Theatre and Dance Announces Heavy-Hitting 2006-2007 Season

Photo of the November 2005 Dance Concert

The energy and excitement at the November 2005 Dance Concert is just a preview of things to come for the 2006-2007 Theatre and Dance season at Southeast Missouri State University.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., June 7, 2006 — The 2006-2007 Theatre and Dance season at Southeast Missouri State University, the final mainstage season at the Forrest H. Rose Theatre, promises to be among the most exciting years yet with productions of “Noises Off,” the Fall Dance Concert, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the Spring Dance Concert and “42nd Street.”

Considered one of the most hilarious productions ever seen on stage, Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” is a meticulously plotted play within a play, tracing a comic path of destruction that begins during “Nothing On’s” (the play within the play’s) dress rehearsal and ends in pandemonium at its final performance. Filled with stock characters playing stock characters, “Noises Off” is a hall of mirrors where artifice and “reality” are almost indistinguishable.  “Noises Off” will run at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 5-7, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

Southeast’s annual Fall Dance Concert is, year by year, becoming one of Southeast’s most well-attended and popular events.  With dance styles ranging from tap to jazz to ballet to hip hop to traditional and cultural dance, each piece is its own entity, and audiences are transported with each number. The Fall Dance Concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” the classic play by Tennessee Williams, tells the feverish story of the pathetic mental and emotional demise of a determined, yet fragile, repressed and delicate Southern lady born to a once-wealthy family of Mississippi planters. Her impoverished, tragic downfall is showcased in the squalid, cramped and tawdry French Quarter one-bedroom apartment of her married sister and animalistic brother-in-law.  Truly one of America’s most famous plays, “A Streetcar Named Desire” will play at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and March 1-3, and at 2 p.m. March 4 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

Exciting student choreography and cutting edge informal dance pieces will be highlighted again in the year’s Spring Dance Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. March 14-15 in Parker Dance Studio.

Possibly the largest production ever seen at Southeast Missouri State University, “42nd Street” will be presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Department of Music.  “42nd Street” tells the story of the production of a big Broadway show, and demonstrates how a twist of fate can catapult an understudy to stardom. With a high-energy cast, audiences will be thrilled by a stage filled with high-kicking chorus girls, immaculate tapping, and some of the most memorable show tunes in Broadway history.  “42nd Street” will we performed at 7:30 p.m. April 20-21 and April 26-28, and at 2 p.m. April 22 and 29 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

The Department of Theatre and Dance is excited to be offering such a diverse and thrilling season next year. This will be the last mainstage season in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre before the opening of Southeast’s new River Campus.  Please join in celebrating 30 years of incredible progress in Southeast’s performing arts by attending these exciting productions.

Season tickets are available at a 20 percent discount beginning July 15 and through Sept. 22 by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265.