The William Woods University theatre program is set to begin the 2008-2009 season, and season tickets are now available.
The first performance of the year is the musical comedy “The Boy Friend,” with book, music and lyrics by Sandy Wilson. Performances are scheduled in Cutlip Auditorium for Oct. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., with a matinee Oct. 12 at 2:30 p.m.
With its catchy tunes, period dances including the Charleston and winning sense of humor, “The Boy Friend” is a sparkling, tongue-in-cheek 1920s romp sure to please everyone. The Jazz Age lives on in this musical set in the French Riviera.
The second production, “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” is about a carefully planned weekend getaway where everything goes hilariously wrong. Performances are Dec. 3, 4, 5 and 6 at 8 p.m., with a matinee Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. With a plan all arranged, Bernard goes on his weekend trip with his mistress, and everything, including his mistress and alibi, end up in comic confusion.
In February, the theatre department will present “Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen, who many consider the “father” of realism. Performances are Feb. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. This psychological drama reveals and explores the bitter conflicts and thwarted longings that lie just below the “civilized” transactions of daily life.
Closing out the season in April is “The Miser,” by Moliere, scheduled for April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and April 19 at 2:30 in Cutlip Auditorium. The play features an old man’s attempt to marry off his children in wealth, while they have their own plans of marrying for love.
Season tickets are available through the final performance of “The Boy Friend” on Oct. 18. Season tickets offer several benefits, including a 20 percent savings on regular ticket prices and preferred seating. Season 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 $27 for adults, $16 for children ages 6-12 and $21 for senior citizens ages 62 and above. To order season tickets, call the WWU theatre at (573) 592-4281.