By Theresa Rebeck
“O Beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves…” In our age of cyber-bullying and aggressive patriotism remember those lyrics – or else! Theresa Rebeck pens a theatrically inventive mashup of contemporary American life and the history that got us to this politically polarized age. This fiercely funny story explores the lives of high school students, teachers, and their families as they cope in a world of real personal problems and extremist ideological rhetoric that gets so heated that Jesus, Saint Paul, Joan of Arc, John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin, among others, show up to weigh in and mix it up. Alternately sweet and fiery, and as topical as tonight’s newscast, O Beautiful lands the complex realities of our culture squarely on the stage deck in an electrifying blend of ancient characters, founding fathers, and your neighborhood high school.
Auditions: August 23rd and 24th, 2018 – 3:15-6:00 PM – Studio Theatre
Audition Packets available in the Theatre Office (E100) beginning August 20.
- Begin August 27.
- August 27-September 14, Monday through Friday, 3:15-5:30
- Sept. 17-Sept. 28, Monday through Friday, 3:15-6:00
- Mandatory Saturday rehearsals:
- September 8, 12:30pm-5:30pm
- September 29, 9:00am-6:00pm
- Oct. 1 & Oct. 2: Dress Rehearsals, 3:15-9:00 (Dinner Provided)
- Oct. 3: Final Dress Rehearsal, 3:15-6:30
Performances: October 4th and 5th at 7:00 PM, October 6th at 2:00 and 7:00 PM – Studio Theatre
More info will be made available about the theme and plot as the writing process unfolds. Stay tuned!
Auditions: Monday, October 8th, 2018 – 9:00am-3:00pm – Auditorium
Callbacks: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 – 3:15-6 PM – Auditorium
Performances: November 16th at 7:00, November 17th at 2:00 and 7:00 PM – Auditorium
Tickets: $10 or Activity Pass
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, The Music Man is family entertainment at its best. Meredith Willson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize – this, despite the fact that he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.
Auditions: Saturday, October 2oth, 2018 9 AM-4 PM. Chorus Room (E117)
Performances: February 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th, 2019 at 7:00 PM – Auditorium
By Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Adapted for contemporary audiences by Lewis John Carlino
Sir Peter Teazle, a middle-aged, wealthy bachelor, has recently married a pretty maid from the country. Suddenly thrust into London’s high society, the young and frivolous Lady Teazle finds herself a willing member of a vicious, scandal-mongering cabal that spends its time maligning friend, foe and family alike. The leader of this group is Lady Sneerwell who is in love with the young, romantic, profligate Charles Surface and is trying to come between him and Maria, Sir Peter’s ward. Joseph Surface, Charles’ villainous older brother, has his own plans for Maria, or rather for her fortune, and joins Lady Sneerwell in her campaign of slander and deception to achieve his own aims. Sir Oliver Surface, Charles’ and Joseph’s wealthy uncle whom they have not seen since they were small children, suddenly arrives from India and devises a test to determine their true moral character. Truth, love and virtue triumph.
Auditions: February 25th and 26th, 2019 – 3:15-6:00pm – Studio Theatre
Performances: April 25th and 26th, 2019 at 7:00 PM, April 27th, 2019 at 2 PM and 7:00 PM – Studio Theatre
Short Play Festival 2018
An evening of short plays written, directed, designed, performed, and operated entirely by students. Information about writing submissions will be posted in February.
Auditions: Sunday, April 14th, 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm – Studio Theatre
Performances: May 23rd at 7:00pm, May 24th at 4:00 and 7:00pm, May 25th at 12:30pm – Studio Theatre
Tickets: $10 or Activity Ticket