This is The Market Theatre Company’s biggest season yet, with 3 free productions, 6 ticketed shows, 2 children’s theatre shows, 2 outdoor productions, 4 plays, and 5 musicals.
2019 also marks the merger of The Market Theatre Company and 24 Hour Musical Inc. into one organization, bringing popular events like Shakespeare in the Park and 24 Hour Musical under the Market brand.
February 8-17, 2019
by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Robert Fuson
The Stage Manager guides audiences through a small New England town in the early 1900s, as its inhabitants grow up, get married and discover the beauty of life. Life was simpler then, to be sure. But Wilder’s Our Town is more, much more, than a nostalgic look at an earlier time, for Grover’s Corner is also our own town, our own life. With poetic beauty and simplicity, Our Town illuminates the powerful bonds that hold communities together through everyday life and moments of crisis. With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human and encourages us to live life to its fullest.
Robert Fuson is an award winning director recognized by the South Carolina Theatre Association and Southeastern Theatre Conference for his work as director of I Am My Own Wife by the Proud Mary Theatre Company. Robert makes his Anderson debut with Our Town.
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE: THE MUSICAL
March 22-April 7, 2019
Book, Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
Based upon the book “How I Became a Pirate” Written by Melinda Long and Illustrations by David Shannon
Directed by Aaron Pennington, Choreography by Katie Jo Sanderson
Sail off on a fantastic musical excursion when a band of comical pirates lands at North Beach looking for an expert digger to join their crew. Braid Beard and his mates enlist young Jeremy Jacob, as they try to find the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds that adventuring can be lots of fun, but also learns that love and home are treasures you can’t find on any map! The whole family will love this delightful and swashbuckling musical adventure!
Aaron Pennington is no stranger to Upstate theatre, calling Mill Town Players home and having appeared at Greenville Little Theatre, Warehouse Theatre, and others. Aaron makes his directorial debut with this energetic, imaginative story.
BONNIE & CLYDE: THE MUSICAL
May 17-June 2, 2019
Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Don Black, Book by Ivan Menchell
Two small-town kids from the middle of nowhere became the biggest folk heroes in all America. They craved adventure—and each other. Their names were Bonnie and Clyde. This new rockabilly-and-blues-infused musical examines how a troubled Texas teen and a love-sick waitress became America’s most infamous couple.
America’s most notorious lovers and bank robbers take the country by storm in this passionate, powerful, and compelling adventure. Bonnie & Clyde is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES
June 21-24, 2019
by William Shakespeare
Directed by David Larson and Produced by Diane Lee
Shakespeare in the park has become a summer staple for downtown Anderson, bringing thousands to Carolina Wren Park each summer. Thanks to generous support from the City of Anderson, the project continues, now as part of The Market’s season. The Adventures of Pericles is an epic journey featuring myth, magic, and adventure. One storm at sea brings love, and another takes it away. Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a fairytale hero who journeys to find reunion, redemption, and renewal in one of Shakespeare’s later, lesser known works. A delight for the eye and ear, The Adventures of Pericles has recently moved into the spotlight thanks to the acclaimed Stratford Festival production in Stratford, Ontario. Now, the epic, mythical adventure makes its way to Carolina Wren Park!
David Larson and Diane Lee return to mount this annual community sensation, bringing to life a Shakespeare story rarely told, but not soon forgotten.
HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL
July 19-August 4, 2019
Book, Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
Directed by Christopher Rose
Flashback to September 1989. Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the mysterious and quirky stranger JD, who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under. Deliciously, darkly funny, romantic and moving, Heathers: The Musical is a truthful, uplifting parable for anyone who’s ever been in love, in trouble, or in high school. One of our most requested shows, Heathers is hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal, offering an unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school.
Christopher Rose returns to direct at The Market after his acclaimed productions of Cabaret, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Julius Caesar.
THE SIXTH ANNUAL 24 HOUR MUSICAL
August 2019 at Anderson University’s Henderson Auditorium
Directed by Drew Whitley
Each summer, the 24 Hour Musical brings together a diverse group of theatre artists and volunteers from around the Upstate with the goal of producing a full-scale, Broadway-style musical production… in only 24 hours! We believe that theatre can (and should!) be used to make a difference in our world and in our community. Admission to the show is free, with all donations going directly to a local charity partner.
Past productions have raised nearly $15,000 for charities such as the Anderson Free Clinic, Cancer Association of Anderson, Meals on Wheels, the Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, and the Anderson County Foster Parents Association.
Founded in 2014 by Noah and Carlie Taylor, before The Market even existed, we are excited to finally bring 24 Hour Musical and The Market under one roof. Instead of operating as a distinct non-profit organization, the 24 Hour Musical (along with Shakespeare in the Park) will now be produced annually by The Market.
INTO THE WOODS
FREE IN CAROLINA WREN PARK
September 5-15, 2019
Book by James Lapine, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Noah Taylor
Presented in partnership with the City of Anderson
Winner! 1988 Tony Award for Best Score and Best Book!
Expanding on the success of Shakespeare in the Park, Stephen Sondheim’s acclaimed Into the Woods will transport audiences on a musical journey under the stars, right in the middle of downtown Anderson. Bringing together the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and others, Into the Woods follows a quest to break a curse, defeat a giant, and find happiness. This modern day fairy tale turns “happily ever after” on its head while bringing together all of our favorite characters.
Noah Taylor is the Executive Artistic Director of The Market Theatre Company. For years, he has dreamed of bringing this project to Anderson, and he is thrilled to partner with the City to tell this remarkable story under the stars.
THE 39 STEPS
October 10-20, 2019
Adapted by Patrick Barlow from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by Drew Whitley
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!
Drew Whitley, who has starred in shows at The Warehouse Theatre and Mill Town Players among others, will direct this show after directing Death of a Salesman in 2018.
JUNIE B. JONES IN JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS
December 5-15, 2019
by Allison Gregory, based on the series of children’s book by Barbara Park
Directed by Jessica Wayland
Junie B. is back for Christmas! In 2017, Junie B. Jones the Musical was a mega-hit at The Market. Now, Junie and her first grade classmates are back in this hilarious, heartwarming holiday treat. Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. Kids will take the stage to put on a family-friendly, heartwarming show for the holidays!
Jessica Wayland has performed on The Market stage and worked behind the scenes. She has been actively involved with Upstate theatre for years, and has done everything from directing to leading camps to creating props to doing tech work. She makes her Market directing debut with this holiday treat!