#WPUTheatre: A Preview of the Company’s Upcoming 2018-19 Season
2018 – 2019 Season Lineup
Speech and Debate – Oct 18-21 – Leggett Theatre
In this uproariously funny comedy, three high school students use the platform of an ad hoc speech and debate team to address the misuse of power they witness in the adult community. Sarcastic but sincere and replete with bittersweet teenage angst, this play tackles relevant issues in most hilarious of ways. Audiences will come for the interpretative dancing Abraham Lincoln but stay for genuinely important story of friendship, identity, and personal power.
Play by Stephen Karam, Directed by Amy White.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Nov 15-18 – Kenan Auditorium
This musical is the staged version of the classic Disney film. Belle, a young woman focused on learning and adventure, finds herself a prisoner in an enchanted castle. The head of the household is a cold-blooded prince who has been turned into a beast as punishment for his selfish ways. Will Belle help him learn the importance of patience, kindness, and love? Or will the prince and his staff remain under the unfortunate spell forever?
Play by Linda Woolverton, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Directed by Jennifer Schrader Williams, Musical Direction by Matt Hodge.
Julius Caesar- Feb 21-24, 2019 – Leggett Theatre
This world renowned Shakespearean drama is one of several based on actual, historical events. Brutus, a supporter of Roman general and politician Julius Caesar, finds himself grappling with the concepts of honor and patriotism as a plot forms to assassinate the demagogue. This harrowing and timeless play depicts the perils of rebellion, ambition, and the aftermath of political recklessness.
By William Shakespeare, Directed by Wade Newhouse.
Hair – April 11-14, 2019 – Kenan Auditorium
Hailed as one of the first “rock musicals,” Hair is a celebration of the 1960s hippie counterculture. Many of the songs from this show became popular anthems of the anti- Vietnam War protests and sexual revolution, such as “Aquarius/ Let the Sun Shine,” “Hair,” and “Easy to be Hard.” Come delight in the joyful anarchy of peace, love, rock and roll, and very unruly hair.
By Galt MacDermot, Music and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, Directed and Choreographed by Amy White, Musical Direction by Matt Hodge.