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February 10, 2015

Cowley College theatre prepares for spring season


play previewFollowing the success of Little Shop of Horrors and The Velveteen Rabbit in the fall, the students and faculty of the Cowley College Theatre Department are neck-deep in preparations for several events this spring.

First, on March 5th, 6th, and 7th, the college will debut a new adaptation of the classic farce Charley’s Aunt, a slapstick comedy about the lengths young  men will go in order to impress young women.

Soon after, the troupe will travel to Kentucky to take partake in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, before returning to the stage with the heart-warming play Leaving Iowa in April.

All performances will be held in the Robert Brown Theatre, located at Cowley College’s flagship campus in Arkansas City, Kansas.

Charley’s Aunt tells the story of Jack and Charley, two college friends on the brink of graduation. The boys want to “pop the question” to their girlfriends, but are blocked by the college’s strict curfew and chaperone rules. After they convince a drama club friend, Freddie, to disguise himself as an old woman and pretend to be their chaperone, events quickly spiral hilariously out of control.

The production stars 12 Cowley students and features production designs by students and faculty. Tickets for the production go on sale Monday, February 9th, including a special pre-show dinner available for Saturday, March 7th.

On February 25th, Cowley Theatre will be holding auditions for its final play of the year, Leaving Iowa. Following the success of last year’s The Boys Next Door, Tim Clue and Spike Manton’s Leaving Iowa will be presented in an intimate “black box” setting with limited seating.

According to director John Sefel, the play is “a touching comedy about family, the American mid-west, and station wagons,” and is “equal parts tear-jerking and hilarious.” In addition to the four-to-six traditionally aged college student roles, the group is hoping to cast two older actors to portray the script’s two aging parents. Any students, faculty, staff, or alumni between the ages of 40 and 60 who are interested in auditioning are encouraged to contact the director. Rehearsals will begin the first week of March, with performances taking the stage April 23rd through the 25th.

Current high school students or adults returning to school are encouraged to visit with the theatre department on Wednesday, February 18th as part of Arts & Humanities Day. In addition to presentations by music, fine arts, writing, and communications programs, Cowley Theatre will be offering performances and special audition times for prospective students.

Local businesses interested in advertising or sponsorship opportunities are encouraged to contact John Sefel for further details.

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