Hesston College theater announces 2013-14 season lineup

The Hesston College Theatre Department has announced its season lineup for the 2013-14 academic year, including drama, comedy and opera, under the direction of theatre faculty member Laura Kraybill.

The lineup includes Twelve Angry Jurors Oct. 3 to 6, Amahl and the Night Visitors Nov. 28 and 30, student-directed one-acts Nov. 29, Tartuffe Feb. 26 to March 2 and a theatre showcase May 9 and 10.

Twelve Angry Jurors, by Reginald Rose and adapted by Sherman Sergel, will be presented as the fall drama Oct. 3 to 6. The play tells the story of a jury considering the fate of a young man accused of murdering his father. Opening just as the jurors move to deliberation, eleven of the jurors agree on a guilty verdict, with only one not guilty. Many of the jurors have reasons for discriminating against the defendant, including his race, background and one juror’s own troubled relationship with his son. Throughout the play, the lone juror with a verdict of not guilty sows reasonable doubt in the minds of the other jurors, illustrating the controversial and difficult elements of the judicial system.

The theatre and music departments will collaborate for the college’s second presentation of Amahl and the Night Visitors, an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti, during the college’s annual Thanksgiving Weekend Nov. 28 and 30. The college presented the opera for the first time in 2007. The opera, based on Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Adoration of the Magi, is known as a children’s opera and tells the story of the night of Christ’s birth from the perspective of the boy, Amahl, when the three magi stop to rest at his home.

Theatre students will direct their own short plays during the annual student-directed one-acts, also during Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 29.

Moliere’s 17th century comedy Tartuffe will debut as the spring play Feb. 26 to March 2. The play, also known as “The Imposter,” tells the story of a pious fraud, Tartuffe, and a man and his mother who have fallen under his influence.

Hesston College Theatre will wrap up the year with a theatre showcase featuring scenes and songs from various plays and musicals during Commencement Weekend May 9 and 10.

Ticket prices for shows vary, and tickets can be purchased through the bookstore in the weeks leading up to a performance.

Located 30 miles north of Wichita, Hesston College is the two-year liberal arts college of Mennonite Church USA.

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