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King University News :: Abundance and Abandon

King College's Theatre Program's 2011-2012 season titled, Abundance and Abandon, presents a unique opportunity to explore ideas of the human need for friendship and companionship and the fear of abandonment in an array of productions. 

The season opened with the Twin City Radio Theatre presenting Edgar Allan Poe's: Tales of Terror.  The Twin City Radio Theatre performs staged productions of classic radio dramas from the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's.  With its colorful hosts, thrilling plots, and live sound effects, radio drama is a highly entertaining, distinctive family theatre experience.

Studio 106 is King's Theatre series of performances for the exploration of challenging topics and the discovery of innovative performance styles.  Studio 106 aims to expose audiences to the rich diversity of world dramatic literature and theory.  Studio 106 presented Oliver Goldsmith's riotous comedy She Stoops to Conquer, in mid-November.  Written in 1773, this comedy of manners continues to entertain and enlighten audiences today. 

The spring 2012 season continues with Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, presented by the King College Trousdale Theatre Guild.  Samuel Beckett's seminal work is a masterpiece of absurd drama.  The New York Post calls Beckett's work ...moving, often funny, grotesquely beautiful, and utterly absorbing.  Senior theatre major Ian Charles will direct Waiting for Godot.

The King College Trousdale Theatre Guild showcases student directors, designers, actors, and technicians and aims to engage our audience intensely with stimulating and often new works. 

King Theatre will close out its season with its annual Dogwood Playhouse production as part of King College's Dogwood Weekend.  This year’s Dogwood features the family-friendly musical, A Year with Frog and Toad, book and lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale, and based on the books by Arnold Lobel.  The production takes place in the historic Paramount Center for the Arts on April 19, 20, and 21 with additional performance dates to be announced.  The musical remains true to the original stories as it follows two great friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. 

King College Theatre is a pre-professional training program that engages our students and community members in theatrical art encouraging reflection, action, and stewardship in our community, said Elizabeth Dollar, chair of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts and associate professor of Theatre.  Our mission is to develop creative abilities and an understanding of the human experience through engaging in the transformative process of theatre as part of King College's mission to build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.