From Christmas Comedies to Shakespearean Classics, Vanguard University Students and Faculty Prepare For A Year On The Stage
COSTA MESA, Calif., August 31, 2016 – The Vanguard University department of theatre arts announces its 2016-17 season. The following five main stage productions will be presented in Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater in Costa Mesa, California:
- The music of Hollywood, Blame It On the Movies!
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Shakespearean classic
- The heartwarming Christmas comedy, Open All Night
- A witty tale set in the 1890’s, The Importance of Being Earnest
- The musical fairytale, Into The Woods
Blame It On the Movies! will kick off the new season in the Lyceum Theater—a musical revue celebrating the greatest music to come from the silver screen. A script filled with over 75 of the most well known songs from the most well known films—including Gone with the Wind, and Footloose—Blame It On the Movies! romps rigorously through cinematic history. Susan Berkompas, MFA, chair of the department of theatre arts at Vanguard, will direct the musical, along with the springtime comedy by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest.
The enchanting comedy from William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, comes to life this October, directed by Kevin Slay. Taking place in mythical Athens in an enchanted forest, Shakespeare’s most popular comedy centers on the world’s most popular pastime—falling in love.
The 2016 calendar year will come to a close with a comedy containing familiar Christmas music, romance, and colorful characters, in Open All Night. Created and directed by long-time member of the Vanguard theatre department family, Vanda Eggington, the Christmas production tells the story of Grace, a single mother who comes to town with her 10-year-old daughter looking for a job. Together, this mother and daughter brighten the lives of a small-town community, the “Do or Dine Café” and bring back the hope of Christmas to everyone’s hearts. Eggington also directs the final show of the season, the epic musical, Into the Woods, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Vanguard’s renowned department of theatre arts is one of a handful of colleges in California to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The majority of the students who take the stage for each show of the 2016-17 season are recipients of the university’s prestigious Musical Theatre Talent Scholarship.
Blame It On the Movies!
September 16-18, 22-25, 29-30, October 1-2
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
October 21-23, 27-30
Open All Night
December 1-4, 8-11
The Importance of Being Earnest
February 24-26, March 2-5
Into The Woods
April 6-9, 12-13, 19-23
Season subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased at www.vanguardtickets.com or by calling the Vanguard University Theatre Department box office at 714-668-6145. For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edu/theatre.
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About Vanguard University
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu