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 July, please email events@roanoke.com.


Performance: “Giselle”

Venue: Shaftman Performance Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave. S.W., Roanoke

Summary: A romantic tale of the supernatural, in which a peasant girl’s ghost strives to save the nobleman who broke her heart from the wrath of vengeful spirits. Features a guest appearance by Rolando Sarabia of the Washington Ballet.

Date and time: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $27-$45

Contact: 345-2550; jeffcenter.org/giselle

Family-friendly: Yes.


Performance: “Live! Laugh! Love!”

Venue: Gillis Theater, Marshall Hall, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington

Summary: A humorous musical variety show.

Dates and times: June 21-22 and 28-29, 7 p.m.; June 23 and 30, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $10; students and senior citizens, $5; children age 6 and younger, free

Contact: 464-7389; blandjk@vmi.edu

Family-friendly: Yes.


Performances: “A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Children’s Musical” by Sarah Brandt and Neal Richardson; “Next to Normal” by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt; “Overnight Sensations”

Venue: “A Peter Rabbit Tale: A Children’s Musical,” venues vary. “Next to Normal,” Waldron Stage, 20 Church Ave S.E., Roanoke. “Overnight Sensations,” 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.” Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical “Next to Normal” explores the effects of mental illness on a suburban family. In “Overnight Sensations,” six teams of regional playwrights, directors and actors create six new plays in 24 hours.

Dates and times: “A Peter Rabbit Tale,” dates and times vary through July 13; “Next to Normal,” June 20-22 and 26-29, 7:30 p.m., and June 23, 2 p.m.; “Overnight Sensations,” July 6, 8 p.m.

Tickets: “A Peter Rabbit Tale,” free; “Next to Normal,” $15-$20; “Overnight Sensations,” free

Contact: 342-5740; millmountain.org

Family-friendly? “A Peter Rabbit Tale,” yes; “Next to Normal,” adult themes and language; “Overnight Sensations,” mostly.


Performance: “Rehearsal for Murder” by Richard Levinson and William Link

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

Summary: A playwright employs his skills in an attempt to solve the murder of his actress fiancée.

Dates and times: June 13-15 and 20-22, 7:30 p.m.; June 16 and 23, 2 p.m.

Tickets: $14; $7 ages 18 and younger

Contact: 774-2660; showtimers.org

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performance: “Murder! At the Merc”

Venue: Draper Mercantile and Trading Company, 3054 Greenbriar Road, Draper

Summary: A dinner theater mystery.

Date and time: Friday, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $50

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performance: “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

Venue: Squires Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center, 290 College Ave., Blacksburg

Summary: Vintage Saturday morning cartoon ditties like “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill” return as a stage musical for all ages, performed by Roanoke Children’s Theatre.

Dates and times: June 15-17, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tickets: Free, reservations required

Family-friendly? Yes.


Performance: “My Fair Lady”

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

Summary: Phonetics professor Henry Higgins tries to teach cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle how to mingle with nobility.

Dates and times: Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday and June 9, 2 p.m.

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

Contact: 586-5881; littletownplayers.com

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; “James and the Giant Peach,” times vary Sunday-June 22; “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 June 14-Aug. 24; “The Little Mermaid,” times vary June 25-July 20.

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.

Tickets: “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Little Mermaid,” $14-$16; “Church Basement Ladies,” $20-$45; “Shrek the Musical,” $15-$42; “Exit Laughing,” $20-$60. “La Cage Aux Folles,” $20-$46

Contact: 276-628-3991; bartertheatre.com

Family-friendly? “La Cage Aux Folles,” adult themes. All the others, 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: June 28, July 5 and July 12, 7 p.m.; June 29-30, July 6-7 and July 13-14, 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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