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.

3 comments:

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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