Cameron University Department of Theatre Arts announces 2015-16 theatre season

Cameron University’s Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to announce its 2015-16 season, “Celebrating the Magic of the Classics!”  The department will present a surrealist melodrama, two classic satires by Molière, a farce, and a musical comedy. Season tickets are available for $35 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, military, non-Cameron students and Cameron faculty/staff. To purchase season tickets, contact the Cameron University Department of Theatre Arts at (580) 581-2346. Cameron University students are admitted to theatre productions at no charge with Cameron ID.

The season kicks off from October 1-4 with “The Breasts of Tiresias” by Guillaume Apollinaire, who coined the word “surrealist” in his preface to the play. The production will serve as Cameron’s entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Written in 1903, “The Breasts of Tiresias” is a whirlwind of images and dialogue. Tired of life as a submissive wife and unwilling to bear children, Thérèse decides to become a man. Her breasts float away like two balloons, and she is renamed Tiresias. Her abandoned husband, striving for wealth, gives birth to over 40,000 children all in one afternoon as children become commodities. In the end, the husband and wife relent their positions on childbearing and are reunited. Warning: This production contains material that certain people may find objectionable.

Two classic one-acts by a comedic genius take center-stage from November 19-22 as “The Magic of Molière” features “The Pretentious Young Ladies” and “The Miser.”  Both plays focus on love. “The Pretentious Young Ladies” is a biting comedy of manners. Two young ladies are seeking their future mates. They spurn their father’s selections, so the jilted suitors send their servants to woo them, and of course the young ladies fall for these new candidates. In the second, an elderly man has been cultivating his bride only to have her stolen away by a more age appropriate suitor.

From February 18-21, the 1925 Noel Coward farce “Fallen Angels” presents the story of two wealthy British women who are tempted by the return of a Frenchman who once bedded both of them. The champagne-bubbly, dryly witty romp about the foibles of the British upper class also deals with such universal themes as the lure of lustful sex, marriages gone stale, the nature of commitment, and the sexual double standard, so the story remains relevant.

The season concludes from April 21-24 with “The Pajama Game,” a musical that deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where workers’ demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent. It features popular songs such as “Hey There,” “Steam Heat,” and “Hernando’s Hide-a-way.” Cameron’s annual musical theatre productions are supported by the Richard T. Brittingham Musical Theatre Endowed Lectureship.

Shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances start at 2 p.m.

Cameron’s Department of Theatre Arts is a member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association.



August 5, 2015