URGENT - MSU Dept. of Theatre Freshman Showcase performance on Saturday, Nov 8, 8:00 pm is CANCELLED(I just got this message today. I think it has something to do with football-related traffic trauma.)
Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances the Department of Theatre's performance of FRESHMAN SHOWCASE on Saturday November 8 at 8:00 pm has been cancelled. All ticket holders will be contacted by a Wharton Center Ticket Booth staff member to resolve this situation. To make up for this cancellation, there will be a performance ADDED on Sunday, Nov 9, at 12:00pm (in addition to the previously scheduled 2pm show) and tickets will be $10 SUGGESTED DONATION at the doors of the Studio 60 Theatre. We apologize for any inconvenience if you were planning to come this Saturday, and hope you are able to make it to one of the Sunday performances.
And now, MY take on this widely and wildly assorted box of theatrical chocolates: Freshman Showcase “Power Plays: Make Me Famous” which I’m lucky I saw tonight, so I could spread the word before it’s over. Sunday’s are the final performances noon and 2pm.
This is a short (70 minutes) cartoon, soap opera, reality-show spoof of “Fame” and what it will/won’t get us, interspersed with music, complete with guitars and multiple ukeleles. The opening and closing choral numbers are powerful, with the large chorus of 32. (The department invited all majors to participate in this production, and got quite a turnout.) The script, written by director Dionne O’Dell 17 years ago was reworked with input from MSU Freshmen, transfer students, new theatre majors and minors for this showcase resulting in a somewhat absurd, funny exploration of the road to fame and/or notoriety. The characters in the “mini series” is double cast. So the two Sunday shows will give both casts another go at this one-of-a-kind theatrical romp.
This is in Studio 60, in the basement of the MSU Auditorium Building (corner of Farm Lane and Auditorium; parking in the lot on Auditorium Road.) Get tickets at the box office facing Farm Lane (or, I guess, right at the door for that added show at noon) go downstairs and walk the long hall past the Arena to Studio 60, the new-ish “black box” performance space at MSU.