Friday-Sunday, June 22nd – 25th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “Rock of Ages” will be on stage at Liberty Hall. Presented by the Tyler Civic Theatre, “Rock of Ages” takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award -nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, and others. This show will be performed at Tyler’s Liberty Hall, Downtown off the square. For more info call (903)592-0561 or tylercivictheatre.com.
Thursday-Sunday, July 20th-August 6th (Evenings at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm) – “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be on stage at Tyler Civic Theatre. This fabulously fun international award-winning musical is based on the adored movie. “Legally Blonde The Musical” follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal! “Legally Blonde The Musical” will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine (and, of course, her chihuahua, Bruiser). Based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. This musical is ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish. Tyler Civic Theatre is located at 400 Rose Park Dr., Tyler, next to the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm and 2-5pm. For more info call (903)592-0561 or tylercivictheatre.com.
July & August – Texas Shakespeare Festival – The Texas Shakespeare Festival is East Texas’ only professional theater company. TSF is a summer repertory company producing, two Shakespeare plays, a non-Shakespearean classic, a musical, and a production for children during the summer. The main stage productions are produced in rotating repertory Thursday through Sunday, with matinee and evening performances each day. For more info go to texasshakespeare.com.
Thursday-Saturday, September 28th-30th (7:30pm – Saturday Matinee – 2:30pm) – “Sylvia” will be on stage at Pollard Theater Center. A play by A. R. Gurney, ‘Sylvia’ is about empty nesters Greg and Kate who have moved back to Manhattan after twenty-two years in the suburbs. As Kate tells Greg: “The dog phase of my life is definitely over.” But life has a way of giving you what you think you don’t want. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix (played by a female), and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to hilarious and touching effect. Pollard Theater Center is located at Founders’ Center on Pollard UMC’s campus. Seating is limited. The Founders Center is located at 3030 New Copeland Rd., Tyler. For more info or tickets call (903)521-0069 or go to pollardumc.com.
Thursday-Saturday, November 30th-December 2nd (7:30pm – Saturday Matinee – 2:30pm) – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will be on stage at Pollard Theater Center. The classic animated television special, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. Pollard Theater Center is located at Founders’ Center on Pollard UMC’s campus. Seating is limited. The Founders Center is located at 3030 New Copeland Rd., Tyler. For more info or tickets call (903)521-0069 or go to pollardumc.com.