Cameron University’s Department of Theatre Arts will celebrate “A Year of Classics!” for the 2013-14 season. The department will present a modern take on mythology, an evening of absurdist theatre, a Shakespearean tragedy and a great musical comedy. Season tickets are available for $35.00 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, military, non-Cameron students and Cameron faculty/staff. To purchase season tickets, contact the Cameron University Theatre Box Office at (580) 581-2478. Cameron University students are admitted to theatre productions at no charge with Cameron ID.
The season kicks off from October 3-6 with “Metamorphoses,” which will serve as Cameron’s entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The production revolves around a modern take of Ovid’s myths of physical, emotional and mental transformation and features the stories of Midas, Phaeton, Hermes, Aphrodite, Orpheus and Eurydice.
Absurdist theatre takes center stage from November 21-24 with “An Evening of French One Acts” featuring Eugene Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” and the classic “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre. “The Bald Soprano” focuses on the middle class and their lack of communication, illustrating how words themselves can become meaningless. “No Exit,” a philosophical melodrama, follows three souls, each of whom is unable to admit his/her past offenses, into the afterlife. After discovering they can’t leave their present location, they realize that for each of them, Hell is other people.
From February 20--23, the action takes a dramatic turn with “MacBeth,” one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. A story of temptation, ambition and seduction, “MacBeth” is about a man who, aided by his equally ambitious wife, lusts after power, steals the throne of Scotland and throws the country into chaos through his evil reign. In the end, his own greed and guilt defeat him.
The season concludes from April 24-27 with “Where’s Charley?”, a musical version of the stage farce “Charley’s Aunt.” The year is 1892. Charley and Jack invite the young and winsome Kitty and Amy to lunch, promising that Charley’s wealthy aunt, Donna Lucia, will act as chaperone. When Donna Lucia doesn’t show, a desperate Charley disguises himself as his aunt, only to discover that the young ladies have brought a chaperone of their own: Amy’s stuffy uncle. He in turn falls for Charley’s aunt-like charms. When Donna Lucia finally arrives, the stage is filled with quick changes, fast-talking, marriage proposals, compromising situations and rowdy hilarity.
This production of “Where’s Charley” 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 21, 2013