Best on stage: 7 top picks from SWV

Here are 7 shows not to miss this season:

1. “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress”

The Raleigh Playhouse & Theatre

The Raleigh Playhouse & Theatre

The Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre

This comedic play (recommended for mature audiences only!) is set at the wedding reception of a newly-married couple. The 5 bridesmaids are gathered in a room, coming to realize they have more in common with each other than any of them ever did with the bride.

The play runs March 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and March 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

2. “Cinderella’s Glass Slipper”

Historic Fayette Theater

For a fresh take on a classic fairy tale, meet new characters in this musical adaptation of Cinderella. While the heroine’s Fairy Godmother is busy training a new apprentice, she still has time to transform Cinderella for the palace ball. As midnight nears and the magic begins to fade, Cinderella loses her glass slipper, leaving the prince wandering the kingdom in search of his future bride.

“Cinderella’s Glass Slipper” will be March  11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and March 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. Admission ranges from $8-$12.

3. Martin Sexton

Carnegie Hall

Folk/rock musician Martin Sexton will close out the 2015-2016 Mainstage Performance Season at Carnegie Hall. Sexton’s soul-filled music blends several genres, and his amazing vocal range makes for an incredible live show. His latest album “Mixtape of the Open Road” was created with a concept in mind— taking listeners on a journey.

See the journey unfold on stage May 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $17-35.

4. Hatfields and McCoys

The Feuding Families ... The Hatfields & McCoys

The Feuding Families … The Hatfields & McCoys

Theatre West Virginia

2 of the region’s most infamous families are being brought back to the outdoor stage in Beaver. “Hatfields and McCoys” tells the true tale of families feuding across the West Virginia/Kentucky border. This summer, Theatre West Virginia recreates the wild quarrel.

The performance runs from July 6-10 and July 13-17, starting each night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $7-19.

5. “On Golden Pond”

Greenbrier Valley Theatre

2-time Emmy Award winner Stuart Margolin returns to the Greenbrier Valley Theatre stage in Ernest Thompson’s drama “On Golden Pond.” The play focuses on an aging couple who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. Their vacation is turned upside down when their estranged daughter leaves the couple with her fiancé’s son.

The play runs from June 17-July 2, and tickets range from $20-27.

6. Steep Canyon Rangers

Chuck Mathena Center for the Performing and Fine Arts

Grammy Award-winning American bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers will grace the Princeton stage at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22. Though formed in 2000, the band has become even more popular since their 2009 collaboration with actor/banjoist Steve Martin. Their latest release, “Radio” reached No. 1 on the U.S. Bluegrass charts.

Tickets are $25


The Clay Center

This creative show combines dance, music and theatrical performance using fun everyday objects like matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and Zippo lighters. The stage bursts with energizing beats and explosive moves. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this unique stage show.

The show starts at 7 p.m. April 24. Tickets range from $32.50 to $66.38.

Which performances are you excited to see?