Season Tickets Available for Plays at William Woods University

The William Woods University theatre program is set to begin
the 2011-2012 main stage season, and season tickets are now available.

“We think this year’s season has
something for everyone: musical comedy, drama, farce and the finest in classic
theatre literature,” Joe Potter, artistic director, said.
“In addition, to better serve our
theatre patrons, we are changing our curtain time to 7:30 p.m. and we are
bringing back by popular demand the 2 p.m. matinee performance. We hope these
changes will give our theatre patrons ample opportunities to see great live
The first performance of the year is “The
Drowsy Chaperone,” with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 7 and 8 and at 2
p.m. Oct. 9 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center
It all begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his
favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life
in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet,
Janet Vander Graff, trying to find, and keep, her true love.
“The Drowsy
Chaperone” will be directed by Potter, who is starting his 29th year
as a full-time WWU theatre professor. Before coming to WWU, he worked in
professional theatre, television and film.

Choreography will
be created by Adrienne Branson. A WWU graduate, Branson teaches dance at
William Woods and is the founder of Dance Ovations. Musical direction will be
provided by Rebecca Talbert, who is a music instructor at WWU. Jane Friedman,
who is starting her 17th year as WWU costumer, will design the costumes.   
The second production will be “AMADEUS” by Peter
Schaffer, winner
of a Tony Award for Best Play and an Academy Award for Best Film. It will be performed
at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 in Cutlip Auditorium.
According to Samuel French Inc., “This
provocative work weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a
tale of breathtaking dramatic power. In the court of the Austrian Emperor
Josef, Antonio Salieri is the established composer. Enter the greatest musical
genius of all time: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Salieri has given himself to God
so that he might realize his sole ambition to be a great composer. Mozart is a
graceless oaf who has that which is beyond Salieri’s envious grasp: Genius.”
This production
will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor of communication
and theatre. Guest artist Dan Springer will design the set and lights for this
production. Jane Friedman will provide costume design.             
In February, the theatre department will present “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop
on Feb. 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.
The New York Times called it, “An ingenious and
wildly comic romp, which enjoyed a long and critically hailed run both on and
Off-Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of ‘show biz’ and
the corny thrillers of Hollywood’s heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of
laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren’t killed off) untangle
the mystery of the ‘Stage Door Slasher.’”
The production
will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer. Guest Artist Dan Springer will
design the scenery and lights. Jane Friedman will provide the costume design.
Closing out the season, the theatre
department will present a classic from dramatic literature, “Our
Town” by Thornton Wilder. It is scheduled for April 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.
and April 22 at 2 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium.
The story follows the
small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and
Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed
with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as
their children fall in love, marry and eventually—in one of the most famous
scenes in American theatre—die.   
American playwright Edward Albee described “Our Town” as “probably the finest
play ever written by an American.”
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