73 Seasons of Spectacular Stories

Settle into the great green room and the sweet story of Goodnight Moon. Hold on as tiny rabbit Edward Tulane journeys from ocean, to fireside camp, to the busy streets of Memphis. Rock out as Pete the Cat stirs up trouble and steals hearts young and old. Leap from your seat at the crack of the bat as Jackie Robinson rounds the bases, the crowd cheering! Sing along to the Supercalifragalistic flight of Mary Poppins ascending over the audience.
Here's a look back at the shows we've produced over the years.

2020-21 Season

The Velveteen Rabbit (pictured)
GRIMMZ Fairy Tales
My Wonderful Birthday Suit
Tropical Secrets: Holocaust Refugees in Cuba

2019-20 Season

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Peter Pan
The Invisible Boy (pictured)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Akeelah and the Bee
GRIMMZ Fairy Tales
Havana Hop

2018-19 Season

The Lion and the Little Red Bird
Roald Dahl’s Matilda
Last Stop on Market Street (pictured)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
Spelling 2-5-5
Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
Step Afrika!
The Ghost of Splinter Cove
Picaro
Pete the Cat

2017-18 Season

PlayPlay! Theatre presents Psshh
Disney & Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (pictured)
The Snowy Day and Other Stories
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Balloonacy
The Imaginators  
And in This Corner: Cassius Clay
Caleb Sigmon – Nothing Up My Sleeve
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

2016-17 Season

PlayPlay! Theatre presents Uh-Oh!
A Year with Frog and Toad
Grace for President
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
PlayPlay! Theatre presents Wee
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Commedia Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
New Kid
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook (pictured)
Step Afrika!
Bud, Not Buddy
Go, Dog. Go!
PlayPlay! Theatre presents Mi Casa
PlayPlay! Theatre presents Pocket

2015-16 Season

Elephant and Piggie’s We are in a Play
Coraline
The Commedia Princess and the Pea  
Ella’s Big Chance: A Jazz Age Cinderella
‘Twas the Night Before…
PlayPlay! Theatre presents Wee
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Djembe Fire
Journey to Oz (pictured)
Hare and Tortoise
Danny, King of the Basement
PlayPlay! Theatre presents Psshh
Schoolhouse Rock Live!
The Magic Kite
Omimeo
PlayPlay! Theatre presents Mi Casa
PlayPlay! Theatre presents Pocket

2014-15 Season

Uh-Oh!
101 Dalmatians
The Giver
The Lion and the Little Red Bird
Omimeo’s Black Light Magic: Halloween Dream
Step Afrika!
The Emperor’s New Clothes
Scrooge!
The Story of the Little Gentleman
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Jackie and Me (pictured)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites
Interrupting Vanessa
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Pocket

2013-14 Season

Tarzan: The Stage Musical
Hansel & Gretel
Miracle on 34th Street
A Commedia Christmas Carol
Don't Tell Me I Can't Fly
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood
Too Many Frogs
Spelling 2-5-5
The Reluctant Dragon (pictured)
Balloonacy
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Pocket
Billy Jonas
Omimeo: Black Light Magic
Sunjata Kamalenya
The Hundred Dresses


Looking further back ... a list of the productions we’ve mounted going back to the 1979-80 season.

