Serenbe Playhouse launches its 10th anniversary season with the Civil War-set musical Shenandoah, which officially opens March 15. The Atlanta-area theatre company, known for creating epic, site-specific outdoor productions, sets Shenandoah in the midst of a Civil War re-enactment incorporating more than 100 soldiers, horses, and canon fire to sweep audiences into the story.
Artistic Director Brian Clowdus directs the production that stars American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks and The X Factor finalist Rachel Potter. Shenandoah has a book by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell, and Phillip Rose with music by Gary Geld and lyrics by Udell.
Performances are scheduled through April 7.
Also featured in the cast are Caleb Baumann (Gabriel), Daniel Burns (James Anderson), Chase Davidson (Jacob Anderson), Pilot Bunch (Boy Anderson), Sophie DeLeo (Jenny Anderson), Jeremy Gee (John Anderson), Cullen Gray (Nathan Anderson), Jordan Patrick (Sam), Aaron Schilling (Henry Anderson), and Jeremy Skidmore (Rev. Byrd). The ensemble includes Andrew Andersen, Alden Burroughs, Brady Dunn, Destiny Freeman, Alexandria Joy, Karley Rene, and Terrence Smith.
Clowdus is marking the theatre’s 10th anniversary with a season of shows that capture turning points in American history. Up next is the Tony-winning musical Ragtime (May 8–June 9), an all-new adaptation of Pocahontas (June 13–August 4), and Hair (July 3–August 18).
The creative team for Shenandoah includes Bubba Carr (choreography), Chris Brent Davis (music director), Adam Koch (scenic designer), Joel Coady (lighting designer/director of production), Rob Brooksher (sound designer), Emmie Thompson (costume designer), Mark Warner (technical director), and Jake Guinn (stunt coordinator). Casting is by Binder Casting.