Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has announced its summer lineup for Festival Repertory Theatre 2016.
“Hay Fever” a comedy by Noel Coward, will run from Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 26; the musical “Once Upon a Mattress” will run from Saturday, July 9 through Sunday, July 31; two big band concerts will be presented on Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 2 p.m..; and a Piano Gala will be featured on Saturday, July 23 at 4 p.m. and again on Sunday, July 24 at 4 p.m. All shows are in the University Theatre and Studio One Theatre at 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
Tickets will go on sale on May 1 at www.fauevents.com or by calling 800-564-9539. Group tickets are on sale now at 561-297-6124.
From the pen of one of the greatest comic geniuses of all time and set in an English country house in the 1920s, “Hay Fever” is a rollicking comedy that offers what the New York Times called “an evening of intoxicating escape.” The play imagines one couple’s “quiet” weekend getaway gone hilariously awry when the most unruly guests show up – their children. The Bliss family become embroiled in an outlandish family feud as this farcical comedy of manners descends into a flurry of comic mayhem leaving everyone breathless including the audience.
“Once Upon a Mattress” is consistently ranked among the top five shows produced in the United States. This twice Tony-nominated musical (Best Revival of a Musical in 1970 and 1997) is a wonderfully funny and charming reimagined telling of the “Princess and the Pea” story. First starring Carol Burnett, “Once Upon a Mattress” has provided many great actresses the chance to shine. With reviews like “as fresh, inventive and funny as ever” and “a hilariously nutty retelling of the beloved fairy tale,” “Once Upon a Mattress” is a musical comedy gem that is carried on a wave of wonderful songs, heartwarming romance and side-splitting story lines.
Festival Repertory Theatre also includes two big band concerts featuring hits from the 30s, 40s and 50s presented by the FAU Swing Era Jazz Band; and a four-piano extravaganza.
“Festival Rep,” now in its 18th year, will once again feature professional equity actors working alongside FAU’s finest graduate students in their last production before they graduate and enter the world of professional theater.