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GWC Theater Arts Department announces their 2018-2019 Season of Plays and Musicals

Just announced, the Golden West College Theater Arts department 2018-2019 theater season promises to be one of its most exciting seasons to date. Plans call for the Theater Arts department to produce two musicals and two plays in its Mainstage Theater and two plays in its smaller Stage West Theater as part of the Stage West Play Series.

Tickets to the 2018-2019 season are on sale 24-hours a day at www.gwctheater.com or through the box office at 714-895-8150.

The 2018-2019 theater season will offer an excellent lineup of productions featuring a talented and diverse group of authors, performers and designers.

Mainstage Theater

 

DRACULA

By Steven Dietz
Directed by Tom Amen
October 5-14, 2018

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is as immortal as its title character, and playwright Steven Dietz has done a masterful job of resurrecting the terror and eroticism of the original gothic masterpiece!
An ancient horror is unleashed upon the world when a young English solicitor travels to an isolated castle in Transylvania to execute a real estate transaction with a mysterious nobleman; Count Dracula. Landing on the shores of England to occupy his newly purchased home, Dracula soon begins to prey upon the local population, attempting to satisfy his unquenchable thirst for blood with a host of nubile and willing young necks. Ultimately, there is only one man with a chance of stopping the carnage; an aging doctor with a fervent belief in what his fellow scientists consider mere superstition – a belief in the Undead!

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

SISTER ACT

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner
Directed and choreographed by Martie Ramm

November 9-18, 2018 When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community. Soon, the gang finds themselves up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film. Featuring original music by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, Sister Act is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.

 

2019

 

THE GREAT GOD PAN

By Amy Herzog
Directed by Tom Amen
March 8 – 17, 2019

Haunting, insightful, and unfailingly honest, The Great God Pan is a compact, yet complex study of the ways in which seismic events often pass with barely a tremor on the surface of our lives.

But what of the possible aftershocks?

When a chance encounter between two childhood acquaintances uncovers a startling secret, a young man’s well-ordered world is suddenly rocked to its foundation!

Captivating in its depiction of myriad possibilities, The Great God Pan is not a play of answers, but of questions; chief among them the question of what is lost and what is won when we are
exposed to potentially life-altering truths?

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Words by Sir William Gilbert and Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Directed and Choreographed by Martie Ramm
April 26 – May 5, 2019

A hilarious farce featuring spirited yet sentimental pirates, a handsome but confused apprentice, an aging nurse maid, a very beautiful girl and her gaggle of very beautiful sisters, an eccentric Major General and a squad of bumbling but zany policemen, The Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera in two acts by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. Also known as The Slave of Duty, the opera tells the tale of a young man named Frederic who leaves the zany band of pirates he was raised by to find true love and respectability. When the Pirate King turns up to call on an old debt, Frederic must choose between the girl he loves and his sense of duty. The Pirates of Penzance continues to be the most entertaining of the operettas by the famed Gilbert and
Sullivan.

 

Stage West Play Series

 

FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS

By Alan Ball
Directed by Luke Yankee
October 26 – 28, 2018 in the Stage West Theater

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, the women come to realize that despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than any of them do with the bride in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

NOTE: This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

 

AMERICAN LA RONDE

By Steven Dietz
Directed by Rory Cowan
April 5 – 7, 2019 in the Stage West Theater

A simple silver bracelet travels through the lives of ten bold and desperate lovers, giving us a glimpse of the intrigue and heartache left in its wake. Sexy, literate, emotional, and highly theatrical, AMERICAN LA RONDE is a fully contemporary re-imagining of Arthur Schnitzler’s notorious play Reigen, known in its French translation as La Ronde.

NOTE: 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 or to purchase tickets, visit www.gwctheater.com.