Western Carolina University is ready to shine the spotlight on its 2006-07 theatre season with the coming-of-age comedy “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” the Tony-Award winning drama “Children of a Lesser God,” the uplifting musical “The Music Man” and the paradoxical comedy “All in the Timing.”
All performances will take place in Hoey Auditorium except the big musical performance “The Music Man,” which will be staged in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.
Each show will feature evening performances and weekend matinees. Prices for season tickets are $45 for adults, $30 for senior citizens and WCU faculty and staff, and $15 for students. Season tickets are on sale now.
Memberships also are available for the Patron Club, which provides additional financial support to the University Players for various projects throughout the year as well as helping students to attend conferences and professional auditions. Memberships are available at the Actor ($250), Director ($500) and Producer ($1,000) levels. All membership levels offer tickets to all productions, and much of the cost of membership is tax deductible.
Opening the season is “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon. The comedy tells the story of Eugene, a young Jewish boy recalling his memoirs as an adolescent youth and the hardships of growing up in a crowded house. The production runs Sept. 27-Oct. 1.
“Children of a Lesser God” by Mark Medoff will hit the stage Nov 8-12. The romantic drama tells the story of James, a new speech teacher at a school for the deaf who meets Sarah, a pupil who decided to stay at the school rather then venture into the world. Sign language is used throughout the play, and James will often echo Sarah's part of the conversation with sign language while speaking his own responses.
“The Music Man” by Meredith Wilson comes marching into town Feb. 22-25. The story is about con man Harold Hill who arrives at River City with the intention of cheating the community with his standard scam of offering to train and equip a marching band, then leaving town with the money. Things go awry when he falls for a local librarian and inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music.
The season comes to a close with the comedy “All in the Timing” by David Ives. The paradoxical comedy is composed of six acts, which include the musical parody “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread,” three chimpanzees attempting to write Hamlet in “Words, Words Words,” and “The Philadelphia,” where a man in a strange state must ask for the opposite of what he wants. “All in the Timing” will be produced April 19-22.
For more information about season tickets or Patron Club memberships, contact the Fine and Performing Box Offices at (828) 227-2479.
Tickets also will be available for individual productions.
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