Smokestack Theatre Company

Events

UPCOMING SHOWS

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

Casting 4 adults for roles in Deathtrap to be performed October 10-13, 2024. You will be expected to do a cold read and attend for 2 hours from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Registration is required. 

GHOSTS & GRAVESTONES
Sep 1

 Come audition for one of our most popular events, Ghosts & Gravestones! Or register to volunteer behind the scenes and introduce yourself at this audition event. Registration required for all performers and volunteers. Must be age 16+.

Be a part of history! Register to audition or volunteer in one of our most popular events, the annual Ghosts & Gravestones Historical Walking Tours. We will be casting actors ages 16+ for more than 12 roles including: The Headless Hobos, Guides, and Various Historical Figures. We are also looking for volunteers to work behind the scenes for this growing event. Registration is required for all performers and volunteers. Email info@thesmokestack.org for more information. Those wishing to volunteer should also attend auditions.

Currently rehearsals are scheduled for:

  • Sunday, September 8 from 1pm-4pm
  • Sunday, September 15 from 1pm-5pm
  • Sunday, September 22 from 1pm-5pm
  • Sunday, September 29 from 1pm-5pm
  • Sunday, October 6 from 1pm-3pm
  • Thursday, October 17 from 5:30pm-10pm
  • Friday, October 18 from 5:30pm-10pm
  • Saturday, October 19 from 1pm-5pm*
  • Sunday, October 20 from 1:30pm-5:30pm
  • Tuesday, October 22 from 5:30pm-10pm
  • Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

Performances:

  • Thursday-Saturday, October 24-26 from 5:30pm-10pm
  • Sunday, October 27 from 1:30pm-5:30pm.

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.