Inspired by the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the “New York Sun” newspaper in 1897, to ask about the existence of Santa Claus. The Sun’s editor responded with a poignantly-worded essay that became one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time.
StageWorks is proud to present our 2020 Season!!!! The shows have been chosen and audition dates and times are coming soon!
The Emerald Heist! An Interactive Mystery Show
April 4, 6:30 pm at Prince Michel Winery (Sold Out)
April 5, 2:00 pm at Coyote Hole Ciderworks
StageWorks goes to Broadway – A Broadway Musical Revue
June 5 & 6 and June 12&13
Student Directed One Acts Workshop Performances
Yes, Virginia The Musical
As Artistic Director of StageWorks, I am disappointed to announce that due to the current threat posed by the Coronavirus, we will be postponing our production of the Emerald Heist. We are working on solidifying a new date with Prince Michel Winery and encourage everyone who purchased tickets to hold on to them as we plan on rescheduling the performance in the near future. The show must go on!!! And it will once the situation improves! As of today, we are looking to reschedule in early June once, and if, the ban on gatherings of 50 or more people has been lifted.
Please stay tuned for further updates and if you have any questions do not hesitate to email me at Stageworks@windmorefoundation.org.
Thank you for being patient with us as we navigate this crazy world that we are living in right now!
The Emerald Heist: an interactive dinner theater production
Enjoy sitting right alongside cast members in this unique dinner theater mystery.
In the first-class dining car on a passenger train, we meet Mrs. Winston, an incredibly generous person. Her latest selfless acts include upgrading the coach tickets of a hungry couple and allowing a small museum to exhibit her famed Rockefeller Emerald ring, but when a thief attempts to steal the emerald only discover that it’s already missing, the situation quickly goes off-track and hilarity ensues!
- Saturday, April 4, 2020, at Prince Michel Winery at 6:30 pm, 154 Winery Ln, Leon, VA 22725
- Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Coyote Hole Ciderworks at 2:00 pm, 225 Oak Grove Dr, Mineral, VA 23117
- The Prince Michel Performance includes the cost of the food but not alcohol.
Prince Michel ‘s Buffet Menu
- Tossed Salad with Ranch & Italian Dressings
- Pulled Pork BBQ with Rolls
- Fire Roasted Chicken with Rolls
- Cole Slaw
- Dessert Chocolate Mousse Tort
- The Coyote Hole Ciderworks Performance includes a 4-course flight of ciders but not the meal.
Guess the Emeralds Contest: Record your guess here: GUESS
For more information, contact: Jessy Mahr Stageworks@windmorefoundation.org
Emerald Heist Character List
|Conductor (M or F)||Ticket Taker|
|James (M 20s-30s)||Train Passenger with a secret|
|Lucy (F 20s-30s)||Another passenger, has a gift for backhanded compliments|
|Mrs. Winston (F 40s up)||Owner of the Rockefeller Emerald Ring; Kind and Generous|
|Thief (M or F)||Unflappable and pragmatic bandit|
|Curator (M or F)||Runs a nearby museum; hopes the emerald ring will boost business|
|Marshal (M-F 20s up)||Not-too-bright law enforcement agent|
|Jeweler (M or F)||Jewel Expert and consultant|
|Servers (any age)||Helps with the dinner adds ad-lib comments during the production|
Need to download a copy of the Audition Form? Bring the completed formto to the Bring the completed form to the audition.
For more information contact Jessy at Stageworks@windmorefoundation.
Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is the brainchild of Joe Landry, who also wrote It’s A Wonderful Life, A Radio Play. The entire show is performed as a 1940’s live radio broadcast complete with special sound effects. Over 35 characters are played by a cast of four men and three women.
The play is derived from three early Hitchcock films. The first, The Lodger, is a tale from the turn of the century London, where a poor couple finds a Lodger to rent their spare room so their daughter can return home. Too late the mother suspects the Lodger may be the serial killer known as the Avenger. Can she save her daughter in time? There is only one way to find out.
The second story of the trio is Sabotage. This is a nice warm tale of International Intrigue. We meet Anton Verloc, his wife Winnie and her brother Stevie. Anton owns a cinema but performs sabotage as a foreign agent on the side. As a result of his actions, a lot of people die, including two out of three of the family members.
The final tale is called The 39 Steps. This is the story of an intrepid Canadian named Richard Hannay, who gets himself mixed up in murder, mayhem and international plots. The only way for him to clear his name and avoid jail is to go on the run across the English and Scottish countryside trying to solve the mystery, and who knows, he might find love along the way.
Each story is more exciting than the last! Don’t miss out on your chance to see, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play!
Windmore’ StageWorks Theatre Program
Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play
by Joe Landry
Directed by David Schubert
Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940’s radio broadcast of the master of suspense’s earlier films. With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence, and a devastating explosion through the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.
Dates: Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Prince Michel Winery, Barrel Room, 154 Winery Lane, Leon, VA 22725
Ticket Cost: $15 per person at each performance site.
Tickets available online under Registration and Tickets
WINDMORE’S STAGEWORKS PROGRAM PRESENTED“SALT AND PEPPER”
Salt & Pepper was a complete success with sold out performances!
Salt & Pepper was first presented with two performances in June 2016:
June 11, 2016, at 2 pm – State Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia
June 12, 2016, at 2 pm – Prince Michel Winery in Leon, Virginia
As a success, the play was performed again in April 2017 and by popular demand in November 2017:
APRIL 29, 2017, at 6:45PM AT NARMADA WINERY, AMISSVILLE, VA.
NOVEMBER 4 at 7PM AND NOVEMBER 5 at 2:30PM 2017, AT WARRENTON MIDDLE SCHOOL, WARRENTON, VA.
Advance Tickets $10; $12 at the door
This production funded in part by a grant from the PATH Foundation.
A Play by Robert Benjamin
Directed by Johncie Carlson
Salt & Pepper Image Credit: Logo Design by Katherine Hansen
Southern Fried Funeral
June 23 and 24, 2018, at 3PM. Prince Michel Winery Barrel Room
Sold out performances
July 20 and July 21, 2018, at 7:30PM. The Jewell Boxx
201 1/2 N. Main St., Culpeper, VA
Sold out performances