Season tickets are now available for Cameron University's 2008-2009 theatre season, A Celebration of the Cameron University Centennial. Productions include an American classic, a thought-provoking work from an acclaimed playwright turned filmmaker, a work by one of the world's most gifted playwrights and a Tony Award winning musical comedy. Season ticketholders receive four coupons for the season which can be used throughout the year for an individual ticket to each production or can be exchanged for four tickets to one production.
Season tickets are $35 for adults, a $19 savings compared to individual purchases for productions. Senior citizens, members of the military and students pay only $30, a $12 savings. Information on season tickets is available by calling 580.581.2478 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CU's theatre season kicks off with Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things" from September 25-28. This thought-providing work, which serves as CU's entry in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, was the basis for LaBute's highly acclaimed film of the same name. "The Shape of Things" is the story of Adam, a nerdy college student who makes money part time as a security guard. One night he runs into Evelyn as she is about to deface a censored work of art. As a reward for letting her off the hook, she gives him her phone number. Adam becomes Evelyn's project as she reshapes him into the sort of boyfriend she'd prefer. The question at stake here appears to be... how much are you willing to change for a woman you love? (This production contains material that certain people may find objectionable.)
CU Theatre brings an American classic to the stage with "Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology" from November 13-16. This 1963 classic, conceived, adapted and arranged by Charles Aidman, is based on Masters' riveting 1916 collection of post-mortem autobiographical "epitaphs", delivered by deceased citizens of the town of Spoon River as they tell us the truth about their lives with gut-wrenching honesty. Speaking without reason to lie or fear of the consequences, they construct a picture of life in their town that's shorn of all facades.
The spring season begins with award-winning playwright Athol Fugard's 1990 tour de force, "My Children! My Africa!" from February 12-15, 2009. In this profoundly stirring tale, the great South African playwright, who describes this as his favorite among all the plays he's written, confronts the tragedy of apartheid in his native land. "My Children! My Africa!" examines the power of learning and the potency of words, ideas and hope in a time of heightened political and social unrest as a dedicated black teacher in a segregated township is determined to pair his most gifted student with an enthusiastic white schoolgirl in an English literature competition. Friendships become colored by impassioned debates, and the three characters struggle to find understanding amidst South Africa's racial and social divides. (This production contains material that certain people may find objectionable.)
The season concludes with "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," the award-winning music with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton, from April 23-26, 2009. Based on the 1991 film, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" transports audiences to a lovely French provincial town where the beautiful Belle, a strong-willed yet kind-hearted and misunderstood young woman, lives with her father. After warding off the affections of a pompous hunter, Belle sets out to save her beloved father who got lost in the forest. After finding him imprisoned by the Beast, Belle agrees to become his prisoner forever in order for her father to be released. As the Beast begins to fall in love with Belle, he becomes progressively less beastly. But the spell that binds him can only be broken if the Beast can get Belle to love him in return. And time is running out.
Curtain times for all productions are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. The department also offers weekday matinees for local public schools.
Cameron University is a member of the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association and the Southwest Theatre Association.
Sept 12 2008