Byrum announces theatre season

Wed, 2012-07-25 08:52 -- univcomm
What do the Lindbergh baby, a mysterious English garden, and a Shakespearian love story have in common? They are all part of the Byrum Hall's 2002-2003 season at Anderson University. Comprised of six productions that range in genre from captivating drama to comedic opera, the season is partially funded by the Boze Lyric Theatre Series. This additional support provides a unique opportunity for the growth of musical theatre and opera at Anderson University. The season opens Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 10-12, with Brave Navigator by David Valdes Greenwood. This captivating play was inspired by “the crime of the century,” the 1932 kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby. Through flashbacks to the trial and her marriage, the widow of America’s early aviator hero reveals the true story of the kidnapping.

On Nov. 14-17, the Boze Lyric Theatre presents The Secret Garden, a heartwarming classic based on the beloved children's story. Created for Broadway in the early 1990s by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Marsha Norman and composer Lucy Simon, this timeless story of discovery and awakening is sure to capture the imaginations of young and old alike.

Scrooge’s Christmas captures the heart of the season. This musical adaptation by Logan White of the Dickens classic is perfect for the entire family. This show runs Dec. 13-15.

The AU Opera Workshop presents The Marriage of Figaro, Feb. 14-16. Mozart's ultimate operatic triumph, this boisterous comedy of intrigue and double-cross pits Figaro, the wily "barber of Seville" and his ingenious fiancée Susannah against their lord and master—the vain and hot-tempered Count. Lovers thwarted, plots foiled and the final triumph of goodness and true love will delight the ear and lighten the heart.

The Curious Savage runs March 18-22. In a world filled with greed and dishonesty, this play restores faith in the virtues of kindness and affection. John Patrick’s 1950’s comedy is filled with eccentric characters and madcap antics.

The 2002-2003 season ends with a Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, a classic story of love, romance, villainy, and mischief set in a comedic style. This Elizabethan version of cat and mouse runs April 24-26, and finds two couples sorting through a tangled web of deceit, ultimately proving that love does conquer all.

For more information on the 2002-2003 Byrum Hall season or to order season tickets, click on www.anderson.edu.

---Writer Michelle Lilly works in the Department of Music at Anderson University