Season subscriptions and individual tickets to the 2016-17 Mainstage theatre season, presented by Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen, are on sale at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center box office.
The series has moved from a four-show season to six shows this season, which will allow students to have more opportunities on stage while giving the audience more variety, said Jayme McGhan, director of the School of Stage and Screen.
“This season is especially unique as we welcome a number of nationally renowned professional guest artists, including actors and designers, who will partner with us on these immensely exciting productions,” McGhan said.
“Each show in the season has a unique and powerful performance style, design form and story, from the grounded emotional realities of ‘Resident Alien,’ ‘Intimate Apparel’ and ‘This Is Our Youth,’ to the heightened theatricality and spectacle of ‘In the Soundless Awe’ and ‘Hair,’ to the classic tragic arc of ‘King Lear.’”
The season begins with “Resident Alien,” a musical written by WCU assistant professor Katya Stanislavskaya. It is a story about a family in the throes of Russian/Soviet Union immigration in the 1990s and the personal choices they are faced with in a new world. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, through Saturday, Sept. 24, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Hoey Auditorium.
“Intimate Apparel” is a personal exploration of race and class at the turn of the 20th century centered on Esther, a talented African-American seamstress living in Manhattan. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 5, through Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Bardo Art Center’s Black Box Theatre.
After being wrongly court-martialed and disgraced as captain of the USS Indianapolis, a warship hit by two Japanese torpedoes in 1945, Butler McVay III put a gun to his head after many years of night terrors. “In the Soundless Awe” imagines McVay’s final nightmare. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, through Saturday, Nov. 19, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Hoey Auditorium.
“This Is Our Youth” is a snapshot of the moment between adolescence and adulthood of three lost young souls in New York City at the beginning of the Ronald Reagan era. It will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Black Box Theatre.
Renowned as one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, “King Lear” comes to Hoey Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 18, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The series concludes with the popular rock musical “Hair,” a beloved and controversial 1960s show that tells the story of the Tribe, a group of politically active, longhaired hippies of the Age of Aquarius living a bohemian lifestyle in New York City. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, through Saturday, April 8, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at Hoey Auditorium.
“We will also be hosting talkbacks with the audience after each show, bringing in WCU faculty and other area experts to facilitate engaging dialogue once the curtain has closed,” McGhan said.
Mainstage subscriptions are $47 for faculty, staff and seniors, $66 for adults and $30 for students. Individual tickets for musicals are $16 for faculty, staff and seniors, $22 for adults and $10 for students the day of the show and $7 in advance. Individual tickets for plays are $11 for faculty, staff and seniors, $16 for adults and $10 for students on the day of the show and $7 in advance.
Subscriptions and tickets can be purchased online at bardoartscenter.wcu.edu or by calling the box office at 828-227-2479.