Theatre Season: 2016-2017
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September 13 - 17, 2016, 7:30 pm
By Noël Coward | Directed by Jim Lile
Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit at lightning speed and when he finished he was sure that the play was good and would succeed. He was not disappointed. Since its premiere in 1941, the play has remained a favorite among Coward’s works.
Novelist Charles Condomine, hoping to amuse himself while researching a book on the occult, invites the eccentric local medium, Madame Arcati, to conduct a séance at his home. Little suspecting her actual abilities, Charles suddenly finds himself haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, much to the displeasure of his second wife, Ruth.
Following the play’s initial production, the reviewer for The Manchester Guardian described the play as, "An odd mixture and not untouched by genius of a sort.” He was right.
(G) Bud Walton Theatre
October 25 - 29, 2016, 7:30 pm
By Ira Levin | Directed by Anne G. Lile
This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant Mansion by its dissolute caretakers, the lonely Mackeys. Struck by Susan's strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, the long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the older couple gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica briefly to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive.
(M ) Bud Walton Theatre
Another Mother Goose Christmas Mystery (Old King Cole's Missing Bowl)
December 3 - 4, 2016, 2:30 pm
Original play by Lyndall Burrow | Directed by Lyndall Burrow
Old King Cole is a merry old soul or is he? It seems his bowl of Christmas candy is missing. Where has it gone? Does anyone care? Who could have possibly taken it? Was it the Mouse that ran up the clock? Or Little Jack Horner? Or could it possibly be Little Bo Peep? The only way to find the answers to this Christmas mystery is to follow Little Boy Blue as he searches Mother Goose land for the answers to these and other mysterious questions. Join us in this laugh packed, educational and fun filled adventure with some of your favorite characters from the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes.
(CT) Taylor Performing Arts Center
Woman of Ciudad Juárez
January 25 - 28, 2017, 7:30 pm
By Christina Michaus | Translated by Jimmy A. Noriega | Directed by Jimmy A. Noriega
A Teatro Travieso (Troublemaker Theatre) production
Women of Ciudad Juárez uses the theatre as a space to examine, reflect on, and speak about the femicides taking place in Juárez, Mexico, where since 1993 hundreds of women and girls have been raped, tortured, and murdered. The play offers a voice and a space for the countless female victims whose murders have been reduced to contested numbers and a gross display of injustice. Showing multiple female perspectives of life in Juárez, the production speaks out against all forms of violence against the female body and psyche. In this staging of the show, four actresses take on the roles of the women, their families, and the officials investigating the murders. The production has been on tour since 2014 and has been presented to over 6,500 people in 17 locations, including Belgium, Colombia, Canada, and across the U.S.
(G) Bud Walton Theatre
For more about this production and director Jimmy Noriega, '05, click here.
The Great Alphabet Adventure
March 11 - 12, 2017, 2:30 pm
By Julie Flood | Directed by Gerrie-Ellen Johnston
On a rainy afternoon, Alex comes home from school looking forward to playing video games before his mom gets home from work. When the power goes out and his only entertainment option is to read, Alex feels certain that he will die of boredom. Enter Zora, the new girl next door who is determined to go on an adventure. Zora discovers that Alex's old picture book, The Great Alphabet Adventure, is mysteriously blank and that their job as explorers will be to find the missing letters and return them to the book. Alex's ordinary room begins to reveal extraordinary hidden worlds and a cast of colorful and wacky characters who lead Alex, Zora and the audience on a treasure hunt through the alphabet. In the end, Alex and Zora learn something about the fun of reading and about the value of friendship.
(CT)Taylor Performing Arts Center
An Evening of One-Act Plays
April 24 - 29, 2017 7:30 pm
Our student directors take center stage with this eclectic program of student directed short plays.
(M) Bud Walton Theatre