Virginia Samford Theatre

Virginia Samford Theatre The Historic Virginia Samford Theatre is the oldest performing arts venue in Birmingham.
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In 1999, UAB announced plans to close and sell the theatre, and a beloved Birmingham landmark was about to disappear. However, the Metropolitan Arts Council stepped forward to restore the landmark building. The theatre has been given a new name, Virginia Samford Theatre, in honor of their generous donor Virginia Samford Donovan, who provided the funds to MAC for the purchase. MAC and a committee o

f Birmingham leaders launched a $3,000,000 capital campaign, Center Stage for the Arts, to preserve this treasured historic structure and to provide Birmingham with a tremendous new resource - The Metropolitan Arts Center and the Virginia Samford Theatre. The Theatre was re-opened in May 2002 and was awarded the Preservation Award by the Birmingham Historical Society. The Virginia Samford Theatre now serves as a beacon for local talent and performers are drawn to showcase their creativity. Local non-profit or community groups hold meetings in the facility, and citizens and corporations find this venue an intimate gathering place for weddings, receptions and private functions. MAC is headquartered in the Arts Center, which currently houses small arts groups in the "Arts Incubator". With this broad spectrum of uses available to everyone in the community, the Metropolitan Arts Center and the Virginia Samford Theatre play a major cultural role in Birmingham's future.

Grab your coffee (or set that DVR) - Russell Jones will be doing TWO live remotes from VST this WED April 17 at 8:10am a...
04/15/2024

Grab your coffee (or set that DVR) - Russell Jones will be doing TWO live remotes from VST this WED April 17 at 8:10am and again at 9:25am featuring SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! And if you don't have your tickets yet, here's the link:
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

04/09/2024

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! opens this THU April 11
Today's featured songs: INTERJECTIONS! (featuring London Pigott) and THE TALE OF MR. MORTON (featuring Nate Blakley). Only at VST! April 11-21, 2024
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

04/08/2024

It's the week of the show, y'all! SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! opens this THU April 11
Today's featured songs: ELBOW ROOM (featuring Daniela Afanador) and INTERPLANET JANET (featuring Olive Gratton). Only at VST! April 11-21, 2024
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

04/07/2024

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Weekend Edition: Part 2
GREAT AMERICAN MELTING POT (featuring Daniela Afanador, Abby Canterbury and Mackenzie Gipson) and CONJUNCTION JUNCTION (featuring Zoe Honeycutt, with Cecily Denson, Mackenzie Gipson, and Findley Manning). Eight Performances Only at VST! April 11-21, 2024
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

04/06/2024

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Weekend Edition: Part 1
ZERO MY HERO (featuring Alexander Wesley) and A VICTIM OF GRAVITY (featuring Nate Blakley, Abby Canterbury, Elliot Dennis, Riley Jones, Spencer Schillaci, Xzavier Whittington). Eight Performances Only at VST! April 11-21, 2024
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

04/05/2024

It's Friday, y'all...here's the next two songs from SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!
RUFUS XAVIER SARSAPARILLA (featuring Abby Canterbury) and FIGURE EIGHT (featuring Mae Alexander). Come relive your Saturday mornings, beginning next Thursday at VST! April 11-21, 2024
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

With this great loss of powerhouse actor, director, and friend, Barry Austin, we'd like to take a moment to celebrate th...
04/04/2024

With this great loss of powerhouse actor, director, and friend, Barry Austin, we'd like to take a moment to celebrate the man who meant so much to so many. Barry honored the VST stage with many memorable and moving performances over the years including Company, The Best Little Wh******se in Texas, Moon Over Buffalo, Lend Me A Tenor, The Fantasticks, Man of La Mancha, and many others - including his meaningful portrayal of Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and his remarkable performance as Max Bialystock in The Producers. The Birmingham theatre community will miss this wonderful man and we will continue to find joy in reflecting on the indelible mark he leaves on all of us. Tonight, we will dim the lights of the theatre in his memory.

