The WKU Department of Theatre & Dance has announced the lineup for its 2014-2015 Mainstage season.
The season begins Sept. 25-30 with a production of 6 Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center’s Russell H. Miller Theatre. Rehearsals for a (not very good) comedy are about to begin when a group of strangers wander onstage, six characters from a different play, searching for a way to finish their story after the death of their playwright/creator has left them stranded in time.
The season continues with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Nov. 6-11 at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center’s Russell H. Miller Theatre. In this hilarious and heartwarming, Tony-winning musical, six awkward teenagers vie for the championship of a lifetime. Along the way, these six – and four volunteers from the audience (can you spell improvisation?) – find a sense of belonging and learn there is more to life than winning trophies.
A Holiday Extravaganza is sure to entertain and delight all ages. In this production Nov. 21-23 at Van Meter Hall, the WKU Dance Company will bring enchantment to the stage as they share the classic tale of Cinderella. The second act is the perfect start to the holiday season with magical festive choreography inspired by Cinderella’s animated friends.
The Hatmaker’s Wife, which played on Broadway in 2013, opens the spring portion of the season Feb. 26-March 3 at the Gordon Wilson Hall Lab Theatre. What happens when your husband loves his hat more than you? When walls can literally talk? When a new house may hold the key to old mysteries? This play is a hilarious, magical, heart-rending exploration of love and loss that interweaves past, present, fantasy and reality as it examines how our connections to others can anchor or upend our lives.
The Department of Theatre & Dance will combine with the Department of Music to present The Marriage of Figaro March 27-29 at Van Meter Hall. Recognized as one of his greatest and most treasured works, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s comic opera explores the humorous and poignant entanglements of love. Mozart’s tunefully brilliant and engaging score guides us through a labyrinth of confusion, deception and folly where, at the end of the (wedding) day, true love reigns triumphant!
The season closes May 1-4 with Evening of Dance at the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center’s Russell H. Miller Theatre. Join us for an exhilarating evening of dance as the WKU Dance Company performs an array of dance styles with topnotch artistry, featuring choreography by WKU Dance faculty and guest artists.
Tickets and season packages are available online at http://wku.showare.com/ or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121.
About Theatre & Dance: More than 15,000 people are entertained annually by the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance. The department presents more than 20 productions every year including four Mainstage theatre productions, two Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress. More information about the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance or by calling the department at (270) 745-5845. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance.
Contact: Julie Pride, (270) 779-2560.