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Announcing Our 2023 Mainstage Season

Updated: Jan 31, 2023


I am overjoyed to share our 85th anniversary season with all of you! 2022 was a historic year for our organization. We rebranded, restructured our calendar to offer year-round professional live entertainment, welcomed two new full time staff members to the MTC family, and launched our Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) program which provided free theatre to nearly 1,000 students from the surrounding counties. We welcomed our largest audience to date with over 11,000 people experiencing MTC’s Broadway caliber shows. And most importantly, we achieved our mission to Engage, Enrich, and Entertain our community and visitors here in Western

North Carolina.

I feel certain 2023 will be another year of historic milestones as we launch our Sapphire Anniversary. This season, we will welcome over 100 professional designers, technicians, and actors from across the country to share their talents with our community. These incredible artists will join us for our largest season yet as we present the 2023 Mainstage Season in our beautiful new home at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. As you can see, there is a lot to celebrate; and celebrate we will!

This season, if you can pardon the Poison lyrics, we “Ain't lookin' for nothin' but a good time!” We can’t wait to kick off a season of celebration, good times, good people, and rockin’ music!

Jersey Boys, our most successful show in history, returns to open the season with a limited engagement run this June. If you attended one of last year’s 22 sold-out performances, you know you won’t want to miss Emanuel Carrero’s show stopping return as Frankie Valli. We anticipate, what is sure to be, another production run breaking all box office records!

Later this summer, we will open one of the longest running shows on Broadway, Rock of Ages. This multi-Tony nominated spectacle will welcome the return of live musicians to the MTC stage! A live rock band will take center stage in this feel-good musical featuring your favorite power ballads and rock classics.

In the fall, “we would like, if we may, to take you on a strange journey.” Many know the film, and perhaps have seen this campy cult classic live on stage, but you’ve never seen it like this. MTC presents The Rocky Horror Show like you’ve never seen it before, with more glam and glitter than any production to date!

We will wrap our exciting Sapphire season with the return of a new Highlands tradition, Home for the Holidays, this winter. Expect this charming holiday spectacular to be even bigger this year, as we expand the cast with more of your favorite faces from the MTC stage this season.

On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors, and our entire staff, we greatly appreciate your support, and we are excited to celebrate with you this season!

So lean forward, engage, and prepare yourself for the spectacle that is Mountain Theatre Company’s 2023 Mainstage Season!

Scott Daniel

Executive Artistic Director

Mountain Theatre Company

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