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Performing Arts Department / Rockville

Our Current Season 2017 ~ 2018

Theatre Department Season Synopses 2017-2018

ROCKVILLE CAMPUS

Urinetown

Directed by Helen Murray
Music Direction by Marika Countouris
Choreographed by Sandra Atkinson

Performances:
Wednesday, Oct 11th to Friday, Oct 13th, 8pm; Saturday, Oct 14th, 2pm

Synopsis:
Music by  Mark Hollmann, Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and  Greg Kotis, Book by Greg Kotis
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms.
~MTI Shows, http://www.mtishows.com/urinetown


My aMeriCa: Perspectives on the American Dream

Directed by Sasha Olinick, Rachel Hynes, and Sandra Atkinson

Performances:
Wednesday, Nov 8th to Saturday, Nov 11th, 8pm; Sunday, Nov 12th, 2pm

Synopsis:
Come audition for the Rockville Performing Arts Department’s 1st annual Performing Arts Cabaret! We are looking for performing artists of all stripes who have something to say or something to show about the Great American Experiment. Audition as group or solo. We want to showcase your talent, your voice.  Montgomery College student artists come together to present their Perspectives of America through music, dance, and theatre performance.

Audition Guidelines
Instrumental performance -- 5 minute max
Dance -- 5 minute max
Dramatic Scene -- 5 minute max
Vocal performance -- 5 minute max
Monologue/Poetry -- 3 minute max
Performance Art -- 4 minute max


Enemy of the People

Directed by Matt Bassett

Auditions:
Tuesday, December 5th, 4pm to 7pm
Friday, December 8th, 12pm to 4pm

CallBacks:
Saturday, December 9th, 12pm to 4pm

Performances:
Wednesday, February 21st, to Saturday, February 24th, 8pm to Sunday, February 25th, 2pm

Synopsis:
Written by Arthur Miller
Asmall Norwegian town has just begun to win fame and wealth through itsmedicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann, resident physician in charge, discoversthat the waters are poisoned. On receiving proof of this, he immediatelyreports to his associates, but is shocked to find that instead of beingthanked, he is looked upon as a dangerous crank, motivated by a desire to provethat his fellow townsmen are wrong, and to bring ruin upon them. As the peoplewho run the local paper do their utmost to urge secrecy and compromise, thedetermined doctor realizes that the honesty and idealism he has counted upon tomake the truth prevail, simply does not exist in the face of selfish"practical" interests. The press will not report his findings; theofficials refuse to give him a hearing; he loses his position and thetownspeople boycott him; and every weapon of blackmail, slander, and evictionare brought against his family. At the end, the townspeople, gathered aroundthe doctor's home, throw stones through the windows. Stockmann addresses hisfamily: "But remember now, everybody, you are fighting for the truth andthat is why you're alone. And that makes you strong."
~ Dramatists Play Service, http://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=1795


Mr. Burns: A Post-electric Play

Directed by KenYatta Rogers

Auditions:
Tuesday, February 27th,  6pm to 9pm
Wednesday, February 28th, 6pm to 9pm

CallBacks:
Friday, March 2nd, 12pm to 4pm

Performances:
Wednesday, Apr 12th to Saturday, Apr 15th, 8pm; Sunday, Apr 16th, 2pm

Synopsis:
Written by Anne Washburn
Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future.
After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of "The Simpsons" episode "Cape Feare" entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture (sitcom plots, commercials, jingles, and pop songs) have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society, sincerely trying to hold onto its past. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.
A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.
~ Samuel French, http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/15164/mr-burns-a-post-electric-play


TAKOMA PARK CAMPUS

Doubt 

Performances: 
November 10 to 19, 2017
Theatre2, Takoma Park Campus 

In this brilliant and powerful Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama set in 1964, 
Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Animal Farm

Performances: 
TP/SS - TBA
Theatre2, Takoma Park Campus

Fall Dance Showcase

Tuesday, Nov15th, 8pm
Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville

Spring Dance Concert

Friday & Saturday, April 28th & 29th, 8pm
Sunday, April 30th, 2pm
Parilla Performing Arts Center, Rockville

  


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