Arcadia Theater Season Preview

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2008 at 1:10 am

Got the mid-semester blues? Were your six-week evaluations much worse than you had expected? Well, take your mind off all of your problems and enjoy an evening or two at Arcadia’s Little Theater, where another great season of theatrical entertainment is awaiting an audience!

Following in the tradition of some of the remarkable actors who were veterans of the Arcadia stage in recent years, such as Marc Lombardo, Cindy Spitko, and Peter Roccaforte of last year’s graduating class, the actors in this year’s shows, such as Dustin Karrat, Ernie Miles and Lauren Otis, are sure to continue the tradition of fine performances on Arcadia’s campus.

“I like to make people think and I like to make people laugh,” says theater department chairman Mark Wade. “Last year, I am told, we were short on laughs, so I tried to make up for it this year.”

Make up for it he has, because a lot of fun and funny shows are lined up. What better way to put a little more fun into the start of the theatrical season and put everyone in the mood for Halloween than to start off with Richard O’Brien’s cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show”, which runs in the Little Theater from October 16th to 26th. For those unfamiliar with the show, it is fair to say that it defies simple summary, but everyone in it does a great job and you should see it if you can. But be warned- it draws very large crowds, if opening night was any indication.

“It’s gonna be an awesome experience,” says senior Ernie Miles, who plays Riff Raff in the show. “I think it’s gonna be probably the best musical that Arcadia has put on in many years. It should blow some minds, I hope.”

While most of the season will indeed contain lighter fare than has previously been offered, the first of two Chat shows will be this year’s only drama, Doug Wright’s “The Stonewater Rapture”, a story of teenage life in the Bible Belt, which runs from November 7th to 9th.

A week and a half later, the lighter side of the Little Theater returns with a production of “The Wind in the Willows”, an adaptation of the classic children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame, which runs from November 20th to December 7th and is sure to delight theater goers of all ages.

After a month or so of winter break, you can finish the year with some laughs as Arcadia presents three great comedies in a row. First is Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s darkly absurd “The Visit”, a satire of greed and other human foibles, from February 19th to March 1st.
Christopher Durang’s bizarre and hilarious “Beyond Therapy” is next, a farce involving a young woman’s attempts to cope with some rather unusual relationships.

And in the Chat, the year’s final production, Gore Vidal’s wonderful satire “Visit to a Small Planet” about a time-traveling alien’s plan to conquer the Earth for fun and profit, runs from April 24th to 26th.

All of these shows are sure to be great fun, so don’t miss ’em!

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