8 theatre productions to see in Birmingham this summer, including Matilda at Red Mountain Theatre Company

The young cast of Matilda the Musical. Photo by Kyndall Stoker for Bham Now

When the lights of the theatre go out and the stage comes to life, which show will be live before you? Choose from our list of 8 theatre productions happening this summer in Birmingham.

Matilda The Musical

Do you remember the story of Matilda? The story of a young girl with wit, smarts and psychokinetic powers who dreamed of a better life.

I always wanted Matilda’s special powers. Heck, I still do! The Trunchbull sure was scary, though. 

Now, director Michael Flowers is bringing this exciting story to the stage in the Red Mountain Theatre Company’s musical production. 

For a behind the scenes look at Matilda, click here

There will also be a sensory-friendly performance on Tuesday, July 16 at 2PM. Learn more.

Michael Flowers, director of Matilda. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Where: Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre. 301 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
When: July 12-August 4
Times: Wed.-Sat. 7:30PM; Tues., Wed., Sat., Sun. 2PM
Price: $20+
Tickets

Disney’s Peter Pan JR

Photo via Red Mountain Theatre Company on Facebook

This July, go on a modern adventure with the boy who wouldn’t grow up in Disney’s Peter Pan JR. This production will feature new arrangements of classic Disney songs and more!

Where: Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre. 301 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
When:
July 19-21
Times:
Fri., Sat. 7:30PM; Sat., Sun. 2PM
Price:
$5+
Tickets

Getting To Know… Footloose

Photo via Red Mountain Theatre Company on Facebook

Get ready to kick off your Sunday shoes, Birmingham. Getting To Know… Footloose bursts onto the stage of the Red Mountain Theatre Company this August. 

With its exciting songs, fun choreography and heartfelt story, you’ll be sure to be singing and dancing all the way home. 

Where: Red Mountain Theatre Company Cabaret Theatre. 301 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
When:
August 2-4
Times:
Fri., Sat. 7:30PM; Sat., Sun. 2PM
Price:
$10+Tickets

Mary Poppins Jr.

“Anything can happen if you let it” in the Virginia Samford Theatre production of Mary Poppins JR. 

Taking you back in time to England in 1910, watch as the nanny of all nannies, Mary Poppins, arrives at the doorstep of the Banks Family and takes them on magical and memorable adventures. 

Test! Can you say and spell supercallifragilisticexpialidocious?

Photo via Virginia Samford Theatre on Facebook

Where: Virginia Samford Theatre (Main Stage). 1116 26th St. S., Birmingham, AL 35205
When: July 25-August 4
Time: Thurs.-Sat. 7:30PM; Sun. 2:30PM
Price: $25 reserved seating; $15 students
Tickets

Yellow

Photo via Theatre Downtown on Facebook

For marvelous theatre in a charming antique shop, there’s just one place to find it—Birmingham’s Theatre Downtown. 

This July, Theatre Downtown will perform Yellow, which chronicles a year in the life of the “perfect” family in Vicksburg, Mississippi. 

There’s never a dull moment in this production that explores cowardice, intolerance and the damage caused to families by secrets, rejection and the difficulty of forgiveness. 

Where: Theatre Downtown. 2410 5th Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
When: August 1-18
Time: Thursday-Saturday 8PM; Matinee on August 18 at 2PM
Price: Adults-$20; Students-$12
Tickets: BoxOffice@TheatreDowntown; 205.565.8838

The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen. Photo via Birmingham Children’s Theatre on Instagram

In the original story of The Little Red Hen, Miss Hen asked her friends for help making bread, but no one would help her. 

Turns out… that’s not the whole story. Dum, dum, dum! 

Find out what really went down on the farm that day in the Birmingham Children Theatre’s production of The Little Red Hen this July. 

There will also be a sensory-friendly performance on Tuesday, July 16 at 10AM. Here are the special accommodations allowed during this special performance:

  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds.
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance.
  • Lights remain on at a low level in the theater during the performance.
  • Designated quiet areas within the theatre.
  • Space throughout the theatre for standing and movement.
  • Access to resource materials to prepare for their visit.
The Little Red Hen. Photo via Birmingham Children’s Theatre on Instagram

Where: Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 2130 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N., Birmingham, AL 35203
When: July 9-20
Time: 10AM
Price: $10-$15
Recommended Ages: 2-6 years
Length: 45 minutes
Tickets

Brigadoon

Brigadoon at ACTA in Trussville, AL. Photo via ACTA Theatre on Facebook

Director Michael R. Bridges takes the audience on the enchanting tale of Tommy Albright in the play Brigadoon at the ACTA Theatre in Trussville. 

Plot: New Yorker, Tommy Albright unexpectedly arrives at the mysterious Scottish Highland Village of Brigadoon, which only appears for one day every 100 years. 

When Tommy meets and falls in love with a beautiful villager named Fiona, he must decide whether to return to his old life, or stay in Brigadoon forever. Which will he choose?

Where: ACTA Theatre. 225 Parkway Dr., Trussville, AL 35173
When: July 12-14, July 19-21
Time: July 12, 13, 19–2:30PM, July 14, 21–7PM
Price: $11-$16
Tickets

Esther

Fresh and exciting, you’ll love Esther—a musical based on the story of an orphaned Jewish girl who becomes Queen of Persia. 

Where: Theatre and Arts Center. 8140 Pkwy. Dr., Leeds, AL 35094
When:
July 18-28
Time:
Thurs-Sat. 7PM; Sun. 2PM
Price:
$15
Tickets:
Email leedsartscounsilal@gmail.com or call 205.699.1892