ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College’s Performing Arts Department will stage the musical family favorite “Mary Poppins” this November as part of its 2015-16 lineup of stage, concert and dance productions. Other shows include the ancient Roman comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the pre-World War II drama “A Bright Room Called Day,” the concert presentation of Handel’s Messiah Part II,” and the Desert Dance Theatre Spring Concert.
The season will open Thursday, Oct. 1, with “A Bright Room Called Day,” a drama written by Tony Kushner that concerns a group of German friends in the early 1930s who are caught up in the political turmoil that marked the fall of Germany’s Weimar Republic and the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party. Director Eric DeLora said this production will feature a more intimate setting than other recent shows, with seating being arranged on the stage so that audience members will feel more directly engaged with the story and characters.
“A Bright Room Called Day” will run Thursday, Oct. 1 - Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 3. That production will be followed by the Fall Music Concerts, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 6 – Friday, Oct. 9.
Then, premiering on Friday, Nov. 13, is director Chris Will’s next stage spectacular, “Mary Poppins”! Last year, Will and his amazing crew made it rain on the theatre stage; this year, they will make cast members fly. “Mary Poppins” will run Friday, Nov. 13, and Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., and again Thursday, Nov. 19 – Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.
For Spring 2016, DeLora will direct the Stephen Sondheim musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” which is based on the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus. The show will run Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27 and again Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 5.
Later in March, the Rock Springs and Green River Chorales will join the BOCES Orchestra and other groups under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Josh Wentz, Ph.D. for the second part of Handel’s “Messiah.” This production will complete the undertaking begun last December when those groups presented the first part of the famed Baroque oratorio by 18th-century composer George Frideric Handel. Part Two focuses on celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and promises to be a signature event just in time for Easter.
“Messiah” will have three shows, including evening performances Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, and a 2 p.m. matinee on March 19.
Performing Arts will close out the 2015-16 season with the Desert Dance Theatre Spring Concert on Thursday, April 21 – Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 23. Dance Instructor Britta Joy Peterson, her students and guest choreographers will present another fantastic array of original dance compositions on the WWCC Theatre stage.
Watch the Western home page at westernwyoming.edu for updates and ticket information on the Performing Arts Department’s 2015-16 productions.