Indiana Festival Theatre celebrates summer with classics, old and new!

Press Release HeaderWHAT: Indiana Festival Theatre

WHERE: Wells-Metz and Studio Theatres, Lee Norvelle Center for the Performing Arts. 275 North Jordan Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405

WHEN: June 9th – August 23rd, 2014

TICKETS: $10 – $25 for single tickets. www.theatre.indiana.edu, 812-855-1103

BLOOMINGTON, Ind – Indiana Festival Theatre (IFT) returns to the IU Bloomington Campus for the summer of 2014 with a slate of five shows, beginning on June 9th. Offerings will include Godspell (June 9-29), School House Rock Live! (June 21-July 12), Twelfth Night (July 5-26), The Miracle Worker (July 11-27) and Moses Man (Aug 21-24). All productions will take place in the Wells-Metz Theatre at the Lee Norvelle Center for the Performing Arts, save Schoolhouse Rock Live!, which will be performed in the more intimate Studio Theatre.

“Celebration” is the word coined by director George Pinney when he was asked to describe this production of Godspell, adding that he “doesn’t want to give too much away.” This first major musical theatre work by Grammy and Oscar winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden) with book by John-Michael Tebelak, opened off Broadway in 1971 and its pop/rock treatment of the parables, mostly taken from the Gospel of Matthew, has allowed it to survive, and even thrive, with the latest revival on Broadway opening in 2011. IU Professor, Tony nominee and Emmy winner Pinney directs, with musical direction from IU professor of practice Terry LaBolt.

Next up will be School House Rock Live! directed by 2014 IU M.F.A. Directing graduate Lee Cromwell (Guys and Dolls and God of Carnage at IU Theatre, among many other Bloomington directing credits) with musical direction by B.F.A. Musical Theatre major Nat Zegree. Playing in the intimate Studio Theatre, favorite songs and tuneful lessons from the Emmy winning 1970s Television show Schoolhouse Rock such as “Conjunction Junction” and “Just a Bill” will be brought to life on the stage. The book for School House Rock Live! is by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall, with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall, and Tom Yohe.

Running in repertory during the month of July are Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by IFT Artistic Director Jonathan Michaelson, and William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker directed by IU Theatre Professor Dale McFadden. Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, a light-hearted romantic romp set on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. The Miracle Worker tells the incredible story of Helen Keller and her relationship with Anne Sullivan, the extraordinary teacher who finds a way for Helen to learn. The cast of the repertory productions includes Equity actors along with IU students, and features 12-year-old local Lola Kennedy as Helen Keller. Kennedy has appeared in productions at Cardinal Stage, The Jacobs School’s Nutcracker, and she recently made her debut at Indiana Repertory Theatre.

The summer season concludes with Premiere Musicals, which returns to IU with a brand new offering entitled Moses Man, by Deborah Haber and Casey Filiaci. The show will be presented for the public with a limited workshop run of three performances, August 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Moses Man powerfully portrays the indomitable spirit of survival as it recounts the true saga of Kalman Haber, who fled Vienna during Hitler’s invasion. The developmental production will be directed by George Pinney with musical direction by IU associate professor Ray Fellman.

For more information, contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu.

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