“Two Nobodies” Come to Oglethorpe’s Stage in [title of show]

In their first production of 2011, Oglethorpe University’s Theatre Department will present the award-winning musical [title of show] on February 10-12 at 8:00 p.m. in the Conant Performing Arts Center.

Based on the story of its own creation, [title of show] (that’s right—that’s the name of the production) is a 2008 Broadway musical based on the music and lyrics of  Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell.  The play follows ”two nobodies” in New York who set out to write a musical about two nobodies in New York who set out to write a musical.  Got it?

In [title of show], Hunter and Jeff enlist the help of two friends—actresses, who get them through everything from writer’s block to casting troubles. Still, the dilemma remains: will the show end up being “pretty good” to hundreds of audience members, or will it prove to be “Nine People’s Favorite Thing?” Regardless, this musical about four friends trying to make their dreams come true is both hysterical and inspiring.

Tickets are available at the door on the nights of the show for $7—or free to those with a valid Petrel Pass.

Kick Off a New Season with OU Theatre

Oglethorpe’s Theatre Department is starting the year off right by welcoming new Theatre Director/Visiting Assistant Professor Matt Huff and by offering ways for both Theatre and non-theatre majors to get involved.

The 2010 Season kicks off this week with Georgia Shakespeare’s “Welcome Back” Mixer for OU Students on Wednesday, August 25 at 6 pm in the Conant Performing Arts Center. (Georgia Shakespeare is Oglethorpe’s professional theatre in residence.) Come schmooze and eat pizza with the GA Shakes staff, OU Theatre faculty and students and learn about the exciting theatrical opportunities available to you this year.

Immediately following the mixer, auditions for Stop Kiss by Diana Son and Women Beware Women by Thomas Middleton will be held from 7:30-10 pm in Rehearsal Room A (third floor of Conant). All actors are welcome! Auditions will consist of cold readings of scenes from the scripts that will be provided. Not familiar with the plays? Check out copies in the Theatre Office (2nd Floor, Conant)–but please return them quickly as there are only a few copies of each.

Callbacks for Stop Kiss will be held the following night, Thursday, August 26 from 6:30-9:30pm. Rehearsals will begin the weekend of August 28. Callbacks for Women Beware Women will be scheduled in a few weeks.

In Stop Kiss, hardened New Yorker Callie befriends an optimistic newcomer to the city, Sarah, and the two unexpectedly fall for each other. Their first kiss, however, is violently interrupted forcing both women on a journey to discover who they are and what they are willing to commit to. Stop Kiss will run September 23-25.

Women Beware Women, Thomas Middleton’s salacious examination of sex, power and politics, is as shockingly depraved today as it was in the 17th century. This rarely performed Jacobean thriller spins a tale of lust and betrayal so destructive, the play easily lives up to its title. Women Beware Women will run November 18-20.

Make plans to take part in these productions–either on stage or in the audience–and be reminded why Princeton Review ranked OU’s Theatre among the top twenty theatre programs in the country.