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Originally published: 2012-03-23 10:12:20
Last modified: 2012-03-23 10:13:02

Ensemble Stage announces summer theater season

Area theater lovers gave a collective “hooray” this week when Ensemble Stage announced its summer schedule of productions. 

With four new stage shows in the works, the lineup truly includes something for everyone.  All of the shows will be produced at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium, and all of them, except the murder-mystery thriller, are suitable for all ages. 

The 2012 season begins with comedy and romance when Ensemble Stage presents “Moon Over the Brewery” by Bruce Graham on stage June 16-24. 

“Moon Over the Brewery” is the story of 13-year-old Amanda and her imaginary adult friend, Randolph (who can only be seen by Amanda and the audience). Together, this witty duo conspires to foil the romantic attempts of Amanda’s mother’s suitors. They are successful until they encounter a most unlikely beau: the mailman.

Just in time for America’s birthday month is the comedy, “The Complete History of America (Abridged),” present by Ensemble Stage July 7-15. 

Written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, this fast-paced whirlwind comedy condenses 12,000 years of history in North America to approximately 6,000 seconds. From the Bering Strait to Baghdad, from George Washington to Watergate, America’s role as the leader of the world gets a playful pinch on the behind in this rollercoaster of a comedy. 

Suspense is the order of the day when Ensemble Stage presents Victor L. Cahn’s thriller, “Fit to Kill,” July 28 through Aug. 5. 

Adrian is a successful chess champion whose luxuriant lifestyle is buoyed by his wife, Janice, the sexy CEO of a prominent exercise company. When Amy, a snoopy reporter with an agenda of her own, starts asking too many questions, a deadly line of dominoes begins to descend. 

Ensemble Stage’s summer season wraps up with a bow to Elvis Presley. 

Luigi Januzzi’s “All the King’s Women” is a look at Elvis through the eyes of 17 women who encountered him during different stages of his life: from a woman who knew him as an 11-year-old in Tupelo, Miss., as a country kid who wanted a BB gun more than a guitar, to a secretary in President Nixon’s office who witnessed Elvis trying to become a secret agent. 

“All the King’s Women” takes the stage Aug. 25 through Sept. 3. 

Individual tickets for Ensemble Stage’s summer season go on sale May 15. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $15 for seniors, students and military personnel, and $10 for youths younger than 16. Season passes for all four productions are $60 for the general public and $52 for seniors and military personnel. 

For more information, call (828) 414-1844, or visit

‘Murder by the Glass’

Ensemble Stage will present the interactive murder mystery, “Murder by the Glass,” in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, April 14. 

This “dessert” theater production will be presented at Crippen’s Country Inn and Restaurant in Blowing Rock and will feature three wine tastings, bottomless dessert tray and, at least, one murder. 

Tickets for the event are $40 per person. 
For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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