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Montgomery College Announces 2007-08 Theatre Season

Montgomery College’s theatre department has selected a variety of productions for the upcoming 2007-08 season that will have audience members searching for answers, laughing in stitches and surprised by situations. The theatre season will include Home Front by James Duff, Noises Off by Michael Frayn, two separate Actors Workshop productions, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical, with music and lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso. The season will showcase original, contemporary and comical works for audience members.

The season opens in October with Home Front which is also a participating entry for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Home Front is a riveting drama that blends comedy and tragedy as it illuminates the dilemma of a middle-class Texas family unable to comprehend and deal with the deep-seated disaffection of their Vietnam veteran son. This production will be performed October 10-13 on the Mainstage at Montgomery College. It is produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Next on the Mainstage is Noises Off by Michael Frayn. This landmark comedy, set for a late April run, follows the on- and off-stage antics of a touring company as they fumble from dress rehearsal to the disastrous last night of their production of the sex comedy, Nothing On. Everything that can go wrong does, as the cast desperately tries to hang on to their lines, their performances and their clothing, resulting in a hilarious descent into chaos. It is produced through special arrangement with Samuel French.

The season will also include two different Actors Workshop productions. The Actors Workshop series are specialized for the Performing Arts Lab (PAL) at the college. The students in the Actors Workshop series minimize the peripherals of sets, costumes and lighting and concentrate on character development. The Actors Workshop performances are built to provide audience members with a more personal experience with the play. The admission price for the Actors Workshops are “pay what you will” supporting the theatre productions and department. The fall workshop performance will be November 15-17.

The last production of the season is The Great American Trailer Park Musical, music and lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso. This popular musical begins with a new tenant at Armadillo Acres--and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, the storms begin to brew. Produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, this production will hit the stage in June.

Theatre season tickets can be purchased by contacting Amy Cooper, program coordinator for theatre/fine arts at (936) 273-7021 or amy.f.cooper@lonestar.edu. The season ticket price is $35 for the five Montgomery College theatre productions. Season ticket holders will receive name recognition in all theatre programs and reserved seating. Ticket prices for individual shows are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students/staff/faculty. Additional information regarding the theatre department at Montgomery College is located on-line at montgomery-college.com/theatre. Call now for ticket reservations and discount tickets.

All titles are subject to change without notice pending availability.

Montgomery College is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, visit montgomery.lonestar.edu or call (936) 273-7000.

North Harris Montgomery Community College District, among the largest and fastest-growing community colleges in Texas, comprises North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, Cy-Fair College, six satellite centers and The University Center.