Huntington announces 2007-2008 theatre season

Huntington, Ind.—The Huntington University Theatre Company has announced its schedule of events for the 2007-2008 season. This season’s schedule features four new major productions, including “The Glass Menagerie,” “Little Women: The Musical,” “Radium Girls” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as well as popular annual events.

For tickets or more information, contact the Merillat Centre for the Arts Box Office at (260) 359-4261.

“Fresh Faces”

MCA Zurcher Auditorium
Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Huntington University’s Theatre Arts and Music departments showcases their newest class of talent in its annual evening of scenes and songs.

Free admission

“The Glass Menagerie”

By Tennessee Williams
MCA Studio Theatre
Sept. 20-21, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
*Educational matinee: Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m.

The story centers around a family living in a tenement in St. Louis in the 1930s. Tom Wingfield, a would-be poet, works in a shoe warehouse to help support the family, but longs to travel the world. His frail sister, Laura, is a young woman who loves to tend her collection of glass figurines, but real-life encounters make her sick with fright. Their domineering mother Amanda, a one-time Southern debutante who pines over her lost youth and bad marriage, frets over their living conditions and her children’s futures. One of the most famous plays of the modern theatre. A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty.

Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 students & seniors, $6 13 and younger, $5 HU students, $9 HU faculty/staff


On the Dock (MCA Studio Theatre if raining)
Oct. 6, time TBA

If Shakespeare had a “greatest hits” DVD, this would be the live show! Many scholars agree that the closest thing to Shakespearean productions in the modern theatre is the musical. This idea has been taken to heart and developed into a simple concept show that fuses the musical theatre of today with the lively and robust theatre of Elizabethan England.

Free admission

“Little Women: The Musical”

MCA Studio Theatre
Nov. 1-2, 8-9, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3 & 10, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
*Educational matinee: Nov. 2 & 9, 9:30 a.m.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s own family experiences (and novel), “Little Women” follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless and deals with issues as relevant today as when they were written. Now, this wonderful narrative has been brought to life as an exhilarating new musical filled with glorious music, dancing and heart.

Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 students & seniors, $6 13 and younger, $5 HU students, $9 HU faculty/staff

“Radium Girls”

By D. W. Gregory
MCA Studio Theatre
Feb. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 9, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, “Radium Girls” traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. As the case goes on, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 students & seniors, $6 13 and younger, $5 HU students, $9 HU faculty/staff

Senior Projects

MCA Studio Theatre
Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. - Kristen Kohaut
Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. - Jennifer Miller
Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. - Cassandra Quinn
Huntington University theatre performance majors present evenings of scenes, monologues and original works.

Free Admission

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

By William Shakespeare
MCA Studio Theatre
April 10-11, 7:30 p.m.
April 12, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
*Educational matinee: April 11 9:30 AM

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an airy, romantic romp in the woods among bumbling rustics, temporarily star-crossed lovers, and the charming fairies who bewitch them all. Shakespeare weaves a chaotic and comical tale of misunderstanding, mischief, and magic in which, like the dream-state it mimics, no harm is permanent and all is pleasantly resolved by the play’s end. A joyous celebration of love, language, and life itself.

Tickets: $12 general admission, $10 students & seniors, $6 13 and younger, $5 HU students, $9 HU faculty/staff

“Gift of the Magi”

MCA Studio Theatre
Nov. 30, 9 p.m.
Dec. 1, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
*Educational Matinee: Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m.
MCA Zurcher Auditorium

Presented by Theatre Ensemble

It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. But as those familiar with the famous O. Henry story are aware, their dilemma is solved when both part with their most precious possessions (she her beautiful long hair, he his heirloom pocket watch) to buy presents for each other thereby creating, at least for a magical moment, an aura of warmth and giving in the cold, impersonal winter city.

$2 general admission

Annual One Act Play Festival

MCA Studio Theatre
May 1-3, 7:30 p.m.

Student directors present a menagerie of works in this annual festival. The resulting evenings give student directors, actors and designers opportunities to showcase their talent.

$2 general admission

Guerilla Theatre

MCA Studio Theatre
Sept. 29, 9 p.m.
Nov. 17, 9 p.m.
April 19, 9 p.m.

Sponsored by Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society, Guerilla Theatre is an evening of random and sporadic theatre. Comprised of scenes, monologues, and songs, these performances are free to attend.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  


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