BPCC THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 SEASON

Release date: August 16, 2018

Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the 2018-2019 Performing Arts Theatre season, an assorted lineup of four classic and contemporary plays in repertory, which are working their way to the stage beginning in October.

“We’re all very excited to bring to our audiences this delightful season,” says Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of Communication and Performing Arts. “From the bittersweet tropical love story of Once on this Island to the fun-filled woodland romp of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we will present wide selection of plays and musicals that are sure to please. Adding Sleeping Beauty, and the comedy, Hold Me to the mix, I know that you won’t want to miss a single one of them.”

The BPCC Theatre offers season ticket options that give patrons the opportunity to catch every show at a bargain price. “Buying season tickets is the best insurance for seeing them all,” Crawford says.

Early-Bird Season Memberships are $45 each and are on sale now through September 1.They are $60 from September 2 through October 21. Each membership includes two tickets to each of the four productions.

The season of plays presented by the Cavalier Players is as follows:

Once on the Island
(musical)
Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
October 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m.
October 14, and 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Once on this Island is based on the 1985 book My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, which is set in the Caribbean and is the retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. In My Love, My Love the boundary is socio-economical and in The Little Mermaid the boundary is land and sea. There have been connections made to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as well, which again tells the story of a young couple whose families oppose their love and try to keep them apart.

“A bewitching musical that celebrates love, resilience and the spirit of hope.”
—Daily News

For Teenage and older audiences

Sleeping Beauty
(children’s show)
Adapted by Stephen w. Slaughter
Feb. 1, 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Sleeping Beauty is the 29th annual original children’s show adapted by the founder of the BPCC Theatre Program, the late Professor Stephen W. Slaughter.

This zany new version of the traditional story is set in Spain and contains everyone you would ever expect to meet, including talking burros, famous playwrights, nice and evil fairies, beautiful princesses, handsome princes, and gigantic monsters, all stirred up with a magic potion that will enchant everyone. Sleeping Beauty is a funny and family oriented play for everyone to enjoy!

Please make plans now for you and your children to meet Sleeping Beauty and all the others in this delightful musical show.

For children of all ages.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
(comedy)
by William Shakespeare
April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.
April 7 and 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the complicated love story of Hemia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena that is further complicated by Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of Fairies, and a group of craftsman rehearsing a play where the lovers have escaped.

Add in the mischievous Puck amidst the fairy scheme and anything is possible to go awry – including turning a man into a donkey. In the midst of the chaos, the characters wake up in the forest wishing the night’s events had not taken place. Did the events take place? Or was it all a dream?

For Teenage and older audiences.

Hold me
(comedy)
by Jules Feiffer
August 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.
August 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Blending together a series of sketches, skits and vignettes, this delightful revue populates the stage with the engaging and all-too-human characters made famous through the author’s renowned cartoons. The theme is the plight of today’s city dweller, and the hang-ups, personality difficulties, identity crises and assorted mishaps which beset those trapped in what may begin as urban confusion but all too often ends as urban anguish. Staged with the utmost simplicity, and with each performer assuming a variety of roles, the play abounds in warmth and humor, and in the sad/funny truths that, in the final essence, are the very stuff of life.

“…chemically pure, perfectly proportioned, out of its mind and devastatingly funny.” —NY Times.

“It is humor that is compounded of the cerebral and visceral and is exhilaratingly funny.” —The Hollywood Reporter.

For Teenage and older audiences.

For more information about the season or BPCC Theatre, please contact us at 318-678-6525 or kcondon@bpcc.edu.