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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Feb. 11, 2009

Spring stage productions feature one-acts, musical fantasy and drama

The spring 2009 season of Theatre Northwest, the University's dramatic arts program, begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in the Performing Art Center's Black Box (lower level). The Studio Theatre* production will consist of two short student-directed plays: Crane Johnson's "Stillbirth," directed by Casey Andrews, and Elinor Jones' "Under Control," directed by Katie Lee.

In "Stillbirth," the characters clash with their playwright, leaving the audience wondering who is controlling whom. "Under Control" is a story of family conflict as a brother, sister and stepmother attend the funeral of their father and husband.

"Celebration" and "Metamorphoses"

Other shows scheduled for the spring trimester include a Mains Stage* production of the musical "Celebration," which will serve as the official premiere for the newly completed Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre.

Performances of "Celebration" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, and Friday, March 6. There will be two shows on Saturday, March 7, beginning at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

I n addition, a second run is scheduled Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, March 14, with a 7:30 p.m. curtain time all three days.

A musical fable with book and lyrics by Tom Jones, creator of "The Fantasticks," and music by Harvey Schmidt, "Celebration" is directed by Dr. Theo Ross, professor of communication, theatre and languages.

The plot focuses on four characters: Orphan, an idealistic young man who reminds Edgar Allen Rich, a wealthy but jaded old man, of his younger self; Angel, a sweet entertainer who longs to be "somebody"; and Potemkin, a mysterious prankster who serves as narrator.

At the musical's core is the struggle between youth and old age, innocence and corruption, love and ambition, and poverty and wealth, as Angel tries to decide if she would be better served by her feelings for Orphan or Rich's willingness to fulfill her every dream.

The spring Theatre Northwest series concludes with "Metamorphoses," a play by Mary Zimmerman partially based on the writings of the Roman poet Ovid. Margaret Whedon, assistant professor of communication, theatre and languages, directs.

Performances of the Second Stage* production will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11 in the Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre.

*Admission

  • Studio Theatre tickets, $3
  • Second Stage tickets, $5
  • Main Stage musical tickets, $10

All seats for all shows are general admission with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available at the door prior to each show, and half-price discounts are available to groups of 12 or more for Main Stage shows by calling 660.562.1172 at least one week prior to opening.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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