Updated: Nov 9
MTC’s 2024 Mainstage Season: A Season of Escape
I am overjoyed to finally be able to share our 86th season with all of you! Show selection for this season began back in March of 2023, and since receiving the licenses to produce this amazing 2024 lineup, I have struggled to keep the secret. My creative mind never rests, and I get so excited, sometimes too excited, to talk about MTC and how we take a show and make it a spectacle. With a mix of recognizable shows and new titles, this season promises to be one of pure excitement and escape for the entire family, while being the largest season we have ever produced. I know I said that last year, but with the overwhelmingly positive response to how we produce professional theatre, I have an obligation to you, our audience, to continue to set the bar higher for our engaging, enriching, and entertaining content. The record-breaking audience attendance in our 2023 season has allowed us to prepare for our most ambitious lineup of shows to date in the coming year. We are thrilled to continue to expand our audience as more and more people discover the Broadway caliber entertainment that Mountain Theatre Company delivers show after show. I feel certain 2024 will be another year of historic milestones as we launch our largest season yet. Our 86th season will kick off this summer with Grease, one of the most beloved Broadway and movie musicals of all time. The triple-threat talent we bring to Highlands requires a triple-threat show, and Grease is the biggest of them all! We have so much talent to showcase, and this show will feature them all with characters that our audiences have known and loved for decades. Get ready to jump back in time with Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 as we present the soundtrack of a generation with more flash and razzle-dazzle than you thought it could hold! July will bring a new Broadway classic to our stage with the musical comedy, Catch Me If You Can. Based on the hit film and incredible true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr., this splashy multi-Tony nominated spectacle follows the high-flying adventures of a globetrotting con artist and the FBI agent on his trail. This incredible new musical adventure will showcase what MTC does best with a sparkling ensemble of world class singers and dancers performing numbers that rival the Rockettes! In the fall, we are excited to introduce a new musical to our audiences. The Burnt Part Boys is a show that has been on my short list to produce at MTC since I arrived in Highlands in 2021. This inspiring Appalachian story of resilience is sure to resonate with audiences as this coming-of-age tale is told through beautiful staging and bluegrass music. We will wrap our 2024 season with the return of our annual holiday tradition, Home for the Holidays. This festive seasonal music revue promises dazzling costumes, high energy choreography, and is sure to fill audiences with plenty of good, old-fashioned holiday cheer! Highlands often feels like an oasis and escape from the outside world. This season speaks directly to that theme as we follow characters who are escaping from their past or towards their futures. Escape with us next season into a refuge of pure entertainment! On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors, and our entire staff, we greatly appreciate your support, and we are excited to bring you a season of world-class entertainment with triple threat talent and unmatched design. So without further ado (and I love some ado), prepare yourself for the spectacle that will be Mountain Theatre Company’s 2024 Mainstage Season!
Scott Daniel Executive Artistic Director
May 31 - June 22
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
It’s still the word! One of the most beloved musicals of all time hits the MTC stage in a high-octane production featuring all the hit songs you love, including: “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and “Hopelessly Devoted To You.” Join Rydell High’s senior class of 1959 as they take you back to when drive-in movies, sock-hops, and tough talkin’ Pink Ladies defined a generation. After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more? Grease is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company. www.concordtheatricals.com
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
July 19 - August 10
Book by Terrence McNally Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
This splashy spectacle follows the adventures of a globetrotting con artist. Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying musical comedy was nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a Tony Award-winning "dream team," with a book by Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Ragtime) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray). Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abagnale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, though, Carl pursues Frank across the globe to make him pay for his crimes. Catch Me If You Can is a big and bright spectacle with high-energy dance numbers and a riveting story. Catch Me If You Can is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
THE BURNT PART BOYS
October 11 - 26
Book by Mariana Elder Music by Chris Miller Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Siblings from a mining town learn the power of self-reliance in this Appalachian, bluegrass-inspired journey. Locally known as “The Burnt Part,” the Pickaway Coal Company's South Mountain closed down after an accident in 1952 that resulted in the death of four miners. Ten years later, Jake Twitchell is an employee of that same company, doing the same job that took his own father's life. Much to the dismay of his movie-buff younger brother, Pete, the Pickaway Coal Company is going to begin re-mining The Burnt Part and send down the next generation of young men. Inspired by his silver screen heroes, Pete sets out for The Burnt Part with his best friend, a pack full of dynamite, and plans to blow up the mine in hopes of protecting his older brother. This new musical is a dangerous and heartwarming adventure following the journey to discover the importance of the choices we make to protect our family. The Burnt Part Boys is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
December 6 - 21
Written by Scott Daniel With additional material by Matthew McGee
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with Mountain Theatre Company at our annual holiday spectacular! Fun for all ages, this festive seasonal music revue promises dazzling costumes, high energy choreography, and is sure to fill audiences with plenty of good, old-fashioned holiday cheer!
Tickets on Sale Soon!
January: Summer Ticket Bundles go on sale. February: MTC Sponsors receive First Access to individual ticket sales and seat assignments. March 1: MTC Donors receive Early Access to individual ticket sales and seat assignments. All other Ticket Bundle seat assignments open. March 15: Individual ticket sales open to ALL patrons.
What is a Ticket Bundle?
Mountain Theatre Company's Summer Ticket Bundles give you the flexibility to assign your bundle of seats to any show(s) you would like before individual ticket sales open. Purchase Summer Bundles in packs of 4 or 8. Bundles of 8 are priced at a discounted rate from individual tickets. You are free to assign the seats in your Bundle however you choose. For example, if you have an 8 Summer Ticket Bundle, you can assign four tickets to each of our two summer productions, or use them all for one show.