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Welty play opens Theatre MSU’s 2011 performances

September 27, 2011

By ANGIE CARNATHAN
sdnreporter@yahoo.com

The Mississippi State University Department of Communication’s theatre group has announced its season for the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012.
The first show of the season is “Why I Live at the PO,” adapted from the works of Eudora Welty. The show takes place on the McComas Hall Mainstage on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. “PO” is a one-woman show starring Brenda Currin; a reception will take place immediately following the show.
The second show of the season is “The Liar” by David Ives, adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille. It also will be performed on the McComas Hall Mainstage and runs Oct. 20-22. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening and admission is $10.
“The Liar” centers around a young man who has just moved to Paris and has an interesting flaw, — he cannot tell the truth. Soon he meets a manservant named Cliton, who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with a woman, Clarice, who he mistakenly thinks is actually her friend Lucrece. One misunderstanding and lie after an other begins to pile up bringing comedy and romance to the audience. “The Liar” is being directed by MSU theatre professor Jo Durst.
In November, McComas Hall Mainstage sets the scene for “The Little Snow Girl,” adapted by Nellie McCaslin. This is the troupe’s children’s show, directed by Donna Clevinger and showing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. General admission is $10, and student and children’s tickets are $5. According to the shows synopsis, “The Little Snow Girl” tells the story of how a girl made of snow comes to life for an elderly couple who had always wanted a child of their own. Although she will melt indoors, the couple delight in watching her dance and play outside with the neighborhood children. Then one day, the greed of the old people causes the Snow Girl to leave them. They are heartbroken, but love and remorse have a magical effect, and their little Snow Girl is restored to them as a real child. The production is an interdisciplinary collaboration with MSU’s Department of Foreign Languages and the support of the campus dance program.
The first show of the spring semester is “Dog Act” by Liz Duffy Adams and takes place in the McComas Hall Lab Theatre Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25. “Dog Act” is a comedy that takes place in a post-apocalyptic wilderness. It follows the misadventures of Zetta Stone, a traveling performer and her sidekick, Dog. Dog is a human who has chosen to be demoted to a lower species. They and their group are on their way to do a show in China, although they don’t know where it is and might not survive the journey. It is a dark comedy that tackles the doomsday scenario with wit and five original songs.
The last show of the season is “Deadwood Dick, or The Game of Gold!,” by Tom Taggart and based on the Dime Novels of Edward L. Wheeler. This show opens on the McComas Hall Mainstage Thursday, April 12 and runs through Saturday, April 14. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10. According to Clevinger, the play centers around the character of Deadwood Dick from the dime novels, who was the Robin Hood of his time. Taggart takes the best of Dick’s adventures and the novels most colorful characters and turns it into a 90’s melodrama full of heros, maidens, gamblers, kidnapped heroines and thieves. The play also features sing-a-longs with the audience.
Season tickets are available for purchase through the theatre box office or by visiting http://www.comm.msstate.edu/. General admssion season tickets are $40.

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