Announced 2002-2003 Theatre Season

This year’s theatre season at William Woods University brings new and exciting performances to the stage, including one of Broadway’s great musicals “Grease,” an American comedy classic “Harvey,” a psychological thriller “Blood Relations” and the hilarious comedy “Faith County.”

William Woods season tickets for 2002-2003 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. 15.

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 is one of Broadway’s finest musicals, “Grease.” According to Joe Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre at William Woods, “It is the irreverent musical satire about those 1950s gum-chewing, hub-cap-stealing, hot-rod-loving boys and wisecracking girls from Rydell High School. The cast sings and dances through such nostalgic scenes as the pajama party, the prom, the burger place and the drive-in movie.”

Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey wrote the book, music and lyrics. The production will be directed by Potter, with musical direction by Yvonne Hayes and choreography by Mary Safire. Performances are scheduled for Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center. A matinee performance is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m.

Start the Christmas season with laughter and come and see “Harvey.” According to Potter, “This American theatre classic comedy has become one of the most successful and

popular plays ever produced. Meet loveable Elwood P. Dowd and his imaginary friend Harvey, a six-and-a-half foot pooka. Is Elwood crazy or does Harvey really exist?”

The play is written by Mary Chase, while guest directed by guest artist Kathy Potter, whose William Woods directing credits include “The Wizard of Oz,” “ The Heiress” and “Eleemosynary.”

Performances are scheduled in Dulany Auditorium at 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 6 and 7, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

“? Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother 40 whacks…?,” goes the verse of this macabre children’s nursery rhyme, which helps set the scene for Blood Relations, a psychological thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

“The play takes place several years after the trial of Lizzie Borden, when an actress comes to town to interview the infamous Lizzie and asks her the question, ‘Are you guilty?,’” says Potter.

“Blood Relations” is a drama written by Sharon Pollock and guest-directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, adjunct speech and theatre instructor, whose directing credits include last year’s WWU production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.”

Performances for “Blood Relations” are scheduled for Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 8 p.m., with the matinee performance Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m., in Cutlip Auditorium in McNutt Campus Center.

The last main stage production of the season is “Faith County,” a hilarious comedy by Mark Landon Smith. Potter promises this is “ a comedy of non-stop laughter. Faye reads her poetry out-loud, Mildred displays her ceramic depiction of the Last Supper, Ruth Ann makes rum divinity cake, Naomi does “chic” hairstylin’ and Violet makes appliquéd toilet seat covers. There’s life, love and death at the Faith County Fair. If you liked our production of Dearly Departed a few years ago, you’ll love Faith County.”

Potter will direct this theatre production, and the performances are scheduled for April 25 and 26 and May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. The matinee performance is scheduled for April 27 at 2:30 p.m.

“Don’t miss your chance to share in the excitement,” says Potter. “Order your season tickets and enjoy the benefits of quality theatre at low prices. It’s the hottest ticket in town for great entertainment.”

For more information, or to order your tickets, call William Woods University’s Theatre Department and Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.