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Appalachian’s Department of Theatre and Dance Announces 2005-06 Season

BOONE – Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance has teamed up with area businesses and theatre organizations to present an exciting and thought-provoking season titled “Elusive Truths and Startling Revelations.” Six main stage productions will be presented in Valborg Theatre, offering theatre-goers a variety of comedy, drama and dance. Corporate sponsors for this year’s season include the Mountain Times, Joe’s Italian Kitchen, Blue Ridge Vision and Coffey’s.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 15 and can be purchased at the Valborg Theatre Box or online at Tickets for all performances are $10 for the public and $6 for students. Call the box office at 262-3063 for more information.

The children’s favorite “The Secret Garden” will be presented Sept. 28- Oct. 2. Join young Mary Lennox in a joyous story about growth and blossoming of the human spirit. This classic tale is suitable for the entire family. Theatre faculty member Teresa Lee directs this adaptation by Pamela Sterling. The production is co-produced by Appalachian Young People’s Theatre, the Blowing Rock Stage Company and the Department of Theatre and Dance. Curtain is 7 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1, with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2.

The second event is the North Carolina Dance Festival. New and innovative dance pieces will be performed by professional dance companies from across the state and by Appalachian’s dance faculty and students. The North Carolina Dance Festival runs Oct. 20-22. Curtain time is 8 p.m.

The Bertolt Brecht epic drama “The Good Woman of Setzuan” runs Nov. 16-20 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 20. Written during Brecht’s exile, the play is set in pre-communist China. It is a poignant parable that asks, “How can we be both good and rich?” Theatre faculty member Joel Williams directs.

Shakespeare’s classic comedy “Twelfth Night” runs Feb. 14-19, 2006. Theatre faculty member Derek Gagnier directs what is considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. The play deals with illusion, mistaken identity and deception – all lengths to which one will go for love. A special Valentine’s Day preview on Feb. 14 will feature discount tickets and dessert in the lobby, so bring a loved one and celebrate Valentine’s Day with this delightful romantic play. Curtain for “Twelfth Night” is 8 p.m. Feb. 14-18 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19.

The Appalachian Dance Ensemble’s Annual Spring Concert will be presented in the Valborg Theatre March 1-4 at 8 p.m. The concert will showcase choreography from faculty and students. Modern, ballet and jazz will be featured in a wide variety of pieces.

“Closets Are For Clothes,” compiled and adapted by theatre faculty member Gordon Hensley, rounds out the season. The production is a compilation of stories about coming out. Funny, heart-wrenching and exhilarating, these stories reveal a wide range of backgrounds and experiences of those who have alternative lifestyles. “Closets Are For Clothes” runs April 5-9 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on April 9.