Bloomington Civic Theatre announces its 2013-2014 Season
Mar 8, 2013
Bloomington Civic Theatre (BCT) announced its lineup of nine shows for the upcoming season. This diverse and entertaining collection promises something for everyone, from musicals ranging from classic to quirky on the Schneider main stage, to plays providing uproarious laughter and food for thought in the black box theater.
Singin' in the Rain
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Black Box Theater:
On Golden Pond
Agnes of God
The Odd Couple
On Golden Pond, July 12 - August 4, 2013, Directed by Jon Ferguson
In this tender yet humorous story, meet aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiance and his son in tow. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.
Singin' in the Rain, August 16 - September 15, 2013, Directed by Michael Matthew Ferrell
This zany, light-hearted romantic comedy focuses on two movie actors and how they deal with the transition from silent pictures to the early days of sound film. Set in the 1920s, Singin' in the Rain has all the charm, romance, comedy and glamour that Hollywood has to offer, and showers you with soaring dance numbers and a glorious score including "Singin' in the Rain" and "Good Mornin'."
Proof, September 13 - October 6, 2013, Directed by Alan Sorenson
This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman on the eve of her 25th birthday. After years of caring for her brilliant but unstable father - a famous mathematician - Catherine must deal with her own volatile feelings following his death, as well as the arrival of her estranged sister and the attentions of one of her father's former students who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, mysteries draw Catherine into a most difficult problem: How much of her father's madness - or genius - will she inherit?
Les Miserables, October 17 - November 16, 2013, Directed by Karen Weber
Epic, grand and uplifting, it is the powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made Les Miserables a popular masterpiece. In a tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France, Jean Valjean, wrongly imprisoned for 19 years, is released. Finding nothing but mistrust and mistreatment, he breaks parole hoping to begin a new life; instead he begins a life-long struggle for redemption. When his past is exposed, he is forced to abandon everything and run. Nine years later, with revolution tearing Paris apart, all involved must question what they're willing to sacrifice in pursuit of love and justice.
Striking 12, December 13 - December 31, 2013, Directed by Christine Weber
Striking 12 returns as BCT's annual holiday show weaving a modern-day New Year's Eve into Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable "The Little Match Girl." This unique hybrid of musical theater and live concert tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker whose resolve to spend New Year's Eve alone crumbles when an unexpected visitor brings some much needed cheer. The show springs to life through an eclectic score of new music with roots in classical, musical theater, jazz, and rock. A special New Year's Eve closing performance will include a post-show reception and ticket revenue will support theater tickets for children and their families from Project Success and Hillcrest Elementary School.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, January 17 - February 16, 2014, Directed by Joe Chvala
From the creator of Striking 12 (regionally premiered by BCT last season), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescents vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
Agnes of God, February 28 - March 23, 2014, Directed by Robert Goudy
Court-appointed psychiatrist Dr. Martha Livingstone is summoned to a convent and charged with assessing the sanity of a young novice nun accused of murdering her newborn. The Mother Superior determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing suspicions further. The doctor's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.
Gypsy, April 25 - May 25, 2014, Directed by Zach Curtis
Set in the 1920s when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Gypsy is a classic showbiz musical. Loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy tells the story of Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, and how her daughter Louise, a child Vaudeville actor, became the famous burlesque stripper. Hear legendary music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, including "Let Me Entertain You" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses."
The Odd Couple, May 16 - June 8, 2014, Directed by David Mann
An American comedy classic, this Tony Award winner centers on mismatched roommates, Oscar and Felix. When recently failed marriages force slovenly Oscar and fastidious Felix to share an apartment, their relationship begins to resemble the patterns of their own disastrous marriages. The roommates must determine whether their differences are irreconcilable. As the audience enjoys the non-stop hilarity, Oscar and Felix realize they are both better people as a result of their friendship.
For more information about Bloomington Civic Theatre's upcoming season, visit www.btacmn.org or call 952-563-8575. Season ticket renewals may be ordered online, by phone, or in person starting the end of March. New Season Tickets may be ordered in the same manner beginning April 1.
BCT is a program of the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2009 from the merger of the Bloomington Civic Theatre and Bloomington Art Center. BTAC offers high quality theater productions, art education for children and adults, and visual arts exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and established artists from Minnesota and surrounding states. BCT is proud to be a participating theater in the Twin Cities Ivey Awards.
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