Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival
The Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival is produced annually by Endstation Theatre Company. The 2013 Festival will have performances at the Renaissance Theatre in Downtown Lynchburg, outside on the grounds of the breathtaking Sweet Briar College as well as in the Babcock Fine Arts Center, at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Old City Cemetery, and Presbyterian Homes and Family Services. This exciting theatrical event includes original plays about and for Virginia, family-friendly productions, and location-specific outdoor shows.
The Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival is truly a Central Viriginia experience. At our outdoor performances, the location sets the stage. Our 2011 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was performed at an old train station against the backdrop of a mountain vista. Our 2012 production of The Comedy of Errors was set amidst the gardens of the historic Sweet Briar House, originally built in the 18th century and now used as the home of the college president.
The setting is an important part of the experience, but there is more that makes the night unique. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and picnic both before and during the show. Local vineyards bring their best summer wines to offer tastings and glasses throughout the evening. The Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival is truly a magical experience, one that we hope to share with new audiences each and every season.
If you are new to the festival, visit our 2013 Season page to learn about the shows we are offering this year.
Visit Central Virginia
Central Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the country – it’s a fact. The Blue Ridge Mountains offer a stunning backdrop to an area rich in history, culture, and unique locations. There is so much to do, so much to see, and we invite you to come spend a weekend to explore the region by day, and experience the Festival by night.
There are plenty of places to visit during your stay. For those that enjoy a crisp, cold glass of wine on a warm summer day, Central Virginia is home to over 60 vineyards growing varietals from Viognier to Chardonnay, Merlot to Cabernet Franc. You can spend your day tasting your way through the valley, stopping along the way at one of the many antique shops, historical sites, and locally-owned restaurants. You can find more information about our region on the following websites: