The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
October 24, 25 & 26, 7:30 p.m.
Music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman, additional Material by Jay Reiss
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn the thrill of victory and agony of defeat in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The show's Tony Award-winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. For mature audiences.
Night of One-Acts
January 23, 24 & 25, 7:30 p.m.
Join the Blair Academy Players for an evening of student-directed, one-act plays performed in Wean Theatre. Please check the Blair website for details in mid-January 2014.
Bye Bye Birdie
February 13, 14 & 15, 7:30 p.m.
Book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Lee Adams, originally produced by Edward Padula
Bye Bye Birdie is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time. It is a satire done with the fondest affection and tells the story of a rock and roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. An English Teacher, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin' to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose are musical theatre classics. Bye Bye Birdie is simply a good, old-fashioned, fun musical that boasts four Tony Awards for Musical, Director, Choreography and Supporting or Featured Actor and The Outer Critics Circle Award for Musical.
All My Sons
May 8, 9 & 10, 7:30 p.m.Wean Theatre
By Arthur Miller
When Arthur Miller's All My Sons
received the Circle Award for Best American Play of the season in 1947 by The New York Drama Critics, the citation stated that the award was given to this particular play "because of the frank and uncompromising presentation of a timely and important theme; because of the honesty of the writing and the accumulative power of the scenes; and because it reveals a genuine instinct for the theatre in an intelligent and thoughtful new playwright." Arthur Miller's masterpiece tells the story of a war profiteer who made his money selling defective munitions to the Army and the reaction of his family when they learn about it. It is told against a single setting of an ordinary American backyard.
As You Like It
May 15, 16 & 17, 7:30 p.m.
Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre
By William Shakespeare
Though widely considered to be part of Shakespeare’s comic canon, As You Like It
also takes a walk on the dark side. It is a study in contrasts, a pastoral comedy and romance with a satirical bite. The play moves between the vengeful world of the court and the pastoral rejuvenation of the Forest of Arden. Rosalind, daughter of a disgraced duke—who has the most lines of any female character in the canon—is banished. She assumes the identity of a boy named Ganymede and travels with her cousin and the jester Touchstone to the forest, where love, laughter and learning coincide. What better place to experience the anarchy of Arden Forest than the Robert J. Evans Open Air Theatre?