Red Mountain Theatre Company

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The Red Mountain Theatre Company is a non-profit theater group specializing in musical theater productions.

The company was founded as the Summerfest Musical Theatre in 1979 by UAB drama professor James Hatcher with Birmingham Mayor David Vann and Birmingham Post-Herald entertainment editor Emmett Weaver. It served as a summer stock company that would extend the Town & Gown Theatre's repertoire to musical theater. As a non-profit, the group not only produces a full slate of public performances, but also provides training and education to area students. The company administers scholarships in honor of Hatcher and Fannie Flagg and operates several youth programs in the summer with visiting guest artists.

Over the years it has grown into a year-round professional musical theater with summertime "Mainstage" productions held at the Virginia Samford Theatre and smaller cabaret productions at its own RMTC Cabaret Theatre in the Kress Building at 301 19th Street North.

In 2007 the organization changed its name to the Red Mountain Theatre Company. The executive director is Keith Cromwell and the Board of Directors is headed by Charlie Haines.

In 2008 the company received an anonymous gift of $250,000 per year for three years to be used as the basis for soliciting matching gifts toward a goal of $1.5 million by the end of 2011.

Productions

  • 2008: The Full Monty (February 21 - March 2), Godspell (May 8 - 18) Disney's Beauty & the Beast (July 10 - August 3) and Tinyard Hill (world premiere, August 7-8)
  • 2007: The Music Man with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Always...Patsy Cline, BAT BOY - The Musical, Joyful!, Song & Dance with the Alabama Ballet, Back to the Dream, Sisters of Swing, Damn Yankees (June 26 - July 14), The Wizard of Oz (July 19 - August 5), Miss Vulcan 1939 (September 8-9), Chicago (September 27 - October 7), and Simple Gifts (December 6 - 16)
  • 2006: Annie Get Your Gun with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, A Grand Night for Singing, A Song for Christmas, Honky Tonk Angels, Doo-Wop, Once on This Island, and OLIVER!
  • 2005: Carousel with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Ballet, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Spirit of Christmas, The Look of Love, Almost Heaven, Respect! A Tribute to the Queen of Soul, CATS, and Gypsy
  • 2004: Sentimental Journey: The Rosemary Clooney Songbook, Forever Plaid, Beehive, and Annie
  • 2003: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Moon River, a Johnny Mercer Cabaret, Footloose, and Smokey Joe’s Café
  • 2002: Swingtime Canteen, My Way, a Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Grease, and Always...Patsy Cline
  • 2001: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Jerry’s Girls, Mame, and Hello, Dolly!
  • 2000: The World Goes ‘Round, big, the musical, and Oklahoma!
  • 1999: All Night Strut, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Music Man
  • 1998: The Will Rogers Follies, Crazy for You, and Cinderella
  • 1997: ShowBoat, Pippin, and The Wizard of Oz
  • 1996: Phantom, Guys and Dolls, and Godspell
  • 1995: Peter Pan, Damn Yankees, and The King and I
  • 1994: OLIVER!, Fiddler on the Roof, and Bye, Bye, Birdie
  • 1993: Mame, A Chorus Line, and The Music Man
  • 1992: Kismet, Annie, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • 1991: Me and My Girl, Into the Woods, and Big River
  • 1990: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Pirates of Penzance, and Camelot
  • 1989: The Sound of Music, Barnum, and Gypsy
  • 1988: West Side Story, The Wiz, and George M!
  • 1987: 42nd Street, No, No, Nanette, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • 1986: The King and I, Bells Are Ringing, and South Pacific
  • 1985: Kiss Me, Kate, Sugar, and Brigadoon
  • 1984: My Fair Lady, The Pajama Game, and Peter Pan
  • 1983: The Music Man, Annie, and Barbary Coast
  • 1982: ShowBoat, Lil’ Abner, and Guys and Dolls
  • 1981: Hello, Dolly!, Bye, Bye, Birdie, and Oklahoma!
  • 1980: Meet Me in St Louis, Damn Yankees, and Annie Get Your Gun
  • 1979; Mame, The Desert Song, and Carousel

References

  • Harvey, Alec (September 9, 2008) "Birmingham's Red Mountain Theatre Company launches fund drive with $750,000 matching funds gift." 'Birmingham News

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