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SCAD announces upcoming programs for Lucas Theatre

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SCAD announces upcoming programs for Lucas Theatre

08 Jun 2017

Savannah College of Art and Design has announced the 2017-18 Lucas Theatre for the Arts season, including partnerships with BroadwayHD, National Theatre Live and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Live and streaming performances and concerts will join family-friendly programming, including 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.

Through a partnership with online theater streaming service BroadwayHD, select theater content from the brand’s video on-demand library will be available on the Lucas screen.

National Theatre Live launched in June 2009 with a broadcast of “Phèdre” starring Helen Mirren. The organization has broadcast more than 40 live productions from the National Theatre and other UK venues. The broadcasts have been experienced by 6.5 million people in more than 2,000 venues in 60-plus countries. 

The Bolshoi Ballet will open its doors to North American cinema audiences for the fourth consecutive season, presented by BY Experience and Pathé Live. Each ballet performance will be preceded by a 20-minute “pre-show” offering views of Moscow and the Bolshoi Theatre, interviews with dancers and the season trailer.

Lucas Theatre 2017-18 programming

Live performances

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

Holiday classics include the “Great Russian Nutcracker” performed by the Moscow Ballet and “The Nutcracker” performed by the Savannah Ballet Theatre in December. The Savannah Ballet Theatre will again take the stage in April 2018 to perform “The Little Mermaid.”

Annual festivals such as the 2017 Savannah Film Festival and 2018 Savannah Music Festival will accompany live concerts, including Grammy winners Patty Griffin and Lee Ann Womack, who have made Savannah one of nine stops on their joint acoustic tour, and local favorites Velvet Caravan and The Fabulous Equinox Jazz Orchestra. Additional concerts will be announced throughout the year.

The Savannah Philharmonic's 2017-18 season will feature productions of “The Thousand and One Nights,” “From the New World,” “Royal Baroque” and “Tchaikovsky and Brahms.”

Livestreamed performances

Feature BroadwayHD performances will include “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the ensemble Strangeman & Co.’s “The Woodsman,” Arthur Miller’s “Incident at Vichy,” 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 director Yaël Farber, Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” starring Lucian Msamat and Simon Stone’s “Yerma,” with Billie Piper reprising her Best Actress award-winning role.

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

Cinema screenings

Disney Classic animated films will screen Sunday afternoons from June 18-Aug. 13 beginning at 3 p.m., including the timeless tales of “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 to fete some of the most famous cinematic trilogies: “Lord of the Rings,” “Indiana Jones” and “Alien.”

In June, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force will present the documentary “He Has Seen War,” co-produced by Donald Miller and 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.”

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