USM Theatre Season Promises Laughs and Thrills

9/13/2012 12:00:00 AM

Highlights Include Tennessee Williams and ‘Cinderella’


(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The University of Saint Mary theatre program’s 2012-2013 slate of student productions features entertainment for the entire family—from the beloved classic Cinderella to the dark Suddenly Last Summer to the French farce The Learned Ladies.

The new USM theatre season is as follows:

Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12 & 13. Considered one of Williams’ starkest and most poetic works, Suddenly Last Summer tells the story of Catharine Holly, a poor member of a prominent New Orleans family, whose sanity is questioned after her cousin Sebastian dies mysteriously. Features adult themes. Not suitable for children.

Cinderella – 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 & Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Dec. 2. Group and school matinees will be held Nov. 29 & 30 by appointment. Featuring lyrics and music by Rogers and Hammerstein. Adaptation by Van Ibsen, director of USM’s theatre program. This version originally premiered on TV in 1957. Now adapted for the stage, this timeless tale will excite you again when you see the glass slipper fit! For all ages.

The God of Carnage – 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 8 & 9. By Yazmina Reza; translated by Christopher Hampton. Who can throw the worst tantrum, a toddler, or that toddler's parent? What happens when two sets of parents meet to deal with the unruly behavior of their children? Rational debate or a night of hysterical name-calling? Adult themes. Not recommended for children.

The Learned Ladies – 7:30 p.m. April 18, 19 & 20. By Jean-Baptiste Poquelin: Moliere. A decidedly unliterary lady wishes to have a high-toned salon. Enter a con artist who passes himself off as a famous poet and becomes a permanent houseguest. Laughter abounds in this delightful adaptation of a classic French farce. Adult comedy, not recommended for children.

Saint Mary theatre productions are held in Xavier Theatre on USM’s Leavenworth campus 4100 South 4th Street. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and are available at the door. Season tickets are available for $25.

Call (913) 758-6152 for tickets or for more information.