Year after year, Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance showcases a variety of exciting live performances. With shows ranging from dance performances to comedies, the upcoming 2010-2011 season is no exception. Featuring the exceptional performance skills of FSU’s students, as well as student direction and choreography, each live performance is set to be a unique and captivating experience.
The new season kicks off with “Bent” by Martin Sherman, the first production in the Main Stage Series. This story is set during the time of Nazi Germany, and their persecution of many groups, including homosexuals. The plot revolves around two lovers, Max and Rudy, who are captured in a Gestapo raid and forced into concentration camps where they must strategize to survive and confront their own humanity. The performance dates are Oct. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.
Next up in the season is the Fall Dance Concert by the FSU Dance Company. Performance dates are Oct. 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre. This energetic concert will exhibit the artistic imaginations of company members and guest artists.
The Second Stage series celebrates the talent and dedication of young theatre artists. Each performance will be directed, designed and performed by students. The series kicks off with “The Giver” by Lois Lowry, adapted by Eric Coble. Twelve-year-old Jonas resides in a place where everyone is equally the same. He begins to apprentice for a man known among the community as The Giver, guardian of all memories from the time before Sameness. Jonas begins to uncover dark secrets as he acquires knowledge through his apprenticeship. Showings will be held in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m.
The holiday season begins with the classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, adapted by Gerald Freeman. Dickens’ London unfolds like a pop-up storybook, with singing voices and special effects. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit while experiencing this truly enthralling musical production starting Dec 3. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. with performances on Dec. 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11. A matinee will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 11. Each show will take place in the Drama Theatre.
Enjoy pure entertainment as FSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance performs its rendition of the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical, “Smokey Joe’s Café” by Leiber and Stoller. This rock-style production will honor the original recordings of artists such as Elvis Presley, Big Mamma Thorton, Buddy Holly and many other superstars of the ’50s and ’60s. The show dates are set for Feb. 25, 26 and March 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Feb. 26 and March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.
“Orphans” by Lyle Kessler is the final performance of the Second Stage series. This story follows orphan brothers who live in the slums of Philadelphia. The plot is full of twists and turns as the brothers are introduced to a father figure named Harold, a man they were originally supposed to rob. You can catch this humorous drama in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The show will run from March 31 to April 2.
The warm, classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare will wrap up the Main Stage Series. Leap into spring with this magical story about how three tales of romance and aspiration intertwine when love potions go awry. Performance dates are April 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee showing on April 15 at 2 p.m. Each show will be performed in the Drama Theatre.
The season wraps up with the Spring Dance Concert performed by the FSU Dance Company. Performances will take place in the Drama Theatre on May 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Season subscriptions are available. The Main Stage subscription offers the general public four tickets to Main Stage shows for $40, and the student subscription offers students six tickets to both Main Stage and Second Stage productions for $30. In addition to a cost savings, season subscribers can reserve tickets in advance of the general public. Individual tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students.
For more information about season subscriptions and individual ticket purchases or show times, 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 and two regional higher education centers within 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.
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.