The cast of Steel Magnolias
The cast of Steel Magnolias which opens March 8, 2019 (from left):  Molly Carli-Folk as Truvy,  Jennifer Memolo as M'Lynn, Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey as Shelby, Lyn Morton as Ouiser, Matilyn Hull as Annelle and Joria Ursin as Clairee. Photo by Janice Guazzo. 

Hendersonville Community Theatre has announced its 2019 season, featuring a blend of comedies, dramas and musicals including a few lesser-known productions and ones rarely staged locally.

The season will include four shows each on the theatre’s Main Stage and four shows on the theatre’s more intimate “salon style” Second Stage. The 2019 season includes six regular season shows and two special events:

Steel Magnolias (March 8-17)

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this beloved movie, Truvy, Annelle, Shelby, M’Lynn, Ouiser and Clairee return to HCT for six special performances. These six Southern women come together in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana town. Celebrating family, strength in women, and big southern hair, this stage production is the perfect way to experience 30 years of Steel Magnolias. Individual tickets are on sale now for this production.

Oleanna (May 3-12)

He said, she said – but exactly what happened? David Mamet’s Oleanna examines the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being awarded tenure.

August Osage County (May 31 – June 9)

This award-winning dark comedy centers on a tense family reunion in a small Oklahoma town. When the family patriarch vanishes, the Weston’s daughters return home to care for their afflicted, manipulative mother Violet. Armed with prescription drugs and paranoid mood swings, Violet reigns over the home as family secrets unfold.

U Rang Durang? Two Short Comedies from One Wrong Mind (July 5-14)

Two of Christopher Durang’s most popular one act plays: “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and ”‘dentity Crisis,” combined together into one night of bizarre hilarity. These crackpot comedies both turn family upside down in a way that only Durang can.

Bye Bye Birdie (Aug. 2-18)

The classic musical about 1950’s small town America, teenagers and rock-n-roll remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss. Inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Sept. 13-22)

This award-winning classic examines the complexities of marriage and betrayal. Late one evening after a faculty party Martha and George draw an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, into their bitter and frustrated relationship. As the alcohol flows the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.

The Addams Family: A New Musical (Oct. 18 – Nov. 3)

Celebrate Halloween with America’s favorite quirky family of ghouls. The Addams kids are growing up and Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. When the Addams host a dinner for Wednesday's boyfriend and his parents, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested and the Addams family must face up to one horrible thing they've managed to avoid for generations: change.

Escanaba in da Moonlight (Nov. 15-24)

A family in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has a storied tradition of deer hunting. Everyone in the family has bagged their fair share of bucks except Reuben Soady who is on the verge of becoming the black sheep of the Soady family. However, this year is going to be different. The Soady men have retreated to their cabin deep in the woods and things start changing, some for the better, others for the worse. A hilarious show full of humor, horror and heart.

Individual show tickets for the entire season will go on sale March 1. Information on the seasons shows, show times and prices are available by calling 692-1082 or by visiting

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