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BTE announces shows for upcoming 2019-20 season

BLOOMSBURG — No sooner has the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble provided funny chills and creepy thrills with its summer show “Something Grimm,” that the acclaimed professional ensemble unveils its 2019-20 season.

Entering its 42nd season, BTE will present most of its productions on the stage of the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street.

The upcoming season also marks an increased emphasis of the professional ensemble working closely with the Bloomsburg University Players.

2019-20 Season

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” (Sept. 12 – Oct 6) — Billed as an “irreverent fast-paced romp through Shakespeare’s plays,” the comedy features “three of BTE’s goofiest actors.” Having made his Millbrook Playhouse’s acting debut earlier this summer in “Gaslight,” and having directed its “The Fox On the Fairway,” Aaron White returns to the director’s chair for BTE’s wild ride through all of the Bard’s comedies, tragedies, and histories.

“Remembered: A play Inspired by the Old Rosemont Cemetery” (Oct. 17 – 20) — With a limited run, this unique offering is directed by Daniel Roth.

This is the show in which BTE performers join with Bloomsburg University Players in a twilight walk though the Old Rosemont Cemetery.

Participants will experience vignettes inspired by “our neighbors who have been laid to rest” in this cemetery.

“Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” (Nov. 29 – Dec. 29) — This unofficial sequel to “Pride & Prejudice” features Mary Bennet visiting her sister’s English country estate for the holidays.

Brainy Mary bumps into an equally brainy (and handsome) Arthur de Bourgh, who just might get his head out of the library’s books long enough to stand under the Christmas mistletoe.

BTE’s holiday attraction is directed by Andrew Hubatsek.

“The Children” (Jan. 16 – Feb. 2) — This critically-acclaimed “slow burn thriller” is directed by Morgan Kauffman and Daniel Roth. The storyline focuses upon a recent disaster as three retired nuclear scientists work to confront the effects of their actions on future generations. “The Children” is also notable as it features company founder Laurie McCants in her final Main Stage role as a full-time ensemble member, alongside fellow founders Elizabeth Dowd and James Goode.

“Airness” (Mar. 26 – Apr. 19) — This concert-like new play follows Nina, a newcomer learning the ropes in the “wacky world of competitive air guitar.” Directed by Eric Wunsch, “Airness” celebrates the freedom of creativity and live performance.

“Luna Gale” (May 28 – June 14) — BTE’s Eric Wunsch quickly returns to the director’s chair for this challenging drama. Reportedly “ripped from the headlines,” this sensitive exploration focuses upon a veteran social worker trying to mitigate a difficult custody battle over baby Luna. The battle is between the teen parents recovering from meth addiction, and Luna’s fundamentalist Christian Grandmother.

“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” (July 16 – Aug. 2) — Although this C.S. Lewis children’s classic is listed in BTE’s upcoming season, it’s apparent that this show, which features local and regional kids alongside professional adults, is likely its annual summer production. With Amy Rene Byrne directing, this show, which is one of BTE’s biggest family hits, makes its triumphant return next summer.

For more information, call 570-784-8181 or visit boxoffice@bte.org.

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