2017-2018 Season

DREAMGIRLS: September 14 – October 8, 2017
The heartbreaks of showbiz, love, and music all collide in Dreamgirls to create a modern-day classic that is sure to sing and dance its way into your heart. Set in the music scene of the 1960s and 70s, a young female singing trio gets their big break, but as their star rises so do tensions in the group.  Things begin to spin out of control when their egomaniacal agent singles out one to be the leader. Friendships are destroyed and each girl must discover the strength and fortitude to find their dreams once again. With legendary songs, stunning choreography, and plenty of sequins gowns, this timeless musical explodes on stage with electricity. Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen. Music by Henry Krieger. (Musical)

WAIT UNTIL DARK: October 26 – November 12, 2017
This season’s Classic Theatre Series production by Frederick Knott is best known for the 1967 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn. Set in an apartment in 1960s Greenwich Village becomes the site of theater’s most terrifying game of cat and mouse. Desperate to reclaim a mysterious doll stuffed with illegal drugs, a con man lays a trap to ensnare a blind woman.  With the help of his criminal sidekicks and a
few clever disguises, he spins a tale to fool the innocent and unsuspecting woman. But when the doll cannot be found and darkness falls, the situations spins out of control and the game comes to a deadly end. (Suspense Thriller)

SEUSSICAL: February 1 – 25, 2018
Director Melissa Rain Anderson and 2 Ring Circus (CFRT’s The Little Mermaid) return for this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that is sure to be a feast for the imagination and enjoyed by audiences of all ages! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on this Island, Ragtime) bring to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude      McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. These colorful characters will transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.  Oh, the thinks we will think! (Musical)

DISGRACED: March 15-25, 2018
This 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Ayad Akhtar took Broadway by storm and got everyone talking. Amir, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, is happy, in love, and about to land a huge promotion. But when he and his wife, a Caucasian artist inspired by Islamic painting, host a dinner party for Amir’s African American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the evening takes an unexpected turn and Amir makes a costly decision. Don’t miss this conversation-starter that will definitely give you something to talk about at the water cooler the next day. (Drama)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY: April 12-29, 2018
Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor,  emotional depth, and bold theatricality. The Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and  hypersensitive Marianne—are left financially destitute and socially vulnerable after their
father’s sudden death. The family is forced to move to a distance cottage and the sisters become entangled in heart-wrenching romances.  They are forced to ask themselves, “When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?” Based on the novel by Jane Austen. Adapted by Kate Hamill. (Comedy)

CROWNS: A GOSPEL MUSICAL: May 17 – June 3, 2018

Hats are everywhere in exquisite variety in this musical play. There is a hat for every  occasion, from flirting to churchgoing to funerals to baptisms. When Brooklyn-born Yolanda  goes down South after the death of her brother, she finds strength in the tales of the wise  women who surround her—and the powerful rituals connected to their dazzling hats. This jubilant musical play weaves together Gospel music, rich storytelling, and exuberant dance to create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place. Written by Regina Taylor. Adapted from the book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry. (Musical)

Special Event Performances

(Special Event #1) by Barbara Robinson.
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem, and the fun, when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! A highlight of Fayetteville’s holiday season for more than 25 years.  “If you are looking for a chance to spend an hour of quality time with your family, take them to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. There is no doubt if you see it once, you will make it a part of your family’s Christmas traditions.” Up and Coming Weekly

Blues-n-Brews_logo_2013.BLUE.NORIBBONThe 16th Annual BLUES-N-BREWS Festival: June 2, 2018
(Special Event #2)
Join us for our 16th Anniversary Year. It’s sure to be the biggest and best Blues-n-Brews Fayetteville has seen. Remember: Blues music + 100 Different Beers from 20 Breweries + Festival Park = a Priceless Day of Good Times Supporting CFRT!