Expanded season offers exciting selection of classic and new works
Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance has announced its 2014 – 2015 season. The new season includes a Pulitzer Prize winning play, the Kent Dance Ensemble (celebrating their 25th season) and the premiere of a new musical.
The season starts on Sunday, September 21, 2014 with a special concert presentation of “Babes in Arms” (the original “hey kids, let’s put on a show” musical). The show is a collaboration between Kent State, the Musical Theatre Project and the Beck Center for the Performing Arts. The production features book and music by Richard Rogers with lyrics by Lorenz Hart and adapted by John Guare and is directed by Professor Terri Kent.
On October 3 through 12, 2014 the Pulitzer Prize-winning “You Can’t Take It with You” continues the season as part of the Roe Green Visiting Director Series. Written by George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart, the show demonstrates how one family’s dysfunction may just be the recipe for happiness. “You Can’t Take It With You” is directed by Kathleen Conlin.
Based on the Gilbert and Sullivan hit “The Mikado”, the musical “Hot Mikado” will run October 24 through November 2, 2014. The production is directed by assistant professor Amy Fritsche with book and lyrics adapted by David H. Bell with music adapted and arranged by Rob Bowman. It is the story of the heir to the Japanese throne who runs away to join an orchestra while trying desperately to maintain his secret identity.
The dance faculty will have a chance to shine on November 21 – 23, 2014 as “Dance ’14: In Flow” will showcase diversity and versatility. The annual dance program is directed by Professor Andrea Shearer with dance performances by dance majors and minors.
February 20, 2015 is the date set for “My Heart is the Drum” which will run through March 1, 2015. With concept and music by Phillip Palmer, book by Jennie Redling, lyrics by Stacey Lufting and directed by Professor Terri Kent, this beautiful new musical follows a young African woman as she escapes an arranged marriage to pursue her lifelong dream of a university education.
Running concurrently with “My Heart is the Drum”, the school will present a special concert version of “Bonnie & Clyde” from February 23 through 25, 2015. Professor Daniel R. Nadon will direct this infamous criminal love story, with music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics Don Black and book by Ivan Menchell.
Associate professors Barbara Allegra Verlezza and Joan Meggitt will direct the “B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert/Student Dance Festival” from March 13-15, 2015. The annual concert will present choreography and performances from the dance program’s B.F.A. candidates and other student choreographers.
The Kent Dance Ensemble, artistic directed by associate professor Kimberly Karpanty, will celebrate a milestone April 2-4 when it presents “Kent Dance Ensemble: 25 Years”. The concert, marking the 25th anniversary of Kent State’s pre-professional dance company, will feature guest choreography by Tony Award-winner Garth Fagan and pieces from past seasons.
The “Student Theatre Festival”, featuring student directed, produced and performed works, will take place April 10-12, 2015.
The 2014-2015 season will conclude with “The House of Blue Leaves”, opening April 17 and running through April 26. Written by John Guare and directed by associate professor Fabio Polanco, the production explores songwriter Artie Shaughnessy’s zoo-like life as he juggles his wife, mistress, professional dreams, and his son who is on his way to blow up the Pope at Yankee Stadium.
The school and its three theatre spaces are housed in the Kent State Center for the Performing Arts located at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.
Single tickets for all theatre and dance productions are $10.00 for non-KSU students (under 18) with valid ID, $16.00 for KSU faculty, staff, and Alumni Association members, $14.00 for seniors (60+) and $18.00 for adults. Tickets are available for groups of 10 or more for $12.00 per person.
Flex passes for three or four theatre and dance productions are also available for purchase. Prices for flex passes range from $42.00 - $56.00 for Adults, $30.00 - $40.00 for seniors, KSU faculty, staff, and Alumni Association members and $19.50 - $26.00 for non-KSU students with valid ID.
For tickets or more info rmation call the Performing Arts Box Office at (330) 672-ARTS (2787). The Performing Arts Box Office, located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts, accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash and personal checks.
The box office is open weekdays from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.
Unless otherwise noted, all Tues. through Sat. performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2:00 p.m.