Lamar’s Theatre & Dance season promises to be a slashing good time
Beaumont, Texas – The Department of Theatre & Dance had one main goal in mind when planning the 2011-12 season: involve the audience in a wide range of interesting productions.
“We wanted to select shows that we felt would be audience pleasing,” said Judy Sebesta, department chair. “In ‘An Inspector Calls,’ there is a mystery of sorts, and we felt that held lots of audience appeal. We also have a hilarious dark comedy with Slasher, and conclude the season with a very popular Broadway and touring show, ‘Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.’”
“An Inspector Calls” will take the stage first, premiering in Sept. 22. Bonnie Dupuis, a senior theatre major from Groves, will direct the play, while instructor Joel Grothe will appear on stage in the title role.
“Professor Grothe has directed a number of plays, but this is his first time on stage since coming to Lamar,” Sebesta said. “It will be a great experience for the student actors to work with a professional like him.”
“Slasher,” written by Allison Moore, and set in the Austin area, centers on the production of a low-budget horror film. The show will run through Halloween weekend and, according to Sebesta, will be a true Halloween event. Concession stands will be opened in the Studio Theatre lobby so the attendees feel like they are going to the movies to see a horror film, and audiences will be encouraged to get into the spirit of things by wearing costumes to the show.
The “Beauty Queen of Leenane,” by Martin McDonagh, will run in the Studio Theatre in February. This darkly comic play is set in Ireland, and is the culmination of a course in Irish theatre taught by Grothe.
The Bard on the Bayou series continues this season with choreography at the fall dance concert in November, inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. Choreographers will present a variety of dance works at the spring concert in April, with styles such as ballet, jazz, modern, tap, musical theatre, improvisation and hip-hop.
The season will also feature internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller, who will arrange a performance piece in December using students and community members in the show “Body Maps,” proceeds from which will benefit the Triangle AIDS Network. Los Angeles-based Miller will also perform his moving one-man show “Glory Box.”
For more details on these productions, including times, dates, and tickets, visit lamar.edu/theatre, or call (409) 880-8037.