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    Virginia Samford Theatre

    1116 26th Street South
    Birmingham , AL 35205
    (205) 251-1228

    Website: virginiasamfordtheatre.org


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    The year is 1927. The new Romanesque playhouse nestled in the charming Highland Avenue community is bustling with excited patrons who have just enjoyed George Bernard Shaw’s play Candida. They spill out into the courtyard adjoining the theatre to walk to their homes nearby or enjoy the lovely park adjacent to the building. Guests agree the new theatre is going to provide an outlet for expression -- for community theatre -- for...

    The year is 1927. The new Romanesque playhouse nestled in the charming Highland Avenue community is bustling with excited patrons who have just enjoyed George Bernard Shaw’s play Candida. They spill out into the courtyard adjoining the theatre to walk to their homes nearby or enjoy the lovely park adjacent to the building. Guests agree the new theatre is going to provide an outlet for expression -- for community theatre -- for decades. Years pass and the same building is no longer new. Equipment has deteriorated, furnishings have worn and systems have become outdated. Local actors, stagehands and seamstresses have come and gone. Some performers have even achieved celebrity, or indeed stardom, after getting their first taste of performing on stage at the Birmingham Little Theatre. Formerly named the Clark Memorial Theatre and home to the UAB Town and Gown players, the beloved playhouse came alive again in 2002 through a $3 million renovation led by a dedicated group of volunteers and contributors.

    Now 80 years after hosting its first performance, the Little Theatre is still serving the arts community. The theatre is still charming, still Romanesque, still parkside and filled once again with enthusiastic participants and patrons. It was given a new name in honor of its generous donor, Virginia Samford Donovan, who provided funds to save this community treasure.

    In August 2006, the Martha Moore Sykes Studio was added to the theatre to provide a black box space, rehearsal room and additional reception area. The multi-use facility currently hosts four theatre companies including Red Mountain Theatre Company, CenterStage, Magic City Actors Theatre and Norton Dill Productions, as well as numerous dance, music and private events. The theatre also produces events as Virginia Samford Theatre Productions.


     

     

    Upcoming Events

    Virginia Samford Theatre presents Holiday Hyjinx

    Presented by Virginia Samford Theatre at Virginia Samford Theatre

    December 11 - December 21, 2014

    Virginia Samford Theatre presents The Old Time TV Show Christmas Showcase

    Presented by Virginia Samford Theatre at Virginia Samford Theatre

    December 12 - December 21, 2014

    Virginia Samford Theatre presents The Producers

    Presented by Virginia Samford Theatre at Virginia Samford Theatre

    January 22 - February 8, 2015

    Virginia Samford Theatre presents Disney's Peter Pan Jr.

    Presented by Virginia Samford Theatre at Virginia Samford Theatre

    February 27 - March 1, 2015

    Virginia Samford Theatre presents Til Divorce Do Us Part

    Presented by Virginia Samford Theatre at Virginia Samford Theatre

    March 5 - March 22, 2015

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    • Event Name: Annie Get Your Gun
      Article: Virginia Samford Theatre hits bull's eye with 'Annie Get Your Gun'
      Birmingham News - Jun 21, 2013
      By Alec Harvey

      A few weeks ago, on the very stage where the Virginia Samford Theatre is mounting “Annie Get Your Gun" now, City Equity Theatre put up a landmark production of “August: Osage County.” Searing, disturbing, and very, very dark, it was a perfect in… Expand

      A few weeks ago, on the very stage where the Virginia Samford Theatre is mounting “Annie Get Your Gun" now, City Equity Theatre put up a landmark production of “August: Osage County.” Searing, disturbing, and very, very dark, it was a perfect intersection of great play and great casting.

      In many ways, the tune-filled, laugh-out-loud classic “Annie Get Your Gun” is its polar opposite, but in one big way, the productions are similar: While “August” showcased Birmingham’s best dramatic actors, “Annie Get Your Gun” is a great place to see what Birmingham has to offer in the way of musical talent – and there’s loads of it. Collapse

    • Article: Lucas Pepke of the Virginia Samford Theatre takes the Birmingham Exam (with video)
      Birmingham News - Aug 31, 2012
      By Alec Harvey

      Lucas Pepke knows the Virginia Samford Theatre well.
      Like many actors in town, he has performed in several shows at the Southside theater, which began many decades ago as the Clark Memorial Theatre and became the Virginia Samford Theater 10 yea… Expand

      Lucas Pepke knows the Virginia Samford Theatre well.
      Like many actors in town, he has performed in several shows at the Southside theater, which began many decades ago as the Clark Memorial Theatre and became the Virginia Samford Theater 10 years ago.
      Pepke also works at the theater, as audience development and production coordinator.
      Born in the Netherlands, Pepke and his family moved to Birmingham in 1992. He graduated from John Carroll Catholic High School and attended Berea College before earning his music degree from Birmingham-Southern College. Collapse

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