Our monthly guide to live theater in the Roanoke Valley. Check the Extra calendar every Thursday for the most current information. If you have a play to list in September, please email


Performances: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater and Doug Wright; “Let’s Go to the Movies”

Venue: Trinkle Mainstage, 1 Market St., Roanoke

Summary: Summer youth production “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” presents a musical portrayal of a mermaid who longs to live on land. Concert “Let’s Go to the Movies” presents beloved tunes from cinema classics, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Graduate,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Titanic.”

Dates and times: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” Sunday and Aug. 11, 2 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; “Let’s Go to the Movies,” Aug. 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” $15-$22. “Let’s Go to the Movies,” $20-$25.

Contact: 342-5740;

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performance: “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

Venue: Attic Productions, 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle

Summary: In this classic Broadway and Hollywood musical, trouble starts with “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool and only a boys’ band playing 76 trombones can get this Iowa town back onto the straight and narrow.

Dates and times: Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $18; ages 18 and younger, $15

Contact: 473-1001;

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performance: “The Savannah Sipping Society” by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones and Nicholas Hope

Venue: Little Town Players, 931 Ashland Ave., Bedford

Summary: Four rambunctious women team up to get a new start on life, and revenge on at least one two-timing ex, in this Southern-fried comedy from the authors of “Christmas Belles.”

Dates and times: Sept. 6-7 and Sept. 13-14, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 8 and Sept. 15, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $15; children 12 and younger, $10

Contact: 586-5881;

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performance: “Legally Blonde” by Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin and Heather Hach

Venue: Showtimers Theatre, 2067 McVitty Road S.W., Roanoke

Summary: The Broadway musical based on the hit 2001 movie about a superficial sorority girl who enrolls in law school to win her boyfriend back and discovers she has what it takes to be a legal eagle.

Dates and times: Aug. 9, 16 and 23, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 10, 17 and 24, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 11, 18 and 25, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $7-$18

Contact: 774-2660;

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performance: “Gilligan’s Island” by Hope and Laurence Juber, Sherwood Schwartz and Lloyd J. Schwartz

Venue: Village Center, 2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg

Summary: A family-friendly castaway musical that floats a tale of a fateful trip that started from a tropic port aboard a tiny ship.

Dates and times: Sunday, 3 p.m.

Tickets: $15; senior citizens, $12; students, $10

Contact: 585-4295;

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performances and dates: “Shrek the Musical,” times vary Wednesday-Aug. 25; “Church Basement Ladies” by Jim Stowell, Jessica Zuehlke and Drew Jansen, times vary Tuesday-Aug. 25; “Exit Laughing” by Paul Elliott, times vary Sunday-Aug. 24; “La Cage Aux Folles” by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein, adapted from the Jean Poiret play, times vary Sunday-Aug. 24; “Tarzan,” times vary July 23-Aug. 10. “Maytag Virgin” by Audrey Cefaly, times vary Aug. 27-Nov. 10; “Wait Until Dark” by Frederick Knott, times vary Sept. 6-Nov. 8.

Venue: Barter Theatre, 127 W. Main St., Abingdon

Summary: “Shrek the Musical” is inspired by the hit movie. Musical comedy “Church Basement Ladies” deals lightheartedly with the traditions of a small-town church. “James and the Giant Peach” is based on the Roald Dahl novel. Comedy “Exit Laughing” depicts a bridge game gone very wrong. Farce “La Cage Aux Folles” is adapted from the same French source as the 1996 Robin Williams comedy “The Birdcage.” “Tarzan” is a play for young audiences adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. “Maytag Virgin” is a romantic comedy set in the deep South. In thriller “Wait Until Dark,” a blind woman must outwit a murderous criminal.

Tickets: “Tarzan,” $14-$16; “Church Basement Ladies,” $20-$45; “Shrek the Musical,” $20-$40; “Exit Laughing,” $20-$48. “La Cage Aux Folles,” $20-$34; “Maytag Virgin,” $20-$40; “Wait Until Dark,” $20-$48.

Contact: 276-628-3991;

Family-friendly? “La Cage Aux Folles,” adult themes. “Wait Until Dark,” OK for teenagers in ninth grade and up. All the others, yes.


Performances: “The Confederates” by Pauline Phelps and Marion Short and “The Boor” by Anton Chekhov

Venue: Star City Playhouse, 107 S. Pollard St., Vinton

Summary: Star City Playhouse continues its season of one-act plays. “The Confederates” is an early 20{sup}th{/sup}-century American romantic comedy from a female writing duo, while “The Boor” is a comedy from the Russian master about an improbable love match.

Dates and times: Aug. 23, Aug. 30 and Sept. 13, 7 p.m.; Aug. 24-25, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 and Sept. 14-15, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $11; $8 seniors and students

Contact: 366-1446

Family-friendly? Mature themes.

Mike Allen writes the Arts & Extras column for The Roanoke Times. The beat he covers includes visual art, classical music, opera, theater, dance, literature, museums and other arts and cultural nonprofits, and things even more eclectic.

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