Fantastic theater experiences aren’t exclusive to big cities. In Virginia’s Blue Ridge you’ll find a thriving arts and cultural scene complete with talented actors, musicians, playwrights, costume designers, set designers…the whole works!
Check the calendar and get ready to enjoy a weekend of local theater in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Mill Mountain Theatre | Roanoke
For more than 50 years Mill Mountain Theatre has provided a year round community- and diversity-oriented service to residents and visitors of Roanoke. Their vision “to lead the artistic and cultural growth for Roanoke, Virginia, and to enhance the quality of life in Virginia’s Blue Ridge” is fulfilled on two stages and with a touring troupe, presenting full-scale musicals and favorite classics.
For those 29 and younger, Mill Mountain Theatre offers $15 tickets 30 minutes before show time. It’s a great way to catch a last minute show on the cheap!
Star City Playhouse | Vinton
Affordable theater-going is at hand. Plan to check out a show at Star City Playhouse in Vinton. They’re not only performing, but also hope to inspire a love of theater for young community members.
Showtimers Community Theatre | Roanoke
More than 300 different shows have been presented by Showtimers Community Theatre. Offering six productions per year since 1951, the audience has experienced classics, standards, comedies, social pieces, and small musicals. Aim to catch the current production Thursday through Sunday during your next visit.
Attic Productions | Fincastle
Centered on community – both entertaining and raising the next generation of entertainers - Attic Productions creates an intimate environment for 284 patrons and performs pieces that are agreeable to families. Bring your young ones for an upcoming holiday performance of Annie, winner of seven Tony Awards.
Big Lick Conspiracy | Roanoke
Some days you just need to laugh your socks off, and with Big Lick Conspiracy, that may happen. Big Lick’s audience-suggested improv adult comedy is an excellent no-pressure first date, an easy night with friends, or just fun for fun’s sake.
Off the Rails Theatre | Roanoke
Alternative or under-produced pieces are king at Off the Rails Theatre. Expect three shows a season ranging from avant-garde to philosophical and modern to classics. 2018 included The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams and still-to-come The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project.
No Shame Theatre | Roanoke
Come join the show at No Shame Theatre! The night only has three rules: 1) Perform original work; 2) Don’t break anything; 3) Honor the five minute time limit. No Shame is part of the Hollins University Playwright’s Lab occurring during summer session. Find the fun Friday nights at 11 p.m. June 1 to July 31 each summer in the Upstairs Studio at Hollins University Theatre.
Page to Stage Theatre | Roanoke
Diversity and inclusivity are at the forefront of the activities at Page to Stage. With a goal of encouraging and breathing life into new theater development, performance, and education, Page to Stage is always accepting submissions of original works and is especially interested in female-heavy pieces.
Roanoke Children’s Theatre | Roanoke
How often do you find professional theater that is solely geared toward children? Not every community offers such niche entertainment, but Virginia’s Blue Ridge does. Four times per year the year round company presents a literary or issue-based production. Not only are children the audience, but those who are interested have an opportunity to be educated through mentoring. Plan ahead to see You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Annie, The Boy at the Edge of Everything, and School House Rock Live! this season.
Hollins University Theatre | Roanoke
The theater program at Hollins University has received numerous awards & accolades, including making the Top 10 of the “Best College Theater” list by The Princeton Review. Through projects such as the innovative Festival of New Works series in partnership with Mill Mountain Theatre, the program showcases students’ ability to write, design, direct, and star in first-class performances. The 2018-19 season includes Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Fun Home, and The Wolves.
Map of Locations
Take time to dig deeper into the performing arts of Virginia’s Blue Ridge. From actors and singers to artists and symphonies, we’ve got it going on.
>> 20 Experiences for Music Lovers
>> An Art Lover’s Guide to Virginia’s Blue Ridge