The Brigham Young University Department of Theatre and Media Arts has announced its 2006-2007 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, (801) 422-4322, or visit performances.byu.edu.
The Pardoe series will begin with “The Foreigner,” directed by Eric Samuelsen, Oct. 11-28. A shy but lovable Englishman decides to vacation in the backwoods of Georgia. In order to avoid conversation, he has his friend Froggy tells everyone he is a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. However, the “foreigner” can still hear—and he ends up learning all the guests’ secrets, with hilarious results.
The audience will tap their feet to the familiar music of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Jan. 24-Feb. 3. The love story of Curly and Laurey will be told through energetic dance sequences, memorable melodies and heart-warming characters like Ado Annie in the de Jong Concert Hall.
Shakespeare’s classic “Hamlet,” a story about murder, vengeance, disgrace and justice, will be retold on the Pardoe Theatre stage March 21-30 and Apr. 3-7.
The Pardoe series will wrap up with “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on the Charles Schulz comic strip, May 30-June 16. The musical follows a day in the life of Charlie Brown, who finds happiness in the quirks of his friends, from Linus’ infatuation with his blanket to Snoopy’s many alter egos.
The Margetts series will kick off with “Twelfth Night,” a Shakespeare favorite and a Theatre for Young Audiences performance, Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 3-7 in the Nelke Theatre. Shipwrecked and far from home, Viola pretends to be her twin brother to learn the story behind his disappearance. On her journey, she realizes the importance of looking beyond disguises to discover true character. This production will then tour schools throughout the Wasatch Front.
“The Little Foxes” will be the second installment of the Margetts series Nov. 1-18. The Hubbards, a family living in the post-Civil War South, allow greed to tear their family apart. The play focuses on their struggles, what they become and the possibility of stopping corruption from tainting future generations.
Based on Ovid’s Greek transformation myths, “Metamorphoses” will light up the Nelke Theatre stage Feb. 7-17. The BYU Young Company will tell the stories of King Midas, Narcissus and others while exploring the inevitability of change, the human ability to adapt and classic themes of love.
“Stuck on the Edge,” a new play by BYU alumna Elizabeth Leavitt, will round out the series in the Margetts Theatre March 7-24. Four friends gather every year to read letters from their friend Peter and relive good times they had before he died. But are they trying to remember Peter or forget him?
For more information, contact Ken Crossley at (801) 422-9348.
Writer: Elizabeth Kasper