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Highland Summer Theatre Season to Feature 4 Productions
Season opens May 26-30 with “The Foreigner” and concludes in July with pop-culture musical, “The Addams Family.”
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 4-7-2015
Season tickets will be on sale soon for the 49th annual Highland Summer Theatre season presented by the Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance. Subscriptions are $66 for four shows—two plays and two musical productions. After they are mailed, brochures will also be available to download at MSUTheatre.com.
The 2015 season begins with Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner,” a wacky comedy that is a self-imposed “fish out of water” story. Charlie is afraid to engage strangers in conversation, so when his friend Froggy leaves him alone he tells everyone Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. This exposes Charlie to much more than he ever wanted to know. It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 26-30 in the Andreas Theatre and is made possible by the General Mills Gift Matching Program. It is the only show Minnesota State Mankato has presented before, back in the summer of 1991. It will be directed by 2010 MFA Directing alum Susan Vee Hansen.
Up second is the musical “Xanadu,” based on the Universal Pictures’ cult classic featuring Olivia Newton-John. “Xanadu” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. June 10-13 in the Ted Paul Theatre and is made possible by an anonymous gift. It follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, Calif., in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time—the first roller disco. It has a book by Douglas Carter Beane, with music & lyrics by Jeff Lynne (of ELO fame) and John Farrar.
“Doubt,” the powerful drama that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, is up third. Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. The real question, as it turns out, is if the accusation is less about scandal and more about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty. This production, playing at 7:30 p.m. June 23-27, in the Andreas Theatre is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO Programs. It is written by John Patrick Shanley
Closing out the season is pop-culture musical “The Addams Family,” based on the characters created by Charles Addams. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. Not only that, but Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. That’s new for Gomez and Morticia’s relationship. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. “The Addams Family” is sponsored by Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, Farrish Johnson Law Office and Lyle Wichmann.
Season subscriptions are available by mail order only. If you would like a season brochure mailed to you, call the Department office at 507-389-2118 or download one at MSUTheatre.com after April 15. Individual tickets for all shows go on sale May 12 by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, or by calling 507-389-6661 between 4 p.m. & 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Those who would like a Highland Summer Theatre season brochure but did not receive one in the mail may visit this page on the department’s web site and download a copy (full color or black and white): http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/news.html.