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Kingsport Theatre Guild announces shows for 70th anniversary season

Holly Nelms • Apr 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM

KINGSPORT — In celebration of its 70th year, the Kingsport Theatre Guild has put together a lineup of shows that will commemorate its illustrious past.

Tina Radtke, executive artistic director for the KTG, said the 2017-2018 season will exclusively feature shows that have been performed by the theatre before, including a few audience favorites.

“It’s going to be a throwback season,” Radtke said. “We’re going back to the oldest records we have and we’re going to recognize the original cast of each show.”

The Main Stage Series will feature “Pinkalicious,” “Things My Mother Taught Me,” “Nanyehi,” “A Christmas Story,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Steel Magnolias.”

“Yes and No,” which was the first show ever performed by the KTG in 1947, will also be performed on the main stage as a one-day fundraising event.

There will also be four productions in the Downtown Series: “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Love Letters” and “’Night, Mother.”

Radtke said the lineup, which is a mixture of musicals, comedies and dramas, was selected based on input from the community and previous KTG performers.

“I’m super excited about it. I like that we have a good variety.”

According to Radtke, the KTG stems from humble beginnings. From barns to churches, the theatre held performances in a variety of venues before moving its main stage shows to the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Radtke added that the relatively new Downtown Series has also become popular, particularly with adults.

For those who may be unfamiliar with some of the shows, a Gala Preview Night will be held June 2 at 7 p.m. Small segments of each show will be performed at the event, and refreshments will be served afterward.

Tickets for all of the 2017-2018 shows will be available for purchase online beginning Sunday. Auditions for each show are open to the community, and people of all ages and skill levels are invited and encouraged to participate.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit kingsporttheatre.org.