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RiverStage Community Theater plans upcoming seasons

LEWISBURG — Despite the uncertainty whether large group gatherings will be allowed after Labor Day, many area theatres are planning on “reopening” with productions in September. But not the RiverStage Community Theater!

Although the Lewisburg-based community theatre was forced to cancel its last two mainstage shows of the 2019/20 season, RiverStage has retained both attractions “12 Angry Men” and “Spamalot,” now to be presented in the upcoming season.

RiverStage president Jove Graham notes that the 2020/21 season will kick off with “12 Angry Men,” which was casted and in rehearsal when the cancelation was ordered and concluded in June, and in 2021 with the splashy musical “Spamalot,” directed by Graham.

But “12 Angry Men,” to be directed by Derek Scott, will not be produced in September, but is being bumped back to open on Nov. 6.

“It was also a conscious decision on our part to delay the start of the fall season,” Graham says. “Our feeling was that the likelihood is still very low that things will be back to normal by August/September such that actors and audience members would feel comfortable entering the theatre again that early.”

“If conditions return to normal more quickly than anticipated, we have some ideas about what we might do in early fall to mount a quick, fun production and welcome people back to the theatre ahead of schedule, but we will wait and see what happens,” he said.

Other attractions of the 2020/21 season include “The Lewisburg Victorian Nutcracker,” produced with “Strictly Ballet” for the third consecutive year, on Dec. 13; the musical “The Secret Garden” in February 2021; and the comedy “Five Bridesmaids Wearing the Same Dress” in April 2021.

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