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    2018-2019 Season

    Anything Goes

    Music and lyrics by Cole Porter
    Directed and choreographed by Teri Wilkerson
    Musical direction by Dr. Melody Rich
    October 3-6 at 7:30pm and October 7 at 2:00pm in Van Ellis Theatre
    Anything Goes is set aboard the ocean liner S. S. American, where nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is en route from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, but the problem is Hope is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Joining this love triangle on board the luxury liner are Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin and his sidekick-in-crime Erma. With the help of some elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Martin join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart.


    Director’s Cut Series—Title TBD

    Directed by Robert Taylor, Jr.
    November 3 at 7:30pm and November 4 at 2:00pm; DownCentreStage LabTheatre, in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre Building
    The purpose of our Down Centre Stage Laboratory Theatre is to give our students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills that they are learning in class. The Director’s Cut provides a platform for them to do that. These student driven productions go beyond the scope and requirements of class work but are not as complex as a fully realized mainstage production. The focus of this endeavor is on the process, be it directing or design or acting. Senior Robert Taylor will head this project.


    Love/Sick

    By John Cariani
    Co-Directed by Kristen Pickop and Justin Holland
    November 7-10 at 7:30pm and November 11 at 2:00pm in Van Ellis Theatre
    John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.


    DirectFest Fall 2018

    Student-directed one act play festival
    December 7, 8 at 7:30pm in Van Ellis Theatre.
    Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU Directing I theatre students. Two nights of captivating theatre.


    Time Stands Still

    By Donald Margulies
    Directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler
    February 7-9 at 7:30pm and February 10 at 2:00pm; DownCentreStage LabTheatre, in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre Building
    Sarah, a photojournalist, and James, a foreign correspondent, are trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Can you be an observer of horrific events---take pictures of them and record them---and still keep your sanity and have a somewhat normal life?


    Little Women

    Book by Allan Knee, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, and music by Jason Howland. Based on Louisa May Alcott's classic novel.
    Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth
    February 20-23 at 7:30pm and February 23, 24 at 2:00pm in Van Ellis Theatre
    Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.


    Director’s Cut Series—Title TBD

    Directed by Michael Kelly
    March 23 at 7:30pm and March 24 at 2:00pm; DownCentreStage LabTheatre, in the basement of the Van Ellis Theatre Building
    The purpose of our Down Centre Stage Laboratory Theatre is to give our students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills that they are learning in class. The Director’s Cut provides a platform for them to do that. These student driven productions go beyond the scope and requirements of class work but are not as complex as a fully realized mainstage production. The focus of this endeavor is on the process, be it directing or design or acting. Senior Michael Kelly will head this project.


    The Merry Widow

    by Franz Lehár
    Directed by Dr. Chris Hollingsworth
    March 28-30 at 7:30pm in Van Ellis Theatre
    The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who pays 52% of the taxes) has left for Paris. So Count Danilo is sent to Paris, to stop her from getting married to a stranger, so that the danger of removing the money is averted. But this is not as easy as the ambassador in Paris has planned.


    The Amish Project

    By Jessica Dickey
    Directed by Dr. Victoria Spangler
    April 10-13 at 7:30pm in Van Ellis Theatre
    Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. 2006. A thirty-year old man walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse and opened fire, killing 5 girls and himself. In a decision that shocked the world, the Amish community later the same day forgave his crime and offered aid to his grieving widow. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.


    DirectFest Spring 2019

    Student-directed one act play festival
    May 1-4 at 7:30pm in Van Ellis Theatre.
    Our annual one-act play festival directed, designed, performed and produced by HSU Directing I theatre students. Four nights of captivating theatre.


    SPECIAL EVENT!

    Pops at the Pond, Outdoor Concert, at the Duck Pond on the HSU campus
    September 29, Friday, 5:0pm
    Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket, and enjoy an evening outdoors as music and theatre students perform hits from Broadway and beyond. Performances from new musicals as well as classic favorites. No admission charge for this event.



     

    Ticket Prices and Showtimes

    For all plays, including the opera:
    General Admission $10
    Military, seniors and students $5
    HSU Faculty, staff and students free
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    For musicals: Anything Goes and Little Women
    General Admission $15;
    Military, seniors and students $10
    HSU Faculty, staff and students $5
    Evening shows begin at 7:30pm; Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm
    Purchase tickets at the Van Ellis Theatre box office (325-670-1404)or online at the HSU Theatre webpage

     

     

     

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