The William Woods University theatre program is set to begin the 2010-2011 season, and season tickets are now available.
The first performance of the year is the Off-Broadway musical “Zombie Prom,” which combines the music of Dana P. Rowe with the lyrics of John Dempsey. Performances are scheduled in Cutlip Auditorium for Oct. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.
Set at Enrico Fermi High in the 1950s, “Zombie Prom” tells the story of Toffee, a pretty senior who has fallen for the class bad boy against her family’s wishes. When they force her to end the romance, the heartbroken bad boy heads for the nuclear waste dump, and returns glowing and determined to take Toffee to the prom.
Drama ensues when the zany, tyrannical principal orders him to drop dead and a scandal reporter seizes on the nuclear boy as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.
The second production, Mark Harelik’s “The Immigrant: A Hamilton County Album,” is a true story about two Eastern European Jews who immigrated to a small Texas town in 1909. Performances are Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.
The immigrants, a Russian couple who arrive in the United States with hardly a penny to their names, fortuitously befriend the town’s banker and his wife, who help them set up a store and begin to make a living for themselves. The two couples maintain a lifelong friendship, and when the banker passes away, his widow goes to work in the store her husband helped to start. This heartwarming story shows that regardless of race, creed or place of national origin, good people will form strong and lasting bonds with one another.
In February, the theatre department will present “Fuddy Meers,” which centers on Claire, a woman with a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep. Performances will be held in Dulany Auditorium on Feb. 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.
Claire, who wakes up a blank slate each morning, encounters many bizarre and zany characters each day. Her mother is a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish, her son is perpetually stoned, and a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask pops out from under her bed one day claiming to be her brother. For Claire, it’s one harrowing and hilarious turn after another on a roller coaster ride of trying to decipher her fractured life.
Closing out the season is “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, scheduled for April 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium.
The play is set in ancient Greece during a time of war. The women—tired of war and destruction—strike for peace using the most powerful weapon in the feminine arsenal. Led by Lysistrata, the women agree to refrain from all sexual interaction with the men until they have come to terms of peace. Will the men stop fighting? Will the women hold true to their pledge? The fun never stops in one of the most famous farces in all of literature.
Season tickets are available through the final performance of “Zombie Prom” on Oct. 16. Season tickets offer several benefits, including a 20 percent savings on regular ticket pricing and preferred seating. Season ticket patrons also avoid long lines at the box office, and if tickets are lost or stolen, they will be replaced at no charge.
Season ticket prices are $34 for adults, $22 for senior citizens ages 62 and above and $16 for children ages 6-12.. To order season tickets, contact Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 592-4281.