The Brigham Young University Department of Theatre and Media Arts has announced its 2007-2008 performance series for the Pardoe and Margetts Theatres in the Harris Fine Arts Center.
For season ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center at (801) 422-4322, or visit performances.byu.edu. There will be no performances on Sundays or Mondays.
The Pardoe series will kick off with a musical version of “Little Women,” the enchanting and familiar tale of the March sisters by Louisa May Alcott, Nov. 16-Dec. 8. The play will be directed by Laurie Harrop-Purser.
William Shakespeare’s timeless “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will light up the stage from Jan. 25- Feb. 9. The romantic comedy, directed by Megan Sanborn Jones, will follow the escapades of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and a community of fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest.
“Playing Fields,” by Morag Plaice Shepherd will be performed March 21-April 4. Rodger Sorenson will direct.
The Pardoe season will come to a close with “Esperanza Rising,” a play adapted from the book by Pam Munoz Ryan, May 30- June 13. Eric Samuelsen will direct the BYU cast as they tell the story of a young Mexican girl’s struggle to adjust to life as an immigrant in the United States during the Great Depression.
The first performance in the Margetts series will be the BYU Young Company’s rendition of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in the Nelke Theater. BYU's resident children's theatre company will retell the classic tale of tragedy Sept. 27-Oct. 5. The play will be directed by Chris Clark.
“The Seagull,” by Anton Chekhov, will be the second installment of the series Nov. 2-17. The play, which will be directed by Barta Heiner, centers on the romantic and artistic conflicts between a group of friends and family who are so preoccupied with themselves they can’t seem to even begin to understand anyone else.
“The Jungle Book,” based on the book by Rudyard Kipling and performed by BYU’s Young Company in the Nelke Theater will be Feb. 8-16. Allison Belnap will direct the performance.
“Berlin,” by BYU alumnus Erik Orton, will close out the Margetts series March 7-22. The musical, which will be directed by Tim Threlfall, tells the story of Ernst Reuter, a professor/politician exiled by the Nazis, who returns to Germany to help rebuild the country during the renowned post-World War II Berlin Airlift humanitarian effort of 1948-49.
For more information on performances, contact Ken Crossley at (801) 422-9348.
Writer: Aaron Searle