Holiday Season 2023

Join us for the festive conclusion to ASC's 35th Anniversary year

Ben Lambert and Molly Martinez-Collins. Photo by October Grace Media.

Enrichment Programming at ASC

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Spring Season 2024

Tickets now on sale for three can't-miss classics

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A Christmas Carol 2023

The ultimate tale of transformation, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol transports miserly Ebenezer Scrooge high above the streets of Victorian London, where Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future haunt his dreams…accomplishing, in one fateful night, what a lifetime of grasping and greed could not do: the warming of his cold, cold heart. Join a holiday tradition beloved by families and friends of all ages!

November 30 – December 30
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Share the Light 2023

ASC is thrilled to host Share the Light, our beloved annual community celebration, at the Blackfriars Playhouse on Saturday, December 2 at 8 PM. This event will feature performances by three different student groups: ASC Drama Club, Staunton High School, and Silver Line Theatre Exchange. The event is free and open to the public.

December 2, 2023
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Virtual Playhouse Tour

Celebrate 35 years of ASC by exploring behind the scenes at the beautiful Blackfriars Playhouse with a virtual Playhouse tour. Similar to our in-person tour, learn about our modern theater & its historical predecessor— with added locations inaccessible to the public!

Year Round
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Friday Night Lights On

A series of Friday night lectures, workshops, and panels featuring a line up of scholars, industry experts, ASC familiar faces, and powerful partnerships.

Returning in 2024
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Shakespeare Uncorked

ASC has partnered with some local wineries and breweries for a special pre-show experience. Enjoy a tasting of some of the best libations in the area in our upper lobby on select Saturdays throughout 2023. These tastings include a limited edition souvenir glass to take with you.  

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Teacher Seminars

Join us for a weekend at the Blackfriars Playhouse where you will rediscover the joy and accessibility of teaching Shakespeare. Our practical approach will send you back to the classroom equipped to make Shakespeare’s 16th-century lessons engaging for your 21st-century students.  

Returning in 2024
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No Kidding Shakespeare



No Kidding Drama Club is a drama club...for adults! Join in the fun and perform on the Blackfriars Stage along with ASC Education Artists and other special guests.  

Returning in 2024
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Julius Caesar

Hail Caesar, home from the wars…what darker fate awaits him? Suspicion, conspiracy, and power lust boil up in a rush to murder in Shakespeare’s gripping political drama. As friendships are sundered and loyalties are tested, guilt pursues the killers to their dark ends. “O judgement! thou art fled to brutish beasts, And men have lost their reason…”

January 25 - June 8
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Pride and Prejudice

In Elizabeth Bennet's iconic journey toward love, she learns the dangers of hasty judgment and discovers the difference between superficial and genuine goodness. The sharp wit and irresistible romance of Jane Austen’s masterwork, has won generations of fans—now see it come to life on stage in a lively new adaptation by ASC veteran playwright Emma Whipday!

February 1 - June 8
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this beguiling comedy, no one ends as they began. Magic-wielding fairies, yearning lovers, and foolish clowns swap one role for another as they romp through an enchanted wood—with their antics set down in some of Shakespeare’s most glorious and indelible words. “Lord, what fools these mortals be”….and how we love them!

March 14 - June 9
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What is a "Ren Show"?

Born of an experiment to bring Shakespeare’s performance conditions into our rehearsal hall, the Actors’ Renaissance has become a hallmark of ASC’s unique blend of scholarship and practice. It’s our deepest dive into the Elizabethan era, but exactly IS it? Watch now to find out!


Looking for the perfect gift for the Shakespeare fan in your life? Get the best holiday stocking stuffers at the ASC Gift Shop, available both online and in-person at the Blackfriars Playhouse!


ASC is thrilled to host our beloved annual community celebration, SHARE THE LIGHT, at the Blackfriars Playhouse on Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 PM. Free and open to the public!

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