The Vanguard University department of theatre arts announces its 2015-16 season. The following five mainstage productions will be presented in Vanguard University’s Lyceum Theater:
- A musical revue, The Beat Goes On
- Life Without Parole, a contemporary drama
- A new Christmas musical, Christmas is Here Again
- A romantic drama production, The Winter’s Tale
- The musical comedy, The Addams Family
The Beat Goes On will kick off the new season, in its return to the Lyceum Theater stage at Vanguard University. Longstanding faculty member, Vanda Eggington, will direct this production, along with the spring musical, The Addams Family. Life Without Parole was added to this season with a heavily revised script from playwright and Vanguard professor, Warren Doody. Susan Berkompas, MFA, chair of the department of theatre arts at Vanguard, will later produce Life Without Parole in Los Angeles, on a professional stage in 2016. Berkompas will also direct The Winter’s Tale, a timeless piece about jealousy, loss and forgiveness.
The 2015 calendar year will come to a close with the Orange County premiere of Christmas is Here Again, directed by Kevin Slay. This Christmas musical was originally cast by longtime friend, Rene Haynes, CSA casting director, as an animated feature, with a star-studded cast, including Kathy Bates, Ed Asner, Jay Leno, Andy Griffith, Shirley Jones, Norm MacDonald, and more.
This year, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited department of theatre arts is launching “Popular Demand,” a new improv comedy team. The new, student-directed “Cabaret Ensemble” from the department will also perform gigs and galas around Orange County and Los Angeles.
Season subscriptions to shows are on sale now by calling the theatre box office at (714) 668.6145. Individual tickets are for purchase at www.vanguardtickets.com.
For more information on Vanguard University’s department of theatre arts, visit www.vanguard.edutheatre.
The Beat Goes On
September 18-20, 24-27, October 1-4
Life Without Parole
October 23-25, 29-31, November 1
Christmas is Here Again
December 3-6, 10-16
The Winter’s Tale
February 26-28, March 3-6
The Addams Family
April 8-10, 14-17, 21-24