Serenbe Playhouse’s 10th Season Goes Back To Their – and America’s – Roots
Brian Clowdus first came to Serenbe with his sister’s family to celebrate the 4th of July and was instantly hooked on “the most magical place [He’d] ever seen.”
Since that day, the magic has only grown. Serenbe Playhouse, like the community it “resides” within, is a pioneer in their field, earning awards such as the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company grant in 2015 and accolades such as being named one of the “Top 20 Regional Theatres in the Nation” by Playbill in 2018 and one of the “Worlds Most Innovative Companies” in 2019 by Fast Company.
Brian took a minuscule budget and turned it into more than a million annually, still managing to surprise audiences over and over each year with exciting new approaches to many classic shows. In fact, the vast Serenbe environment and being able to change location based on a show’s needs is part of what inspires Brian to choose each season. The other part is what’s going on in the world, and that’s particularly evident in the 2019 season, which Serenbe Playhouse has dubbed Season X: America, Past + Present + Future.
The season begins with Shenandoah, set on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, a musical story of one family’s struggle during the American Civil War and of a father desperately trying to remain neutral and protect his family that is split on either side. Expect a full battle-ground setting with hundreds of actors in Civil War regalia. Cast in the leads are Taylor Hicks, winner of American Idol’s season 5, and Rachel Potter, Broadway veteran and finalist on season 3 of The X Factor.
Next up is Ragtime, a Tony Award-winning musical based on the novel that tells the diverse stories of African Americans, immigrants and the elite upper class, with a mix of real-life historical figures, as the country entered the Twentieth Century.
Serenbe Playhouse will also adapt Pocahontas this season, with a new version brought to life by Native American playwright Kara Morrison that honors the true story of America’s original heroine.
The 2019 season rounds out with a revival of their 2013 production of Hair in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock this summer and will include tributes and their very own Woodstock-style music festival over one weekend in August. Expect glamping options, cover bands and unique experiences all set in the most appropriate Wildflower Meadow.
Season & Individual Tickets are available at serenbeplayhouse.com, and be sure to sign up to be the first to know about additional casting, the “Woodstock in the Woods” weekend and upcoming exciting press announcements.