Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is bringing gut-busting laughter, romance, magic and mischief to its audiences for the 2013-2014 season, promising to enthrall adults and children alike with a host of captivating performances.
First in line is Charles Busch’s “Psycho Beach Party,” a twisted surf film spoof on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17 to 19, at 7:30 p.m. This outlandish play humorously mocks Hollywood stereotypes and silly 1960s slasher films with ridiculous characters and campy dialogue. The play centers on teenage tomboy Chicklet Forrest, whose greatest desire is to be part of the Malibu surf crowd. Unfortunately, her multiple personality disorder gets in the way, especially because one of her personalities is a voracious dominatrix bent on taking over the world. When a series of odd, knife-wielding crimes takes place, Chicklet is an obvious suspect; however, with characters like the Great Kanaka and Starcat, so is everyone else. Performances will take place in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. This program is recommended for mature audiences.
The fun continues in November with a musical adaption of “Tilly the Trickster,” the debut children’s book of “Saturday Night Live” actress Molly Shannon. Viewers of all ages will snicker along with Tilly as she plays tricks on everyone she knows, including the family dog. When her fed-up family decides to retaliate and give her a taste of her own mischievous medicine, the audience will see if Tilly can take the same pranks that she dishes out. This family-friendly production is presented as a rolling world premiere with the Atlantic Theatre Company for Kids. Performances will be in the Drama Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. The audience is also invited to a Trickster Party in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center at 12:30 p.m. before each performance.
A charming romantic comedy will come to FSU in the form of “Barefoot in the Park,” a classic play by prolific playwright Neil Simon. After their honeymoon, Paul and Corie Bratter arrive at their new home, an expensive yet run-down New York City apartment. Corie decides to play matchmaker and sets her mother up with their oddball, attic-dwelling neighbor, and disaster ensues. The couple’s marriage is tested early on as free-spirited Corie and straight-laced Paul grapple with their differences. Performances will be Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.
Prepare to be enchanted by the FSU Dance Company’s production, “The Winter Garden.” This dance story follows a curious girl who discovers a magical winter garden where all of the seasons come to life. This heartwarming concert is danced to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and holiday favorites. Come celebrate the seasons on Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m.
Return to childhood with the play adaption of Mark Twain’s famous story, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” coming to FSU on Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 1, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and from Thursday, March 6, through Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. Adventure, friendship, mischief and the flutters of first love surround the characters of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and Becky Thatcher in this classic tale. Performances will be in the Drama Theatre.
Travel back in time with Alex Timbers’s “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” a rock musical that reinvents the seventh president as an emo-rock star rebel. The story follows Jackson from his childhood on the wild frontier to his aggressive rise to power, battling the British, annihilating Native American territories and dominating the presidency. This high-energy concert examines the populist movement of “Old Hickory,” drawing parallels to today’s political culture. With tongue-in-cheek humor and bawdy innuendo, “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” is recommended for mature audiences. Performances will be on Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.
To wrap up the season, the Dance Company’s Spring Dance Concert will be on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. FSU’s dancers will dazzle audiences with a montage of styles danced to eclectic music in a performance that will leave audiences in awe of the art of human movement.
Season subscriptions are on sale until Oct. 19. 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 unless otherwise noted in the play description.
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.
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