The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, September 20, 1985, Image 20

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4 1^1*0 u l aM WU !* > H ****** w quality productions Theatre Arts at Texas A&M University ‘A THEATRE TROUPE OF HIGH QUALITY... ...AN UNPRECEDENTED DEGREE OF PROFESSIONALISM” Bryan-Odefe Station Eagle presents its 41 season of QUALITY THEATRE... “archy & mehitabel” A delightful musical Comedy Book by Marie by Lyric* by Jot Dariaa * Md Brati Geory KH.iwtnffr JotDariM (Baaed on the itork* of Ooa Marqoi*) Prodaccd on Broadway a* Shin hoar Alley “...aomething fresh...spontaneous and Inventive., a world of sardonic fantasy. ” New York Times October 4,5,10,1L& 12 The Skin Of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder A Pulitzer Prize Winning Comedy “A vital and wonderful piece of theatre... tremendously exciting and profound.” The New York Herald November 8,9,21,22, & 23 The Hollow Crown devised by John Barton The falls and foibles of the monarch* of England “...a delightful evening in the theatre; humorous, touching and always warmly human.” New York Post December 5,6, & 7 A Cry Of Players by William Gibson A charming and eloquent biography of i ij ; young Will Shakespeare ^ ”...superb theatre...a rousing tale involv ing vivid characters in a provocative situation and poignant circumstances.” Variety February 26,27,28 & March 1 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Vi ilia* The most perfect comedy in the English II-'-’L. Language ^ April 18,19,24,25 & 26 ...REASONABLE PRICES see all five of these great shows for only $5.00 each Or save 20% and see all five productions for the price of four by buying a season subscription. Look for order blank on ad in main section By STACEY ROBERTS Reporter If you’re thinking of driv ing to Houston or Dallas this weekend to see a play or musical — think again. Why drive all that way when quality entertainment can be found right here on the Texas A&M campus? v The Aggie Players, the production company of the Speech Communication and Theater Arts Department, of fer a wide variety of road trip alternatives. The Aggie Players are presenting their 41st season and have been incorporated into the newly created de partment which began in its official capacity on Sept. 1. Roger Schultz, associate professor and director of the ater arts, is optimistic on the success of both the new de partment and this season's performances. "It's important not to think that we are so far away from the world that we can't have culture," Schultz says. He says the Aggie Players present theater "by Aggies for Aggies." For anyone wondering about the quality and quan tity of this season, Schultz says the Aggie Players are performing five main-stage productions including a Pu litzer Prize-winning comedy, a musical and two Shake speare plays. Although students may complain that A&M does not have much to offer cultu rally, Schultz says that as the new department grows it will be "one more opportu nity for the students and community to see quality en tertainment." A&M was the only major university in Texas not offer ing a degree in speech com munications. As awareness of the new degree program grows, Schultz plans to ex pand the number of produc tions and the number of peo ple involved. Freshmen Theater Arts majors Deidre Doigg and Jeanie Parrent say the main reason they chose A&M for their theatrical pursuits was because of the program's newness. "It's like a baby," Parrent says. Doigg agrees. "We'll be here for the first four years," she says. "We can help shape the depart ment and watch it grow." The first year's enrollment shows a total of 35 theater arts majors including 15 freshmen. "It's important not to think that we are so far away from the world tare. - associate professor of theater arti> comment- Schultz says an 80 percent increase in attendance last season showed that more people are aware of the Ag gie Players. "Our attendance is 50-50 split between the students and the community," he says. The Aggie Players are ex pecting an even better sea son this year, but Schultz says that people must pa tronize what is already available to make the sea son a success. So far this year, more than 100 Aggies have auditioned for the fall productions and the first two shows are al ready in rehearsal. "Many of the students who audition for parts or enroll in theater arts classes are not theater arts majors," Schultz says. "We had students au dition that represent all the colleges on campus.'' The first presentation of the season will be "archy & mehitabel," by Joe Darion and Mel Brooks. The show stars senior theater arts ma jor Wendy Pesek and sopho more theater arts major Troy Herbert. The show is billed as a creative musical about a re porter who claims he re ceives messages from a cockroach that writes by jumping onto his typewriter keys. "archy & mehitabel" will run Oct. 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. The second presentation of the season will be the Pu litzer Prize-winning comedy "The Skin of Our Teeth," by Thorton Wilder, which fol lows the antics of the Antro- bus family through the Ice Age, the Great Flood and a world war. The semester's last offer ing is not a play, but a Read er's Theater piece. This en tails a small group of performers, backed by mu sic and very few props, reading selections that ex plore the faults, quirks and often comical lifestyles of many English monarchs. Two Shakespeare plays will be presented in the spring semester, "A Cry of Players" and "Twelfth Night". All productions are sched uled for Rudder Forum. Each show is $4 for students and $5 for general public. Season tickets, which offer holders a 20-percent sav ings, are available at $15 for students and $20 for general public. Tickets may be re served at Rudder Box Office or by calling 845-1234. □ KEEPING DIABETES IN CHECK DIABETIC CENTER 0 i ,j* u 1405Briarcrest Complete line of diabetic ( nex t { 0 Balloon Bonanza) supplies • Books, etc. • Diet counseling • Glucose monitors Bryan 776-0660 (409) Alice Richter, R.D. Mon.-closed Tues.-Friday 10-5 Sat.-By appt. Owned and operated by registered dietitian who has 17 years of experience as diabetic Phone or come by for more information or have your parents or physician call Currently assisting Aggie diabetics organize local support groups. Phone if interested at ease ask for it by name call 845-2611 to advertise