Western Herald – JUST ANNOUNCED: WMU’s University Theatre plots out 2013-14 season

JUST ANNOUNCED: WMU’s University Theatre plots out 2013-14 season

Craig Manning
A&E Editor

Western Michigan University's theatre program announced their 2013-14 season this morning. Theatre productions are performed at the Gilmore Complex on WMU's West Campus, near Miller Auditorium. (Western Herald file photo)

Though the current weather is offering every indication of the contrary, spring is coming in, and the 2012-13 school year is finally beginning to wind towards its close.

The approaching end of the semester is significantly more evident from looking at the website for WMU’s University Theatre, which shows that, out of the nine productions theatre students and faculty have mounted since last fall, performances only remain for two of them. But while the program prepares for their second—and final—weekend of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” or looks forward to launching the spring musical–“Kiss Me Kate,” which runs April 11 – 20–they are also laying the groundwork for what comes next.

The University Theatre announced the productions and dates for their 2013-14 season this morning, alerting returning students to which shows they will be auditioning for shortly, and letting audiences know what to look forward to.

As always, the slate is a varied one. Kicking off with the Pulitzer-prize winning drama “Glengarry Glen Ross” (opening on Sept. 26), next year’s theatre season will rotate through literary classics (a stage version of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice”), the music of famous country music stars (the Dolly Parton-based “9 to 5”), fondly-remembered Broadway hits (the Tony Award-winning “Ragtime,” fresh from a recent London revival), fairy tales (the puppetry-assisted “The Kind Stag”), innovative and experimental documentary theatre (“Seven,” NOT based on the 1995 film with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) and more.

Check below for a full list of production selections and dates.

Glengarry Glenn Ross by David Mamet (Sept. 26 to Oct. 6)

Noises Off by Michael Frayn (Oct. 10 – 20)

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, stage adaption by Joseph Henreddy & J.R. Sullivan (Oct. 24 – Nov. 3)

Ragtime book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, & music by Stephen Flaherty (Nov. 14 – Nov. 24)

Late Night Broadway (Dec. 5 – 7)

Seven by Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith, & Susan Yankowitz (Jan. 23 – Feb. 2)

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo by Rajiv Joseph (Feb. 6 – Feb 16)

9 to 5 music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, book by Patricia Resnick (March 13 – 23)

The King Stag by Carlos Gozzi (April 3 – 13)

All shows will be performed by WMU students within the facilities of the Gilmore Theatre Complex. Dates and details are, of course, subject to change. Watch the University Theatre website at www.wmich.edu/theatre over the next few days for additional details.

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