Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance has once again brought a series of eclectic shows to its schedule, with a 2012-2013 season that promises to ensnare the senses of audience members through live dance, colorful musicals and tales of heartache, comedy and personal growth.
To kick off the season, Tony Kushner’s play “Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches” will be performed Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 11 to 13, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinée Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Praised by Newsweek Magazine as “The broadest, deepest, most searching American play of our time,” “Angels in America” tells the story of two co-workers whose lives come together in reality and fantasy. Set in the context of the Reagan administration and the AIDS crisis, this play is recommended for mature audiences. Performances will take place in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.
The dancers of the FSU Dance Company will be getting back to basics for the Fall Dance Concert, foregoing flashy costumes and lighting to focus on the natural flow of human movement in time and space. The dancers will perform new choreography as well as earlier works in two showings during Leadership and Homecoming Weekend, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.
The Roundabout Children’s Theater returns to the FSU stage to bring “Pinkalicious the Musical,” based on the book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann, to area children. In this sweet tale, Pinkalicious eats so many pink cupcakes that her dream to radiate pink comes true. She develops a case of pinkititis, and although she is warned to stop eating the pink treats, she cannot stay away from cupcakes. This performance will be Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Drama Theatre. Before the Nov. 3 show, everyone is invited to a “Pinkalicious Party” with playful activities for kids from noon until 2 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center lobby. Tickets are $5 for children and students, and $10 for the general public.
Just in time for the holidays comes “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration,” playing on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, then again from Wednesday to Saturday, Dec. 5 to 8, at 7:30 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Dec 1 and 8. By Paula Vogel, with music by Daryl Waters, “A Civil War Christmas” uses traditional songs, spirituals, poetry and folk tales to stich three stories together. Set in Washington, D.C., on Christmas Eve, 1864, a fugitive from slavery desperately searches for her lost daughter, the ideologies of Confederate and Union soldiers are challenged, and President and Mrs. Lincoln plot to give one another the perfect Christmas gift. Performances will be in the Drama Theatre.
Coming on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, and Thursday through Saturday, March 7 to 9, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. showing on March 2 is “Bach at Leipzig.” This play, set in Leipzig in June 1722 has been called “a remarkably silly yet intellectually stirring comedy” by the Queen City News. After the musical director of St. Thomas Church and master of St. Thomas school dies, six of the best organists in Germany compete for his vacant post. Nothing short of a farcical fugue, this play delivers a collision of ideologies about art, God and humanity, which resolves in a brilliantly crafted ending. Performances will be in the Smith Studio Theatre.
Everyone’s favorite lost boy is coming to FSU in “Peter Pan or … The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.” The trouble starts when Peter chases his shadow to the Darling household in London. Upon waking the children of the house, Peter entices them to fly away to Never Never Land – a magical island where children do not have to grow up. There, the children, along with the Lost Boys and Tinkerbell, battle scurvy pirates and the dangerous Captain Hook. This adaptation by Matthew Earnest stays true to J.M. Barrie’s original play, “Peter Pan,” and his novel, “Peter and Wendy,” with the simplistic detail of a child’s imagination. Performances are in the Drama Theatre. Show times are Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, and Thursday through Saturday, April 25 to 27, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. showing April 20.
Closing out the 2012-2013 season is the Spring Dance Concert. Come see the choreography buzz, flicker, glow and flow as imaginations unite to build an entertaining concert experience on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre.
Season subscriptions are on sale until Oct. 13. For just $60, Main Stage subscribers receive six tickets (one ticket per show for Main Stage productions and the Dance Concerts), an overall 15 percent savings. 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.
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.
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