BPCC Theatre announces 2014-2015 season

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BPCCBossier Parish Community College, the Cavalier Players and their official season sponsor —ANECA Federal Credit Union — have released the 2014-2015 production dates.

The season of plays, each adapted from a well-loved novel or story, is as follows:

A Year with Frog and Toad (musical)
October 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 – 7:30 pm
October 19 and 26 – 2 p.m.
Arnold Lobel’s treasured characters hop from page to stage in a story of friendship and adventure. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

Nicholas Nickleby (drama)
March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 – 7:30 p.m.
March 22 and 29 – 2 p.m.
This dramatization is a perfect evening in the theatre, offering a whirlwind of Dickensian characters and situations. Here is the essence of Charles Dickens’ most theatrical novel, Nicholas Nickleby, with a parade of colorful characters. Of course, at the center of this “life and adventure” is the young man, Nicholas, who is finding his way to manhood and adult responsibility by a challenging and arduous journey. Nicholas Nickleby presents a delightful blend of comedy, mystery, and melodrama.

Snow White (for children)
April 10 and 17 – 7 p.m.
April 11, 12, 18, 19 – 2 p.m.
You all know the story: a beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarves to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. That is only where the fun begins in this whacky musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Storyteller Stephen Slaughter has provided us with his special twist complete with goofy characters, comic situations, colorful antics, and a couple of new characters that will make you laugh until your sides hurt. Don’t miss this fun-filled children’s classic retold as only Stephen Slaughter can.

The Turn of the Screw (drama)
July 24, 25, 31 and August 1- 7:30 p.m.
July 26 and August 2 – 2 p.m.
Based on the provocative tale of suspense, horror, and repressed sexuality, this adaptation gives the famous story yet another turn of its own. A young governess journeys to a lonely English manor to care for two recently orphaned children, but she is not their first governess. Her predecessor, Miss Jessel, drowned herself when she became pregnant by the sadistic valet, Peter Quint, who was also found dead soon after under mysterious circumstances. Now, the new governess has begun to see specters of Quint and Jessel haunting the children, and she must find a way to stop the fiends. But one frightening question tortures the would-be heroine: Are the ghosts real or are they the product of her own fevered imagination?

As a bit of lagniappe to its season performances, BPCC offers three additional opportunities to experience theatre in action.

The Christmas Show
The annual Bossier City/ Bossier Parish Community College Christmas show at the Bossier Civic Center will be held December 3 and 4, 2014. This is a wonderful evening of holiday cheer featuring several BPCC performers including the Cavalier Show Band, the BPCC Choir, the BPCC Cheerleaders, the Ladies in Gold, as well as other BPCC performing groups. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free to the community. Canned good donations for the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

Fall and Spring One Act Festivals
BPCC Theatre also offers two bonus events for the community–the Fall and Spring Festivals of One Act Plays. These student-directed evenings of theatre will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 11 and at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the Performing Arts Theatre. Each Festival presents a selection of individual short plays. Though the play titles are not available at this time, normally the One Act Festival is more appropriate for mature audiences. Admission to the festival is free.

BPCC Theatre season memberships are on sale now through October 26 – with early-bird season memberships available for $40 each, now through October 15. After October 15, memberships are $50 through the run of A Year with Frog and Toad. Every membership includes two tickets to each of the four mainstage shows.

“A magical storybook adventure awaits on our stage this season and with a season membership, theatre-goers will not miss a single event and can save more than 50% off the regular ticket prices for most of the shows,” said Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts.

Crawford is also excited to have ANECA Federal Credit Union join as sponsor for yet another year.

“ANECA’s commitment to the arts in education here in Shreveport/Bossier has made it possible for our theatre students to enhance their classroom experience next year with visits to live performances of plays and musicals in a variety of local and regional theatres,” says Crawford. “ANECA’s sponsorship also makes it possible for the Cavalier Players to tour their summer show to Indiana for a week of performances at the Canterbury Summer Theatre.”

For more information about the season or BPCC Theatre, contact us at 318-678-6021 or theatre@bpcc.edu.