Lucas Theatre programming for 2017-2018 season announced

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In a much-anticipated development, the Savannah College of Art and Design has announced a full slate of events at the Lucas Theatre for the 2017-2018 season.

The events highlight partnerships with BroadwayHD, National Theatre Live, and the Bolshoi Ballet.

"Throughout the year, live and streaming performances and concerts will join family-friendly programming—Disney Classic matinees and a new Celebrating the Trilogy film series—alongside community favorites such as the Savannah Children’s Choir, Savannah Philharmonic, Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Ballet Theatre, and Savannah Film Festival screenings," a SCAD spokesperson tells us.

Through a partnership with online theater streaming service, BroadwayHD, theater content from their video on-demand library will be shown at the Lucas. Bolshoi Ballet livestreams will be presented by BY Experience and Pathé Live.

Scheduled live performances are as follows:

In July, the Savannah Children’s Choir will present its end-of-camp concert and a preview of the season to come.

The “Great Russian Nutcracker” performed by the Moscow Ballet and “The Nutcracker” performed by the Savannah Ballet Theatre happen in December 2017.

The Savannah Ballet Theatre will again take the stage in April 2018 to perform “The Little Mermaid.”

The 2017 Savannah Film Festival and 2018 The Savannah Music Festival will accompany a live concert lineup which includes an acoustic evening with Patty Griffin and Lee Ann Womack.

The Savannah Philharmonic 2017-2018 season will feature productions of “Thousand and One Nights,” “From the New World,” “Royal Baroque” and “Tchaikovsky and Brahms.”

Livestreamed performances will include:

BroadwayHD performances will feature “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the ensemble Strangeman & Co.’s “The Woodsman,” Arthur Miller’s “Incident at Vichy,” and Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Buried Child” starring Ed Harris, and the Tony Award-winning musical “She Loves Me.”

National Theatre Live productions will include “Salomé” from acclaimed theatre director Yaël Farber; Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” starring Lucian Msamat; and Simon Stone’s “Yerma."

The Bolshoi Ballet’s new season will feature reconstructions of historical ballets such as “Le Corsaire,” “Flames of Paris,” as well as productions based on literary works “The Lady of the Camellias,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” and a new version of “Romeo and Juliet.”

Cinema screenings will include:

Disney Classic animated films will screen Sunday afternoons June 18 – Aug. 13 beginning at 3 p.m., including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Robin Hood,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Great Mouse Detective,” and “Toy Story.”

A new film series, “Celebrate the Trilogy” will debut in August 2017 to honor some of the most famous cinematic trilogies: “Lord of the Rings,” “Indiana Jones,” and “Alien.”
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force will present the documentary “He Has Seen War,” co-produced by Tom Hanks. The film surveys surviving veterans of Easy Company and 1st Marine Division, whose stories are told in “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific.”

The programming announcement is timely. The College, which has majority control of the nonprofit board that owns the Lucas, came under fire for recent personnel moves at the Theatre which prompted some concerns in the community about the breadth and quality of future programming at the venue.


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