BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - SEPTEMBER 6-9, Fine Arts Theatre
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Become transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice’s daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life.
Belle’s taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years. This “tale as old as time” is ﬁlled with spectacular costumes and sets and brings the entire community together for family theatre at its best.
HARLEQUINADE - OCTOBER 25-28, Black Box Theatre
This is a play in one act and concerns a professional theatre company presenting Romeo and Juliet. The opening night is in the town of Brackley in the English Midlands. The principal characters are Arthur and his wife Edna (who play Romeo and Juliet) and the stage manager Jack. Arthur is horrified to be confronted by his grown up daughter (Muriel) and grandchild, of neither of whose existences he had been aware. To discover that he’s a grandfather just before playing Romeo is too much for him. They later learn that he’s still married to Muriel’s mother (Flossie) and that he is bigamously married to Edna. There are a number of other threads running through this play, such as Jack’s attempts to leave the theatre and do a ‘real job’ and the humdrum world of bit players and the attempts in post war Britain to bring culture to the masses. It is a funny farce which has a strong satirical element to it.
THE SECRET GARDEN - NOVEMBER 8-11, McCallum Arts Center Mainstage
Living in a lonely manor house in 1906 England, Archibald Craven yearns for his beautiful, late wife. He blames his crippled son, Colin, for his wife’s death and has left him neglected and isolated. Their quiet routine is turned upside down when young Mary Lennox, a rich, spoiled child, is sent to live with them following the death of her parents by cholera in India. While living at the manor house, Mary discovers a secret walled garden hidden in the grounds and releases the magic and adventures locked inside, changing their lives forever. A truly haunting musical with a lush broadway score.
OKLAHOMA! - FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 3, McCallum Arts Center Mainstage
Inspired by the toughness of the prairie, MacTheatre sets this production in the robust world of territory life filled with a dynamic cast as rich and complex as the great tapestry of America itself. With Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless music, Oklahoma! celebrates the vigor of America’s pioneering spirit with athletic dance and boot-stomping energy. Chock full of classic tunes such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” and “People will Say We’re in Love,” this muscular production will thrill audiences young and old. Join us for our Saturday Evening Gala performance that celebrates the talent of each strand at McCallum Fine Arts Academy in a Texas-sized production with a cast and crew from each MFAA major as well as faculty, & alumni!
ROMEO AND JULIET - MARCH 21-24, Fine Arts Theatre
Two star-crossed lovers with feuding families will cross bitter divides and risk everything to be together, as a new generation strains against the limits of a world their parents have defined. Directed by Louisville native Joshua Denning, this swift, traditional staging of Shakespeare’s masterpiece brings to life one of the most famous love stories ever written with all of the immediacy, danger and romance that have made it endure for centuries.