Good news!  With the generous help of the Lineberry Foundation, the Play-Dates program continues this year with ATG member theatres providing FREE tickets to middle and high school students so they can enjoy and learn about live theatre.  A Play-Date Host, someone knowledgeable about the show they're going to see, welcomes them to the show, tells them about it and what they can expect, answers questions, and, in short, does everything to help make this a memorable theatre experience for them. 


The Sound of Music at Popejoy, Sunday matinee, January 27

The Sound of Music is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp. Set in Austria on the eve of its annexation by the Nazis annexation in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children.

Pippin. Landmark Musicals, Sunday matinee March 17.  

Pippin is a 1972 musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.  The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance.  Pippin and his father Charlemagne are characters derived from two real-life individuals of the early Middle Ages, though the plot of the show is fictional. 

Beauty and the Beast, Elite, Saturday matinee April 13

Elite’s version of the classic story of Beauty & the Beast is full of intrigue, deception, betrayal, manipulation, desperation, sacrifice...and yes, in the midst of all the turmoil and strife, friendship and love are discovered.

The Frog Prince of Spamalot, NM Young Actors Saturday matinee May 4.

Hyronomous A. Frog doesn’t quite fit in among the other frogs in the bog.  He’s incredibly large compared to the others and hates the taste of flies!  When he meets Gloria the Good Witch, he learns he must be kissed by a maiden to break the curse that turned him from a prince into a frog.  In a hysterical scene, our frog-legged friend learns how to walk like a human and sets off for Spamalot, where he finds the spoiled and petulant Princess Gladiola and her sisters.  Gladiola and her painfully pompous fiancé, Sir Lancelot Pancelot, despise the frog and stop at nothing to get rid of him.  Meanwhile, our green hero tries desperately to fit in among the royal household.  With his failed attempts at proper dinner etiquette, a hilarious scene ensues. Luckily, Hyronomous finds a friend in Delphinium the handmaiden who does her best to save him from the slings and arrows of outrageous Gladiola and Pancelot.  When it seems all is lost for our beloved frog, he finally gets his kiss, bringing about a ribbiting...  er, riveting...  heart-warming finale!


The Albuquerque Theatre Guild and The Lineberry Foundation