Monday, September 10, 2007


ATTENTION, MEDIA: This press release, dated Sept. 10, features time revisions that were made by the Department of Speech and Theatre after the original season-lineup release was distributed on Sept. 7. Please disregard the prior release and use THIS copy. MTSU Speech and Theatre apologizes for any inconvenience.
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Lisa L. Rollins, 615-898-2919


(MURFREESBORO)—Members of MTSU Theatre and Dance will take to the stage once again to deliver a passport for entertainment via the program’s 2007-2008 season, which promises to transport theatergoers through war, love and mid-life crises.
The journey will begin amid the 30-year war with Mother Courage and Her Children, written by Bertolt Brecht in the 1940s, and presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29, Oct. 3 and Oct. 5-6 on the south lawn of the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building (BDA) on the MTSU campus.
“The play examines the result of war on the human spirit, and its message will resonate just as strong today as it did in the midst of World War II,” said Jeff Gibson, director of theater, who adds that the MTSU production will feature “eclectic musical instruments and stunning performances by MTSU students.”
Next, on Nov 2-3 and Nov. 7-10 at 7:30 nightly, William Shakespeare’s classic titled Rome and Juliet will be performed on the stage of Tucker Theatre in the BDA. Audience members, Gibson said, “will be transported to the land of lavish Elizabethan England in our production that will come to life vividly on the stage, as two star-crossed lovers share their tragic but inspiring tale of love and peace.”
The classic tale will feature astounding costumes and scenery, as well as brilliant performances, he added. Additionally, this production will showcase guest artist Lane Davies, MTSU alumnus, as Capulet.
In late November, MTSU Dance Theatre will bring new life to the stage with its Fall Dance Concert, which will join innovative and classical dance numbers for audiences who will have the opportunity to experience the meaning of movement. The show’s choreography will feature guest artists and original student work during its 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 1 run in the BDA’s Tucker Theatre
Then, in February 2008, MTSU Theatre’s players will deliver a
flashback to the 1980s with the musical known as Baby, which follows the journey of three couples as they experience what it means to spend nine months waiting on that one special visitor.
“Baby features a wide array of musical styles, from Broadway to rock to classical, and provides an exciting visual experience through dance and movement,” Gibson noted, regarding the fast-paced musical that will arrive at 7:30 p.m. daily Feb. 15-16 and Feb. 20-23 in Tucker Theatre.


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A new work by MTSU student Ian Hunt will round out the theatrical season at 7:30 p.m. March 28-29 and April 2-5 in Tucker Theatre. The yet-to-be titled original piece draws on themes from the Broadway sensations Stomp and Stomp Out Loud to create an innovative night of theater.
“Using everyday objects, the cast combines dance, movement, percussion and performance to provide a show that will impress people of all ages,” Gibson said.
The annual Spring Dance Concert by MTSU Dance Theatre will conclude the 2007-08 Theatre & Dance Series at 7:30 p.m. April 17-19. This yearly performance will highlight a year of extraordinary choreography by faculty, students and special guest artists.
• TICKET INFO: Tickets to all performances are available at the door beginning one hour prior to performances. Admission is $10 for adults and free to MTSU students with a valid university ID.
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ATTENTION, MEDIA— For editorial needs, including interview requests with performers or faculty, photo requests or to obtain review tickets, please contact Lisa L. Rollins in the Office of News and Public Affairs at MTSU at 615-898-2919.

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