Summer is quickly approaching and with it comes annual summer festivals of all kinds; music, wine, and theatre to name a few. This summer the Endstation Theatre Company will be hosting its annual Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival. This year’s festival begins May 31st and lasts through July 21st.
The Endstation Theatre Company was founded in 2006 and is housed at Sweet Briar College, just a few minutes north of Lynchburg. The Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival began in 2008 on the grounds of Sweet Briar. The Festival has expanded its reach and will be performing at a number of different locations this summer, beginning in Downtown Lynchburg at the Renaissance Theatre moving to the Old City Cemetery, Poplar Forest, and Presbyterian Homes and Family Services then ending at Sweet Briar College. Endstation works to incorporate the setting of each locale into the plays they are performing to add to the whole experience. Three different plays will be performed this year as part of the Summer Theatre Festival beginning with Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ continuing with ‘Cymbeline’ also by Shakespeare, and concluding with ‘Violet: A Musical.’
The Taming of the Shrew, a comedy, will be performed by six individuals from May 31st through June 7th at the Renaissance Theatre and from June 8th through July 7th at Sweet Briar College. Re-imagined as a Depression-era romance, Cymbeline will be performed in four locations: Sweet Briar College from June 14 through July 14, Old City Cemetery on July 19th, Poplar Forest on July 20th, and Presbyterian Homes and Family Services on July 21st. Taking a more serious tone and completing the festival, Violet: A Musical will run June 28th through July 14th at Sweet Briar College.
Various festival ticket packages are available. The most comprehensive package is the All Access Pass available for $90. This subscription lets the purchaser attend all the shows, at any location, as many times as they desire. The next level down is the Season Pass which includes one ticket, at premium level, to each of the productions. From here, individual tickets are available, ranging in price from $7 for students to $22 for premium seating per showing.
The Festival encourages patrons to bring blankets and chairs to picnic during the outdoor performances and local Virginia wineries offer wine tastings along with glasses and bottles of wine for purchase, sounds like a great way to spend an evening. So if you are looking for something different to do this summer, check out endstationtheatre.org/the-festival for more information!