The Southern Arkansas University Department of Theatre and Mass Communications is hoping to fill the seats of Harton Theatre for the upcoming play season with an exciting lineup of performances scheduled and new season ticket offerings.
Clayton Guiltner, newly appointed Director of Theatre at SAU, says that many changes are underway for this upcoming play season. One of his goals is to draw in more campus and regional community members.
As such, Guiltner is encouraging theatre patrons to take advantage of discounted season ticket prices for those who plan to attend all three of the season’s plays. Tickets may also be purchased online this year by visiting www.showtix4u.com. Patrons can also call (870) 235-4256 to order tickets.
“There is no question that this is going to be a very exciting season for SAU Theatre under the direction of Clayton Guiltner. A creative and talented director, Mr. Guiltner is planning an outstanding line-up of plays, including a musical production you will not want to miss,” said Dr. David Rankin, president of SAU. “Get your tickets early and join us for the new theatre season at Southern Arkansas University.”
The play season opens with “I Hate Hamlet,” a comedy by Paul Rudnick. It opens October 8 and runs through October 12 with nightly performances starting at 7 p.m. The next play is the Pulitzer Prize winning “Proof” by David Auburn. “Proof” opens on November 19 and runs through November 23. The family-friendly spring musical “Seussical the Musical” concludes the play season, with performances April 23 through April 26.
“We are excited to announce that SAU theatre will now be featuring a large scale musical each spring, and will include cast and orchestra members from the community of Magnolia as well as SAU students,” said Guiltner. “‘Seussical The Musical’ highlights all of the vibrant stories of the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. This show is sure to be a family favorite for adults and kids with vibrant lighting effects, colorful scenery, and show stopping choreography.”
Guiltner said he will be serving as producer for all of the plays, as well as giving oversight to the development of the theatre program at SAU.
With recent theatre alumni like Amanda Cannon, 2013 Outstanding Student from the SAU College of Liberal and Performing Arts, and Cordara Newson now living in New York City pursuing their professional acting careers, theatre patrons in the region have come to expect and appreciate the high quality performances at Harton Theatre.
Discounts for season tickets this year offer more than a 25% discount. The Family Pass option, for a family of four, is $60 and $8 for each additional family member. An Adult Season Pass is $20; the Student/Child Season Pass is $10; and SAU Student/SAU Employee Pass is $10.
General ticket prices are $6 for the first two plays and $15 for the musical; the child/student admission is $3 and $7.50 (musical); SAU student/employee is $3 and $7.50 (musical).