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 August, please email events@roanoke.com.


Performances: “A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Children’s Musical” by Sarah Brandt and Neal Richardson; “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater and Doug Wright

Venue: “A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Children’s Musical,” venues vary. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” Trinkle Mainstage, 1 Market St., Roanoke

Summary: “A Peter Rabbit Tale” is a touring children’s musical based on the classic Beatrix Potter children’s story “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” Summer youth production “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.” presents a musical portrayal of a mermaid who longs to live on land.

Dates and times: “A Peter Rabbit Tale,” dates and times vary through July 13; “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” July 31 and Aug. 2, Aug. 7 and Aug. 9, 7 p.m.; Aug. 1 and Aug. 3, Aug. 8 and Aug. 10, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, 2 p.m.

Tickets: “A Peter Rabbit Tale,” free; “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.,” $15-$22.

Contact: 342-5740; millmountain.org

Family-friendly? Yes.


Summary: New plays created by the students in the Hollins Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University.

Performances, dates and times: July 19: 7 p.m., “Arachnothology (A Study of Spiders)” by Kimberly Patterson. July 20: 11 a.m., “MUSE” by Kristin Lundberg; 2 p.m., “Puck Is Dead” by Kate Leslie; 4 p.m., “Truth” by MK Lowry; 8 p.m., “The Write-In” by Nick McCord. July 21: 11 a.m, “Blame the Wind” by Walter Dodd; 2 p.m., “North Wind” by Sarah Cosgrove; 4 p.m., “Pheromone: An Awkward Olfactory Inquiry” by Rachel Graf Evans.

Venue: Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage, 20 Church Ave. S.E., Roanoke.

Tickets: free, tickets required.

Family-friendly? Mature content and themes


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: July 25-26, Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 8-9, 7:30 p.m.; July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

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

Contact: 473-1001; atticproductions.info

Family-friendly? Yes.


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

Venue: Village Center, 2387 Warm Hearth Dr., 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: July 26-27 and Aug. 2-3, 7 p.m.; July 28 and Aug. 4, 3 p.m.

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

Contact: 585-4295; newriverstage.org

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; “The Little Mermaid,” times vary Sunday-July 20. “Tarzan,” times vary July 23-Aug. 10.

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.” “The Little Mermaid” is a new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. “Tarzan” is a play for young audiences adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novels.

Tickets: “The Little Mermaid” and “Tarzan,” $14-$16; “Church Basement Ladies,” $20-$45; “Shrek the Musical,” $20-$40; “Exit Laughing,” $20-$48. “La Cage Aux Folles,” $20-$34

Contact: 276-628-3991; bartertheatre.com

Family-friendly? “La Cage Aux Folles,” adult themes. All the others, yes.


Performance: “Beauty and the Beast”

Summary: The ever-popular Broadway musical based on Disney’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale.

Venue: Walker Fine Arts/Student Center Theatre, Patrick Henry Community College, 645 Patriot Ave., Martinsville

Dates and times: July 19-20 and 25-27, 7 p.m.; July 20-21 and 28, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at door

Contact: 276-656-0244; phccpatriotplayers.com

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performances: “A Backward Child” by H.L. Childe Pemberton and “The Crystal Gazer” by Leopold Montague

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

Summary: Star City Playhouse continues its season of one-act drawing room farces.

Dates and times: Sunday, 2 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and July 14, 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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