Smokestack Theatre Company

Events

UPCOMING SHOWS

The Foreigner is a 1984 two-act comedy by American playwright Larry Shue.Trying to forget his marital problems, Charlie takes a fishing-lodge holiday in the Deep South of America, and to avoid being pestered by the locals pretends that he is a foreigner who speaks no English.

SMOKESTACK IMPROV NIGHT
June 8 at 7:30 PM

Come celebrate PRIDE with improvisational sketch comedy! Ages 21+ only. Mature content.

Featuring youth from the Dan River Region, this action-packed, sci-fi spoof packs a hilarious punch! All tickets $10!

Featuring youth from the Dan River Region, this action-packed, sci-fi spoof packs a hilarious punch! 

Ten thousand years in the future, the galaxy stands in peril.  Hostile aliens, sinister thugs, and strange forces seem to lurk at every turn.  But one man stands between the galaxy and those who would do it harm.  That man is…  Captain Starblaster, defender of the galaxy! 

Will Captain Starblaster and his trusty sidekick (and his trusty sidekick’s trusty sidekick and his fearless crew) manage to thwart the evil plans of Colonel Chaos and his goons?  Will the galaxy be saved?  Will there be enough Galaxy Flakes cereal for everyone? 

With songs ranging from gospel ode to evil scheming, and from a doo-wop lament to a rousing alien dance extravaganza, this blast of a musical soars along with energy and quirky characters galore.  It doesn’t get campier — or more fun! — than this high-flying adventure! #AdventuresofCaptainStarblaster

Partially funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.

SMOKESTACK IMPROV NIGHT
August 10 at 7:30 PM

Improvisational sketch comedy. Ages 21+ only. Mature content. Tickets and Facebook event coming soon!

“Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy… Suspend your disbelief and be delighted. Scream a little. It’s good for you.” —Cue Magazine.

GHOSTS & GRAVESTONES WALKING TOURS
Oct 24-26 at 6:30 PM, 7 PM, 7:30 PM, & 8 PM

More information about Ghosts & Gravestones Historical Walking Tours coming soon! Tickets and Facebook event coming soon!

GHOSTS & GRAVESTONES: LAST RITES
Oct 27 at 2:30 PM

More information about Ghosts & Gravestones: Last Rites coming soon! Tickets and Facebook event coming soon!

SMOKESTACK IMPROV NIGHT
Nov 9 at 7:30 PM

Improvisational sketch comedy. Ages 21+ only. Mature content. Tickets and Facebook event coming soon!

This LIVE play is an annual tradition featuring an ensemble of local talent that brings a few dozen characters to the stage telling the story of idealistic George Bailey.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO (ADA/ASD)
Dec 7 at 2:30 PM

This LIVE play features an ensemble of local talent that brings a few dozen characters to the stage telling the story of idealistic George Bailey presented with extra care for ADA/ASD individuals and their families.

This private performance features a condensed version of the show without an intermission. Special attention is given to sounds, lights, and seating to provide a safe setting for individuals of all ages on the Autism Spectrum or those with challenges that might prevent them from enjoying typical theater experiences. We have additional seating options as well as a calming area should you need it. Need to leave early? That’s okay! Got here late? Totally fine! We want to create a safe judgment free environment so that you and your family can enjoy theater and celebrate the holiday together! Best of all, this show is free. All we ask is that you register and fill out the short form. Donations are appreciated and can be made on our website or at the show. If you would like more info email info@thesmokestack.org or call 434-549-5445.

AUDITIONS

Come play improv games with us! Open to anyone ages 18+. No experience necessary. This is a SAFE space to explore improvisational skills. Registration is required.

Come play improv games with us! Open to anyone ages 18+. No experience necessary. Bring friends or come alone and make new ones! This is a SAFE space to explore improvisational skills. We encourage everyone to give improv a try, but this is also a great way to prepare for future auditions. Meet current and prior cast members and learn the games we perform at shows.

Youth entering 6th-12th grade for the 2024/2025 school year are invited to audition for our Summerstack Youth Production The Adventures of Captain Starblaster being presented July 25-28. Registration is required.

Youth entering 6th-12th grade for the 2024/2025 school year are invited to audition for our Summerstack Youth Production being presented July 25-28.

We’ve been on a journey across the ocean on a giant peach, took you back in time for a history lesson on the Revolutionary War, went back even further to witness the creation of fire, and streamed Grimm’s fairy tales on TV… 

Registration is required. You will be contacted prior to the audition date by the Stage Manager, Emily Wilkerson, via email (emily@thesmokestack.org) with your call time to audition. You should arrive 5-10 minutes before your audition time to check-in with a volunteer in the lobby. Expect to be at the theater for about 30 minutes. You will audition for a casting panel consisting of the Director, Stage Manager, and Musical Director. There will be scripts or sides* available for a cold read** OR you can contact the Stage Manager prior to the audition to arrange picking up a script or sides to prepare ahead of time. While not required, we recommend the latter. You will also be required to sing a selection from the script, regardless of musical ability. Do not let this intimidate you as there are roles which require little to no singing. If you have never auditioned, we highly recommend attending our Youth Theatre Camp June 10-14.

