Arroyo Grande HS Theatre Company

2016-2017 Season

December 12 - 20

Animal Farm - by George Orwell (adapted by Ian Woolridge) Performances: October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at the Studio Theatre, Clark Center for the Performing Arts Overview: George Orwell's satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere and has given the world at least one immortal phrase: "Some are more equal than others." The animals on a farm drive out their master and take over and run the farm for themselves. The experiment is successful, except that someone has to take the deposed farmer's place. Leadership devolves upon the pigs, which are cleverer than the rest of the animals. Unfortunately, their character is not equal to their intelligence. Suitability: PG-13 - for violence and mature subject matter Tickets: $8 students/$10 seniors/$12 general admission ($2 extra at the door)
TITANIC the musical - 1997 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Story and Book by Peter Stone - Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston Performances: December 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at the Studio Theatre, Clark Center for the Performing Arts Overview: The sinking of the TITANIC in the early hours of April 15, 1912, remains the quintessential disaster of the twentieth century. A total of 1,517 souls—men, women and children—lost their lives (only 711 survived). The fact that the finest, largest, strongest ship in the world-called, in fact, the “unsinkable” ship-should have been lost during its maiden voyage is so incredible that, had it not actually happened, no author would have dared to contrive it. The musical play TITANIC examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship—of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure—but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. Suitability: PG - for disaster and peril Tickets: $10 students/$12 seniors/$15 general admission ($2 extra at the door)

An Evening of One-Acts

 

Performances: February 3, 4, 10, 11 at the Studio Theatre,

Clark Center for the Performing Arts

 

Overview: This is an evening of student directed one act plays. These plays will be chosen by the students, so at this time the titles are TBA

 

Suitability: TBA

 

Tickets: $8 students/$10 seniors/$12 general admission ($2 extra at the door)

 

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

 

Performances: March 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at the Studio Theatre,

Clark Center for the Performing Arts

 

Overview: Arguably, one of Shakespeare's funniest comedies. The primary plot of Much Ado About Nothing turns on the courtship and scandal involving young Hero and her suitor, Claudio, but the witty war of words between Claudio’s friend Benedick and Hero’s cousin Beatrice often takes center stage. Set in Messina, the play begins as Don Pedro's army returns after a victory. Benedick, a gentleman soldier, resumes a verbal duel with Beatrice, the niece of Messina's governor, Leonato. Count Claudio is smitten with Leonato's daughter, Hero. After Don Pedro woos her in disguise for Claudio, the two young lovers plan to marry in a week. To fill in the time until the wedding, Don Pedro and the others set about tricking Benedick and Beatrice into falling in love with each other. Meanwhile, Don Pedro's disgruntled brother, Don John, plots to ruin Hero and halt her wedding.

 

Suitability: PG - for mild sexuality

 

Tickets: $8 students/$10 seniors/$12 general admission ($2 extra at the door)

 

OkLAhoma! the pulitzer prize winning musical by Rodger's & Hammerstein Performances: May 18, 19, 20, 21 at the Mainstage (Forbes) Theatre, Clark Center for the Performing Arts Overview: Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today. Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love's journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together we have no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA! Suitability: PG - for violence Tickets: $10 students/$12 seniors/$15 general admission ($2 extra at the door)

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