New Horizon Theatre announces 2018 – 2019 season

Published 5:06 pm Friday, June 15, 2018

At its annual awards ceremony held May 8, New Horizon Theatre announced its 2018-2019 theater season.

“This season is all about fun,” said Bill Nixon, managing artistic director for the group. “It’s a season full of fun for the audience, fun for the sponsors and fun for the actors. As always, we have tried to find something for everyone.”

The season opens August 23 – 25 with the children’s musical “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids,” featuring actors aged 5 to 12.  Open audition dates will be announced soon.

Based on one of the most treasured Disney animated films of all time and featuring some of the world’s most memorable songs, including “Briar Rose” and “Once Upon A Dream,” Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS is pure, delightful fun. 

On Oct. 28 – 30, NHCT will present the classic comedy “The Curious Savage.”  

The Curious Savage is the story of an elderly widow named Edith Savage, whose husband has left her $10 million.  She wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown step-children’s efforts to get their hands on it, including having her committed to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” The Curious Savage is a warm comedy that compares the kindness and loyalty of psychiatric patients with the greed and hostility of so-called “normal people.” 

Open Auditions for actors aged 17 and up will be held Aug. 27 and 28.

The fun continues into the Christmas season with the Jones, Hope, Wooten contemporary comedy “Dashing Through The Snow.”  

Trina, the harried, yet upbeat innkeeper of the Snowflake Inn has more than she can handle coping with a colorful parade of nuttier-than-a-fruitcake lodgers.  Hoyt and his sister, Donna Jo try to end a thirty-year feud between their curmudgeonly aunts.  Ainsley and Lenora, self-involved actors from a lower-than-low-budget touring production of “A Christmas Carol,” descend on the inn to fulfill a promise. Add an ill-advised romantic rendezvous between Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves, a demanding guest who refuses to leave, a tipsy housekeeper, and it’s clear it will take more than a kiss under the mistletoe to keep Trina’s spirits merry and bright.  One dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to a local charitable organization.  Performances will be Dec. 13 – 15. 

Open Auditions for actors 21 and up will be held Oct. 22 and 23.

2019 starts off Feb. 28 – March 2 with the coming-of-age favorite, “The Outsiders.”  

Based on the popular novel and the 1983 movie that made household names out of C Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane, The Outsiders deals with real people, seen through the eyes of Ponyboy, a young “Greaser” caught up in territorial battles between the have-it-made rich kids – the “Socs” – and his tough, underprivileged “Greaser” family and friends. In the midst of urban warfare, Ponyboy can’t forget a Robert Frost poem which speaks of their fragile young lives, saying “Nothing gold can stay.” This is a play about young people who are not yet hopeless, about latent decency in the midst of struggle, about not losing touch with the residual slivers of gold within us all.  

Open auditions for actors aged 13 – up will be held Jan. 7 and 8, 2019.

The season ends with the wacky musical “The Addams Family.” Featuring all your favorite members of America’s darkest family, this musical farce is all about love, family, honesty, growing up, and the macabre. Join Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch, and a host of other “normal” people for an evening of ghoulish laughter. 

Open Auditions for actors aged 17 and up will be held March 4 and 5, with performance dates May 2 and 4.

New Horizon Theatre is open to anyone interested in the performing arts.  The group is comprised of local volunteers and is open to anyone interested in being a part of the theater family. For more information, call (706) 643-PLAY (7529), e-mail or visit