If anyone is looking for a theater show to see this summer, look no further than these fantastic shows located in the Raleigh area. Theater is something that has been sorely missed during the pandemic and it is exciting to see it returning. Theater goers will be pleased to see a wide variety of shows opening soon to satisfy any show lover’s itch. There are shows coming to the Raleigh Little Theatre, NC Theatre, the Rialto and Theatre Raleigh Arts Center. This list is not exhaustive, but is sure to keep any theater enthusiast entertained for the summer.
Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT)
The first show RLT will be putting on this summer is The Mountaintop. This gripping and powerful show is a fictional retelling of the night before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. It is a story about facing destiny and doing what is right even though it may not be easy. This is a show for anyone who is looking for something hard hitting and full of truth. The Mountaintop will be playing June 10-19.
The NC Theatre will be putting on Songs For a New World. This is a musical about hope, moving forward and choosing to face obstacles rather than turn back. Songs For a New World is about that one, pivotal moment when your life can change for better or worse depending on your actions. For anyone who needs an uplifting experience, this is the show for you. Songs For a New World is playing June 27-Aug. 1.
The Rialto Theatre
The Rialto will be showing a number of different films throughout the summer, from the classic films Citizen Kane and Airplane! to one of the many adventures of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Later in the summer they hope to resume their monthly showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Airplane! will be playing on May 30 at 1 p.m. and May 31 at 7 p.m. Citizen Kane will be playing June 6 at 1 p.m and June 7 at 7 p.m. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery will be playing June 13 at 1 p.m and June 14 at 7 p.m.
Theatre Raleigh Arts Center (TRAC)
TRAC will be putting on Fires of Freedom, a stirring and powerful story of a not so well known historical figure. Abraham H. Galloway is a rebellious and fiery former slave in the Civil War era who leads a rebellion and becomes an abolitionist and union spy. His story is one of hope, rebellion and an example of what can happen when you work hard for what you believe in. If you’re looking for a story about history and hope in hard times, this is the show for you. Fires of Freedom will be playing June 18 and 19 at 3 p.m. and June 20 at 8 p.m.
By Julia Langenderfer, Guest Writer