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Department of Theatre and Dance Announces 2014-15 Season

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 15, 2014) –The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri has announced its 2014-15 season, Kaleidoscope.

The season opens with The Wedding Singer Oct. 8-12 in the James L. Highlander Theatre. Based on the hit film, the musical is directed by John Wilson,with musical direction by Kristee Haney and Rob Lawrence and choreography by Ashley Miller. The performance examines confusion and humor of on-again, off-again relationships.

Nickel and Dimed by Joan Holden, based on the novel of the same name by Barbara Ehrenreich, will be presented Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in the Nickerson Hall BlackBox Theatre under the direction of Julie Rae Mollenkamp. The play is about an author who sets out to research minimum wage life firsthand, confident she was prepared for the worst.

Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, directed by Richard Herman, will be presented Nov. 18-22 in the Highlander Theatre. The play follows the newlywed couple Paul and Corie as they begin married life. You can see how their lives become complicated by Corie’s meddling mother and their eccentric neighbor, yielding hilarious results.

Spring semester begins with a superhero inspired dance concert, KA-POW!, directed by Ashley Miller. This dance concert explores the heroes that exist in our everyday lives, that live in our imaginations, comic books, and on the silver screen. It runs Feb. 5-7 in the Highlander Theatre.

Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas will be directed by John Wilson March 4-8. What started as a 1954 Welsh radio drama was adapted into a stage play. An omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a fictional small Welsh fishing village.

The season finale, Spring Awakening, is a fresh, modern, and exciting rock musical that boldly navigates youth and the thrilling, confusing time of adolescent self-discovery, as well as the shared experience of coming of age. Mollenkamp directs this musical based on the controversial German play of the same name that was banned due to its frank portrayal of human sexuality. The Tony-, Drama Desk- and Grammy-award-winning show runs April 22-26 in the Highlander Theatre.

Season tickets for the 2014-2015 season are $70 for the general public, $55 for UCM faculty and staff or senior citizens and military personnel, and $35 for UCM students. A season subscriber receives substantial savings, choice seating, ticket insurance, and exchange privileges.

Season tickets may be purchased by calling the UCM Department of Theatre and Dance at 660-543-4020. Children under the age of 5 are not admitted to mainstage and studio productions.