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Frostburg State University Theatre and Dance to Present Exciting Season
08/19/2014

Frostburg State University Theatre and Dance to Present Exciting Season
FSU Student Amy Milligan

Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present a smorgasbord of action-adventure, ghosts on trial, the sweetest of friendships, audience decision-making, and innovative and expressive dance for its 2014-2015 season, promising a perfect night out for you and your kids, best friend or partner in crime. This year there’s something for everyone.

The season kicks off with “She Kills Monsters,” an action-packed comedic drama, on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. during Homecoming; and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 23 to 25, at 7:30 p.m. In this production, Average Agnes grapples over the tragic fate of her sister Tilly, with whom she had very little in common. While packing up her family home in Athens, Ohio, Agnes stumbles on a Dungeons & Dragons module created by her weird sister, and before long her world is anything but ordinary. With a cohort of Tilly’s nerdy friends, Agnes vanquishes evil during a gaming quest for the lost soul of Athens and in the process discovers more than she ever imagined about her sister, as well as herself. Filled with randy ogres, blood-sucking cheerleaders and hostile fairies, “She Kills Monsters” celebrates the D&D warrior and awesome geek within us all. Performances will take place in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre in the Performing Arts Center.

Next up is the Fall Dance Concert on Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. This fall the Dance Company returns to the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre after a 15-year run on the Drama Theatre stage. Choreographed and designed in the round, this performance is an artistic journey of movement and music within a unique and intimate setting.

Travel back in time to Victorian England for “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge.” In this trial of the century, Scrooge returns to his curmudgeonly ways by charging Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with attempted murder, kidnapping, breaking and entering, stalking and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. It’s 1844, exactly one year after the night in question, and the old penny-pincher goes head-to-head with the savvy and clever Solomon Rothschild in a cross-examination of your favorite characters. As disorder in the court erupts, the audience is led to wonder what will become of the merciful holiday ghosts. Will the cold-hearted Scrooge get them banished from Christmas forever? Don’t miss the final verdict in this hilarious and heartwarming sequel to Dickens’ family classic. Performances will be held in the Drama Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.

The spring semester begins with a tale for children as Arnold Lobel’s beloved amphibians hop from page to stage in “A Year With Frog and Toad.” This whimsical musical follows cheerful and popular Frog and grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons of the year as the unlikely companions experience the thrills of kite flying, gardening, swimming and eating cookies. With its jazzy upbeat score and witty cast of characters, “A Year With Frog and Toad” is a charming song-and-dance tale about a friendship that weathers all seasons. Performances will be on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m.; Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., all in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.

The next production, “Romeo & Juliet: Choose Your Own Ending,” is for romantics. What if Romeo stayed hopelessly in love with Rosaline instead of Juliet? What if Tybalt and Mercutio lived after the famous fight? And what if, in the forsaken tomb, Romeo decided not to drink the poison? In this humorous reimagining of the original tale, the audience gets to play Shakespeare by democratically deciding the direction of the play during the performance, including who will live, who will die and whether or not the young lovers live happily ever after. With three lovers, eight endings, lots of death and tons of laughs, this isn’t the tale of star-crossed lovers you read in high school. Performances will be held in the Drama Theatre on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, April 23 to 25, at 7:30 p.m.

To wrap up the season, the Dance Company’s Spring Dance Concert will be on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre. Celebrate the collaborative nature of FSU’s Dance Program with exciting choreography and creative designs by students, faculty and guest artists. With a focus on new works, the Spring Dance Concert will demonstrate artistic excellence through a variety of dance styles.

Season subscriptions are on sale until Oct. 25. For just $40, Main Stage subscribers receive four tickets (one ticket per show for Main Stage productions). In addition, season subscribers can reserve tickets in advance of the general public. Individual tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students.

For information, call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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