The University of Jamestown’s theater season is ready to open. Tickets are available for all four shows by contacting 701- 252-3467, ext. 5435, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Season tickets are $30.
The schedule looks amazing.
It starts Nov. 4, 5 and 6 with “Curtains.” The original book and concept are by Peter Stone, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. “Curtains” opens in Boston in the 1950s during the final curtain of “Robbin’ Hood.” The leading lady’s death becomes the subject of the musical comedy and will keep the audience laughing from the first curtain to the very last.
“Lost Girl” takes the stage Feb. 10, 11, and 12, 2022. It explores a young girl’s love of Peter Pan. In the empathetic play, she learns she’s not alone in Neverland. It’s a coming-of-age story about first love and lasting loss. A wonderful play for young people.
Moliere’s “Tartuffe” April 7, 8 and 9, rounds out the big three productions. “Tartuffe” was first performed in 1664. The word “Tartuffe” means imposter or hypocrite. It’s hard to describe “Tartuffe” without connecting parallels with some former televangelists. It’s a Moliere classic and alone worth the cost of a season ticket.
“An Evening of One Acts” brings original scripts by UJ students. Professor Michael McIntyre directs and teaches theater at UJ. Music is presented by the music department, with costumes, sets, choreography and some direction done in-house, allowing students experience in all facets of stage production and performance.
McIntyre usually has at least one musical, a drama and a classic each school year, coupled with the equivalent of a student art show when they do their “Evening of One Acts.”
Students learn the history of each piece, gain knowledge about early performances and innovation, as McIntyre edits and updates some pieces. Selecting work that fits a cultural period has always been a challenge, but he has managed to bring timely pieces to the students and audience.
Live audiences this school year will help bring people back to the fine arts and we’ll gain some “normalcy.” Be sure to get your season tickets soon and save $12.
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