2019 SummerStock at the Ritz


7:35 p.m., July 18 - 20, 25 & 26
Written by Rodgers & Hammerstein
Directed by David Hope, Music Direction by Gene Anne Gifford, Choreography by Dennis Clark
 Shakespear's "Romeo and Juliet" is transported to mid-century New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between the Jets and the Sharks, two warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a wolrd of hate, violence and prejudice is an innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical drama for our time. 



A theatre company that provides professional training in acting, dance and voice for college students and other performers from across the Northwest Alabama region. One production is presented each summer in July. 

Mission Statement

SummerStock at the Ritz is an educational theatre arts training program that provides accomplished professional instruction to young people ages 16 through 29 who aspire to a higher level of performance in acting, singing, dance and technical theatre.

SummerStock at the Ritz will:

  • attract local and regional students from across Alabama and the southeastern United States.
  • increase audience knowledge and appreciation of quality performance.
  • promote tourism by becoming a theatre attraction for audiences across the region.
  • support community development.
  • make a significant artistic and cultural contribution to northwest Alabama’s quality of life
2018 Production:
Fiddler on the Roof 

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

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Carousel: July 21, 22, 23, 28, 29
Show Time: 7:35 pm
Music by Richard Rodgers | Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Dr. David S. Sollish. Music Director Gene Anne Gifford

A carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries naive millworker Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant. Desperate to provide for his family, he becomes an accomplice in a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent 'up there.' Fifteen years later, Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day where he encounters the daughter he never knew. Her father's reputation has haunted her throughout her young life. She is lonely and friendless. Billy's dramatic testimony to the power of love instills in both mother and child a sense of hope and dignity. Of all the shows they created, CAROUSEL was Rodgers & Hammerstein's personal favorite. Musical numbers include If I Loved YouJune Is Bustin' Out All OverYou'll Never Walk Alone and more. 

Ticket Prices: $20 Adult / $15 Student


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South Pacific: July 16, 17, 18, 23, 24
Music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.
Adapted from the novel by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan.
Directed by David Hope

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. The show is laced with on hit tune after another including A Cockeyed Optimist, Some Enchanted Evening, Bloody Mary, There is Nothin' Like a Dime, Bali Ha'l, Younger Than Springtime, This Nearly Was Mine and others.

Ticket Prices: $20 Adult / $12.50 Student




Full Cast Hands Up    Baseball Stands

Opening    Sara Colehouse with Baby

Photos courtesy Betty D. Walker






Les Miserables  

Show Dates: July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:35
Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2:00

Grand and uplifting, “Les Miserables” is a powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has thrilled audiences around the world. Ritz audiences will experience all of the emotion this international hit has to offer.

Director, David Hope
Music Director, Gene Ann Gifford
Choreographer, Melissa Mitchell
Conductor, Pat Stegall

Funded in Part by a Grant from The Colbert County Community Development Commission
Sponsored by Senator Tammy Irons & Representative Marcel Black



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