Archive for Saturday, August 16, 2003

Community theater plans diverse season

August 16, 2003


The Lawrence Community Theatre got its start back before most current Kansas University students were born.

With its 2003-2004 season, the theater continues a long tradition of producing a broad range of plays performed by a diverse slice of the community. Students can get involved not only under bright lights onstage, but also behind the scenes with props, costumes, sets, lighting, sound -- or even volunteering to bake cookies or tend bar at intermission.

The theater produces six to eight major shows each year. This season begins and ends with musicals -- the first chronicles the career of a much-beloved crooner, the last tells the story of famous burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. The musicals bookend comedy, drama and a holiday classic.

Here's a look at the season through December:

  • "My Way...A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra" by David Grapes and Todd Olson, Sept. 26-28, Oct. 2-5 and 9-12.

The new musical revue features 56 songs recorded by "Old Blue Eyes." The list of hits goes on and on. Here are a few: "The Best is Yet to Come, " "All of Me," "Chicago," "Fly Me to the Moon," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "I Only Have Eyes for You" and "I've Got You Under My Skin."

  • "A Wonderful Life," by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, Nov. 28-30, Dec. 4-7 and 11-14.

This holiday favorite was adapted from Frank Capra's film "It's a Wonderful Life." It's the well-known tale of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls.

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