Red Mountain Theatre Company
The Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC) 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 grew into a year-round professional musical theater with summertime "Mainstage" productions 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.
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. Over the next decade, Kathryn Harbert led a $25 million capital campaign to help establish the theater company as a regional institution. Major donors included her and her husband, Raymond, and Gillian and Mike Goodrich. Additional funding was provided by Medical Properties Trust, the Alabama Power Foundation, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
In 2018 Harbert and attorney Tim Segers purchased the former Huston Biscuit Co. building / Absco warehouse at 416 28th Street South with the intent of redeveloping it as an "Arts Campus" anchored by the Red Mountain Theater Company. Surveys of the existing structure convinced them that the redevelopment was impractical, and they eventually sold that property, which was demolished for a new 120-unit apartment complex.
In December 2019 ground was broken for the Arts Campus at the site of the former Wittichen Supply Co. at 1600 3rd Avenue South in the Parkside District. LIVE Design Group was the architect for the project, which was constructed by Brasfield & Gorrie with management by Harbert Realty Services. Construction continued through the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic and the new campus opened with limited seating in May 2021.
- Keith Cromwell, 2007–
- 1979; Mame, The Desert Song, and Carousel
- 1980: Meet Me in St Louis, Damn Yankees, and Annie Get Your Gun
- 1981: Hello, Dolly!, Bye, Bye, Birdie, and Oklahoma!
- 1982: ShowBoat, Lil’ Abner, and Guys & Dolls
- 1983: The Music Man, Annie, and Barbary Coast
- 1984: My Fair Lady, The Pajama Game, and Peter Pan
- 1985: Kiss Me, Kate, Sugar, and Brigadoon
- 1986: The King & I, Bells Are Ringing, and South Pacific
- 1987: 42nd Street, No, No, Nanette, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
- 1988: West Side Story, The Wiz, and George M!
- 1989: The Sound of Music, Barnum, and Gypsy
- 1990: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Pirates of Penzance, and Camelot
- 1991: Me and My Girl, Into the Woods, and Big River
- 1992: Kismet, Annie, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- 1993: Mame, A Chorus Line, and The Music Man
- 1994: OLIVER!, Fiddler on the Roof, and Bye, Bye, Birdie
- 1995: Peter Pan, Damn Yankees, and The King & I
- 1996: Phantom, Guys & Dolls, and Godspell
- 1997: ShowBoat, Pippin, and The Wizard of Oz
- 1998: The Will Rogers Follies, Crazy for You, and Cinderella
- 1999: All Night Strut, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Music Man
- 2000: The World Goes ‘Round, big, the musical, and Oklahoma!
- 2001: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Jerry’s Girls, Mame, and Hello, Dolly!
- 2002: Swingtime Canteen, My Way, a Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Grease, and Always...Patsy Cline
- 2003: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Moon River, a Johnny Mercer Cabaret, Footloose, and Smokey Joe’s Café
- 2004: Sentimental Journey: The Rosemary Clooney Songbook, Forever Plaid, Beehive, and Annie
- 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
- 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!
Red Mountain Theatre Company
- 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)
- 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)
- Harvey, Alec (September 9, 2008) "Birmingham's Red Mountain Theatre Company launches fund drive with $750,000 matching funds gift." The Birmingham News
- Colurso, Mary (December 13, 2019) "Red Mountain Theatre Company breaks ground for $25 million arts campus in Birmingham." The Birmingham News
- Colurso, Mary (May 8, 2021) "Alabama’s Red Mountain Theatre opens $25 million campus with new concert series." The Birmingham News
- Red Mountain Theatre Company website