Theatre of 'crowd pleasing' theatre ahead at TWU

“Tradition” triumphs in TWU’s anniversary season of theatre classics and crowd-pleasers, from Romeo and Juliet to Fiddler on the Roof.  - Jef Gibbons photo
“Tradition” triumphs in TWU’s anniversary season of theatre classics and crowd-pleasers, from Romeo and Juliet to Fiddler on the Roof.
— image credit: Jef Gibbons photo

In honour of Trinity Western University’s upcoming 50th Anniversary in 2012, the School of the Arts, Media and Culture (SAMC) has lined up a celebratory season of crowd-pleasing theatre to suit the mood.

Celebrating first with a romance for all time by the greatest playwright of all time, TWU presents Romeo and Juliet, beginning today, Oct. 18, and running to Oct. 29.

Proving that everything old can be new again, this timeless tragedy hits home in an imaginative, contemporary setting. Shakespeare’s words are familiar and accessible in a production that illuminates all of the play’s laughter, tears, and inspiration.

To ring in the Christmas season, The Farndale Christmas Carol offers an irreverent romp through Dickens’ classic.  In this play-within-a-play, a theatre troupe of delightfully clumsy women take on the story of Scrooge.  Bah, handbag!

Running Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, this holiday favourite is a festive farce that proves disastrously funny.

Rounding out the “something old, something new” adage is the world premiere of a romantic comedy called Bride on Credit, commissioned from Langley’s budding playwright Cara Lowdermilk.  A straight and narrow accountant finds his life turned upside down thanks to a stolen credit card and the subsequent arrival of a mail-order bride on his doorstep.  He’s not sure what will be harder, sending the package back, or explaining the situation to his girlfriend. Chaos ensues Jan. 31 to Feb. 4.

The season’s grand finale marks the return of “tradition, tradition!” in the musical that celebrated TWU’s 25th Anniversary in 1987 — Fiddler on the Roof — playing March 13 to 31, 2012.

A co-production with SAMC Music, the show will feature SAMC’s finest musicians, actors, and singers.  It’s an unforgettable favourite sure to send the audience humming all the way home. For show information and tickets, visit www.twu.ca/theatre or email theatre@twu.ca.

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