FAU Presents Festival Repertory Theatre Performances
BOCA RATON, FL (May 7, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of theatre and dance within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present Festival Repertory Theatre performances of “Showtune,” a musical revue of works by Jerry Herman, the Shakespeare play “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” and a jazz concert. The plays will run from Friday, June 22 through Saturday, July 21, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. The jazz concert will take place on Saturday, July 28 at 7 p.m. All events will take place in the University Theatre and Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. For a full schedule, visit www.fau.edu/festivalrep.
The two plays will be performed on a rotating schedule with afternoon and evening performances through the summer. The musical revue will include favorites by Jerry Herman including music from “Mame,” “Hello Dolly,” “Mack and Mable,” and many others.
The FAU production of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labors Lost” is set in Key West in the 1920s. In this upbeat and funny story, four young men resolve to give up wine, women and song. With the arrival of a princess from Paris and her entourage in Key West, however, each of the young men’s resolve is tested. They each try to hide their infatuations from each other, but in the end their trysts are too hard to keep quiet. The play ends as they are all revealed and join in a gigantic celebration and dance.
“The play is wildly silly and is a perfect vehicle for a summer of fun for the whole family,” said Jean-Louis Baldet, director and FAU professor of theatre.
The FAU all-Florida college jazz band will present an evening of hits from the 30s 40s and 50s. Authentic music of Big Band sensations like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman will fill the air.
Festival Rep is now in its 26th year and 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 theatre. The shows are presented with support from the Palm Beach County Council. Single tickets are $20; group tickets for 15 or more are $14; all students are $12 with a student identification card; and FAU faculty, staff and alumni are $16. Package prices are available. To purchase group tickets, call 561-297-6124. To purchase all other tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com. For more information, call 561-297-3810.
-FAU-Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.