Lees-McRae College Performing Arts announces the 2008-2009 academic season performance schedule including Godspell, Dead Man Walking, The Roar of the Grease Paint…the Smell of the Crowd, and The Love of the Nightingale .
The season will open Oct. 1 with Godspell directed by Dr. Janet Barton Speer, running Oct. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., and Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. The show, set in present day, will use Lees-McRae College’s campus as its setting with projections and special lighting used to create locations you may know.
Dead Man Walking, the second show of the season, is a social justice piece and will be directed by Dr. Michael Hannah. Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking and activist against the death penalty, was the keynote speaker during this year’s Convocation ceremony and her second book The Death of Innocents was this year’s Summer Reading Book. The show will run Nov. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 10-11 at 7:30 p.m.
Lees-McRae will present the annual Candlelight Christmas Concert, directed by Jim Taylor, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Once again student, faculty and staff works will be presented in a variety of forms: singing, readings, instrumentals, dance, poetry, and many more. This festive and entertaining concert will surely leave you in the Christmas spirit.
The spring semester will begin with a piece directed by Steve Parrish titled The Roar of the Grease Paint….the Smell of the Crowd. This musical will be presented March 4-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2 p.m. This musical discusses the maintenance of social class separation in British society in the 1960s and was written in the heat of it all in 1965 by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.
The final production on the main stage this year is The Love of the Nightingale, directed by Dr. Tessa Carr. This play, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, was first commissioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company and was published in 1989. The text centers on an adaptation of the Greek legend of the rape of Philomena by her brother-in-law Tereus and the revenge by Philomena and her sister. The play is a feminist look at society and the role of women within it.
All productions will be held in Hayes Auditorium and will have tickets sold at the door one hour prior to show time – there is no box office daily or weekly. Please arrive early to purchase tickets the night of the show. There is no reserved seating. For more information, check out our website at www.go.lmc.edu/performances or call (828) 898-8709 for an automated message system.