Season Tickets on Sale for WWU Theatre

Season tickets are now on sale for the upcoming theatre season at William Woods University. The season includes one of Broadway’s great musicals, a farce, a comedy murder mystery and a French neoclassical tragedy.

Season tickets prices are $25 for adults, $16 for children ages 6-12 and $18 for senior citizens 55 and older.

According to Joe Potter, artistic director of theatre, season tickets provide several benefits—a 20 percent savings on regular ticket prices, preferred seating and no long lines at the box office. Finally, if season tickets are lost or stolen, they will be replaced at no charge.

Season tickets will be available through the final performance of the first play on Oct. 14. For more information, or to order season tickets, call the William Woods University theatre office at (573) 592-4281.

The season begins in October with “Once Upon A Mattress,” with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. The book is by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer. Performances are scheduled in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center Oct. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., with a matinee Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m.

“If you thought you knew the story of ‘The Princess and The Pea,’ you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken’s love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn’t the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night?

“Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.” – Quoted from Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals.

The second production of the season is “Bedroon Farce” by Alan Ayckbourn. Performance are scheduled in Dulany Auditorium Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., with a matinee Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m.

“Bedroon Farce” is a wickedly funny play about the blithe inconsideration of the suffering. Trevor and Susannah are a couple whose marriage is heading towards the rocks and the play depicts an endless night in which they inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest, three other couples.

Taking place sequentially in the three beleaguered couples’ bedrooms, Trevor and Susannah implicate the others in their public angst and in the course of one long Saturday night ruffle beds, tempers, marriages and domestic order.

“As funny as anything he has written.” London Times. “An enormously funny evening.” London Observer. “Hilarious…. The stuff of gleeful recognition.” London Evening Standard. – Quoted from Samuel French INC. Catalogue.

Scheduled for February, 2007, is “Exit the Body” by Fred Carmichael. Performances are Feb. 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., with a matinee Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium.

A mystery writer rents a New England house that is the rendezvous point for some jewel thieves. The focal point of the set is the closet that opens into a living room and a library. A body found in the closet promptly disappears only to be succeeded by another.

The hunt for the jewels reaches a climax at 2 a.m. when four couples unknown to each other turn up to search. Not since the days of Mack Sennett has there been such a hilarious series of entrances and exits.

“Hilarious, delicious, uproarious, hysterical…. [The] audience, howled, guffawed, and applauded.” Bennington Banner. “Never have tears of laughter flowed freely.” Rutland Herald. – Quoted from Samuel French INC Catalogue

Rounding out the theatre season is “Phaedra” by Jean Racine. It is scheduled for April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances on April 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium. Performances of this production will by intensified by asking the audience to sit in limited seating onstage with the actors.

Based on a legend first dealt with by Euripides (in Greek) and Seneca (in Latin) the action of the play centers on the tragic fate of Phaedra, wife of Theseus, the King of Athens, who falls passionately in love with her stepson, Hippolytus.

At first Phaedra attempts to deny her attraction for the handsome young Hippolytus, but when word arrives that Theseus has been slain, Phaedra declares her love, much to the shock and dismay of Hippolytus, who is deeply enamored of another. When Theseus then returns unharmed, Phaedra realizes the extent of her grievous error, and she makes no attempt to stop her loyal servant, Oenone, from falsely denouncing Hippolytus as a would-be seducer. Furious, Theseus sends his son into exile—thereby setting in motion the inexorable series of events in which the lives of the characters spin wildly out of control and become subject to the will of the gods—who exact their tragic and inevitable retribution. – Quoted from Dramatist Play Service, INC

Contact: Joe Potter, assistant professor of performing arts and artistic director of theatre, at 573-592-4281.