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Announcing 2009–2010 Theater, Music Theater, and Dance Season

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We are pleased to announce the following productions that will be presented as part of The Lively Arts season.

These productions will be produced by Theater-by-the-Grove, Music Theater, and Dance Theater of the Department of Theater and Dance and the Department of Music, College of Fine Arts. Information on subscriptions and single tickets will be sent through mail and e-mail later this summer. If you have any questions, please e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu. Events for The Lively Arts’ 2009–2010 Performance Plus and Sound Choices series will be announced in July.

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Barbara Blackledge
October 1–3 and 7–10; 8:00 p.m.
October 4; 2:00 p.m.
Waller Hall Mainstage, Performing Arts Center
A Theater-by-the-Grove production

The Importance of Being Earnest comically reveals the adventures, mischief, and drama involved with two friends who both lead double lives. Jack, who was discovered in a bag as a baby, goes by the name “Earnest” in London. Algernon claims to have a needy friend in the country to where he frequently escapes. Troubles arise when Earnest falls in love with Gwendolyn, who is enticed by the name and Algernon pretends to be Earnest in order to meet Jack’s attractive ward, Cecily. As one can well imagine, things get out of hand and the truth is revealed when Gwendolyn and Cecily meet, both claiming to be engaged to Earnest.

The Collector of Beauty

Composed by Derek Cooper
Directed by Holly Boda-Sutton
October 23–25; 7:00 p.m.
Zink Hall Dance Theater
An IUP Dance Theater production

The Collector of Beauty features an original score composed by Derek Cooper, an IUP student. This dark story is loosely based on the film Perfume and is performed by the IUP Dance Theater as well as IUP musicians. The story follows the life of John Beringer, a man who realizes he has the ability to extract the souls of beautiful women to keep for himself.

New Works, New Voices

Directed by Jason Chimonides and IUP Students
November 5–7 and 11–14; 8:00 p.m.
November 8; 2:00 p.m.
Waller Hall Mainstage, Performing Arts Center
A Theater-by-the-Grove production

New Works, New Voices will be composed of three to four short plays in a variety of genres, written by IUP students and alumni. The plays will be announced during the summer following a selection process involving theater faculty and students.

The Merry Widow

Music by Franz Lehar
Directed by Sarah Mantel
December 3–5; 8:00 p.m.
December 6; 2:00 p.m.
A Music Theater production

Several years before the curtain rises, the love affair between a commoner and the dashing Count Danilo was ended by the Count’s family. Amidst romantic intrigue, high society balls, and the can-can line at the decadent Maxim’s, a bankrupt kingdom’s diplomats scramble to keep the beautiful and recently widowed commoner, Hanna, and her inherited millions, in their country. This light-hearted musical story, set in Paris, will be sung in English.

Sweet Charity

Book Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Directed by Rob Gretta
Musical Direction by Sarah Mantel
Choreography by Joan Van Dyke
February 25–27; 8:00 p.m.
February 28: 2:00 p.m.
Fisher Auditorium, Performing Arts Center
A coproduction of IUP Music Theater and Theater-by-the-Grove

Charity Valentine, a dance hostess at the Fandango ballroom, has been taken advantage of too many times. After being forced to hide from a movie star’s mistress, Charity meets the good natured Oscar. A unflappable optimist, Charity’s misfortunes and bad luck with men and relationships are revealed in this wishful musical about trying to find love and a better life. In addition to the title song, this Tony Award winning musical also features hits such as “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

Spring Dance Performance

Directed by Holly Boda-Sutton
Zink Hall Dance Theater
March 26–27; 7:00 p.m.
March 28; 2:00 p.m.
An IUP Dance Theater production

This popular production offers a collection of work ranging from humorous to dramatic to inspiring to quirky. The event brings visiting artists and students together for a performance overflowing with energy and expression.

The Servant of Two Masters

By Carlo Goldoni
Directed by Rick Kemp
April 15–17 and 21–24; 8:00 p.m.
April 18; 2:00 p.m.
Waller Hall Mainstage, Performing Arts Center
A Theater-by-the-Grove production

The Servant of Two Masters is a comical adventure resplendent with hidden identities, star-crossed lovers, and unmitigated lightheartedness. The story unfolds as Beatrice, posing as her dead brother, attempts to claim money to marry her lover, who also happens to be her brother’s murderer. As confusion grows surrounding the dead brother’s fiancé and new betrothed, the servant, Truffaldino, unknowingly takes on secretly serving two masters–Beatrice in disguise and her lover. Truffaldino’s mix ups only add to the overall confusion and hilarity of this antic-filled comedy classic.

Theater-by-the-Grove, Music Theater, and IUP Dance Theater are funded in part by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

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