Cameron University Department of Theatre Arts announces 2012-2013 theatre season

Cameron University’s Department of Theatre Arts will celebrate “A Year of Manners and Comical Mishaps!” for the 2012-13 season.  The department will present a new comedy, a classic comedy, a retelling of a classic tragedy, and a Tony Award-winning musical comedy. Season tickets are available for $35.00 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, military, non-Cameron students and Cameron faculty/staff and can be purchased by contacting the Cameron University Theatre Box Office at (580) 581-2478. Cameron University students are admitted free with Cameron ID.

The season kicks off from Sept. 27-30 with Carlo Goldoni’s “A Curious Mishap,” which will serve as Cameron’s entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. A comedy of intrigue written in 1757 by one of Italy’s most renowned playwrights, the story revolves around a pair of young lovers, De la Cotterie, a poor French lieutenant, and the beautiful Giannina, the daughter of a rich Dutch merchant, Philibert.  While Philibert forbids their marriage, he is all too eager to see the hapless soldier married to the daughter of his rival, a hypocrisy that lands him in hot water. As the lovers hatch a plan to trap the merchant with his own words, their servants - a pair of quick-witted schemers themselves - realize they have fallen madly in love with each other. Masters and servants alike are caught in their own elaborate designs, and one misunderstanding leads to another and another, until no one is quite sure what or whom to believe. Passion and pretense collide in this clever, fast-paced look at how one curious mishap turns all of their lives upside down.

From November 15-18, Alan Ayckbourn’s classic “Table Manners” will tickle your funny bone. The first of Ayckbourn’s trilogy, “The Norman Conquests,” “Table Manners” centers around an extended family of three siblings and their mates. Annie, the youngest of the three, still lives at home and tends to her elderly, bedridden mother, who the audience never sees. The action begins when Sarah and Reg (Annie's older brother) arrive to give Annie the chance to escape for the weekend for a long-needed rest. Fireworks begin almost immediately when Annie tells Sarah she is going away with her sister's husband, Norman. That pretty much sets the tone for the evening: an extended family whose members simultaneously despise each other and can't get enough of each other. The central figure is Norman, who needs desperately to be needed - by anyone. It's almost hard to blame him, too, once you meet his wife, Ruth, a career-obsessed woman with little apparent need for Norman. Rounding out the cast is Tom, the veterinarian neighbor whom everyone assumes is courting Annie (including, to some degree, Tom and Annie, even though the two haven't ever declared it or acted on it).

From February 21-24, the action takes a dramatic turn with legendary film director Ingmar Bergman’s “Nora,” a spellbinding adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s controversial “A Doll’s House.” “Nora” centers on one woman’s personal struggle for identity…and opens a door onto a real marriage facing common problems. “Nora” is a psychological drama that cuts to the chase and exposes the heart of “A Doll’s House” by eliminating minor characters and keeping only what is vital to tell Nora’s story.

The season concludes from April 18-21 with “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a Tony Award-winning romp. The audience is greeted by the narrator, a fan of vintage musicals. He seems to be suffering from a free-floating depression and quickly decides to cheer things up by playing a record of the original cast recording of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” a (fictional) Broadway musical. As he listens to this rare recording, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, which is transformed into an impressive Broadway set and glitzy costumes. A play-within-a-play, the production is full of every cliché, gag, and gimmick from the golden age of musicals.

This production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” is sponsored in part by the Richard T. Brittingham, M.D., 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 30, 2012