(Columbus, GA) - The Springer Opera House, Georgia's State Theatre, is scheduled to
announce the lineup of shows for the upcoming 2024-25 season. The calendar of performances
includes popular musicals, campy comedies, and thought-provoking drama, as well as a play
commissioned by the Springer. Written by award-winning playwright Eri Nox, the production will
make its premiere on the theatre’s mainstage. Prior to the event, various areas in the theatre will
become small stages as actors perform songs from the current season, including Elvis: A
Musical Revolution, Cabaret, and The Little Mermaid. This year's announcement, the first to be
hosted by the Springer's new leadership team of Artistic Director Keith McCoy and
CEO/Executive Producer Danielle Patterson Varner, begins at 7:00 P.M., Saturday, February 24.
The 2024-25 season of carefully curated selection of plays, musicals, and special events will
once again showcase the talent of local and visiting artists, providing a unique cultural arts
experience for theatre enthusiasts of all ages. "The Springer has produced shows and provided
entertainment for over one hundred and fifty years," said Varner. "Each year, we aim to raise the
bar higher and higher by featuring productions that celebrate our rich history as well as our
longstanding commitment to the performing arts. We're confident this new season will meet that
expectation and maintain our legacy."
In order to accommodate those who may not be able to attend, the Springer will also livestream
the announcement on several different online platforms, including the theatre’s Facebook and
YouTube pages. Streaming begins at 6:00 p.m. with behind-the-scenes segments and
interviews with guests. McCoy and Varner will also take a moment to address viewers and share
their thoughts on the upcoming season.
"Our one-hundred and fifty-third season is a testament to the enduring power of live theatre,"
adds McCoy." We are thrilled to bring together a lineup that celebrates diversity, creativity, and
the shared experience of storytelling. This season, we aim to engage, inspire, and entertain our
community, fostering a sense of connection through the magic of the stage."

In addition to the gala atmosphere and annual performances, a star will be added to the
Springer's "Walk of Fame" in a time-honored tradition of honoring an individual who has
contributed to the theatre's success over the years. Since the first dedication in 1998, more than
a dozen stars have been installed on the sidewalks of Tenth Street and First Avenue adjacent to
the theater that honor the advocates who work diligently towards the organization’s success.
This year's recipient will be announced during the event program.
Thirteen shows are scheduled for the next season and categorized into four series: Mainstage,
Studio II Series, Children's Theater, and Theater for the Very Young. Season tickets go on sale
February 24, immediately after the announcement event at springeroperahouse.org. Single
ticket sales begin in July. Information about discounts and group rates is available by contacting
the box office at (706) 327-3688.
The 2024-25 season lineup is as follows:
Jersey Boys
September 19 - 29, 2024
By Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
“Jersey Boys” follows the fascinating evolution of four blue-collar kids who became one of the
greatest successes in pop music history. Take a stroll down memory lane and go behind the
music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to discover the secret of a 40-year friendship as the
foursome work their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. This hit
musical dives into the highs and lows of their turbulent rise to stardom, the cost of fame, and the
bonds of friendship.
Featuring hit songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “Working My Way
Back to You,” the Springer’s production is nostalgic entertainment that showcases the lasting
appeal of The Four Seasons’ timeless music.

A Christmas Story the Musical
December 5 - 22, 2024
By Joseph Robinette
Based on the 1983 classic film, “A Christmas Story: The Musical” captures the sentimental spirit
of the holiday season. Set in 1940s Indiana, the story revolves around young Ralphie’s quest for
his dream Christmas gift: an official Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 Shot Range Model Air Rifle.
With a blend of humor, warmth, and a touch of holiday magic, “A Christmas Story: The Musical”
offers a festive and family-friendly experience that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Presenting new seasonal songs such as “It all comes down to Christmas”, “A Major Award” and
“Ralphie to the Rescue”, these festive tunes are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
January 23 - February 2, 2025
By August Wilson
It’s 1927, and Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, is in a recording session in a rundown
Chicago studio. Fiery and determined, Ma Rainey fights to retain control over her music while
her cocky trumpet player, Levee, dreams of making his own way in the business. As they
struggle with the exploitation and rampant racism in the music industry, the action builds to a
dramatic conclusion. More than music goes down in August Wilson’s riveting portrayal of the
African American experience.

Jesus Christ Superstar
March 7 - 23, 2025
Lyrics by Tim Rice and Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Faith, fame, and betrayal take center stage in one of the greatest stories ever told. This rock
opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known story told entirely
through song. “Jesus Christ Superstar” explores the personal relationships and struggles
between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, and the Roman Empire. The iconic
1970s powerful rock score features hits like “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Heaven on Their
Minds,” “Gethsemane,” and “Superstar,” the title song adored by fans around the world.

