Bloomsburg University’s upcoming theatrical performances
BLOOMSBURG – Bloomsburg University will be the hub for several theatrical attractions during the 2013-14 school year.
Theatergoers can choose from the Celebrity Artists’ Series or the University Players for music, dance, and theatre. The University’s Mitrani Hall in the Haas Center for the Arts houses all the touring Celebrity Artists’ productions, with the BU Players’ theaterfare will be at Bloomsburg theatre Ensemble’s Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg.
MOTOWN AND MORE (8 p.m. Oct. 11) – Souled Out are three acclaimed Detroit-based veteran performers who flawlessly recreate the Motown sound of the 1960s and 70s. Backed by a six-piece band and authentically choreographed dance routines, “Motown and More” covers all the ground–breaking groups and their biggest hits.
BALLROOM WITH A TWIST (8 p.m. Oct. 26) – Maybe more a dance exhibition than theaterfare, this is a high-kicking show featuring professional dancers from “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” In between the sizzling dance routines, some recent finalists from “American Idol” will perform several of their most popular hits.
THE GRADUATE (8 p.m. Oct. 26) – First there was the novel, then the movie, and now the stage adaptation. Dustin Hoffman lit up the screen as Benjamin Braddock in the film, with Kathleen Turner playing the martini-saturated Mrs. Robinson on Broadway. The current tour is presented by L.A. Theatreworks, one of the country’s foremost radio companies. “The Graduate” his witty entertainment for “mature audiences.”
AMERICAN IDIOT (8 p.m. March 7) – Green Day’s 2004 multi-platinum punk rock album was adapted into a high-energy musical with sizzling results. The stage version tells the tale of three lifelong friends: one who will fight for his dreams, one who will fight for his country and one who will stay frozen in the safety of suburbia.
Bloomsburg University Players
Bloomsburg University continues its affiliation with the professional Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with the University Players’ productions presented at the Alvina Kraus Theatre, 226 Center St., Bloomsburg.
AVENUE Q (Nov 7, 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 at 3 p.m.) – The Tony Award-winning musical featuring some Sesame Street-like puppets have funny risque dialogue and equally funny songs.
THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (April 11, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 at 3 p.m.) – Lillian Hellman’s drama about the terrible consequences of a little girl’s accusations against two women teachers is taut, absorbing entertainment.
30 PLAYS IN 60 MINUTES (Feb. 13 to 15 and 19 to 20 at 7:30 p.m.) – Original scripts by BU Players are presented in rapid-fashion enjoyment.
The BU Theatre Department focuses on individual student accomplishments with of two attractions during the 2013-14 school year.
AN EVENING OF 10 MINUTE PLAYS (7:30 p.m. Dec. 2) and AN EVENING OF ONE ACT PLAYS (7:30 p.m. Dec. 6) – These brief plays are student directed project presented at the Theatre Lab in the University Bookstore.
For a complete listing of other Celebrity Artists’ attractions including a holiday concert (jazz singer Sara Gazarek on Dec. 6) and ballet (“Swan Lake” on March 29), visit www.bloomu.edu/cas. Tickets and information: 389-4409.