2024 Winter Studio Season

Unforgettable Shows!

Welcome to a winter season that is truly out of this world…

Every year, HART meticulously curates a captivating lineup of shows sourced from community submissions. This unique selection provides our talented artists with a platform to challenge themselves, embody dream roles, and bring to life productions they are truly passionate about. This year’s lineup not only showcases some of these cherished “dream shows” for individual performers but also introduces exciting directorial debuts all while offering you outstanding talent that will transport you to another world.

 

Please be advised that our Winter season is not always as family-friendly as our Main Stage line up. We kindly ask you to carefully review advisory warnings to ensure your theatrical experience aligns with your preferences and expectations.

Submitted by Lyn Donley as a dream role performance. When we saw this submission, it was a no-brainer. Lyn Donley? In a One-Woman-Show? And said show dishes on Hollywood royalty? Yes Please!

 

I’ll Eat You Last

 

 

By John Logan
Directed by Julie Kinter
Fangmeyer Theatre

April 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th at 7:30pm
April 21st and 28th at 2pm

Starring Lyn Donley as Sue Mengers

Step into the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age with I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers! This captivating one-woman show, penned by acclaimed writer John Logan, invites you into the opulent world of legendary talent agent Sue Mengers. Set against the backdrop of 1981 Beverly Hills, this intimate and revealing performance offers a front-row seat to Mengers’ life, career, and the tantalizing secrets of the stars she represented. Get ready for an evening of laughter, scandal, and behind-the-scenes tales that will leave you hungry for more. Bette Midler originated the role and now its back on its feet with the one and only Lyn Donley!

Rated R: strong language, suggested drug use.

Jessi Hoadley has worked as the choreographer for both The Lightning Thief and Mean Girls Jr at HART. You recently saw Riley Anderson as the Narrator in Assassins. Javan DeLozier worked as Choreographer for Mean Girls Jr and Director for The Lightning Thief. Javan also grew up as a Kids at HART member and has performed on our stage countless times including Tommy in The Music Man, Gad in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, ‘S Wonderful, Burt in Mary Poppins Jr, and many more.

 

Making Headway

An Original Cabaret
Fangmeyer Theatre

Thursday April 25th at 7:30pm

 
This one-act show features WCU seniors Jessi Hoadley, Javan DeLozier, Riley Anderson and Kara Jean Spindle. In this stripped down cabaret, we follow the stories of these seniors as they prepare for their next steps. Through Music, Dance, and Monologues, they express who they are, where they’ve been, and where they are going.
 
 
Making Headway is a one act Cabaret. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
You saw WCU Seniors Brian Bush, Kate Mullis, and Grace Hayes in HARTs 2023 season. Grace directed Elephants Graveyard and as an intern served as Stage manager for Calendar Girls and Dramaturg for Every Brilliant Thing. You saw Kate as Sandra Bloom in Big Fish. Brian interned with HART and played Amos in Big Fish, Jean-Michel in Cinderella, and Prince Herbert in Spamalot.

 

Selcouth

 

 

An Original Cabaret
Fangmeyer Theatre

Sunday May 5th at 5pm

Join HART as they host several beloved WCU Seniors to present their Senior Thesis. Selcouth is a Musical Theatre Cabaret exploring the paradoxically universal experience of feeling like an outcast; feeling like you don’t belong in the place you are. It explores feelings of inferiority and, ultimately, getting through those feelings through community. Featuring WCU Seniors Brian Bush, Kate Mullis, Grace Hayes, Jillian Hall, and Colby Johnson.

Selcouth is a one act Cabaret. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

PAST SHOWS:

Shows that have already come and gone this season…

An Act of God was submitted by Pasquale LaCorte as a dream role to perform. He teams up again with Candice Dickinson who directed him in the sold out run of Say Goodnight, Gracie. An Act of God had a limited run in 2015 starring Jim Parsons and then Sean Hayes as God and received a Tony Award Nomination for best performance.

An Act of God

 

SOLD OUT

 

By David Javerbaum
Directed by Candice Dickinson
Fangmeyer Theatre

 February 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th at 7:30pm
February 4th and 11th at 2pm

Starring Pasquale LaCorte as God.

God sits down to discuss the mysteries of life and explains how humans got it all wrong. With the help of his archangels, Gabriel, played by David Spivey, and Micheal, played by Tom Bastek, God is asked to examine some of humanity’s most pressing questions and introduces his brand new set of commandments.

Rated PG-13 for language and suggestive content.

This year, we feature duets from some of the incredible couples who perform regularly at HART including: Clara Burrus & Dominic Aquilino, Tabitha Judy & Strother Stingley, Kristen & Graham Livengood, and Adrienne & Matt Blanks and a special performance from Lyn Donley. Candice Dickinson hosts the evening, performing several solos along the way. Last years Cabaret sold out in 2 weeks, so don’t wait to purchase your seats!

