Theatre at Mary Baldwin2016-17 season
The Mary Baldwin University Theatre Department, in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, plays host to five or more student productions a year. This versatile and intimate black box theatre produces dramas, comedies, experimental plays, and at least one musical per academic year. It is also home to the biennial student-directed One Act Festival held during May Term. As one of the many local theaters in the Staunton area, the Mary Baldwin Theatre Department is a haven for the avid theatre-goer.
All Shows run Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. in the Fletcher Collins Theatre, Deming Fine Arts Building.
By Noel Coward
Directed by Terry Southerington
Described as a cross between a farce and a comedy of manners, Hay Fever is set in the 1920s at the home of retired actress Judith Bliss, her novelist husband, David, and their two bohemian children. Unknown to the others, each of the four has invited a guest for a weekend fling. Judith loves a dramatic scene, and tempers and misunderstandings flare for a while, as daughter Sorrel says, “everyone plays up to mother.”
November 11-13 and 16-20
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Directed by Michelle Laurence
Musical direction by Brian Holsopple
Six awkward preteens compete in the cut-throat world of spelling, vying for the spot of “champion.” The contestants and judges share their struggles to get to the spelling bee, along with their hopes for the future. These talented kids fight their way through increasingly difficult words and puberty, hoping never to hear the “ding” that signals the loss of their dream. The winner gets fame and glory – the losers get a juice box.
By Frederico Garcia Lorca
Directed by Doreen Bechtol
Based on a true story of a young woman who abandons her husband on their wedding day, Lorca’s 20th-century classic captures the elemental forces of buried passions, betrayal, and revenge. Blood Wedding lyrically portrays young lovers who ultimately resist a life prescribed by family, community, and culture.
March 29-April 2
The Play’s the Thing
Student-directed, new one-act play festival
Hay Fever (October 5-9)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (November 11-13 and 16-20)
Blood Wedding (February 15-19)
The Play’s the Thing (May 10-14)