Moliere’s comedy “Tartuffe” will be staged as the first production of the William Woods University theatre program this fall. Other plays include the comedies, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “How the Other Half Loves,” and the musical, “Starmites.”
“Tartuffe,” first performed in 1664, is one of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 with a matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 5 in Cutlip Auditorium.
The story takes place in the home of the wealthy Orgon, where Tartuffe, a fraud and a pious impostor, has insinuated himself. Tartuffe succeeds magnificently in winning the respect and devotion of the head of the house and then tries to marry his daughter, seduce his wife and scrounge the deed to the property.
He nearly gets away with it, but an emissary from King Louis XIV arrives in time to recover the property, free Monsieur Orgon and haul Tartuffe off to jail. And so his duplicity is finally exposed and punished.
The production will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor of communications. Senior students will design set and lights. Jane Friedman will provide costume design.
The second mainstage production is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-6, with a matinee performance at 2
p.m. Dec. 7 in Dulany Auditorium. The production will be directed by Kathy Potter, guest artist. Joe Potter will design the scenery and lighting. Jane Friedman will provide costume design.
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman children—probably the most inventively awful children in history. You won’t believe the mayhem … and the fun … when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book and has become a holiday staple for theatre across the United States. It features plenty of great roles for children and adults, a few favorite Christmas Carols and a lot of laughs!
“One of the best Christmas stories ever — and certainly one of the funniest.” -The Seattle Times.
In February, “How the Other Half Loves” by Alan Ayckbourn will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-28 with a matinee at 2 p.m. March 1 in Dulany Auditorium. “How the Other Half Loves” concerns three couples. All of the men work for the same firm. One of the younger men is having an affair with the wife of the oldest, and when each returns home suspiciously late one night or early one morning, they invent a story about having to spend some time smoothing domestic matters in the home of the third couple.
On the set, two of the couples share a common dining room, which takes on a character of its own as it serves two dinners simultaneously on two different nights. Of course, the third couple has to show up to put the fat in the fire, but that complication only adds to the fun of this famous farce.
“A comedy of ingenuity and verve … a farce of remarkable originality.” – Herald Tribune. The production will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer. Jane Friedman will provide the
The season concludes with the musical “Starmites” by Barry Keating and Stuart Ross at 7:30 p.m. April 23-25 with a matinee at 2 p.m. April 26 in Cutlip Auditorium. A six-time Tony nominee, including Best Musical on Broadway, “Starmites” is a charming musical about a teen’s journey to discover herself and what is important, versus what is superficial.
Shy teenager Eleanor has built a fantasy world around the sci-fi comic books she collects. To the distress of her mother, she has learned to avoid the pains of growing up by escaping into fantasy, imagining herself to be an unrecognized superhero.
When she is mysteriously thrust into the website world of her favorite comic book, Eleanor lands in the role of Milady, teen superhero who must lead the Mites on their quest to save
the galaxy. Along the way, she encounters a colorful assortment of villains and must own up to the inner power she has always denied — defeating her foes and conquering the evil force of the “Cruelty.”
The production will be directed by Joe Potter. Musical direction will be by Rebecca Talbert, with choreography by Adrienne Dawson. Joe Potter will design the set and lights for the production. Jane Friedman will provide the costume designs.
Season tickets are now on sale and available through the final performance of Tartuffe Oct. 5. Season tickets offer several benefits: a 20 percent savings on regular ticket prices, preferred seating and no standing in long lines at the box office.
Season ticket prices are $34 for adults, $26 for senior citizens ages 62 and above and $16 for children ages 6-12. For more information, or to order season tickets, call the William Woods University Theatre Department at 592-4281.