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Theatre Department 2022-2023 Season

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Dr. Dana Smith
Performances:  Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2022; 7:30 p.m.
Content warnings:  brief discussion of sexual abuse, violent imagery (the guillotine), strong language.
Appropriate for ages 13 and up.
Performance Location: James G. Severns Theatre, Ophelia Parrish Building
Auditions:  Aug. 22, 2022, at 7 p.m. in the Severns Theater
Admission: $8 (contact or 660-785-4515)

This play combines hilarity with some high-stakes drama about four real women during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.  Olympe De Gouge was a rare bird—a woman playwright, who was executed by guillotine for expressing her dissenting opinions.  Charlotte Corday was the young woman who assassinated Jean-Paul Marat, a major player in the worst excesses of The Terror.  Marie Antoinette is another character; the former queen in the play is a big fan of ribbons. Our fourth character is Marianne Angelle, a composite character made up of real women who were revolutionary activists in what is now Haiti.  The four women hang out, brainstorm revolutionary plays, and in general, attempt to beat back extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. The women are united by their dismay over the way this hopeful, people’s revolution is now sinking into hyper-violent and hypocritical male rhetoric. How on earth will modern audiences relate…?

Drinking Habits

By Tom Smith
Directed by Senior Courtney Kopp
Performances:  Nov. 9-12, 2022; 7:30 p.m.
Appropriate for ages  13 and up
Performance Location:  James G. Severns Theatre, Ophelia Parrish Building
Auditions:  Sept. 11 and 12, 2022,  from 6-8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre
Admission: $8 (contact or 660-785-4515)

“Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.” Playscripts, Inc.

The Mousetrap

By Agatha Christie
Directed by  Randall Bame
Performances:  March 1-4, 2023; 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on March 4
Appropriate for ages  10 and up
Performance Location:  Black Box Theatre, Ophelia Parrish Building
Admission: $8 (contact or 660-785-4515)

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After a local woman is murdered, the guests and staff at Monkswell Manor find themselves stranded during a snowstorm. It soon becomes clear that the killer is among them, and the seven strangers grow increasingly suspicious of one another. A police detective, arriving on skis, interrogates the suspects: the newlyweds running the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. When a second murder takes place, tensions and fears escalate. This record-breaking murder mystery features a brilliant surprise finish from Dame Agatha Christie, the foremost mystery writer of her time.

Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Music by Alan Menken
Directed by Cat Gleason
Performance Dates: April 19-22 and April 28 & 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Performance Location: James G. Severns Theatre, Ophelia Parrish Building
Appropriate for ages: 13 and up
Admission: $8 (contact or 660-785-4515)

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A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

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