This year’s theatre season at William Woods University brings new and exciting performances to the stage, including the rock musical favorite “Godspell,” the farce “How the Other Half Loves,” the funny and poignant play “The Boys Next Door” and Neil Simon’s “Rumors.”
Tickets for the 2003-2004 season are now on sale. Prices are $25 for adults, $16 for children ages three through 12, and $20 for senior citizens ages 50 and up. As a special offer for theatre patrons, an additional $2 will be taken off each season ticket purchased before Sept. 30.
Season tickets provide several benefits: a 20 percent savings on regular ticket prices, preferred seating, no long lines at the box office and, if tickets are lost or stolen, they will be replaced free.
This season’s opener at William Woods is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, “Godspell.” Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, it is based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew and features a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, including the international hit, “Day By Day.”
Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, “Godspell” is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.
The production will be directed by guest artist Kathy Potter. Performances are scheduled for Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. A matinee performance is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m.
“How the Other Half Loves” by Alan Ayckbourn is the second theatrical production of the season at William Woods. Performances are scheduled in Dulany Auditorium at 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 and 6, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7.
Uniquely set side by side in two living rooms, three couples of different social status try to hide the truth about their amorous affairs. This production will be guest directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, adjunct speech and theatre instructor.
The humorous third production at WWU will be “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin. An off-Broadway success, this often funny yet touching play focuses on the lives of four mentally challenged men who live in a group home under the watchful eye of a sincere, but increasingly despairing, social worker.
Performances for “The Boys Next Door” are scheduled for Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m., with the matinee performance Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m., in Dulany Auditorium. Once again, Kathy Potter will be the guest director.
The last main stage production of the season is “Rumors” by Neil Simon. America’s premier comic playwright delighted audiences with this out-and-out funny offering. Four couples come to celebrate the wedding anniversary of the deputy major of New York and his wife only to discover he has ineptly tried to commit suicide; his wife, butler and cook are missing, and his lawyer is scrambling to cover everything up.
Joe Potter, WWU assistant professor of performing arts and artistic director of theatre, will direct this theatre production. Performances are scheduled in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center for April 23, 24 and 30 and May 1 at 8 p.m. The matinee performance is scheduled for April 25 at 2:30 p.m.
For more information, or to order your tickets, call William Woods University’s theatre office and Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.