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King University News :: King Theatre Previews 2011-2012 Season, Auditions Scheduled


King College's Theatre Program is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 season, along with upcoming auditions for fall semester productions: Edgar Allen Poe: Tales of Terror presented by the Twin City Radio Theatre and the 18th century comedy She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith.

Auditions will be held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the King College Fine Arts Theatre. Auditions will consist of readings from the scripts. Rehearsal times are Monday's-Thursday's 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. and Friday's 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and begin Monday, Sept. 5. Performances of Edgar Allen Poe: Tales of Terror will be Oct. 7, 8, 14, and 15 and performances of She Stoops to Conquer will run Nov. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.

King College Theatre's 2011-2012 season 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 opens with the Twin City Radio Theatre presenting Edgar Allan Poe's: Tales of Terror. The production is directed by Christopher R. Slaughter, associate professor of theatre for King. The Twin City Radio Theatre performs staged productions of classic radio dramas from the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's, with particular emphasis on classic genre writers such as Poe, Jules Verne, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, Wyllis Cooper, and Arthur Conan Doyle. With its colorful hosts, thrilling plots, and live sound effects, radio drama is a highly entertaining, distinctive family theatre experience.

King Theatre's Studio 106 production is Oliver Goldsmith's riotous comedy She Stoops to Conquer. Written in 1773, this comedy of manners continues to entertain and enlighten audiences today. The mix-ups and mistaken identities begin when two young gentlemen arrive at the Hardcastle country estate. The young men are on a journey from London to meet their future brides although young Marlow has never laid eyes on his intended fiancée Kate Hardcastle, and Hastings has not received the family's permission to marry his beloved Constance Neville. To complicate matters, Tony Lumpkin, the trouble making stepson of Hardcastle, plays a joke on the young men by convincing them that the estate is really an Inn, and Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle are the innkeepers. Hilarious mistakes ensue as class struggles are highlighted and friends and lovers are put to the test. She Stoops to Conquer is directed by Elizabeth Lee Dollar, chair of the department of Performing and Visual Arts and associate professor of theatre.

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.

This coming spring semester, the season continues with Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, presented by the King College Trousdale Theatre Guild. Production dates are February 23, 24, 25, and 26. Samuel Beckett's seminal work is a masterpiece of absurd drama. The setting is a country road with a single tree where Vladimir and Estragon wait for the arrival of Mr. Godot. Others come and leave, the two argue, play, debate whether or not to go, and continue to linger. The New York Post calls it ...moving, often funny, grotesquely beautiful, and utterly absorbing. Waiting for Godot is directed by Ian Charles, senior theatre major.

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

King Theatre closes 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.

Arnold Lobel's well-loved characters hop from the page to the stage in A Year with Frog and Toad. 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. Waking from hibernation in the spring, they proceed to plant gardens, swim, rake leaves and go sledding, learning life lessons along the way, including a most important one about friendship and rejoicing in the attributes that make each of us different and special. A Year with Frog and Toad is directed by Dollar. The Dogwood Playhouse seeks to engage and entertain our audiences through the performance of literary works, classic plays, and musicals.

King College Theatre is a pre-professional training program that engages our students and community members in theatrical art that encourages reflection, action, and stewardship in our community, said Dollar. 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.
For more information, please contact Dollar at 423-652-4839 or visit arts.king.edu.