Thursday, March 17, 2016

'Spamalot' kicks off The Rep's 2016-17 season

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 1:11 PM

click to enlarge spam.jpg

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre announced its 2016-17 lineup this morning, its first season in 17 years that won't be steered by Artistic Director Bob Hupp, who announced his departure for Syracuse, NY, in January.

"Planning the upcoming season in anticipation of the arrival of our new Producing Artistic Director reminds me how much I've loved working at The Rep these past 17 years," Hupp said in a release, "and how much I know you'll enjoy all that's in store for the theatre's exciting future."

The full lineup:

"Monty Python's Spamalot" (Aug. 31-Oct. 2)

"The Pythons are famous for their silly, quirky comedy and I'm a big fan of their style," says Melissa Rain Anderson, who will direct the production. "Though the humor is irreverent, the tone is still very buoyant. There's a sweet spot with delivering that type of humor. The key is committing to that zone and playing within that very specific zany realm."

"The Crucible" (Oct. 26-Nov. 13)

Director Paul Barnes: "It is fascinating to view our new century through the probing moral questions that permeate [Arthur] Miller's work: How do we define manhood? What does it mean to have a conscience and to let it guide us? How can we be better human beings?"

"A Christmas Story" (Nov. 30-Dec. 24)

"'A Christmas Story' transports us to the bygone era of the 1940s and the recollections of a family Christmas like no other," says director Mark Shanahan. "Full of wit, imagination and heartfelt nostalgia."

"Sister Act" (Jan. 25-Feb. 26)

"A good number of years ago I saw this show when it was still in previews in London," director (and founding Artistic Director of The Rep) Cliff Baker says. "I immediately thought Rep audiences would love this! The show joyfully celebrates our foibles and follies."

"Jar the Floor" (March 29-April 16)

"Each time I come back to this piece, I am pleasantly surprised by the appreciation and delight that audiences express as they peek into this special day-in-the-life of these four generations of women," says director Gilbert McCauley, who has directed eight previous Rep productions (including an earlier production of this work). "I get the sense that audiences enjoy it because the writing reflects an admiration for human resilience coupled with a compassion for human frailty. While it is filled with raucous and often poignant humor, the playwright, Cheryl West, says her play is also about 'making peace — with one's scars, with one's history and ... one's mother.'"

"Godspell" (May 31-June 25)

"I am overjoyed to be returning to The Rep next season as director of the newly conceived cirque/aerial version of 'Godspell,'" says Donna Drake, referring to the re-imagined production of the classic Stephen Schwartz musical, which is here updated as a "Southern parable set in a down-on-its-luck circus during the height of the Civil Rights Movement." (The Rep will collaborate with 2 Ring Circus for the show.) "I wanted to develop and work on this production at The Rep because I know I will be surrounded by extraordinary talent, brilliant design, a supportive team and dear friends; all the tools needed to create magic."

Tags: ,

Favorite

Speaking of Theater

  • New Rep director John Miller-Stephany lands in Little Rock

    August 31, 2016
    Cliff Baker introduced Miller-Stephany at a meeting earlier today, handing off his duties as interim director, a role he's played since the departure of former artistic director Bob Hupp. /more/
  • Robert Hupp resigns as artistic director of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre

    January 7, 2016
    The Arkansas Repertory Theatre announced this afternoon that longtime artistic director Robert Hupp is resigning this year, following the conclusion of his contract in June 2016. Hupp has been at The Rep for 17 seasons, and will take a new job as artistic director of the Syracuse Stage in Syracuse, New York. /more/
  • TheatreSquared announces lineup for 2015 Arkansas New Play Festival

    May 13, 2015
    Fayetteville theater company TheatreSquared announced the lineup for their 2015 Arkansas New Play Festival today. The event will see a series of five plays — including a few with Arkansas themes — by nationally and internationally-known playwrights performed in Fayetteville and Little Rock over two weekends in June.. /more/
  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre announces 2015-2016 season

