University Theatre announces 2007-08 season
Aug. 22, 2007
KALAMAZOO--University Theatre at Western Michigan University will bring classic dramas, family musicals and cutting-edge new works to the stage in its 101st season.
University Theatre subscription packages for the newly announced season are on sale now at up to 35 percent off regular ticket prices. Individual tickets are $17, $12 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $5 for students. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at www.wmich.edu/theatre, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office, Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or Epic Center Box Office in downtown Kalamazoo. Groups should call (800) 228-9858 for special rates.
University Theatre's fall program
"Miss Witherspoon," by Christopher Durang, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in WMU's York Arena Theatre. A clever expose of the pitfalls of contemporary culture, "Miss Witherspoon" was named one of the ten best plays of 2005 by Time magazine and Newsday, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
"Dracula," by Steven Dietz, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20; midnight Saturday, Oct. 20; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in WMU's Williams Theatre. This is a stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel.
"Pippin," by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 1-3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in WMU's Shaw Theatre. The first musical of the season, "Pippin" is winner of five Tony awards, with music by Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked" and "Godspell") and choreography by Bob Fosse ("Chicago" and "Cabaret").
"A Doll's House," by Henrik Ibsen, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in WMU's Williams Theatre. This century-old dramatic tale of the rising of the human spirit challenges complacency and the pressure to conform.
"Late Night Broadway" will be performed at 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 6-8, in WMU's Williams Theatre. This Broadway cabaret will feature the talents of WMU Music Theatre Performance students alongside a visiting Broadway guest. A cash bar will be available for this performance.
University Theatre's spring program
"Seven Passages: The Stories of Gay Christians" will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 14-16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in WMU's York Arena Theatre. A stark and significant look at one of the deepest conflicts in contemporary culture, "Seven Passages" compiles the true stories of gay Christians seeking a path to reconciliation.
"Cosi Fan Tutte," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, in WMU's Shaw Theatre. The University Theatre will collaborate with WMU's School of Music to present this controversial and comical opera featuring one of Mozart's most inventive scores.
"Fuse 1," created by students in WMU's playwriting, theatre, dance and music programs, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22 and March 27-29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in WMU's York Arena Theatre. Using Plato's words, "When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake," as a launching post, the artists will fuse their art, creating a whole experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.
"North Star," by Gloria Bond Clunie, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29 and April 3-5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in WMU's Williams Theatre. A civil rights journey for families to experience together, this is the story of parents and children struggling for dignity and humanity in a time that changed our nation forever.
"On the Town," by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12 and April 17-19, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20, in WMU's Shaw Theatre. This musical follows three World War II soldiers on leave in New York. It features well-known tunes "New York, New York" and "So Long Baby."
Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, email@example.com