spring plays & movies in lynchburg, va

Lynchburg, VA’s theatre scene is booming! Check out these plays and movies in the Lynchburg area going on this Spring.

Updated March 2019

The Diary of Anne Frank

Mar 22-31, Liberty University’s Box Theater

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In this transcendently powerful story, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, and their grief.

  • March 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • March 23, 30 - 2 p.m.

  • March 24, 31 (ASL Performance) - 3 p.m.

  • March 25, 29 (School Groups Only) - 10 a.m.

  • Call (434) 582-7899 for School Group pricing.


Julius Caesar

March 21-30, Rogue Productions, Miller Park Center

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Rogue Productions’ production of Julius Caesar is a modern day political drama that centers around the assassination of Julius Caesar. It is a show that focuses on the themes of Brotherhood, Nationalism, and Political Manipulation.


Cats

March 28-31, Brookville High School

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  • Thursday & Friday, 7pm

  • Saturday, 2pm & 7pm

  • Sunday, 2pm


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Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe

March 28-31, Heritage High School, Pioneer Theatre


Aquila Theatre’s Frankenstein

March 30, 7:30pm, Academy Center of the Arts

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Written two centuries ago in 1818 by Mary Shelley, FRANKENSTEIN: The Modern Prometheus, is the first true science fiction novel. Years ahead of its time, the story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations. Frankenstein is a living, breathing, gruesome outcome of scientific discovery. The piece raises an important universal question about the nature of innovation- just because it can be done, should it be done?

Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results. After wandering the world alone, the monster eventually comes for Frankenstein’s family. Horrific events unfold until the doctor tentatively agrees to create a mate for the creature. Ultimately, the doctor refuses in an effort to spare humanity but bears the terrible and personal penalties of his decision. Two hundred years later, Frankenstein still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be bold and thrilling – while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.


Opera on the James Presents: La Traviata

April 5, 7:30pm & April 7, 3pm - Academy Center of the Arts

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La Traviata will bring the splendor of the opera voice to a space that was built to showcase it. This love story of fate and sacrifice is considered Verdi’s most famous opera. Exhausted by her restless life as a courtesan, Violetta knows she will die soon, but then she meets the young and idealistic Alfredo, who offers her true love – with tragic consequences. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities and challenges.


Ladies of Laughter

April 12, 7:30pm, Academy Center of the Arts

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Since 1999, Ladies of Laughter has established itself as THE SOURCE for funny women and has jump-started the careers of countless women in comedy, including Tammy Pescatelli, Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory) and Amy Schumer. The Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous Tour includes past winners and the best talent from its national competition. Past events have been produced at major theaters, casinos and even Madison Square Garden.


Annie Get Your Gun

April 12-28, Liberty University’s Tower Theater

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Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When Col. Buffalo Bill discovers her, he persuades this sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction, which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out.

  • April 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 - 7:30 p.m.

  • April 13, 20, 27 - 2 p.m.

  • April 28 (ASL Performance) - 3 p.m.


LUMC: The Puppet Masters

April 17, 7-10:30pm, Riverviews Artspace

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A Midwest town is invaded by aliens that plan to take control of earth by first taking control of the human race. Spreading at an alarming rate, the aliens seek man, woman, and child in an attempt at colonization. The CIA (not MIB) take to the case, but when the enemy could be anyone, who do you trust? A good flick for your conspiracy-theory-loving friends and we can all leave the theater feeling super paranoid!


She Kills Monsters

April 18-21, Randolph College

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

April 18–21, 2019, Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in Thoresen Theatre, Leggett Hall.


Driving Miss Daisy

April 19-20, 26-28, & May 2-4, Renaissance Theatre

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When Daisy Werthan crashes her car, her son arranges for her to have a chauffeur named Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.


Academy Youth Theatre Presents: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

April 20, 2pm & 7pm, Academy Center of the Arts

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Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.


Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Presents: Jefferson & Adams, On Stage & in Conversation

April 27, 7:30pm, Academy Center of the Arts

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Written by Howard Ginsberg and based on his original play, this is the story of the turbulent 52-year friendship of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Adams’ wife, Abigail. Based on the collection of letters between these prolific founding fathers – and one equally astute wife – the play fuses compelling political thoughts with passionate personal beliefs. By focusing on the unique relationship between the characters and the spirit of the time, the play reveals each of the three as thoughtful, persevering, dedicated, innovative, relevant – and human.

Tickets include a pre-performance reception beginning at 6:30 PM.


Original Works

May 2-5, Liberty University’s Tower Theatre

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  • To Sail Away: May 2 & 4 - 7:30 p.m., May 5 - 3 p.m.

  • Treason With a Cup of Tea: May 3 & 5 - 7:30 p.m., May 4 - 2 p.m.

  • Talkback for both productions will be held after the 7:30 p.m. performance on May 4.

  • Both performances on May 5 will be ASL Performances.


LUMC: Drew - The Man Behind the Poster (2013)

May 15, 7-10:30pm, Riverviews Artspace

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If you have been to any movie theater in the last 40 years, you’ve seen Drew Struzan’s work. In his career as illustrator, he made the iconic posters for many well-known movies from the 70s to the 00’s. Artists and nerds alike will enjoy this documentary of Drew Struzan’s life and career.


Community Through Theatre Presents: Follies

May 17-19, Academy Center of the Arts

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A true theatrical event, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created. Surreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart wrenching and epic in scope, Follies by musical theatre legend, Stephen Sondheim, and author, James Goldman, uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naiveté in the post-Kennedy years.

In Follies, the time is 1971, and theatrical impresario, Dimitri Weissmann, hosts a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theatre, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant pastiche numbers, including “Losing My Mind,” “I’m Still Here” and “Broadway Baby.” Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present, coming face-to-face with the future.

  • Friday, May 10, 2019: 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, May 11, 2019: 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, May 12, 2019: 2:00 PM

  • Friday, May 17, 2019: 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019: 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019: 2:00 PM


Academy Presents: Cirque-Tacular’s Art of Circus

May 24, 7:30pm, Academy Center of the Arts

Cirque-Tacular’s Art of Circus, featuring dazzling circus performers, dancers and acrobats, comes to the Historic Academy Theatre on Friday, May 24, 2019, bringing 30 iconic paintings to life through incredible acrobatics.

Presented by Cirque-tacular Entertainment, come see a fresh take on various styles, time periods, and stories that influenced the creation of beloved images. Audiences visually enter the worlds and works of Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Warhol, and more in an acrobatic fantasy vision. It’s an art museum come to life!

Cirque-Tacular’s Art of Circus is set to an original score by award-winning composer, Jesse Elder of Post Modern Jukebox!

This performance is appropriate for all ages to attend. Runtime is 105 minutes with an intermission.


Romeo and Juliet

Location & Date TBA, Rogue Productions

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Rogue Productions’ production of Romeo and Juliet is the tragic tale of the titular Star-crossed lovers and their parent’s violent rivalry that ultimately leads to their children’s demise.


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