    March 3, 2015
    The Arkansas Repertory Theatre announced the lineup for its 40th anniversary season yesterday afternoon, which runs the gamut from Shakespeare and Tony Award winners to Disney movie adaptations. "Our 40th Season reflects all that we do best and defines who we are as a theatre company," Aristic Director Bob Hupp said in the press release. "The new season is an eclectic body of work: from a world premiere to renowned new plays and musicals, to family entertainment and Shakespeare. The 40th Sesason embodies our past, our present and our future. It is a celebration of great stories that capture the imagination and lift our spirits." /more/
  • Review: 'Memphis' at The Rep

    September 22, 2014
    You can’t help but feel the heat of summertime Memphis in 1958 as the forbidden love story of white radio DJ Huey Calhoun (Brent DiRoma) and black club singer Felicia Farrell (Jasmin Richardson) unfolds before you on the stage of the Arkansas Repertory Theater. It’s one of the hottest, loudest musicals I’ve ever seen at The Rep, and perhaps the most uplifting since “Les Mis” came to Main Street in 2008. /more/
  • The Rep lovingly pokes fun at The Bard in "The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr"

    June 5, 2014
    No need to know Shakespeare to get the jokes. /more/
  • Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre announces 2014-15 season

    April 23, 2014
    In a press release sent out this morning, Children's Theatre artistic director Bradley Anderson said, "Our 2014-15 season has a diverse and innovative line-up of talented actors and compelling stories that reflect our continued tradition of bringing joy and laughter into the hearts of our audience." The season will kick off on September 17, with a production of "Go, Dog. Go!" that will run through October 5. /more/
  • Arkansas native Kyle Dean Massey takes the lead in Broadway's 'Pippin'

    April 10, 2014
    As of just a few days ago, Jonesboro, Arkansas native Kyle Dean Massey has taken over the lead role of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of "Pippin." Massey is also known for high-profile roles in musicals like "Wicked" and "Next to Normal." He was interviewed in the Arkansas Times back in 2005, when he was in a touring company appearing at the Robinson Center Music Hall, and at the time remembered, "Growing up in Arkansas and Jonesboro, I’m not sure I knew what real musical theater was, per se." /more/
  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre announces 2014-2015 season

    March 3, 2014
    The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, not to be held back by bad weather, released the details of its 39th season this afternoon, a diverse lineup that includes Tony and Pulitzer winners alongside "Elf." /more/
  • Interview: Actress Barbara Bates Smith on her new play, 'Go, Granny D!'

    February 19, 2014
    On Monday night, the Weekend Theater will present a one-night-only production of "Go, Granny D!" a new play about the activist Doris Haddock, who famously walked 3,200 miles across the country back in 2000 to advocate for campaign finance reform. The play is a collaboration between the longtime Off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith and the musician and manager Jeff Sebens. I spoke to Smith over the phone recently about Haddock's life and legacy, and about the importance of Little Rock to the play. /more/
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Rock Candy

  • Enter the 2017 Arkansas Times Musician's Showcase

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, in which performers will compete for an array of prizes worth over $2,500.
    • Nov 16, 2016
  • Win two tickets to see Green Day in March 2017

    Arkansas Times is calling for your Green Day tributes! Express your fandom with a poem, sculpture, painting, photo or song to win two tickets to see the band at Verizon Arena March 8, 2017.
    • Nov 1, 2016
  • Rock Candy Ticket Giveaway: Collective Soul

    The Stockbridge, Ga. band that penned "Shine," "December" and "The World I Know" is on tour in support of its ninth studio album, "See What You Started by Continuing," and we've got two tickets to give away to a concert this Saturday at Choctaw Casino in Pocola, Okla., 8 p.m.
    • Oct 26, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Staff Picks: Netflix and Chill, Benji's pasta fresca, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more

    The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
    • Aug 28, 2015
  • Guest Mix: Rural War Room

    World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
    • Sep 14, 2015
  • Your new flags of Little Rock

    BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
    • Sep 18, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Forest bathing is the Next Big Thing

Arkansas is the perfect place to try out this new health trend. Read all about the what, why, where and how here.

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation