BLOOMSBURG - Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) will present its 37th season of live professional theater to Bloomsburg and surrounding areas beginning in September. The new season will offer something for everyone, with a mixture of classics, family favorites and new work.
Kicking off the newest Season, BTE will offer the second annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, Sept. 12-14. In addition to four solo performances at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center St., the festival also will feature a comedy fest at Balzano's Italian Kitchen, 112 W. Main St., and a spoken word open mic (also at the AKT), open to the public.
In September, BTE will present "Seagull," an adaptation of Chekhov's "The Seagull" by ensemble member Laurie McCants. The ensemble will bring a contemporary vibrancy to this classic, which is re-set in the 1960s.
"Seagull" features ensemble members Elizabeth Dowd and James Goode, as well as the return of BTE's 2012-13 ensemble interns, McCambridge Dowd-Whipple and Eric Wunsch, as guest artists. "Seagull" is BTE's 2014 Project Discovery show, and high school students in five counties will be invited to see the show for free, either at Project Discovery student matinees, or during any public performances. Public performances run Thursdays through Sundays, Sept. 25 through Oct. 12. Student matinees will be offered at 10 a.m. Oct. 7, 8 and 9.
This holiday season, BTE will present Ken Ludwig's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," directed by ensemble member Cassandra Pisieczko.
Treat the family to the adventures of a girl and her mouse friend who respond to a North Pole emergency in this hilarious romp.
Performances run Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 28 through Dec. 28, except for Dec. 25. As usual, BTE will host its annual "food preview" at 2 p.m. Nov. 29. Admission to this preview performance is a donation to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. Reduced price student matinees will take place at 10 a.m. Dec. 3, 4. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 and 19.
BTE continues the holiday traditions with a new production of David Sedaris's popular mature holiday offering "The Santaland Diaries," at 8 p.m. each evening Dec. 18 through 21 with performances at the Capitol Restaurant, 45 E. Main St. It's a brand new Crumpet and he's crankier than ever.
In January, an audience favorite will be back by popular demand as ensemble member Richard Cannaday directs ensemble embers Andrew Hubatsek, Daniel Roth and James Goode in the three-person play, "Art" by Yasmina Reza. Audience members will laugh out loud as three grownups squabble like kids over a modern art painting, in this 1998 Tony Award-winning Best Play. Performances will take place Thursdays through Sundays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 1, 2015.
In March, BTE will bring the work of a new Philadelphia-area based playwright to the stage as ensemble member Daniel Roth directs "Skin & Bone."
Squeal with delight when two elderly sisters satisfy their appetite for the unusual. Performances will be held Thursdays through Sundays, March 12-29, 2015.
Sister will return to ask the question, "Will my bunny go to heaven?" in "Sister's Easter Catechism," April 8-12, 2015 at the Alvina Krause Theatre. The sequel to "Late Nite Catechism" will delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The season will end with "Vanya + Sonia + Masha + Spike," a new play by Christopher Durang. Associate ensemble member Martin Shell will return to direct. Experience the ensemble as they act the pants off a contemporary Chekhov mashup. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, April 30 through May 17, 2015.
In addition to the above performances, BTE's favorite events are back as well. TreeFest, a winter wonderland of more than 140 live decorated Christmas trees at the Caldwell Consistory will begin Nov. 8. Dance Your Heart Out will return to Frosty Valley Country Club on Feb. 28, 2105. The Taming of the Brew, the area's premiere beer-tasting event, featuring a new low price, is scheduled for April 11, 2015.
Unless noted otherwise, BTE curtain times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Reservations are recommended.
This season, in addition to regular and premium season ticket packages, BTE is introducing the BTE Fan Club, which offers perk such as sneak peaks and discounts.
Brochures for the new season will be mailed to those on BTE's mailing list; to be added to the list, contact Syreeta Cannaday, BTE's communications cirector, at email@example.com or leave her a message at 570-784-5530.
To learn more about student matinees, visit www.bte.org or contact Paula Henry, school programs director, at 570-458-4075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.