Each semester, the branches of Weber State University’s department of performing arts come together to present several different performances for students and the community on campus. The performances for fall 2012 include The Wasps, Antigone, Charm and Lucky Stiff.
Both The Wasps and Antigone will be presented as part of the WSU Greek Theater Festival during Greek Week in September. The Wasps will be performed on Sept. 18 in the Hetzel-Hoellein Room of the Stewart Library at 1:30 pm. Antigone will be performed on Sept. 19 in the Wildcat Theater at 7:30, with an “info-tainment” lecture at 6:30 to provide information about the play.
The Wasps by Aristophanes takes a satirical approach to addressing the Athenian excitement for law courts. It tells the story of a father, Philocleon, who devotes himself to the enthusiasm toward the court system that his fellow countrymen have, and his son, Bdelycleon, who feels his father should devote his life to something nobler.
Sophocles’ Antigone tells the story of Oedipus’ children. This includes his daughter, Antigone, a woman who defies King Creon’s edict by burying her deceased brother.
Charm is a comedic story of American feminist Margaret Fuller and her interactions with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. It was written Kathleen Cahill and is being directed by Tracy Callahan, WSU associate professor of theater. It will play Oct. 2-13 in the Eccles Theater, with an American Sign Language interpretation on Oct. 6. This play features adult situations and language.
Lucky Stiff, written by Lynn Ahrens with music by Stephen Flaherty and directed by WSU theater professor Jim Christian, will play Nov. 2-11. It is a musical telling the story of “an unassuming English shoe salesman (who) is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo in order to inherit $6,000,000. Otherwise, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else to the gun-toting wife of the casino owner,” according to the WSU department of performing arts events calendar.
Each semester since 2004, the department of performing arts and Services to Students with Disabilities have worked together to provide an American Sign Language interpretation for one theater performance each semester. This year, however, they plan to provide even more.
“In 2012-13, we are expanding this commitment to cover the first Saturday performance of every production,” said Caril Jennings, marketing director of the department of performing arts. “We are thrilled about this continuing partnership with Amelia Williams and the Office of Students with Disabilities and excited to provide these services to our students and WSU patrons throughout the community.”
These performances will cost $9 for students, WSU employees and those with military I.D. For all others, the tickets will cost $12 each.
The department of performing arts has already chosen its spring semester performances as well. These include The Will Rogers Follies, The Comedy of Oedipus and Mozart’s Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute).