The William Woods University theatre program is set to begin the 2009-2010 season, and season tickets are now available.
The first performance of the year is the musical play-within-a-play “Kiss Me Kate,” combining the music and lyrics of Cole Porter with the Shakespeare classic “Taming of the Shrew.” Performances are scheduled in Cutlip Auditorium for Oct. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m.
This sophisticated play follows along as each cast member’s on-stage life is complicated by what goes on offstage. Musical numbers include “Why Can’t You Behave,” “Too Darn Hot” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” among others. This comedy is melodious, fun and sure to please audiences.
The second production, “Blithe Spirit,” is about a novelist haunted by his wives. Performances are Dec. 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.
This comedy, a smash hit in London and on Broadway stages, follows the life of Charles, a crabby, fussy novelist. Charles is married, but haunted by the ghost of his first wife (literally). As personalities clash, Ruth, his current wife, is accidentally killed and joins Elvira. The hapless Charles is haunted by these “blithe spirits” into perpetuity.
In February, the theatre department will present “Down the Road,” which centers on a serial killer and the husband and wife writing team hired to help him write an account of his crimes. Performances will be held in Dulany Auditorium on Feb. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.
Over weeks of interviews, Dan and Iris grow uncertain of the ethics of what they are doing. Are they simply relating terrifying events, or are they helping readers consume rape, murder and mutilation as they consume any other product of our society? Are they turning Bill Reach into a celebrity? Lee Blessing’s provocative piece travels down the dark and frightening road into the mind of a serial killer.
Closing out the season is “The Diviners” by James Leonard Jr. It is scheduled April 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium. This play centers on a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the 1930s, and how this friendship begins a tragic chain reaction that changes the town and preacher forever.
The boy, in his youth, was involved in a tragic accident in which he nearly drowned, and his mother lost her life. This has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, determined to walk away from a long line of Kentucky preachers, takes a job as a mechanic for the boy’s father.
The small town, without a preacher, is set on having him abandon his new career to stand in their pulpit, but the preacher is more concerned with helping the boy overcome his fear of water. The preacher finally gets the boy into the river to wash, which is mistaken for a baptism. This mistake changes the lives of all involved forever.
Season tickets are available through the final performance of “Kiss Me Kate” on Oct. 17. Season tickets offer several benefits, including a 20 percent savings on regular ticket pricing and preferred seating. Seating ticket patrons also avoid long lines at the box office, and if tickets are lost or stolen, they will be replaced, free.
Season ticket prices are $31 for adults, $16 for children ages 6-12 and $22 for senior citizens ages 62 and above. To order season tickets, contact Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (573) 592-4281.