Monday, August 11, 2008

Shakespeare, Witches and Buddy Holly

What do those three things have in common? Well, in addition to all weighing at least as much as a duck, they are all part of Tacoma Little Theatre's newly selected 2008/2009 season.

After some recent staffing changes, TLT has shuffled existing plans for next season around, and settled on a fresh lineup that runs the gamut from classics to Oscar winners to rock and roll biographies.

Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespearian comic banter at its finest. My favorite of the comedies, and a great opportunity for at least two great local actors. (If you can stomach Keanu Reeves Keanu-Reevesing his way through Shakespeare, go find the Kenneth Branagh version of this one, just for Branah and Emma Thompson as Beatrice and Benedict. You'll see what I mean.)

Leading Ladies - Because no season would be complete without at least a little cross-dressing, and they didn't get that out of the way with the Shakespeare, this Ken Ludwig-written (Lend Me A Tenor, among others) comedy will be directed by interim Artistic Director Doug Kerr.

Dear Santa - A Norm Foster Christmas play about which I know basically nothing.

The Crucible - The subject of many a high school English course, Arthur Miller's 1950s play takes a sharp look at McCarthyism through the lens of 1600s witch trials.

On Golden Pond - Perhaps best known for the multiple-Oscar-winning 1981 adaptation, this potential tear-jerker is set to be directed by Tacoma theatre mainstay (and comic book merchant) John Munn.

The Buddy Holly Story - Exactly what it sounds like. A rock and roll romp through the life, music and death of Buddy Holly. Sounds like a crowd-pleaser, as long as you've got the right cast (considering that at least a few of them need to be able to both play and act).

All told, it sounds like it has the potential to be a great return to form for TLT. There is a lot of opportunity for great actors to strut there stuff, which also means that a large portion of the season will rest squarely on their performances, so hopefully the casting sufficiently supports the choice of plays. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the result.


Andrew Fry said...

Sounds like a great season. Thanks for the run down.

I look forward to the Shakespeare and Buddy Holly shows especially.

Anonymous said...

I can only hope that Doug Kerr has more skill at running a theatre than he does at communicating with people. No matter what he thinks, he is no king.

The season looks promising. I only hope people will come and work for him.

As a side note, running a non-profit theatre is much different that running a theater department at a community college.

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