Previewing Clarksville Little Theatre's season [Theater]

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Gypsies will be seen, Rumors will be flying, and Hair will take center stage, among other shows, during the upcoming 2010-2011 theatre season at Clarksville Little Theatre.

All shows will take place at the Clarksville Little Theatre, located at 301 E. Montgomery Avenue in Clarksville, IN. Gypsy will open up CLT's season in September (auditions on July 11), followed by Rumors in November, Once on This Island in January, The Shadow Box in March, and Hair in May.

Season ticket subscriptions are now available. Single season tickets are $60 per person, and double season tickets are $110. Meanwhile, season tickets for students aged 13-18 and seniors are $48 per person, and season tickets for children aged 6-12 are available for $32 per person. An information form is available at the Clarksville Little Theatre website.

Donations for the theatre will also be accepted via the CLT website, Paypal, check, or money order.

Gypsy

Stardom and stage mothers are the focus of the opening show, Gypsy, which will have auditions on July 11 and a show in September.

Auditions for Gypsy will take place at the theatre on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. Males and females 16 years of age and older are needed for principle and adult chorus roles. Children eight to 15 years of age are also needed for principle and children's chorus positions. More information on the audition can be found in the news section of the Clarksville Little Theatre website.

In Gypsy, based on Gypsy Rose Lee's 1957 memoirs, features a stage mother, Rose, looking to make Gypsy, once known as Louise, and sister June stars on the Vaudeville circuit. The show looks at the struggles of the show business life as well as a profile of what Sondheim.com calls "the quintessential stage mother".

The production Gypsy feature Stephen Sondheim's lyrics, Jule Styne's music, and Arthur Laurents's book. Debra Rice Endris will direct the Clarksville Little Theatre production.

Performances of Gypsy will take place on September 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 18.

Rumors

Reputations are on the line when murder and other mysterious events take place during a night in the Neil Simon-created Rumors, which will run at Clarksville Little Theatre in November.

Rumors is a farce that features couples of a higher social class in New York going to a dinner party. They will soon find themselves attempting to hide the events of the night when they discover there are no servants and the deputy mayor of New York City has killed himself.

Simon penned Rumors, which will be directed by Mike Seely. The production went to Broadway at both the Broadhurst Theatre and the Ethel Barrymore Theatre between 1988 and 1990.

Rumors will be performed at Clarksville Little Theatre on November 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, and 13.

Once on This Island

Gods, love, death, and social class play a part in the Broadway and Off-Broadway classic Once on This Island, which will occur in January.

Once on This Island tells the love story of two lovers from varying social classes. Ti Moune, raised an orphan but on a path in life delivered the Asaka, the Earth mother, falls in love with Daniel Beauxhomme after rescuing him from a car crash. However, Papa Ge, the Demon of Death, presents Ti Moune with a choice: Either kill Daniel or Papa Ge takes Ti Moune's soul.

Novels and other stories brought about inspiration for Once On This Island, including Rosa Guy's My Love, My Love, Romeo and Juliet, and Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

Lynn Ahrens created the book and lyrics for Once on This Island while Stephen Flaherty wrote the music. Kevin Swansey will direct the production for Clarksville Little Theatre, which will take place January 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, and 15.

The Shadow Box

Varying views on life and death are the focus of the Michael Cristofer play The Shadow Box, which will be seen at the theatre in March.

The Shadow Box focuses on three completely different terminally ill patients and their loved ones at a hospice who, through a day of interviews, talk about their thoughts on death and dying.

The production was created by Cristofer afer seeing two of his friends battle cancer. He gained a Pulitzer Prize for his work. The Shadow Box, meanwhile, went to Broadway at the Morosco Theatre in 1977. Mandy Patinkin, of The Princess Bride fame, performed the role of Mark while on Broadway.

Nancy Hoover will direct The Shadow Box, which will be performed at Clarksville Little Theatre on March 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, and 12.

Hair

The dawning of the age of Aquarius will be featured in Clarksville Little Theatre's production of the rock musical Hair, set to close out the theatre's season in May 2011.

The musical deals with a group of bohemians, known as a tribe, in New York City during the counter-culture and sexual revolution era of the 1960s. The group is complete with free spirits, long hair, and political activists who rail against the Vietnam War.

James Rado and Gerome Ragni wrote the book and lyrics for Hair while Galt MacDermot created the music. The musical ran on Broadway from 1968-1972 at the Biltmore Theatre. A revival is currently at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, also on Broadway.

Ron Johnson will direct the Clarksville Little Theatre production, which will be performed May 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, and 21.

More information on any of the shows, Gypsy auditions, or season tickets can be found by going to the Clarksville Little Theatre website.

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