Announcing Mainstage Season 2018-2019

By December 8, 2017Mainstage, News

IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Jennifer Vellenga Oct. 11-13; 18-21, 2018; Mark A. Chapman Theatre

This three-play cycle is a modern retelling of the fall of the House of Atreus. It follows the children of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, siblings who are both players in the family tragedy and victims of it. The cycle of blood and vengeance seems inescapable until the final reunion of a lost sister and brother brings the bloody family saga to its mystical and unlikely end.

OKLAHOMA by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein, directed by Jerry Jay Cranford Nov. 1-4; 8-11 , 2018; Mark A. Chapman Theatre

Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which a handsome cowboy, and a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. They will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and this new life will begin in a brand-new state.

PIRATES OF PENZANCE by W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan, directed by Jerry Jay Cranford Feb. 28-March 3, 2019 McCain Auditorium

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General.

A SELECTION OF ONE-ACTS Produced by the Lunchbag Theatre Class April 4-7, 2019; Purple Masque Theatre

THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND by John Kander & Fred Ebb, directed by Jerry Jay Cranford with the Musical Theatre class April 12-13, 2019; Purple Masque Theatre

Filled with humor, romance, drama and nonstop melody, this title is a thrilling celebration of life and the fighting spirit that keeps us all going. Five individuals find themselves careening through the world of love, babies and coffee. From Cabaret to Chicago, the nonstop hit-parade features unforgettable gems, including “Mr. Cellophane,” “Maybe This Time,” “Cabaret” and “New York, New York,” seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR by Nikolai Gogol, adapted and directed by David Mackay April 25-27; May 2- 5, 2019

When the locals in a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Nikolai Gogol’s classic exposes the corruption of a provincial town with biting hilarity.