Theatre and dance season explores the best of all worlds
The 2013-14 theatre and dance season at Missouri State University will feature comedy, drama, music and tragedy. The seven show season begins Sept. 19 with “The World Goes Round” and concludes April 27 with the annual Spring Dance Concert.
“We’re very happy this season to present a wide variety of excellent works that together represent ‘The Best of All Worlds,’” said Dr. Christopher Herr, interim head of the department of theatre and dance. “We truly have something — in fact, more than one thing — for everyone: popular comedy, classics from Shakespeare to Gilbert and Sullivan, serious, thought-provoking plays and an eclectic dance concert of both classical and contemporary works.”
“The World Goes Round,” a musical revue of the work of Kander and Ebb, will run Sept. 19-Oct. 1 at the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre. The show will feature song and dance numbers from “Cabaret,” “Chicago,” “Funny Lady,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “New York, New York.”
Drama takes center stage in the production of “The Children’s Hour,” running Oct. 17-20 at Coger Theatre. Discontented student Mary Tilford spreads a lie about her headmistresses to avoid being sent back to an exclusive, all-girls school. The drama unfolds as the rumor quickly spreads, ruining the reputations and lives of the headmistresses.
William Shakespeare’s iconic “Romeo and Juliet” will take the stage Nov. 21-24 at Coger Theatre. Written in the 1590s, “Romeo and Juliet” is filled with passion, poetry, metaphors and meaning that still resonate today.
The family drama “Proof” will run Feb. 13-15 and 24-26 at the Balcony Theatre. Following the death of her mathematician father, Catherine works to prove that she is the actual author of a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers.
“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” a quirky look into the lives of five bridesmaids, will run Feb. 20-21, 23, 27-28 and March 2 at the Balcony Theatre. As veils slip away and truths are revealed, the bridesmaids find that they have much more in common than their identical dresses.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta, “The Pirates of Penzance,” will run March 27-30 at Coger Theatre. Having reached the age of 21, Frederic is released from his long apprenticeship to a band of kind-hearted pirates and quickly falls in love with Mabel. Before the happy couple can make plans for their future, a technical glitch comes to light.
The 2013-14 season concludes with the annual Spring Dance Concert April 24-27 at Coger Theatre. The program features an eclectic mix of new works, conceived by Missouri State faculty and performed by students.
Tickets for all productions, except “The Pirates of Penzance,” are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $8 in advance with a BearPass Card. Tickets for “The Pirates of Penzance” are $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $12 in advance with a BearPass Card.
For more information, contact Mark Templeton, managing director, at (417) 836-4644.
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