Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts is pleased to announce its 2019-20 season, “A Celebration of Women’s Roles!” The eclectic season features a contemporary romantic comedy, a Tony Award winning follow-up to an Ibsen drama, a classic Shakespearean comedy, and a family friendly 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 Thursday, October 3, through Sunday, October 6, with “The Clean House,” a whimsical romantic comedy about loss, love and redemption. Lane, a serious, career-oriented doctor, has hired a quirky Brazilian maid, Matilde. The only problem is that Matilde hates to clean. Instead, she longs to be a comedienne. Sarah Ruhl’s enchanting play reminds us that there is humor and beauty to be found in life’s most unlikely messes.
The mood changes to contemporary drama with “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” slated to run from Thursday, November 21 through Sunday, November 24. This Tony-nominated play picks up where Ibsen’s groundbreaking play left off. Fifteen years after leaving her husband Torvald, Nora returns to her old home. She has become a successful feminist novelist and has returned to finalize a divorce. But after all that’s happened, will Torvald be willing to give her what she wants? After all this time, is Nora prepared to face what she left behind?
Shakespeare’s popular “Much Ado About Nothing” is on tap from Thursday, February 13 through Sunday, February 16, 2020. Written in 1598 or 1599, “Much Ado About Nothing” is a comedic play about misunderstandings, love and deception. Count Claudio falls in love with Hero, the daughter of his host. Hero’s cousin Beatrice, a confirmed spinster, and Benedict, an eternal bachelor, are each duped into believing the other is in love with them. Falling for a malicious deception, Claudio denounces Hero as unchaste before they marry. She faints and is believed dead, but recovers to be proved innocent by a chance discovery. Benedict wins Beatrice’s love by defending her cousin’s honor, and to his surprise, Claudio is reunited with Hero, whom he believed dead.
The season concludes from Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 20, 2020, with “Disney’s Freaky Friday,” a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films. The musical is a heartfelt, comedic and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. By spending a day in each other’s shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another’s struggles, learn self-acceptance and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. 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.