Valentines Day Cabaret

 

 

SOLD OUT

 

Directed by Candice Dickinson & Kelly Jackson
Fangmeyer Theatre

Wednesday February 14th at 7:30pm

Join Candice Dickinson and a bevy of incredible HART couples for our 2nd annual Valentine’s Day Cabaret! Enjoy intimate cabaret table seating with wine by the bottle and desserts for sale. Snuggle up to your valentines date as you enjoy some of the regions most talented singers serenading you.

Rated PG-13, mild language and suggestive content

Submitted by Mark Colbenson who is making his Directing Debut at HART but is no stranger to the stage. You saw him in 2021 as Dr. Sanderson in Harvey, but Mark has had a long career on the stage as a performer, director, set designer, and artistic director. The cast features Stephen Gonya as Cooper and Jack Heinen as his pal Aylott.

A Month of Sundays

 

SOLD OUT

By  Bob Larbey
Directed by Mark Colbenson
Feichter Studio

February 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th at 7:30pm
February 18th and 25th at 2pm

Step into the world of Cooper and Aylott, residents of “Paradise House” retirement home, as they plot their escape and navigate the rocky road of aging with humor, grace, and… trepidation. Watch as Cooper charmingly flirts with his nurse, engages in witty banter with the cleaning lady, and attempts to bridge the gap with his somewhat estranged daughter. Don’t miss out on this uplifting winter production—it’s a celebration of life, love, and the enduring spirit that connects us all.

Rated PG-13

Submitted by Jason Williams who directed the Studio Season hit Recycled Nuts in 2023. Jason, along with Mandy Bean, additionaly runs the production company The Multiverse Theatre Collective. You’ve seen Jason’s lighting design for many productions at HART including Big Fish, Cinderella, Every Brilliant Thing, Spamalot, Good Ol Girls, and Death of a Salesman. Cast: Trinity Smith-Keel as Henrietta Leavitt, Mandy Bean as Margaret Leavitt, Carly “Goober” Berdine as Annie Cannon, Dana Gillihan as Williamina Fleming and Josh Luria as Peter Shaw.

Silent Sky

 

 

 

by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Jason Williams
Fangmeyer Theatre

March 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th at 7:30pm
March 3rd and 10th at 2pm

This gripping tale unfolds the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, an ambitious astronomer working at Harvard University as a human computer. Eager to make astronomical discoveries, Henrietta faces adversity as she strives to contribute to the field while navigating strained relationships with her sister, love interest, and colleagues. Witness the profound impact of Henrietta’s groundbreaking work on Cepheid stars, unveiling a cosmic mystery that will leave you enthralled and inspired by the wonders of the universe and one woman’s inspiring determination.

Suitable for all audiences.

From the New York Times Bestseller list, “Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief” and the entire “Percy Jackson & the Olympians” series have been wildly popular among young adults since their release in 2005. The rock infused musical has equally taken teens in Musical Theatre by storm since its release in 2014. HART is excited to produced this highly anticipated musical with Kids at HART that features our talented students in these iconic roles.

The Lightning Thief

 

 

 

By Joe Tracz, Music by Rob Rokicki
Directed by Javan DeLozier
Lloyd Main Stage

March 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd at 7:30pm
March 17th and 24th at 2pm

Unleash the power of the Gods.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is a high-voltage adventure that brings the beloved best-selling novel to life on stage. Join Percy Jackson, the teenage demigod, on an epic quest filled with humor, mythological marvels, and catchy rock-infused songs. With themes of friendship, self-discovery, and embracing uniqueness, this electrifying musical is a must-see for all ages. Mark your calendars now and be prepared to be swept away into a world where legends come to life!

Suitable for all Audiences.

Constellations was submitted by Julie Kinter as a dream role performance. Originally slated for the 2018 HART studio season but cancelled for various reasons, Julie has been dying to get the show back on its feet ever since. She will star along side Matt Edwardsen, who you saw in 2023 as King Arthur in Spamalot and Edward Bloom in Big Fish. The show also gives Nichole Sumpter a much anticipated Directorial Debut. Nichole is HART’s Graphic Designer and Social Media Manager who quite literally grew up at HART and has Stage Managed countless shows for HART and in the community.

Constellations

 

 

 

By Nick Payne
Directed by Nichole Sumpter
Feichter Studio

April 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th at 7:30pm
April 7th and 14th at 2pm

Join Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a quantum physicist, as their relationship unfolds in a kaleidoscope of scenes, revealing diverse outcomes shaped by tiny choices and chance events. This captivating romantic drama delves into the mesmerizing world of multiverse theory, exploring the boundless possibilities of love. Brace yourself for an emotionally charged experience that goes beyond the ordinary, as Constellations invites you to ponder the intricate threads of destiny and love. Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the cosmos with Constellations.

PG-13: Strong Language