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2013 – 2014 GWC Theater Arts Department Season Announcement

Just announced, the Golden West College Theater Arts department 2013-2014 theater season promises to be one of its most exciting seasons to date.  Plans call for the Theater Arts department to produce four productions in its Mainstage Theater and one production in its smaller Stage West Theater.

The current Theater Arts department season continues to delight audiences.  Remaining productions this season include LOVE LETTERS (February 8-10), the world premiere of Herman Melville’s MOBY DICK (March 8 – 17) and LEGALLY BLONDE, The Musical (May 3-12).

Tickets to the 2013-2014 season will go on sale in May.  Tickets for all Golden West College Theater Arts department productions are on sale 24-hours a day at www.gwctheater.com or at the box office at 714-895-8150.

The 2013-2014 Theater Season will offer an excellent lineup of productions featuring a talented and diverse group of authors, performers and designers.

George Orwell’s 1984

October 11-20, 2013

George Orwell’s chilling prophecy of a totalitarian future comes to life in this riveting new stage adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan.  Directed by Tom Amen.

Though the era in which the novel is set has passed us by, 1984 could not be more timely in its stark vision of a world in which freedom of deed, word, even thought, are subjugated by the state. As the story of one lone man’s fight for individual identity unfolds, Orwell’s unsettling nightmare grows increasingly terrifying as the bureaucratic purgatory it depicts grows uncomfortably familiar. Brilliant in its depiction of a New World Order controlled by tyranny, propaganda, group-think, and the cult of personality, 1984 remains a haunting and desperate cry for the preservation of liberty in our own time.

Please note that this production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS

November 15 – 24, 2013

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Based upon the Paramount Pictures Film

Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Book by David Ives and Paul Blake

Directed and choreographed by Martie Ramm

“May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white.”  Based on one of the best Christmas movies ever, WHITE CHRISTMAS features seventeen Irving Berlin songs including Blue Skies, I Love A Piano, Count Your Blessings, Sisters and the classic holiday favorite and most-recorded tune in history, White Christmas.  The book, by David Ives and Paul Blake, tells the story of the successful song-and-dance team Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, both World War II army veterans, who become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.  When lack of snow threatens to shut the doors for good, the couples stage a show to keep the hearth fires burning.  WHITE CHRISTMAS is a heartwarming musical, a lavish holiday spectacle and perfect entertainment for the entire family.

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE

February 7 – 9, 2014

By Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman

Directed by Martie Ramm

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory that covers all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black.  Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman, LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE uses clothing, accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories about matters of the heart and matters of the closet.  

Please note that this production contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences.

THE GREAT GATSBY

March 7 – 16, 2014

Adapted for the Stage by Simon Levy, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Directed by Tom Amen

The Jazz Age comes alive once more in Simon Levy’s delicate and haunting stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novella. When a young man, Nick Carraway, arrives at a guest cottage on Long Island, he is quickly drawn into the glamorous world of self-made millionaire, Jay Gatsby, who’s dangerous obsession with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan threatens to cast a dark cloud over one brief, decedent summer. Caught up in a whirlwind of lavish parties, extravagant wealth, and smoldering passion, Nick bears witness to an era when bathtub gin was the national drink and illicit sex was the national pastime. Fueled by money, ambition, and a belief in what Fitzgerald called “The orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us”, Gatsby’s meteoric rise and precipitous fall remains a cautionary meditation on the ever-elusive nature of the American Dream.

NOISES OFF

May 2 – 11, 2014

By Michael Frayn

Directed by Martie Ramm

Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop where out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk comedy adventure.  Progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance, Noises Off is a comic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines!  Non-stop laughing is guaranteed!

Please note that this production contains adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences.

For additional information on the Golden West College Theater Arts department and their current season of plays and musicals, visit www.gwctheater.com.