04/03/2024

What opens at VST in eight short days? SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Today's daily song feature includes JUST A BILL (featuring Ellis McElroy) and THE PREAMBLE (featuring Elliot Dennis). Get those tickets now - the clock's tickin'!
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

04/02/2024

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! opens next THU Apri 11. Up next in our daily song features are UNPACK YOUR ADJECTIVES (featuring Cecily Denson) and LOLLY, LOLLY, LOLLY GET YOUR ADVERBS HERE (featuring Spencer Schillaci, Nate Blakley and Keenan Barrett). Get those tickets - you don't want to miss this show!
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

04/01/2024

Here's more STARS⭐️ actors in SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Up next is THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER (featuring Miles Mann) and SUFFERIN' TILL SUFFRAGE (featuring Elliot Dennis, Riley Jones and London Pigott). Get those tickets - you don't want to miss this show!
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

03/28/2024

We've got some stellar ⭐️STARS actors in SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! And here are the first two songs in the show, featuring Xzavier Whittington (VERB, THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING) and Riley Jones (A NOUN IS A PERSON, PLACE, OR THING). Get those tickets - you don't want to miss this show!
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

I write with a heavy heart today upon learning of the imminent closure of Birmingham Southern College. The Virginia Samf...
03/27/2024

I write with a heavy heart today upon learning of the imminent closure of Birmingham Southern College. The Virginia Samford Theatre has been blessed by the work of BSC students, faculty and alumni (including my late Father) for generations. Birmingham’s cultural life has been immeasurably shaped by BSC and this closure further strengthens our resolve at VST to preserve our place of joy and learning. We cannot allow the institutions that bring joy to so many lives continue to slip away. 𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙, 𝙀𝙫𝙚𝙧!

- Philip J Mann, VST Executive Director

Spring Break is here and Summer is right around the corner, so make plans to join us at CampVST this June for some summe...
03/25/2024

Spring Break is here and Summer is right around the corner, so make plans to join us at CampVST this June for some summer fun! Theatre loving students aged 7+ will enjoy a week of classes in acting, dance, and voice, Shakespeare, playwrighting, and design. Don't miss your chance to shine! For more information and to sign-up, visit:
https://www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org/vststars/camp-vst/

03/15/2024

In 1996, the album "Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks" was released with covers of the series songs by then current bands. Here's a little bit of Buffalo Tom's version of "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly"
SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! opens April 11, 2024.
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992/production/1160874

We couldn’t let   go by without acknowledging the backbones of our operation. Sherry, Jenna, and Wanda are the strong, i...
03/08/2024

We couldn’t let go by without acknowledging the backbones of our operation. Sherry, Jenna, and Wanda are the strong, intelligent ladies who ensure VST runs as smoothly as possible. We are grateful for you ladies everyday!

03/06/2024

Just two more weekends for the Community Series!
AN EVENING WITH MARK TWAIN (March 8-9)
THE DILL PICKERS 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW (March 15-17)
https://ci.ovationtix.com/35992

This week at the VST - Edward Miller and Bobby Horton on stage together for AN EVENING WITH MARK TWAIN. Two Performances...
03/05/2024

This week at the VST - Edward Miller and Bobby Horton on stage together for AN EVENING WITH MARK TWAIN. Two Performances Only. FRI night and SAT matinee!

Actor has been playing Twain in a one-man show for more than 40 years.

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1116 26th Street S
Birmingham, AL
35205

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Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm

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(205) 251-1206

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The Little Theatre Constructed in 1927, the Little Theatre was a place where the community came together to put on quality theatrical productions. Through the Depression and early days of World War II, the Birmingham Little Theatre presented hundreds of first-rate performances and played a starring role in the cultural life of Birmingham. People from every part of the city and every walk of life worked together as actors, costumers, and the theatre’s popularity was confirmed when it was recognized in a New York newspaper in 1940 as one of “the ten leading Little Theatres in the nation”. However, as the war effort escalated, its casting pool depleted and the theatre closed.

Town and Gown In 1950, a group of individuals with ties to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and an itch to act, began looking for a place to perform. UAB speech instructor James Hatcher led the effort to revive community theatre under the auspices of the University. Their efforts led to the development of Town & Gown Theatre. Just five years later, the C. Powell Noland family purchased The Little Theatre and generously donated it to UAB. The theatre was renamed Clark Memorial Theatre in memory of Mrs. Noland’s father, Gen. Louis V. Clark, who was instrumental in the funding and construction of The Little Theatre back in 1927.

Virginia Samford Theatre In 1999, UAB announced plans to close and sell the theatre, and a beloved Birmingham landmark was about to disappear. However, the Metropolitan Arts Council stepped forward to restore the landmark building. The theatre has been given a new name, Virginia Samford Theatre, in honor of their generous donor Virginia Samford Donovan, who provided the funds to MAC for the purchase.

MAC and a committee of Birmingham leaders launched a $3,000,000 capital campaign, Center Stage for the Arts, to preserve this treasured historic structure and to provide Birmingham with a tremendous new resource – The Metropolitan Arts Center and the Virginia Samford Theatre. The Theatre was re-opened in May 2002 and was awarded the Preservation Award by the Birmingham Historical Society.

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