Frostburg State University Theatre announces its 2005-2006 season for its main stage and student productions.
The stage season will launch with “Annie Get Your Gun” on Oct. 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. Legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley comes to life in this timeless Irving Berlin musical. First produced in 1946 with Ethel Merman in the title role, “Annie Get Your Gun” has enjoyed several successful Broadway revivals; the most recent in 1999 starred Bernadette Peters. Classic songs include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “You Can’t Get a Man With A Gun,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better),” “I Got The Sun In The Morning” and “Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly.” This classic is sure to please!
Richard Greenberg’s “The Violet Hour” will be presented on Nov. 11,12,17,18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. Fresh from Princeton and World War I, independent publisher John Pace Seavering stakes his small trust funds on a publishing house in Manhattan. With only enough capital to publish one book, John must chose between a novel written by his best friend Denis McCleary, whose girlfriend, Rosamund, will leave him if he goes unpublished, or the memoir of celebrated black songstress Jessie Brewster, with whom John is having a secret affair. Complicating matters further, a mysterious machine appears in the outer office, spewing out pages – which predict the characters’ futures – faster than John’s frantic and funny office manager, Gidger, can handle. From the Tony Award-winning author of “Take Me Out,” this sophisticated comedy full of heart and invention shows how we construct our histories and how, in turn, history reconstructs us.
J.M. Synge’s “The Playboy of the Western World” will be presented March 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Drama Theatre. When Christy Mahon saunters into a small Irish town claiming to have killed his father in self-defense, the villagers became captivated by his mystique and bravery, proclaiming him “Playboy of the Western World.” Their praise gives Christy newfound confidence and he quickly becomes a favorite among the village girls. However, when a stranger comes to town, Christy’s image takes a turn for the worse causing the townsfolk to reveal some harsh realities that underlie their isolated community. This humorous and satirical play has become a poetic masterpiece since its opening in 1907.
The main stage season will wind up with Melanie Marnich’s “Quake” on April 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and April 15 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. “Quake” is a darkly hilarious comedy that follows a young woman named Lucy as she traverses the country in an idealistic search for the “perfect love.” However, she soon becomes involved in a succession of surreal, contorted affairs that merely accentuate the mundane realties of human interaction. As events escalate, Lucy begins to admire from afar the brilliance, power and control of a notorious female astro-physicist turned serial killer. Variously called an abstract comedy, a picaresque fantasy, an episodic parable and a surreal gambit, “Quake” provides an unusual, entertaining, yet thought-provoking look at many problems of human connection.
Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Season discount tickets are also available. For $30 you receive 4 main stage tickets – a $10 savings. You may spread tickets throughout the main stage season, or use all 4 tickets for one show.
For reservations, call 301-687-7465, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The box office opens one hour prior to curtain. Group discounts are available when booked in advanced.
Join University Theatre for a season of student directed production in “Season Too!” All seats are $5 and will be performed at 8 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. “The Real Queen of Hearts Ain’t Even Pretty” by Brad Bailey, will be presented on Oct. 28 and 29. “Stop Kiss” by Diana Son will be staged on Dec. 9 and 10. “Dames at Sea” by George Haimsohn, Robin Miller and Jim Wise will be shown Feb. 24 and 25. “The Diviners” by James Leonard, Jr. will be presented on May 12 and 13.
The University Theatre Children’s Productions will be performed in the Performing Arts Drama Theatre. Shows begin at 2 p.m. “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” by Tom McCabe will be performed on Oct. 22 and 23. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” based on the book by Roald Dahl; Dramatized by Richard R. George, will be presented on April 22 and 23.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.