Whitney Hale

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College: Fine Arts

UK Theatre to Take Audience on a Whirlwind Ride in 2014-15 Season

Published: Mar 13, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre will mount a whirlwind of a season in 2014-15 with a Shakespearean romp, an Irish drama and a raucous musical soon to return to Broadway.

 

Starting the season is the Tony Award-winning play “Dancing at Lughnasa” by dramatist Brian Friel. Set in the fictional rural village of Ballybeg, Ireland, the young narrator recounts the summer of 1936 with his brave and loving mother and her four sisters. "Dancing at Lughnasa" runs Oct. 2-12.

 

Next up is Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing,” a joyful story of romance with two very dissimilar pairs of lovers at the forefront. Beatrice and Benedick exchange witty quips and fight their growing fondness for one another. Claudio and Hero fall hopelessly in love and intend to wed, provided the villainous Don John doesn’t sully their plans. "Much Ado About Nothing" runs Nov. 20-23.

 

Once again the UK Dance Program will take center stage in the new year with its fourth annual dance concert. “Capture Momentum” will include a dynamic variety of dance works by faculty and guest artists including Susie Thiel, director of the UK Dance Program. "Capture Momentum” runs Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

 

Espionage, murder and hilarity are on the menu in February with “The 39 Steps,” a comedic take on Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic thriller, adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan. Four actors play more than 100 characters in this clever whodunit that revels in its absurdity. “The 39 Steps,” presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., runs Feb. 19-March 1.

 

The season closes with the racy musical “Cabaret,” featuring an unforgettable score by Kander and Ebb. Set in 1930s Berlin as the Third Reich gains momentum, the young Sally Bowles and the provocative Emcee welcome guests to the infamous Kit-Kat Klub, where decadence and debauchery delight. Your table is waiting. “Cabaret” runs April 16-26.

 

Tickets will be on sale this summer for the 2014-2015 UK Theatre season. All productions will be presented at the Guignol Theatre. For specific times and dates, visit UK Theatre online at http://finearts.uky.edu/theatre. Tickets are $10 for students with a university ID and $15 for the general public for all shows. To purchase tickets to UK Theatre's productions at Guignol Theatre, contact the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com, or visit the ticket office in person.

 

The UK Department of Theatre at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

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