2007-2008 Theatre Season - Shorter University

Scene from The Threepenny Opera / six men in black suits and bowler hats singing


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The Threepenny Opera
Book by Bertolt Brecht; Music and lyrics by Kurt Weill
Sept. 27-30 at 8 pm
Oct. 4-6 at 8 pm and Oct. 7 at 2 pm
Callaway Theatre

The Threepenny Opera takes a savage stab at capitalism and modern morality. The book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht and music by Kurt Weill were inspired by John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera.

Mack the Knife is the suave but murderous leader of an outlaw gang in SoHo, and Polly is the daughter of a rival underworld boss. Corrupt police, vengeful in-laws, and the upcoming coronation complicate the already rocky romance.

Friends of Theatre Cabaret
October 27
Doors open at 6:30 pm and event begins at 7:30 pm
Coosa Valley Technical College Conference Center
“The Next Best Thing to Broadway”

Bring your picnic dinner and feast while you enjoy the fun-filled cabaret performed by musical theatre and theatre majors. Enter the table decorating contest and win door prizes! A fun evening for all!

To Kill a Mockingbird
Dramatized by Christopher Sergel; Based on the book by Harper Lee
Nov. 13-16 at 8 pm and Nov. 17-18 at 2 pm
Callaway Theatre

In a 1930s small Alabama town, young Scout Finch leans about racism and how it can divide a community as her father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.

In this revised drama, Jean Louise Finch narrates her memories of growing up amidst gentility and vulgarity, wisdom and ignorance, tolerance and hate. Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is adapted for the stage while remaining true to the writer’s voice and her gift for the Southern Gothic.

Dance Concert
January 14-15, 2008 at 8pm
Callaway Theatre

The concert will be an eclectic showcase that will include new dance works choreographed by students and faculty. Many different dance styles will be presented which will have mass appeal for a wide audience.

Friends of Theatre Shorter Showcase
January 26, 2008 at 7:30 pm
The home of Greg and Ramona Fricks

Held in the beautiful home of Greg and Ramona Fricks in downtown Rome, Friends of Theatre produces this annual event that showcases the talent of the Theatre Department. Enjoy the reception while listening to favorite Broadway tunes!

By Molière; Translation by Richard Wilbur
Feb. 19-23, 2008 at 8 pm and Feb. 24, 2008 at 2 pm
Callaway Theatre

Tartuffe is one of Moliere’s funniest and most frequently performed plays. Richard Wilbur translated the text and composed the rhymed couplets for this edition. The play centers around Orgon, a well-to-do man who has been deceived by Tartuffe, a con artist who is posing as a humble priest. Orgon extols the virtues of Tartuffe even as he is swindled out of his fortune, his family, even his home. With nothing left to lose, Orgon discovers the truth about Tartuffe.

Guys and Dolls
Book by Abe Burrows and Joe Swerling; Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
April 18-19, 2008 at 8 pm and April 20, 2008 at 2 pm
Rome City Auditorium

With the curtain opening in New York City, Guys and Dolls introduces us to a cast of legendary characters. Sarah Brown is out to reform the evildoers of Times Square while Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love.

Adelaide and Nathan Detroit have been engaged her 14 years, and perhaps it is her continued unmarried status that brings out Adelaide’s chronic illness. With numbers like “ Adelaide’s Lament,” “Luck Be a Lady,” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat,” it’s no wonder that the score has kept audiences coming back for more than 50 years!