Cameron University’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 season, “Where Everything Comes Together.” The eclectic season features an avant-garde tragedy, a contemporary comedy of manners, a classic farce, 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, September 27 through Sunday, September 30, with “4.48 Psychosis.” Composed of 24 sections which have no specific setting, stage directions or characters, British playwright Sarah Kane’s last work presents a subjective look at an individual’s battle with clinical depression. Contemplation and discussion of suicide are prominent, and issues such as deciding whether to take medication to treat depression, the desires of the depressed mind, the effects and effectiveness of medication, self-harm, and the possible causes of depression are examined. Other themes that run throughout the script are isolation, dependency, relationships, and love. Kane herself suffered from clinical depression; she committed suicide shortly after completing the play.
The mood changes to contemporary comedy with Alan Ayckbourn’s “Living Together,” slated to run from Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, November 18. “Living Together” is the second play in Ayckbourn’s famed Norman Conquest trilogy. Set in a living room, the action begins with Norman, a disheveled librarian, sulking because his trip has been canceled. Married to Ruth, he fancies his sisters-in-law Annie, who is being courted by Tom, a dim vet, and Sarah, who is frustrated with her marriage to the boring Reg. Extramarital affairs, mismatched relationships and one of the funniest uses of the word “ummm” make “Living Together” a hilarious yet poignant look at middle class life.
A classic farce by the French master, Georges Feydeau, “13 Rue de L’Amour” is on tap from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17, 2019. Written in 1892, this delightful farce follows a variety of couples, some of whom are unfaithful, some of whom wish to be unfaithful, and some of whom merely suspect their spouses of infidelity. The players: one philandering husband; his virtuous wife who is set on revenge, a doctor determined to be her instrument of revenge, the husband's friend who is eager to trap his spouse in flagrante delicto, and a young nephew with a lady of questionable virtue to round out his education. Toss them together at 13 Rue de L'Amour where a love starved German countess is the concierge; season with a befuddled police inspector and a perky French maid, and suddenly the best laid plans for vice and sin go wonderfully astray.
The season concludes from Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14, 2019, with “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the 1989 animated Disney film, “Disney's The Little Mermaid” is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab, to restore order under the sea. This enchanting tale will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." 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.
August 28, 2018