Theatre season is underway at Bossier Parish Community College for the 2016-2017 year.
From a Dr. Seuss musical to a Sherlock Holmes comedy/mystery to a hair-raising psychological thriller, plus all the other extras, this year’s schedule of shows includes something for everyone and promises to excite the imaginations of both children and adults.
Also, now through October 23, patrons can save more than 50% off the regular ticket prices and get two tickets to all four of the mainstage productions by purchasing a season membership for $60.
“This season is exciting for us for a number of reasons,” says Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts. “First of all, there is something for everyone. Secondly, we will be able to showcase a large number of our Performing Arts students—Seussical alone features 35 students, graduates, and faculty on stage. Also the design requirements of this show as well as the other productions allow us to really showcase the talents of our design faculty and staff: Jonathon Offutt and David White (scenic designers), Rona Leber (costume designer), and Keith Bruce (lighting designer).”
The season of plays, each chosen to inspire thought and imagination, are as follows:
Seussical The Musical
7:30 p.m. – October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22
2:00 p.m. – October 16 and 23
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!
Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – JoJo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
The Cat in the Hat tells the story in which the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. Seussical is fun for the whole family!
The Game’s Afoot
7:30 p.m. – March 9, 10, 11 16, 17, 18
2:00 p.m. – March 12 and 19
Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!
It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
Goldilocks and the Three Heberts (A-Bears)
7:30 p.m. – April 21, 22, 28, 29
2:00 p.m. – April 23 and 30
The Performing Arts at Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce their 28th annual original children’s show, GoldiLocks and the Three Heberts, adapted and directed by the founder of the BPCC Theatre Program, Professor Stephen W. Slaughter.
This musical fable for children offers a new spin to the traditional Goldilocks fairy tale of the young girl’s encounter with the household of bears whose last name happens to be Hebert (of course, pronounced A-bear). This version is set in the swamps of Louisiana and features a host of Cajun animals and characters who present the story of GoldiLocks, a young girl who locks every door in sight as a safety precaution. Goldi unfortunately gets blamed for invading the bears’ home and eating their gumbo. It is Goldi’s sharp detective work that solves the mystery and brings the actual culprit, Robespierre the mischievous rabbit, to justice.
Please make plans now for you and your children to meet Ally and GiGi Frog, Leonardo de Caprio Turtle, Robespierre and Goldi in this delightful musical show for children of all ages.
The Haunting of Hill House
7:30 p.m. – July 21, 22, 28, 29
2:00 p.m. – July 23, 30
This suspenseful dramatic play by F. Andrew Leslie (from the novel by Shirley Jackson) is a chilling and mystifying study in mounting terror in which a small group of “psychically receptive” people are brought together in Hill House, a brooding, mid-Victorian mansion known as a place of evil and “contained ill will.”
Led by the learned Dr. Montague, who is conducting research in supernatural phenomena, the visitors have come to probe the secrets of the old house and to draw forth the mysterious powers that it is alleged to possess — powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived therein in the past. Join us this summer for this outstanding thriller.
For more information on the Theatre season, call the theatre box office at 318-678-6021.