for us, and we hope to continue to bring new and challenging stories to the River Region for many years to come. However, this next year we are going to try something a little different.

2016 brought with it many difficulties on the national and global scale. It seems that for many, our spirits could use a boost! Perhaps we need a reminder of how much joy still exists, how much happiness and pleasure can be found in gathering together and hearing a great story. With the troublesome political and social terrain this year, we wanted to embrace our role as artists and remind people that there is much more that unites us than divides us. The role of theater and art has always been to bring to life experiences that help us find common ground, to unify us through our humanity, and as a wise man once wrote to me, to give us “a new way of looking at the life we are given”.

We wanted our 2017 season to be one of welcoming and inclusion, of inventive, exciting storytelling that appealed to children and adults of all ages. We’ll give a nod to the classics with an educational season that brings students out of the classroom to see their required reading brought to wonderful life! We asked our fabulous Artistic Committee to help us create a season of familiar stories that we could explore in a new way in an effort to reach a new generation of theater-goers while also allowing our experienced audiences a chance to revisit some tales that have special places in their hearts. We want our audiences to tap into their youthful imaginations, to embrace the pure joy of storytelling in its truest form. They do call them “plays” for a reason, after all!

And so, we are pleased to announce our 2017 season: The 39 Steps adapted by Patrick Barlow, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (our Youth Troupe’s production graduating to the main season), one of Agatha Christie’s greatest murder mysteries And Then There Were None, and for the holidays, a new trunk-show adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. The year will also be filled with new special events, collaborations, our new Cabaret Series, and the ever-popular monthly Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull.

We are so excited to begin our sixth season, and we welcome you all to come down to Cloverdale and PLAY with us! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our website or call the Box Office (334)262-1530.

Sarah Walker Thornton is the Artistic Director of the Cloverdale Playhouse, who walks like a New Yorker and waves like an Alabama girl. She is a product of a Montgomery arts education, with several years of life in NYC thrown in for extra flavor.

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  1. Shameless ticket sales link: or (334) 262-1530
    Thanks for the blog space!

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