Emporia State announces 2011-12 theater season

September 15, 2011

The 2011-12 season of Emporia State University Theatre features a popular musical, a modern adaptation of a classic Greek myth, a 19th-century farce, an award-winning contemporary drama and the annual spring dance show.

Jim Bartruff, director of theatre, announced these shows:

•    “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Oct. 13-16;
•    “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl, Nov. 30-Dec. 3;
•    “The Ladies Man” by Charles Morey, March 7-10, 2012;
•    “Doubt, A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley, April 4-7 and 11-14, 2012; and
•    “Eleven O’Clock Club” spring dance show, April 27, 2012.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat,” which will be the 39th Homecoming Scholarship Music, was originally written as a pop cantata for a school performance more than 40 years ago. Since then, it has developed into a full-length musical making its Broadway debut in 1982 and becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

The story is based on the Old Testament story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. A narrator (Amanda Devine, senior, Hutchison) tells the story of the dreamer Joseph with his coat of many colors. The musical is recommended for the entire family.

“Joseph” is directed by Bartruff with co-direction and choreography by Lindy Bartruff. Music direction is by senior Jeremiah Devine of Hutchinson. He also plays the title role. Sophomore Mark Warner of Salina is the production stage manager with assistance from sophomore Aubrey Near of Independence.

“Eurydice” is a modern retelling of the classic ancient myth. Orpheus adored Eurydice, but soon after they wed, she died. Orpheus became so bereft that the gods take pity on him and give him the chance to rescue her from the Underworld, but only if he does so without glancing back at her.

In this modern adaptation, the myth is told from Eurydice’s perspective. It focuses on her choice to either return to Earth with Orpheus or to remain in Hades with her father. Directing the production is graduate student John Henningsen. Senior Laura Dossett of Jenks, Okla., is the production stage manager.

During the spring semester, Charles Morey provides a loose adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s bedroom farce, “The Ladies Man.” In the play, Dr. Molineaux is impotent, but his wife thinks his lack of performance must be because of infidelity. The doctor, recently married to a beautiful, young wife, Yvonne, cannot admit his problem, however, and lies about it, arousing further suspicions.
“The Ladies Man” is directed by Theresa Mitchell. It is sure to please all audiences, but may contain some material not suitable for children under the age of 12.

The season continues with the award-winning drama, “Doubt: A Parable.” Written by John Patrick Shanley in 2004, it made its Broadway debut in 2005, winning numerous awards including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Set at a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, “Doubt” concerns an older nun, Sister Aloysius, who suspects a new priest of sexually abusing a student. She is faced with the prospect of charging him with unproven allegations and possibly destroying his career — or perhaps her own. To help build her case, she asks the help of an idealistic young nun.

“Doubt” is directed by Dr. Jim Ryan. Senior Ross Rundell of Salina is the set designer and senior Lindsey Jarvis of Paola will design the costumes.

The season concludes with “Eleven O’clock Club,” the spring dance show. Staged and choreographed by Lindy Bartruff, the dance show will be presented in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre on Friday, April 27 for one performance only.

Curtain for all evening performances will be at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm. For additional information about the Theatre Department or our season, please visit www.emporia.edu/theatre or check out the department's Facebook group, ESU Theatre.

For reservations, call the University Box Office in the Memorial Union at (620) 341-6378 or toll-free at 1-877-341-6378.

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