Cameron University Department of Arts, Music and Theatre Arts announces 2016-17 theatre season

Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts is pleased to announce its 2016-17 season, “Celebrating the Stages through the Ages!”  The department will present a Shakespearean classic, a contemporary comedy, a Greek tragedy 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, call (580) 581-2346. Cameron University students are admitted to theatre productions at no charge with Cameron ID.

The season kicks off from September 29 through October 2 with Shakespeare’s magical fantasy, “The Tempest.” The production will serve as Cameron’s entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. “The Tempest” is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm - the eponymous tempest - to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the 2013 Tony Award winning Best Play by Christopher Durang, is on tap from November 17-20.  The award-winning play is a tale of siblings Vanya and Sonia who share a home where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister Masha swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Some of the show's elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home. Warning: This production contains material that some people may find objectionable.

From February 16-19, 2017, a classic Greek tragedy takes the stage. Sophocles’ “Electra” has been cited as “unique among Greek tragedies for its emphasis on action.” Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it recounts the tale of Electra and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step-father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon.

The season concludes from April 20-23, 2017, with “South Pacific,” the Putlizer Prize and Tony Award winning musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The book, written by Hammerstein and director Joshua Logan, is based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 book “Tales of the South Pacific.”  The plot centers on an American nurse stationed on a South Pacific island during World War II who falls in love with a middle-aged expatriate French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. A secondary romance, between a U.S. lieutenant and a young Tonkinese woman, explores his fears of the social consequences should he marry his Asian sweetheart. The issue of racial prejudice is candidly explored throughout the musical, most controversially in the lieutenant's song, "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught". Supporting characters, including a comic petty officer and the Tonkinese girl's mother, help to tie the stories together. Other songs from the musical include “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy”; “There Is Nothing Like A Dame”; “Younger Than Springtime,” which went on to become a jazz standard; and “Some Enchanted Evening,” considered to be the single biggest popular hit to come out of any Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. 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 Art, Music and Theatre Arts is a member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association.

 

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August 10, 2016

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