WWU Announces 2005-2006 Theatre Season

Tired of the same old stuff on television like re-runs and reality programming? Tired of trying to unsuccessfully get to the next level on your X-Box game? Tired of surfing the internet?

Do you need something exciting in your life to break up the monotony of the daily grind? Why not try live theatre—because “there’s no business like show business” and the William Woods University Theatre has four great productions to offer.

Season tickets go on sale Aug. 27 for the upcoming 2005-2006 theatre season, which includes plays by Neil Simon, Tennessee Williams and Christopher Durang, as well as the Fulton premiere of a new play.

The season begins with the musical “Little Me,” (book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Colman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh). Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16, and 8 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

“Little Me” is a campy musical burlesque with all the trappings that tells the story of the wonderful queen of the silver screen, Belle Poitrine. The story traces the life of Belle Schlumpfert from her birth on the other side of the tracks, through her epic romantic adventures and varied career as she chases after wealth, culture and social position that will permit her marriage to high-born Noble Eggleston, her only true love.

In each adventure, Belle is accompanied by an admiring male, and each startling resolution moves her one step closer to her goal. The show combines all the best elements of musical comedy with a variety of great characters, dance numbers and the hit songs “I’ve Got Your Number” and “Real Live Girl.”

The second production of the season brings the Fulton premiere of David M. White’s play, “Ain’t Nothin’Quick ‘n Easy” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4 in Dulany Auditorium.

This original play takes place in Last Chance, Mo., at the old general store, where everyone comes to solve life’s problems and catch up on the latest gossip. Sad times have hit Last Chance though, because growing problems with meth labs and the imminent arrival of both a certain “super-center” and a southern style restaurant chain threaten the very existence of the old way of life and the “mom and pop/small businesses.”

To add insult to injury, the new interstate is bypassing the town. Barker, the store’s owner, is faced with a difficult and potentially devastating decision.

The third production marks the return of playwright Tennessee Williams to the WWU stage with “The Eccentricities of a Nightingale.” Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25, 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26, and 8 p.m. March 3 and 4 in Dulany Auditorium.

The action takes place in Glorious Hill, Miss., shortly before the First World War. Alma Winemiller, a sensitive and lonely young woman, has become increasingly restive and disturbed by the fear that she will remain a spinster. Hemmed in by her stern minister father and deranged mother, she makes a final and almost desperate attempt to win the man of her choice, a young doctor, whose social-climbing mother frowns on his attachment to Alma.

Finally, to bring the exciting season to a close, WWU offers the comedy “Baby With the Bathwater” by Christopher Durang. It is scheduled for 8 p.m. April 21 and 22, 2:30 p.m. April 23, and 8 p.m. April 28 and 29 in Dulany Auditorium.

As the play begins, Helen and John gaze proudly at their new offspring, a bit disappointed that it doesn’t speak English and too polite to check its sex. They decide that the child is a girl and name it Daisy, which leads to all kinds of future emotional and personality problems when it turns out that Daisy is actually a boy.

Thereafter, in a series of brilliantly theatrical and wildly hilarious scenes, the saga of Daisy’s struggle to establish his identity continues, despite his parents growing obliviousness.

Several benefits come with the purchase of season tickets—a 20 percent savings on regular ticket prices, preferred seating and no long lines at the box office. In addition, if season tickets are lost or stolen, they will be replaced free. Season ticket prices are $30 for adults, $20 for children ages 5-12, and $24 for senior citizens ages 50 and above.

Joe Potter, assistant professor and artistic director of theatre, always says, “Change your life dramatically by going to live theatre!” For more information, or to order your season tickets, call Potter at (573) 592-4281.