Registrants should be available for all rehearsals and performances unless prior approval is given by the Director.***

YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL TIMES JULY 22-28 OR YOU WILL NOT BE CAST.

*A small section of the script.

**Reading the script with no memorization and little preparation.

***All cast may not be called for every rehearsal, but should be available if needed. We allow cast members to miss one week (5 rehearsals total) between June 24-July 19 for summer vacations with prior approval. Scheduling conflicts should be entered during registration. Any conflicts that arise after filling out the form should be emailed to the Stage Manager as soon as possible. Rehearsal conflicts may affect casting decisions.

Rehearsals and performance dates:

  • June 17 through July 19, M-F 10am-12pm.
  • July 20-21 times are TBD.
  • July 22-23 from 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • July 24-27 from 6:30-9:30pm (July 26 from 3pm-9:30pm)
  • July 28 from 1:30pm-5:30pm

There will also be work calls scheduled on Saturdays and you will be notified as needed.

YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL TIMES JULY 22-28 OR YOU WILL NOT BE CAST.

GHOSTS & GRAVESTONES
Sep 1

More information on how to audition for Ghosts & Gravestones coming soon!

CLASSES & CAMPS

This all day workshop will hone your student’s ability to create a character, make choices, and be comfortable on stage! Abe Timm, Rachel Timm, and Emily Wilkerson will be leading this crafted class for youth currently in 5th-12th grade. The workshop will offer introductions to theatre concepts as well as broaden the skills of experienced actors. 

No experience is necessary. This class is a great way to prepare students for our Youth Production, The Adventures of Captain Starblaster, later in the year and gauge their interest. Pizza & drinks will be provided for lunch and is included in the registration fee.

Space is limited, so register now! Email info@thesmokestack.org for financial assistance. 

THEATRE EXPLORERS CAMP
June 10-14 At 9-11 AM & 12-2 PM

Children entering 1st-5th grade for the 2024/2025 school year will get to explore the basic components of live theatre. Each day children will explore a focus area during the first half of class and then rehearse a scene during the second half of class.

Children entering 1st-5th grade for the 2024/2025 school year will get to explore the basic components of live theatre. Each day children will explore a focus area during the first half of class and then rehearse a scene during the second half of class. Areas of focus include Theater Basics, Characters/Costumes, Props, Sets, Tech/Dress Rehearsal. Children will get to work hands on and create take-home projects during the week. On Friday, parents and families are invited to observe a short performance that showcases all that the kids have learned. Children will get to work with Smokestack actors and theater professionals as well as youth volunteers throughout the week. This year will have a space theme tying in to our Youth Production of The Adventures of Captain Starblaster.

Thanks in part to a grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, we are providing this camp at no cost. Due to the limited number of participants, to ensure registrants participation and provide parents more information, all registrants and their guardian(s) are REQUIRED to attend an open house on Saturday, June 1 between 2pm-6pm, unless approved by the Managing Director. This will be a floating event and will only take about 15 minutes for families. It will include a basic check-in and introduction to staff and volunteers, a brief tour of the facility, and overview of our policy and procedures, particularly pick up and drop off protocols. Anyone that fails to attend this open house without the prior approval of the Managing Director, will be unable to attend the camp and the waitlist will open up for other participants.  These new registrants will be required to schedule a private tour with the Managing Director in order to attend. 15 students per session for a total of 30 participants.

Youth entering 6th-12th grade for the 24/25 school year will attend a different workshop each evening of the week with instructors from Smokestack Theatre Company. This will include: Introduction to Theatre, Character & Scene Study, Improv, Music for the Stage, and an Audition Workshop.

This will include: Introduction to Theatre with Rachel Timm, Character & Scene Study with James Anderson, Improv with Kris Dodds Williams, Music for the Stage with Leslie Blair, and an Audition Workshop with James Anderson. This camp is intended to prepare students for auditions for our Summerstack Youth Production on Saturday, June 15, but participation in the Youth Production is not mandatory. 

Thanks in part to a grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, we are providing this camp at no cost. Due to the limited number of participants, to ensure registrants participation and provide parents more information, all registrants and their guardian(s) are required to attend an open house unless approved by the Managing Director. This will be a floating event and will only take about 15 minutes for families. It will include a basic check-in and introduction to staff and volunteers, a brief tour of the facility, and overview of our policy and procedures, particularly pick up and drop off protocols. Anyone that fails to attend this open house without the prior approval of the Managing Director, will be unable to attend the camp and the waitlist will open up for other participants.  These new registrants will be required to schedule a private tour with the Managing Director in order to attend. Camp is limited to a total of 30 participants.