Coming up next season: 2020-2021

AFD Theatre 98th Season: 2020-2021

Performances Friday & Saturday at 8pm / Sunday at 3pm

Opening night champagne reception

We are currently seeking Stage Directors, Music Directors and Choreographers for our 2020-2021 Season.

If you are interested in directing for AFD next season, please send a current resume along with a brief paragraph describing your concept for the production you are applying for.

You may apply for more than one production. Please respond by January 20th, 2020.


AFD’s honorarium for all

Stage Directors: $1000, choreographers: $600, Stage Managers: $500, musical directors: $750.

Musical directors will also receive additional remuneration for 3 dress rehearsals and each performance at which they either conduct or play,

​September/October 2020

Bright Star

Book, music and Lyrics by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption, set against the real backdrop of the American South in the 1920’s and 40’s. Literary Editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for a child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, she sets out on a journey to understand her past and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies, powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, “Bright Star” is an uplifting theatrical experience that holds you tightly in its grasp.


December 2020
Anne of Green Gables

The nonmusical version by LM Montgomery, adapted by Sylvia Ashby

Green Gables is the home of lovable Matthew Cuthbert and his stern sister, Marilla. They agree to adopt a boy to help with the farm work. Imagine their consternation when Anne Shirley, a girl in her teens, is sent from the orphanage by mistake! Anne touches Matthew’s heart with her vivid imagination and her charitable viewpoint, but it takes time to reach the tender heart beneath Marilla’s hard exterior. We meet Josie Pye, a lad named Moody Spurgeon, and Matthew, Anne’s kindred spirit. A lovely classic, full or warmth and a natural for the holiday season.


February/March 2021

Robin Hood

Music by Reginald DeKoven, Lyrics by Harry B. Smith & Clement Scott

AFD has the great fortune in presenting this “new” comic opera. Well, maybe “new” is a misnomer? Actually this three-act musical opera is in the spirit of Gilbert & Sullivan. Published in 1890, this production undoubtedly will be a special happening. There are roles for at 15 comic operatic performers, including Friar Tuck, Little John, Marian, Musicians, Milkmaids, The King’s Foresters, Annabel, Sir Tristan Testy, Shepherds and last, but not least, Robert who later is known as Robin Hood. A piano vocal score will be available for auditions and early rehearsals. A most exciting and different event for our theatre.


May 2021

Noises Off

By Michael Frayn

A classic three-act farce of nonstop hilarity. A play within a play! It begins with a troop of has-been and neverwere actors in their frantic, final rehearsal of the sex farce “Nothing On.” As the melee of actors stumble through their lines, they are tossed about by a whirlwind of calamities. They collide in a real-life sex farce that parallels the one they are appearing in. Finally, the actors, rewrite and sabotage their script, wrestle their props to the ground and contend with an understudy who assumes his role in mid performance. A brilliantly crafted lunatic comedy.


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