Cameron University’s Department of Theatre Arts will celebrate “A Year of Playhouse Triumphs!” for the 2010-11 season. The department will present a historical play, a romantic comedy, a contemporary tragedy, and a musical that is sure to have everyone hopping in their seats. Season tickets are available for $35.00 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, military and non-Cameron students and can be purchased by contacting the Cameron University Theatre Box Office at (580) 581-2478.
The season kicks off with April De Angelis’s “Playhouse Creatures” from September 30-October 3. Women exploded onto the English stage in 1660 when Charles II returned to claim his throne after the nation’s brief experiment with Republican government. The first actresses soon became superstars, and audiences flocked to see their performances in parts written especially for them. This delightful comedy tells the story of four of them, including the most famous of them all, Nell Gwyn, the orange seller who became a King’s mistress. Note: This production contains material that some audience members may find objectionable.
As the months grow colder, the Department of Theatre Arts will warm the hearts of its audience with Pierre de Marivaux’s “Triumph of Love” from November 18-21. Comical seductions and intrigue spin this story of love versus logical reasoning. When Princess Léonide falls in love with Prince Agis, she forms a plan to return him to his rightful throne and hopefully to her heart. This production is a witty tale about love and its power to transform anyone it touches.
Peter Shaffer’s groundbreaking and thought-provoking blockbuster “Equus” will be on tap from February 17-20, 2011. This starkly written contemporary tragedy contains deeply questioning themes of religion, human nature and societal norms. Alan Strang is a disturbed youth whose dangerous obsession with horses leads him to commit an unspeakable act of violence. As psychiatrist Martin Dysart struggles to understand the motivation for Alan's brutality, he is increasingly drawn into Alan's web and eventually forced to question his own sanity. “Equus” is a timeless classic and a cornerstone of contemporary drama that delves into the darkest recesses of human existence. Note: This production contains material that some audience member may find objectionable.
The family-oriented musical “A Year With Frog and Toad” will close out the season from April 21-24. Featuring music by Robert Reale and book and lyrics by Willie Reale, the fun-filled production is based on Arnold Lobel’s much loved children’s books about “ Frog and Toad.” The musical follows the woodland adventures of two amphibious friends, a worrywart toad and a perky frog, with their assorted colorful hopping, crawling and flying companions, over the course of a year. These best friends do everything together just as best friends should.
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.
September 15, 2010