Two theatre shows open
June 29, 2009 - Sylvia Bierschenk
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - Three casts, three sets, three directors, three shows all come together this week as the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre's summer season gets into full swing with the opening of "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Too" on Tuesday, June 30, and William Inge's "Picnic" on Friday, July 3.
The 2009 Summer Repertory season officially began with the opening of "'Master Harold' . . . and the boys" on June 26 and 27 in the Downstage Theatre. The award-wining drama by Athol Fugard will be presented again Tuesday, July 7; Friday, July 10; and Thursday, July 16. The largely autobiographical play centers on the emotionally-charged relationship between a white teenager and two black servants in 1950 South Africa. It is recommended for mature audiences.
"Schoolhouse Rock Live! Too" is a great summer show for the entire family, said El Campo senior David Hathway, who plays Tom in the musical. "The fun and educational songs from the 1970s cartoon series are accompanied by energetic choreography, fun costumes and props, and even a light-up set. I enjoy each rehearsal and can't wait to present it to an audience!"
The 90-minute show will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30; Thursday, July 9; and Saturday, July 11. Matinees will be presented at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1; Wednesday, July 15; and Saturday, July 18. All shows are in W.M. Turner Auditorium.
"We're starting the evening shows early for our young audience members," said Diane Flynn, Fine Arts Box Office manager. "And to make the outing affordable for the entire family, all seats are $6 for this production."
After each performance of "Schoolhouse Rock Live! Too," cast members will come out to the lobby to meet the audience.
"Picnic" offers another type of summer fun, according to Hathway, who portrays Alan in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. "Full of summer heat and romance, it would make for a great romantic evening at the theatre."
Set in 1950, the play focuses on three generations of women living side-by-side in a small Kansas town and the handsome vagabond, Hal, who suddenly enters their life. Paul Newman made his film debut as Hal in the film version that was nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture.
The drama is only one of William Inge's well-known classics. He also penned "Come Back Little Sheba," "Bus Stop," "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," and "Splendor in the Grass."
The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3; Wednesday, July 8; Tuesday, July 14; and Friday, July 17; and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. All shows are in W.M. Turner Auditorium. Parental guidance is suggested.
Single tickets to "Picnic" and "'Master Harold' . . . and the boys" are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and youth. Season tickets, which include one ticket for all three Summer Repertory shows, are $21 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and youth.
For tickets or more information about any of the productions, please visit www.sfasu.edu/finearts or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.