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Otterbein University Theatre Announces 2016-2017 Season

August 16, 2016
Otterbein University

The Addams Family
Sept. 22-25 and Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2016
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa 
Directed by Christina Kirk
Music Direction by Lori Kay Harvey
Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane
Co-produced by the Department of Music

This musical comedy brings New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams’ darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. It’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a man her parents have never met, and rumor has it that he’s normal!  Morticia and Gomez just want to continue living amongst death, pain and suffering the way they always have, but everything is bound to change on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s new beau and his parents.

The Crucible
Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29, 2016
Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St., Westerville

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Melissa Lusher

The village of Salem is run wild with tales of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousies, lust and greed are bubbling to the surface from the heat of each neighbor’s exaggerated accusations. Revenge has replaced reason; mere rumors are now damning evidence — and no one is safe. When a Salem farmer brings his young servant girl to court after she maliciously causes his wife’s arrest for witchcraft, he suddenly finds himself in the throes of bigotry and deceit. Written in the 1950s when the insidious fear of communism gripped America, “The Crucible” is a devastating portrayal of the human cost of tyranny and vengeance.

Dance 2016: The Goddess
Nov. 17-20, 2016
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Artistic Direction by Stella Hiatt Kane
Choreography by Kathy Bartelt, Scott Brown, Stella Hiatt Kane and Tammy Plaxico
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall

Out of chaos comes order led by a Hindu goddess who embraces and reflects humanity. The 2016 dance concert, choreographed by Otterbein Theatre and Dance faculty, is influenced and inspired by the story of Durga, Mother of the Universe and the power behind the work of creation and preservation of the world.

Top Girls
Feb. 9-12 and Feb. 16-18, 2017
Onstage in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Lenny Leibowitz

Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating by holding a fanciful dinner party attended by historical figures, all women who struggled to break the bonds of societal expectations. Among them are Isabella Bird, 19th century English author who travelled the world alone, and Dull Gret, the subject of a 16th century painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder in which Gret, fully armed, leads a mob of women into Hell to fight the Devil. The play goes on to portray the lives of Marlene, who left home to make it in the big city, and her sister Joyce, who stayed home.  Written by English playwright Caryl Churchill in 1982, “Top Girls” is a sharp-witted, imaginative and profound examination of the choices women continue to face.

Damn Yankees
March 30-April 2 and April 6-8, 2017
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Words and Music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop
Directed by Lenny Leibowitz
Music Direction by Lori Kay Harvey
Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane
Co-produced by the Department of Music

Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd agrees to run the bases with Devil so that his favorite team, the Washington Senators, have the chance to win the pennant against the dreaded New York Yankees. Amidst his transformation to star-slugger Joe Hardy, he realizes the true worth of the life he’s left behind and has to find a way to outsmart his fiery adversary before his soul is lost for eternity.  The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot feature songs “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets,” “(You Gotta Have) Heart” and many more home-run hits!


Ticket Information:

Subscriptions for the 2016-17 season are available now for $90 each.  The Traditional Season Subscription packages include tickets for “The Addams Family,” Dance 2016: “The Goddess,” “Top Girls” and “Damn Yankees.” Subscribers may add the Studio Production, “The Crucible,” for an additional $15.

Individual tickets for all productions will be available for sale on Aug. 29. Individual ticket prices are $30 each for “The Addams Family” and “Damn Yankees” and $20 each for “The Crucible,” “Dance 2016: The Goddess” and “Top Girls." 

For more information about the 2016-17 season, or to be added to the Otterbein University Theatre mailing list, please call the box office at 614-823-1109.  The box office will open on Aug. 29. Hours are 12-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Information about the current production schedule can be found on the Otterbein website www.otterbein.edu/drama.

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