Tanglewood Children’s Theatre celebrates 60 years

Press release from Deborah Lewis-Smith: 

Sixty years ago, in the fall of 1959, Tanglewood Children’s Theatre was launched with The Ghost of Mr. Penny.

That first production was staged by a precocious young Johnny Haber, who would go on to direct 13 more shows for Tanglewood, including two productions of The Wizard of Oz. In tribute to the 60 years of Tanglewood and Asheville Youth Theatre productions Asheville Community Theatre will open the 2019-2020 Mainstage season with The Wizard of Oz. We want to celebrate your experience of children’s and youth theatre and we need to know how to contact you.

If you were in ANY production of Tanglewood or Asheville Youth, please let us know how to contact you. When you submit your contact information to tanglewood.turns.sixty@gmail.com  by Monday, July 8, 2019. We have lots of ideas! PLEASE share this outreach with your friends who trod the boards.

Tech too! Those brought the lights up and down, painted and moved scenery.

Let us hear from you. Tanglewood started in a family rec room in 1959 and the last performance of Guys and Dolls Jr. rocked the mainstage of the recently remodeled Asheville Community Theatre just last month! In just the John Haber years (1959-1966), we’ve counted more than 500 people who participated – we can only imagine how many lives were impacted by participating in Tanglewood and Asheville Youth Theatre!

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