Reporter Paul Sebert filed a terrific story in Sunday's paper about the upcoming season for Marshall University's Theatre Department.
You can read the full story right here - here are the highlights:
The Marshall University School of Music and Theatre has kicked off the start of a new school year by announcing the theater program's line-up for the 2015-16 school year.
Each year, the theater program gives students the opportunity to perform on the big stage, presenting four productions over the fall and spring semesters. This season's range of plays vary from comedy to drama. In addition to acting, students are given roles in music, design and production.
"We provide four main stage productions to the public and to the Huntington community," said Samuel Kincaid, project coordinator for the School of Music and Theatre.
The first play of the season is "Ah, Wilderness!" which runs from Sept. 30 - Oct. 3 and Oct. 8 - 10. All showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. at the Francis Booth Experimental Theatre. Written by playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1933, the play is a coming of age comedy centered around a family's Fourth of July weekend. The play was brought back to Broadway in 1998 as part of a popular revival.
"'Ah, Wilderness!' is unique because it's one of O'Neill's few comedies," Kincaid said. "He's best known for his dramas. It's one of his few lighthearted stories and it's a very sentimental piece. A good bit of it is inspired by his boyhood. It's simply a story about a large family. The central character, Richard Miller, is having his first love as a teenage boy and he has to deal with this around his eccentric family. It's a good family play and I think audiences will really enjoy it.”
The theater program will run another family favorite Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" from Nov. 18 - 21 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a special Saturday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Charles Dickens' classic story of redemption will be on the big stage at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse with program director Jack Cirillo playing the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge.
The first play of the spring semester is "Mauritius." Written by Theresa Beck, the play is centered around two half-sisters who inherit a stamp collection that could be worth a fortune. One wishes to sell the collection while the other wishes to hold onto it for sentimental reasons. Complicating the matter are a trio of collectors who will resort to underhanded means to get a hold of a particularly valuable stamp called "The Blue Mauritius." The play will run in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre from Feb. 17 - 20 and 25 - 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The final play of the school year will be William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," which will run at the Joan C. Edward's Playhouse April 20-23. This will be a full-scale production of the Bard's classic tragic love story. The theater program has a proud tradition of producing one of Shakespeare's plays every other year.
General admission to each show is $20. Seniors and faculty can buy tickets at a discounted rate of $15. Children 5 - 12 can attend for $7. Admission is free to full-time Marshall students with a valid ID. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, which is open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the box office at 304-696-2787.
For more information, visit http://www.marshall.edu/somt/theatre/