September 27 – October 1
The Southern Arkansas University Theatre will open its new season with the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical, Next to Normal.
The show will run September 27-October 7; Thursday-Saturday night shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 p.m. There will be an actor talk-back following both Saturday night shows.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at www.showtix4u.com, or by calling (870) 235-4255. General admission tickets are $17; $12 for SAU faculty and staff & seniors; and $8 for students.
With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal centers around a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that her illness and its management have had on her family. The musical also addresses the issues of grief, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and the underbelly of suburban life.
The cast includes Emma Walker (Diana Goodman), Joey Kaar (Dan Goodman), Grace Walker (Natalie Goodman), Simon Tursky (Gabriel Goodman), Caleb Russette (Henry), and Bodee Starr (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden). The play is under the stage direction of Assistant Professor of Dance, Brandon Smith, assisted by SAU Theatre major, Eboni Edwards, and musical direction by Faculty Accompanist, Michael Womack and assisted by Amy Womack.
The show is recommended for audiences over the age of 13 as it contains adult themes, language, and content.
For questions, please call us at (870) 235-4255 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 8 – 17
The original Antigone is a tragedy by Sophocles written in or before 441 BC. Of the three Theban plays Antigone is the third in order of the events depicted in the plays, but it is the first that was written. The play expands on the Theban legend that predates it, and it picks up where Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes ends. Jean Anouilh’s play “Antigone” is a tragedy inspired by Greek mythology and the play of the same name by Sophocles.
February 14 – 23
This poignant drama about a dysfunctional Jewish family in Massachusetts is structured as a memory play. Roddy Stern recalls what it was like growing up in a family dominated by his paranoid and pathologically jealous father, a truck driver who lurked outside his house instead of working to catch his wife with other men. A long-suffering and abused saint, Roddy’s mother raised two children in this difficult environment. Roddy’s complex father is portrayed as a loving man with a demon inside that he fights but cannot exorcize. He eventually loses all control and drives away the family he loves. Due to violence and language, we recommend that this show is for mature audiences.
April 11 – 20
Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless. The cast is chock full of amazing roles for women of all ages, making this a perfect choice for high schools and community theatres. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE! This musical is family friendly and recommended for all ages.