Theater on the Bluff
Following the initial success of ESRT's fall performances, Executive Director Erin Langley had a vision to expand ESRT’s productions to include a spring performance on the bluff overlooking Mobile Bay in historic Fairhope, Alabama. In 2014, her vision became reality with the creation of the annual event, Theater on the Bluff. The first show to be performed was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Erin’s vision for an annual bluff production is a contemporary incarnation of an old tradition first begun in the 1920s by Floy Mann Schermerhorn, whose grandfather discovered the site which eventually became Fairhope in 1894. Schermerhorn and her family and friends performed in outdoor performances at the bottom of the bluff near the pier. Theater on the Bluff takes advantage of the natural amphitheater of Henry George Park and the pleasant climate of the Eastern Shore to produce a one-of-a-kind theatrical event each spring.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
For the 4th Annual Theatre on the Bluff, ESRT presented the full Broadway version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
2016: Bye Bye Birdie
ESRT presented Bye Bye Birdie for the 3rd annual Theatre on the Bluff in 2016. Bye Bye Birdie is an exuberant musical comedy that centers around rock ‘n’ roll superstar Conrad Birdie (loosely based on Elvis Presley), who is about to be drafted into the army to the dismay of his adoring fans, and the plans of manager and secretary/girlfriend to send him off in style with a new hit song and one last kiss from a lucky fan on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Directed by Erin Langley and David Redman Scott and choreographed by Raley Zofko, Bye Bye Birdie won four Tony Awards and features classic songs such as “Put On A Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ To Do,” “The Telephone Hour,” “Kids,” and “One Last Kiss.”
2015: The Music Man
In 2015, ESRT chose The Music Man as the 2nd annual Theater on the Bluff production, adding an additional Thursday night performance following the record crowds for ESRT’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2014.
Meredith Wilson’s six-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and features well-known scores such as “76 Trombones” and “'Til There Was You.” Directed by Erin Langley and choreographed by Matthew Kiel, ESRT’s cast of more than 70 local performers included special guest performances by Fairhope’s Mayor Tim Kant in the role of Mayor Shinn and Fairhope Elementary School principal Terry Beasley as the conductor.
2014: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's spectacular musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, became a first-of-its-kind experience in Fairhope in 2014. Co-directed by David Redman Scott and Erin Langley and choreographed by Matthew Kiel, ESRT’s first Theater on the Bluff production featured over 50 community actors, including adults and children.
With "a crash of drums, a flash of light," Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat exploded just after sunset at Fairhope’s Henry George Park on the bluff above the Fairhope Pier.