May 1 - 11, 2025
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar
Lace up those skates and get ready for “Xanadu!”Join us on the journey of a magical and
beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venus
Beach, California. Kira is on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the most
incredible artistic creation of all time- the first Roller Disco!
Based on the 1980 classic movie, this Tony Award-nominated fun-filled, roller skating musical
rolls along to the original hit score featuring “Strange Magic,” Evil Woman,” and the hit song

October 17 - 27, 2024
By William Goldman, based on the novel by Stephen King
Based on Stephen King’s hit novel and 1990 film, “Misery” walks the chilling line between
admiration and madness against an eerie setting of isolation, delusion, and obsession. Misery
follows the successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his
number one fan, Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home.
This psychological thriller will keep audiences on the edge of their seat from the first page to the
final chapter.

Who’s Holiday
December 12 - 22, 2024
By Matthew Lombardo
That sweet little Who is no longer small.
She parties till dawn, cocktails and all.
So pull up a seat, mark a place in your book.
Come see your favorite Who and the twisted paths she took!
Join us this holiday season for a hysterical trip back to Whoville with Cindy Lou in this wildly
funny and heartfelt ADULTS-ONLY show. This campy comedy is sure to put you in the holiday
spirit as Cindy shares the highs and lows of the yuletide, in rhyme, of course.

The Mvskoke Project
April 3 - 13, 2025
By Eri Nox
The Springer has commissioned award-winning Muscogee (Creek) playwright Eri Nox to write
an original play about the astonishing people who thrived in this region for thousands of years.
This play began development in August 2023 with a workshop at the College of the Muscogee
Nation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, under the guidance of senior advisor Paul Pierce. The
continuing vision of The MVSKOKE Project is to create an enduring theatrical legacy play that
spans the Muscogee’s prehistoric beginnings in the river valleys of the Southeast to their first
contact with Europeans to their removal on the Trail of Tears and finally into the rich tapestry of
their modern-day Oklahoma society.

This is a story of the humor, traditions, struggles, quirks, and aspirations of the people whose
words we speak every day yet know little about. Featuring a cast of Muscogee (Creek) actors,
the Springer welcomes this region’s original citizens back to their ancestral lands for a dramatic
Mvskoke homecoming.

Finding Nemo
July 19 - 28, 2024
Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Book Adapted by Lindsay Anderson
Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his son,
Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is
captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across
the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle
Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their
journey to find each other and themselves.
“Finding Nemo Jr.” brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage with music, family,
friendship, and adventure.

School House Rock
November 15 - 24, 2024
Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating, and Kyle Hall
HURRAY! “Unpack Your Adjectives” and get ready for some lyrics that “rock.” It’s been over fifty
years since School House Rock aired, engaging audiences with entertainment and education.
“School House Rock Live” brings the magic of the classic animated series to the stage. From
the opening notes of “A noun is a person, place or thing” through the rousing closer
“Interjections.” “School House Rock Live” delivers nostalgic hit after hit to delight audiences of
all ages.

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
February 21 - March 2, 2025
Based on a story by Cedella Marley, Music & Lyrics by Bob Marley
Adapted for the Stage by Michael J. Bobbitt
A jammin’ musical brings joy and delight to young audiences, featuring music and lyrics of Bob
Marley and based on the children’s book by his daughter Cedella Marley.

With catchy melodies and a heartwarming message about overcoming fears, Bob Marley’s
“Three Little Birds” is a feel-good celebration that captivates audiences of all ages. Come along
on the journey and embrace the spirit of unity and positivity that defines Marley’s music

Under the Big Top
October 5 - 13, 2024
Join Margo, a young circus performer, as she embarks on a journey to discover her special
talent and find her place in the circus act. From daring acrobatics to whimsical clowning, Margo
tries it all, each attempt bringing her more frustration. Along the way, she encounters a colorful
cast of characters who help her realize that true magic lies within. Witness Margo’s charming
exploration of self-discovery, friendship, and the enchanting world of the circus.

Planes, Trains, & Things That Go Zoom!
April 26 - May 4, 2025
When Junior, a speedy cargo truck, moves into the fleet, he wants to rush every load to its
destination by himself, disrupting deliveries and frustrating everyone. Can Junior learn how to
work with a team? Will he discover that he has to stop before he goes? Rev your engines and
honk your horns for a journey about teamwork and things that go ZOOM!

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