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NSU Theatre and Dance Program Schedule

NATCHITOCHES, LA – Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present timeless classics as well as contemporary and original works during its 2012-13 season.

This season's schedule includes Smokey Joe's Café on Oct. 11-13 and 17-20, A Midsummer Night's Dream on Nov. 7-10, Eleemosynary on Feb. 21-23 and Feb. 27 – March 2, West Side Story on March 20-23 and Revelations of Dance on April 19-20.

"Because of the continued growth of our department, this year's schedule will have shows that allow us to showcase our talent as well as shows that call for large casts," said Coordinator of Theatre and Dance and Artistic Director Scott Burrell. "Shows like West Side Story allow us to get our new students on stage while one like Smoky Joe's Café let us present our talented upperclassmen."

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and theArts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Tickets can be purchased online at theatre.nsula.edu. Northwestern Theatre and Dance also offers a "Five for Fifty" plan that allows patrons to buy and combination of five tickets for $50. The plan can include one ticket to each show, five tickets for one show or a combination. "Five for Fifty" does not include the Christmas Gala.

Smokey Joe's Café pays homage to some of America's most iconic musical tunes and is one of the busiest and most accessible musical revues ever written. This song and dance celebration of rock & roll will make you smile, laugh, sing and clap. Whether you were born in the 50s or the 90s, the unforgettable tunes will find a place in your heart thanks to thisshow. Pia Wyatt is the director and Andrew Lewis is musical director.

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is set in 19th century colonial India and is the delicate balance between the struggle for survival and the longing for escape. The play chronicles the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors including their interactions with a duke, a duchess and mythical creatures.Lewis is the director.

Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing is a group of fragmented vignettes of the lives of three fascinating women as they struggle to define themselves both as individuals and as part of a family unit. In this poignant and humorous study of familial relationships, Blessing highlights the humanneed for connection and forgiveness. Dr. Vicki Parrish is the director.

West Side Story transfers the tale of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to New York City. The love story of Romeo and Juliet becomes that of Tony and Maria, and the feud between the houses of the Montagues and the Capulets is re-created as an ongoing war involving the two teen-aged gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. With book by Arthur Laurents, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story is one of the true American musical classics. It has unforgettable songs such as Somewhere, Maria, I Feel Pretty and Tonight. Burrell is the director, Wyatt is choreographer, Lewis is musical director and Dr. Douglas Bakenhus will conduct the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra.

Revelations of Dance will be performed on April 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium with a matinee performance on April 20 at 2 p.m. The show will feature the NSU Dance Company, NSU Tap Ensemble and collaboration with dance students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. The performance will celebrate dance and showcase an eclectic style of genres. Revelations of Dance will include original and restyled works by Brett Alan Garfinkel, Kirstin Riehl, RebeccaMorgan and Renee Oates.

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