With some new faces backstage and in the director's chairs, Lycoming College unveils its 2012-2013 Season.
Theater Chair N.J. Stanley has announced the theater department's four-attraction lineup, which features a one-woman show, a co-production with the music department, a reprise of a popular contemporary work and an American stage classic.
With the retirement of Fred Wild at the end of this year, the departure of a couple of other faculty instructors and Jerry Allen's death last spring, Stanley has lined up a season of diverse, promising theater offerings for the hilltop campus.
Lycoming College’s 2012-13 theater season will kick off with “Florida Girls,”?which will be performed at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 in the Mary L. Welch Theatre. For ticket reservations, call 321-4048. The box office opens ten days prior to the opening night of each production and remains open throughout the run.
As initiated last year, each of the four productions will run over one weekend in the Mary L. Welch Theatre with all performances at 8 p.m.
"Florida Girls" (Sept. 28 to 29) - A friend and associate of Lyco alumnus Mary Ethel Schmidt, guest artist Nancy Hasty single-handedly creates 15 unique, hilarious and true-to-life characters in her one-woman show which leads off the fall attractions.
Written and performed by the professional Equity actor and playwright, Hasty has done extensive drama work in prisons.
Set in Crestview in 1965, the show chronicles the small-town family life of a couple, their five daughters, two neighbor women, a set of tough teenage boys, plus a holy-rolling grandmother and her fundamentalist preacher. The action takes place during the week that the older "Florida Girls" enter the town beauty pageant. "Florida Girls" is recommended for all audiences.
"The Threepenny Opera" (Nov. 14 to 17) - After Stanley collaborated with Dr. Gary Boerckel last fall in producing Gilbert and Sullivan's rollicking one-act operetta "Trial By Jury," she lured Boerckel out of retirement for this dark, satirical musical adapted from John Gay's eighteenth-century classic "The Beggar's Opera."
With book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht and music by Kurt Weill, the classic, set in Victorian London, is a savage critique of both capitalism and modern morality.
Stanley will direct and Boerckel will musically direct the tale of "Mack the Knife," a notorious outlaw, womanizer and all-around celebrity in London's underworld. The colorful company he keeps includes beggars, thieves, murderers and whores. With adult language and situations, "The Threepenny Opera" is recommended for mature audiences.
"The Vagina Monologues" (Feb. 13 to 16) - Playwright Eve Ensler's ground-breaking monologues first produced in 1996 are free-flowing, insightful and humorous observations about women's "relationships with their vaginas."
Based upon interviews with more than 200 women, "The Vagina Monologues" has been performed by professional and amateur actresses nationwide and internationally.
With casting similiar to Lyco's prior production in 2002, the upcoming version, to be directed by Stanley, will feature Lycoming College faculty, staff, students as well as local performers celebrating together "the joy and pain of being female." With adult language and situations, "The Vagina Monologues" is recommended for mature audiences.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" (April 10 to 13) - A comedy classic with a fairly large student cast perfectly fits the bill as the season finale, according to Stanley. The theater department welcomes a new part-time faculty member Billiana Stoytcheva-Horissian, who will direct Joseph Kessekring's "Arsenic and Old Lace."
The endearing stage comedy, first produced more than 60 years ago, was adapted into a popular film starring Cary Grant, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. Among the family of crazies are a couple of spinster aunts who poison their gentlemen callers with their sweet wine, a brother who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt and a homicidal brother and his cohort in crime.
Dinner and a show
The theater department will continue a popular event for its patrons, offering a pre-show dinner for ticketholders in the Jane Schultz Room on campus.
Dinner will be offered on the following Fridays: "Florida Girls," Sept. 28; "The Threepenny Opera," Nov. 16; "The Vagina Monologues," Feb. 15; "Arsenic and Old Lace," Apr. 12.
Tickets for dinner and a show are $18 per person. Advanced reservations are required.
Show Ticket prices for all shows other than the musical are $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Ticket prices for "The Threepenny Opera" are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Lycoming College students are admitted free at all productions. For ticket reservations, call 321-4048. The box office opens ten days prior to the opening night of each production and remains open throughout the run.