Theatre Department Announces Fall Production
Children’s theatre will be the focus of this year’s Fall Theatre Production at Bethany College. Two short plays will be presented on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Burnett Center for Performing Arts at Bethany. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 years old and under.
The Bethany College Theatre Arts Department will host the one-woman show “Suicide Punchline,” featuring Dr. Jen Tuder, on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Burnett Center for Performing Arts.
In this solo performance, Tuder tells the story of her survival and life after her father’s suicide. By interrogating the dead, kidding around at cocktail parties and building dioramas of the afterlife, she creates three distinct characters that represent different aspects of her survival experience. “Suicide Punchline” provides a lifeline for anyone who has ever wondered if there is life after a loved one’s death.
The Messiah Festival of the Arts kicks off with the Bethany Theatre Department production of “Nathan the Wise” by Paul D’Andrea, April 11 at 7 p.m. and April 12 at 2 p.m. in the rebuilt J.O. Sundstrom Conference Center in downtown Lindsborg.
Director Carl Issacson gives instructions to performers at a recent rehearsal
Directed by Carl Isaacson, D’Andrea’s work is a loose adaptation of the famous German poetic drama by Gotthold Ephriam Lessing. Lessing’s work has been hailed as a masterpiece of poetry. D’Andrea’s adaptation is prose and only loosely uses Lessing’s work.
At the heart of the story is thelegend of the rings. A father has a ring of authority. This ring conveys to the holder both power over the masses and the love of the masses. The father received the ring from his father and was prepared to pass it on to his son – but he had three sons and loved them each alike. To which should he give the ring and the power and the authority that went with it? Distressed by being forced to make a choice among his three sons, the father had two additional rings made, each indistinguishable from the original. Each son is given a ring, and each son is told that his ring is the true ring. The father passes, and the three sons each assert authority.
Bethany College Theatre presents Neil LaBute’s “The Shape of Things” on Nov. 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnett Center.
Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $7, senior citizens and Bethany college students, faculty, and staff are $5. Seating is limited to 50 each night so that the play may be performed in the round on stage. This play is for mature audiences as it contains adults themes and situations and strong language.
Bethany College Theatre will hold auditions on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 3 to 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Burnett Center for the fall production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” a beautiful and haunting reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus.
Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is the story of a family struggling to save their family’s estate. Director Cody Whetstone knew that in order to portray this eccentric family and the servants and friends that surround them, he would have to cast an eclectic group of people.
“We knew this would be a perfect play to work on collaboratively with Bethany College and Broadway RFD,” Whetstone said. “To find such a diverse group of people, we needed both group’s resources.”
To bring Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard to life for his audiences, director Cody Whetstone made the decision to set the play in modern times.
“The play was written and set in Russia in the early 1900’s,” said Whetstone. “To show how universal Chekhov’s ideas and words are, we’re setting it in modern times. I hope it will help Chekhov’s play resonate with today’s audiences.”
Bethany College Theatre will present “J.B” by Archibald MacLeish during the 132nd Messiah Festival of the Arts in Burnett Center on Friday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m.
Musical theatre returns to the Burnett Center stage when Bethany College Theatre presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” four performances on Feb. 1, 2, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
“Cinderella” is directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Greg LeGault, M.F.A, with Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Guy Vollen, D.M., as musical director.
Bethany College Theatre will hold auditions on Nov. 26 and 27 at 7 to 9 p.m. in Burnett Center for the Interterm musical production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” and the Messiah Festival production of Archibald Macleish’s “J.B.,” a modern retelling of the story of Job.
Community members are invited to audition along with Bethany students, faculty, and staff.