Picnic in the Park (again!) with Forest Acres & Town Theatre

October 18, 2021

An idea born out of the pandemic became a real silver lining. We’re so excited to present the second series of Picnics in the Park with Forest Acres and we hope you will be back to join us!

On Friday, October 22, guests will enjoy the talented Kerri Roberts who will present some Broadway favorites. Kerri is well known for her many roles at Town including Mary Poppins, Eliza Doolittle and many Marias (West Side Story and The Sound of Music) Joining Kerri will be her daughter, Ellie, who has grown up as a part of Town’s youth theatre programming. Kerri and Ellie will be accompanied by Gloria Wright.

Friday, October 29 brings more of Town’s leading ladies – Lee Martin and Shannon Willis Scruggs. Lee has wowed audiences in Town’s productions of Hello, Dolly!, Hairspray, The Buddy Holly Story and Newsies. Shannon has grown up on the Town stage having served as a leading lady in Always… Patsy Cline, Jekyll & Hyde, Big Fish, Kiss Me, Kate and Annie Get Your Gun, to name a few. Joining Lee and Shannon will be Caroline Quinn, a former Town youth theatre student who is now studying musical theatre at Samford University. The trio will be accompanied by Michael Simmons.

Hannah Thompson and Billy Bishop will take the stage Friday, Nov. 5. Hannah recently appeared in Mary Poppins and worked alongside Billy in Into the Woods. Billy has also appeared in Matilda, The Buddy Holly Story and Mary Poppins. Joining this duo will be Violet Hill, Gabbie Kawooya and Micheal Kawooya of Town’s youth theatre programming. Luke Fang will serve as accompanist.

Each concert will begin at 6 PM and will last 30-45 minutes. Tickets are $5 per concert and may be purchased at towntheatre.com. In the event of rain, the Roberts concert will move to Saturday, October 23; the Martin/Scruggs concert will move to Saturday, October 30 and the Thompson/Bishop concert which will move to Sunday, Nov. 6.

In true picnic fashion, please grab dinner from your favorite Forest Acres’ restaurant to bring to the concert. Please also bring your own seats in the way of tailgate chairs and/or blankets. There is plenty of room at the park to spread out and enjoy the fantastic entertainment. Parking is available at St. Martin’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church.

Town Theatre thanks Forest Acres for their support of this partnership. If you have questions, please call Town Theatre at 803-799-2510 or grab your tickets at towntheatre.com.