2012-13 | Psshh | You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown | The Fisherman and His Wife | The Commedia Pinocchio | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | The Littlest Angel | The Secret Garden | Brother Rabbit Spinning Free | The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs | The Red Badge of Courage | Pinkalicious: The Musical | The Third Wave | 2011-12 | Seussical | Tarradiddle Travels | The Commedia Cinderella | Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells | The Velveteen Rabbit | The Emperor’s New Clothes | The Borrowers | Tarradiddle Tales | Rapunzel | Tales of Edgar Allan Poe | Busytown | Salt and Pepper | Rhinoceros | 2010-11 | Disney's Aladdin | The Littlest Angel | Scrooge | How I Became A Pirate | If You Take a Mouse to School | And Then They Came For Me | Lyle Lyle Crocodile | Tomas and the Library Lady | The Commedia Princess and the Pea | Lord of the Flies | Teeny Tiny Tales | Under the Rainbow | 2009-10 | Disney's Beauty and the Beast | New Kid | If You Take a Mouse to the Movies | ’Tis the Season | Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing | Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel | As You Like It | Treasure Island | Goodnight Moon | The Commedia King Arthur | Animal Farm | Mouse Tails | Tarradiddle Travels | 2008-09 | Peter Pan | A Thousand Cranes | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | The Velveteen Rabbit | A Year with Frog & Toad | The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs | The Drama Club | The Secret Life of Girls | Alice in Concert | The Commedia Aladdin | Tarradiddle Tales | Animal Tales | 2007-08 | The Wizard of Oz | The Commedia Pied Piper | The Christmas Doll | The Littlest Angel | The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) | If You Give a Pig a Party | Surviving the Applewhites | Deadly Weapons | Schoolhouse Rock Live! | The Nightingale | Mouse Tails | Tarradiddle Tales | 2006-07 | The Magician’s Nephew | Ferdinand the Bull | The Christmas Bus | 'Tis the Season | Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business | New Kid | Holes | Go, Dog. Go! | The Wrestling Season | The Commedia Robin Hood | 2005-06 | The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | The Velveteen Rabbit | A Christmas Story | The Littlest Angel | Charlotte’s Web | The Yellow Boat | The Shakespeare Stealer | Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Day | Beauty and the Beast | 2004-05 | If You Give a Mouse a Cookie | Prince Brat & the Whipping Boy | A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas | 'Tis the Season | Fahrenheit 451 | A Thousand Cranes | Amazing Grace | Miss Nelson Is Missing | The Commedia Princess & the Pea | 2003-04 | The Commedia Cinderella | Bridge to Terabithia | Scrooge! The Musical | The Littlest Angel | Oedipus Rex | Madeline | Hansel & Gretel | Wiley & the Hairy Man | 2002-03 | The Commedia Puss in Boots | The Canterville Ghost | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | 'Tis the Season | Cyrano | Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing | African Tales of Earth & Sky | Harry the Dirty Dog | 2001-02 | Huck Finn’s Story | Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse | Miracle on 34th Street | The Littlest Angel | And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank | Jungalbook | The Crane Wife | The Velveteen Rabbit | 2000-01 | The Commedia Princess & the Pea | King Arthur & the Magic Sword | Scrooge! The Musical | 'Tis the Season | Tales of Edgar Allan Poe | Babe, the Sheep Pig | Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters | The Prince & the Pauper | 1999-2000 | The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | Mountain! | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | The Littlest Angel | Bunnicula | Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp | Boundless Grace | The Red Rose (Beauty & the Beast) | 1998-99 | Oliver! | The Just So Stories | Babes in Toyland | ’Tis the Season | Of Mice and Men | Amazing Grace | New Kid | Pinocchio | The Commedia Cinderella | 1997-98 | Don’t Count Your Chickens Until They Cry Wolf | The Wizard of Oz | A Child’s Christmas in Wales | The Littlest Angel | To Kill a Mockingbird | Bambi: A Life in the Woods | Alice in Wonderland | The Velveteen Rabbit | 1996-97 | The Velveteen Rabbit | The Hobbit | The Paper Chase | The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree | 'Tis the Season | Antigone | Ramona Quimby | Everyman Today | Under the Rainbow | Stranger on the Bus | New Kid | Puss in Boots | 1995-96 | Androcles and the Lion | Treasure Island | The Compleat Wrks of Willm Shakspr (Abridged) | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | The Littlest Angel | Electra/Orestes | The Diary of Anne Frank | Steal Away Home | Metamorphoses | Sleeping Beauty | Charlotte’s Web | 1994-95 | Stuart Little | Tom Sawyer | California Suite | A Christmas Carol | ‘Tis the Season | The Glass Menagerie | Serpent | The Ice Wolf | Cinderellas of the World | The Commedia Pinocchio | 1993-94 | The Commedia Pinocchio | The Magician’s Nephew | The Littlest Angel | The Night Before Christmas | Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing | Ordinary People | Charlotte’s Web | 1992-93 | The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | The Littlest Angel | Scrooge | The Reluctant Dragon | Fahrenheit 451 | Madeline | Like Ashes | 1991-92 | The Wind in the Willows | Scrooge | The Snow Queen | The Member of the Wedding | The Velveteen Rabbit | I Never Saw Another Butterfly | Like Ashes | Whodunnit | 1990-91 | The Secret Garden | ’Tis the Season | A Wrinkle in Time | Winnie the Pooh | To Kill a Mockingbird | Like Ashes | 1989-90 | Beauty and the Beast | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | Mother Goose’s Darkest Day | Godspell | Animal Farm | 1988-89 | The Life and Times of Pinocchio | Bugsy Malone | The Ice Wolf | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket | Medusa | 1987-88 | Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | Charlotte’s Web | Oliver Twist | Through the Looking Glass | The Buddy System | Festival of Five | Conference of the Birds | 1986-87 | Alice in Concert | The Best Christmas Pageant Ever | The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd | Tom Sawyer | Godspell | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Something with Jamie in the Title | 1985-86 | Peter Pan | Really Rosie | Decorations (Mecklenburg History Trilogy with WTVI & Junior League) | Circus Home | 1984-85 | Frankenstein | The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | Plotters of Cabbagepatch Corner | Old King Cole | The Devil’s Ballroom (Mecklenburg History Trilogy with WTVI & Junior League) | The Buddy System | University | 1983-84 | The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | A Christmas Carol | Sorghum Syrup (Mecklenburg History Trilogy with WTVI & Junior League) | The Velveteen Rabbit | 1982-83 | Snow White | Adventures of Br’er Rabbit | Dracula | The Hobbit | 1981-82 | Story Theatre II | Babes in Toyland | Dr. Doolittle | I Sincerely Doubt that This Old House is Haunted | Bugsy Malone | 1980-81 | Dracula | Tarradiddle Tales | Rags to Riches | Tom Sawyer’s Treasure Hunt | The Beauty and the Lonely Beast | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | 1979-80 | Numbers | The Pale Pink Dragon | The Sword and the Mirror | The Ghost of Mr. Penny | Pinocchio
All photos by John Merrick and Donna Bise