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‘Mystery, Mayhem and Madness!’: theme for Casper College’s new theatre season

From the college’s 2018 production of “A Funny Thing” (Courtesy of Casper College)

CASPER, Wyo. — “Mystery, Mayhem and Madness!” is the theme of musicals, plays and dances to be staged by the Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance over the 2019-2020 season.

A “Children of Eden” musical will kick off the season in October, followed by a “Marat/Sade” play in November and December.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” dance performance will be on stage in February, with the comedy production “Noises Off” set to round out the season in April and May.

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(Photos of 2018 Casper College productions are available online.)

“’I am very excited about this year’s season of ‘Mystery, Mayhem, and Madness,’’ said Chontelle Gray, theatre and dance department chair. ‘We have begun our design meetings and are already at work on these productions. Our students are adding their energy and talent to the first production, and the crew is busily working on creating these productions and seeing them to completion.’”

Dates and staging locations for the different performances are as follows:

  • “Children of Eden”: Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-20 on the McMurray Mainstage
  • “Marat/Sade”: Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 3-7 in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre
  • “The Yellow Wallpaper”: Feb. 20-23 and Feb. 27-29 in the Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre
  • “Noises Off”: April 23-25, April 29-30 and May 1-2 (location not listed)

“Children of Eden” will be directed by Richard Burk, with choreography by Jodi Youmans-Jones and musical direction by Johanna Swisher.

The musical “‘is a story adapted from the first nine and a half books of Genesis,'” Gray said. “‘It tells the story of a family: the children in Eden, Adam and Eve, their children and grandchildren, through the family of Noah.'”

“‘This is a great story told in a fantastically entertaining performance style with wonderful music.’”

The musical is appropriate for families and children.

“Marat/Sade” will be directed by Dr. William Conte. The full title is “The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade.”

“’Marat/Sade’ is an interesting piece which portrays the final days of Jean-Paul Marat and the French Revolution,’ said Gray.

She addes that it depicts “class struggle and human suffering that asks whether true revolution comes from changing society or changing oneself.”

This play is suitable for ages 14 and up.

The dance production “The Yellow Wallpaper,” adapted from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, will be directed by Aaron Wood.

“’It is a beautiful piece which will bring the audience in both physically and emotionally as we look at the effects of isolation as a treatment for mental illness,'” Gray said in the college’s announcement.

She adds that “‘the lines between individuals and their environment will become beautifully blurred. ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ will be so stunning, though some of the themes may be difficult for children to understand, it will still be suitable for the whole family.’”

The last performance for the season is “Noises Off,” directed by Richard Burk.

“’Noises Off’ will give the audience a look at a theater production during final dress rehearsal, backstage, and later in the run as the production moves toward chaos,’ Gray said. ‘It is a funny, crazy play within a play which will keep the audience laughing from start to finish.’”

Tickets are available online, by calling 307-268-2500 or the toll free number 800-442-2963, ext. 2500.

Adult tickets are $12 for all performances and $10 for students 5-18 years old.