The WKU Department of Theatre and Dance 2015-2016 Mainstage season will feature a year of entertainment ranging from classic to contemporary.
The season kicks off Sept. 24-29 in the Russell Miller Theatre with the heartwarming play Our Town by Thornton Wilder. This well-known gem, directed by Professor Scott Stroot, looks at the people of Grover’s Corner. As insightful, moving and relevant today as ever, the show is a timeless classic of 20th century American theatre, reminding us that the greatest gifts are often found in the smallest, everyday details of our lives.
Fantasy will fill the stage Nov. 5-10 in Russell Miller Theatre as the department produces the Broadway hit Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Recently seen on the big screen in an adaptation starring Meryl Streep, the show features Sondheim’s sumptuous melodies and tongue twisting lyrics. Fairy tale characters old and new take an often funny and finally moving musical journey through the deep, dark woods to try and get their wishes. But as they learn, “wishes come true – not free.” They’ll have to grapple together with what their choices mean for their lives — and the lives of everyone around them as well. The show will be directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Michelle Dvoskin with music directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Amelia Rollings.
This year’s WinterDance Nov. 20-22 at Van Meter Hall will feature a modern version of Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Associate Professor of Dance Amanda Clark. The story of WKU’s version will be modeled after the original Russian classical ballet first performed in 1890, which is slightly different from Disney’s movie version. Although they are using the original score by Tchaikovsky, the dancing will be a blend of jazz and contemporary technique with a lyrical feel. The Sunday matinee on Nov. 22 will feature the annual Prince and Princess parade, where young children, dressed in their favorite prince and princess costumes, will have the opportunity to parade across the Van Meter stage, escorted by dancers from the company. WKU Student Chapter of the National Dance Education Organization will sponsor a photo session with the Prince and Princess from the performance following the Sunday matinee.
In the spring, the department will combine with the Department of Music for a joint production of Guys and Dolls on April 1-3. This beloved Broadway musical transports audiences to Damon Runyon’s mythical New York: a city full of gangsters, gamblers, showgirls and missionaries out to save their souls. Frank Loesser’s masterful score features gems like “Luck Be a Lady,” “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and “If I Were a Bell,” sure to set toes a-tapping. This production will play in beautiful Van Meter Hall and will feature more than 100 students on stage, on the crew and in the orchestra.
In April, look for something completely original. Connection, collaboration and creative chaos will reign at the WKU New Works Festival, presented April 14-17 in The Lab Theatre at Gordon Wilson Hall. Experience a range of innovative, original performances and enjoy the excitement of being part of something absolutely new. The show, produced by Assistant Professor Michelle Dvoskin and Instructor Carol Jordan, will be like nothing you’ve ever seen.
The department closes out the year April 29-May 2 with the annual spectacular Evening of Dance. Join us as The WKU Dance Company performs an array of dance styles with top-notch artistry, featuring choreography by WKU dance faculty and nationally acclaimed guest artists. This event, performed in Russell Miller Theatre, will feature everything from tap to jazz and modern dance.
WKU Theatre and Dance tickets are available online at wku.showare.com or by calling the Fine Arts Box Office at (270) 745-3121; box office hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Season packages are available.
About Theatre and 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. 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