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Otterbein University Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season

August 25, 2013

Les Misérables

A musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg
Based on a novel by Victor Hugo
Directed by Dennis Romer
Music Direction by Lori Kay Harvey
Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane
Oct. 3-6 and 9-13, 2013
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Before it hit the screen, it hit the stage, and now Les Misérables is coming to Westerville. Based on the 19th-century French novel by Victor Hugo, “the world’s longest-running musical” follows the ex-convict Jean Valjean in his journey to redemption. As the first university-produced performance in Ohio of the full score, this production of the 1987 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features an elaborate plot and beautiful music sure to delight audience members, whether they are seeing it for their first or 40th time.

Speed-the-Plow (Studio Production)

By David Mamet
Directed by David Hemsley Caldwell
Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and Nov. 8-9, 2013
Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St., Westerville

It’s “Lights, camera, action!” as the Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance takes you to Hollywood in David Mamet’s 1988 drama Speed-the-Plow. A true-to-life scenario of life’s rises and falls, this play follows Charlie Fox as he tries to navigate and negotiate through risky gambles, movie stars and a very persuasive temp. This morality play makes you think about the perils of success, and what you would do to take part in “life’s contest” and make it to the big time.

Dance 2013: Once Again

Artistic Direction by Stella Hiatt Kane
Dec. 5-8, 2013
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Ballet, tap, jazz, tango and contemporary dance will delight your senses as our faculty and students recreate choreography originally developed for the Otterbein stage as early as 2001 in Dance 2013: Once Again. The concert will reprise the elegant, emotional, lighthearted—and often hilarious—ways of telling a story that only dance can provide. Otterbein’s choreographers delight in reprising these pieces of art with today’s cast of talented dancers.

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Christina Kirk
March 6-9 and 13-15, 2014
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Cucumber sandwiches and petticoats set the scene for The Importance of Being Earnest, a classic British farce on the aristocracy, which has become a standard of the English and American theatres. Though set at the turn of the 20th century, this comedy has stood the test of time thanks to the famed author’s sharp commentary on upper-class society. Having most recently been revived on Broadway in 2011, audiences are sure to have an “earnestly” good time.

The Full Monty

Book by Terrence McNally, Lyrics by David Yazbek
Directed by David Caldwell
April 24-27, May 1-3, 2014
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Based on the 1997 film, The Full Monty follows a gang of out-of-work steel mill workers in Buffalo, NY, who decide to provide some “special” entertainment for their wives and the community in order to make some quick cash. These blue-collar men will strip for cash, a la The Chippendales, even without the rock-hard abs and chiseled jawlines. Watch as these lovable characters prepare for their big performance while working through their issues of stage fright, poor self-image and anxiety, and find strength in their friendships and families. This delightful musical features music from the composer of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and received 10 Tony Award nominations. NOTE: Rated PG-13 for momentary nudity.

Subscriptions for the 2013-14 season are available for purchase now and are $82 each. The Traditional Season Subscription packages include tickets for Les Misérables; Dance 2013: Once Again; The Importance of Being Earnest and The Full Monty. Subscribers may add the Studio Production, Speed-the-Plow, for an additional $15.

Individual tickets prices are $25 each for Les Misérables and The Full Monty and $18 each for Speed-the-Plow; Dance 2013: Once Again; and The Importance of Being Earnest.

For more information about the 2013-14 season, or to be added to the Otterbein University Theatre mailing list, please call the box office at 614-823-1109. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Information about the current production schedule can be found through the Art Scene link at www.otterbein.edu/drama.

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