Nebraska Wesleyan Announces Upcoming Theatre Season
Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced it’s theatre season for the 2011-2012 academic year. Theatre-goers will be entertained by three musicals, some traditional favorites, and new this year — seven weekends of cabarets.
This year’s theatre season includes:
- 42nd Street — August 18-20, 25-27 at 7:30 p.m.; August 21, 28 at 2 p.m., McDonald Theatre. This musical tells the story of staging an elaborate production at the height of the Great Depression.
- Joseph and the Amazing Color Dreamcoat — September 22-24, September 29-October 1 at 7:30 p.m.; September 25, October 2 at 2 p.m. McDonald Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical based on the story of Joseph found in the book of Genesis.
- Enron — October 20-22, 27-29 at 7:30 p.m., October 23, 30 at 2 p.m. Miller Theatre. Greed, crime and recent history come alive in this play about the financial scandal at Enron.
- Medea — November 3-5, 10-12 at 7:30 p.m., November 6, 13 at 2 p.m. McDonald Theatre. First produced in 431 BC, this play’s themes of passion, love and vengeance are as fresh as ever.
- Christmas Carol — December 1-3, 8-10 at 7:30 p.m., December 3-4, 10-11 at 2 p.m. McDonald Theatre. This NWU holiday tradition continues with even more Christmas cheer and carols this year.
- Spring Awakening — February 9-11, 16-18 at 7:30 p.m., February 12, 19 at 2 p.m. McDonald Theatre. This alternative, folk-infused rock musical is a modern adaptation of the 1891 German play that was banned in Germany for its explicit content. The show took home eight Tony Awards in 2007.
- Six Characters In Search Of An Author — March 1-3, 8-10 at 7:30 p.m., March 4, 11 at 2 p.m. McDonald Theatre. Like all plays, this one begins with rehearsal. The script, the actors complain, is weak. So when six masked characters arrive and beg the producer to find them an author for a new play or to insert them into whatever they’re working on now, what do they have to lose?
- Learned Ladies — April 12-14, 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., April 15, 22 at 2 p.m. Miller Theatre. This satire on academic pretention, female education and preciousness is one of Moliere’s most popular comedies.
- Henry V — April 26, 28, May 4 at 7:30 p.m., May 5-6 at 2 p.m. (traditional cast); April 27, May 3, 5 at 7:30 p.m., April 28-29 at 2 p.m. (female cast). McDonald Theatre. Nebraska Wesleyan Theatre is producing two versions of this history play at the Battle of Agincourt. One features a traditional casting while the second features a more contemporary interpretation with an all-female cast.
Tickets for musical productions are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students. Other theatre productions are $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. To reserve your tickets, contact the theatre box office at 402.465.2384.
New this year is seven weekends of cabarets. The songs and stories in each performance are different. All performances will be held in the Studio Theatre and begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Cabarets will be performed:
- October 21-22
- November 11-12
- December 9-10
- February 10-11, 24-25
- March 9-10
- April 13-14