Mainstage Theatre and Dance Productions
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The Rocky Horror Show
Music, lyrics and book: Richard O'Brien
Director: Janeve West
Music Director: Lee Nguyen
Choreographer: Alvon Reed, Cornell College Artist in Residence
Thursday, October 26th at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 27th at 7:30 and 10:30 pm
Saturday, October 28th at 7:30 and 10:30 pm
This hilarious homage to the classic B sci-fi and horror films, may be best known for its original leading man, Tim Curry, and for the audience participation that is strongly encouraged throughout this playfully subversive, more than slightly raunchy ride through the time-warp. This wildly campy musical hit the London stage in 1973 and went on to become the classic cult film where audiences arrived in costume, threw props, shouted responses and danced in the aisles. Vulgar jokes, racy costumes, puns and pop-culture references definitely make it for mature audiences who are ready to laugh their way through this naughty, off-beat musical spoof.
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky." Audiences will join the party hosted by a secret and rotating guest narrator (SSSHHHH, DON’T TELL) each night of the production. (You won’t believe who’s stepping into this role!)
Following the tradition of high audience interaction, CCTD will have a costume contest and audiences have the opportunity to purchase a “Rocky Horror Prop Bag” for a nominal fee. This bag will include props to use during the musical, as well as an interactive guide. Watch for more information on ways to join in on the party where the theme is “Don’t Dream it. Be it!”
This production is intended for adult audiences and will offer one showing on October 26 and two showings on October 27 and 28.
The Complete History of America (Abridged)
By Adam Long, Austin Tichenor, and Reed Martin
Director: Caroline Price
Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre
Dec. 14-16 at 7:30 pm
Dec. 17 at 2:00 pm
**Auditions for this production will be open to the public.
Auditions will take place in October, 2017.
600 years of history in 6000 seconds … history will never be the same! From Washington to Watergate, yea verily from the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from New World to New World Order – The Complete History of America (Abridged) is a ninety-minute rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American History, reminding us that it's not the length of your history that matters — it's what you've done with it! Brought to you by the same company that offered a good-natured bash of the Bard in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), this production cheerfully runs riot over our nation’s history. Deploying silly vaudeville sketches, word-association games, puns and crude parodies, nothing is sacred and everything is up for laughs.
Spring Director's Lab and Dance Recital
Spring Dance Recital
Directed and choreographed by Alvon Reed
Plumb-Fleming Black Box Theatre
March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
**Auditions for this production is open only to Cornell College students.
by Tracy Letts
Director: Jay Edelnant, guest director from the University of Northern Iowa
May 3 - 5th at 7:30 pm
May 6th at 2:00 pm
**Auditions for this production are open to the public. Audition dates TBD.
Their titles are firmly set in memory. Often, they are the great plays you saw or read. You know them: the How-Dysfunctional-Can-a-Family-Get plays. Start at the beginning: Agammemnon, Oedipus, Medea, King Lear, Macbeth, Richard the Third, Three Sisters, A Doll House, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Death of a Salesman, Little Foxes, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf . . .
What’s the attraction? Is it sitting in the dark thinking: “OMG, maybe I don’t have it so tough at home after all!” or even better: “How did they know that—that’s my mother up there!”
The appeal is enormous. As Tolstoy said: “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." And the Westons, of Osage County, Oklahoma not only echo the great themes of the towering unhappy families but make their unhappiness uniquely American and contemporary.
Tracy Letts won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 5 Tony Awards for August and followed it up with a Tony in 2012 for his performance as George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. His early plays, Killer Joe and Bug are bloody and provocative. His later work, The Man from Nebraska, August, Superior Donuts (yes, the one ripped off for the TV sit-com) are more contemplative and evocative. You’ve seen him on Seinfeld, Homeland, The Big Short, and Divorce. He’s been a company member of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago since 2002.
You spent the holidays with your family. Spend May Day with the Westons.