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SRJC Summer Repertory Theater season drama, comedy and musicals

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SRJC Summer Repertory Theater
season  drama, comedy and musicals 

Each summer, hordes of theatre lovers flock to the Burbank and Newman Auditorium stages for the season’s drama, comedy and musical offerings that take place at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), and this year promises to be no different. The 2015 Summer Repertory Theatre Festival season begins June 19 and runs through August 8. Five different shows are scheduled to be performed simultaneously over the course of seven weeks: Roger and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning South Pacific; new from Broadway, wildly theatrical and hilarious Peter and The Starcatcher; popular and delightfully quirky Little Shop of Horrors; Jane Austin’s charming Emma; and Molière’s most popular comedic play Tartuffe.

Since its inception, Summer Rep has performed over two hundred plays and musicals, including the North Bay premieres of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Producers, The Wedding Singer, Dangerous Liaisons with Vampires and Hairspray. Over the years, Summer Rep has enrolled over 8,000 students who have received advanced training toward their professional goals in theatre. Among Summer Rep’s notable alumni are: 

• Actor Benjamin Bratt – film and television star
Grace Gealey – starring in a new Fox comedy, Empire, this fall
Nick Rashad Burroughs – Broadway debut last fall in Kinky Boots
Libby Apple – former Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Peggy Gannon – former Artistic Director of A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle) and Sacramento Theatre Company
Lexy Fridell – Broadway performer, currently starring in her own one-woman show
Thomas Schumacher – head of Disney Theatrical
Michael T. Weiss – television actor and visual artist

In addition to providing nationally acclaimed training for actors and theatre technicians, Summer Rep is a beloved community institution in Sonoma County. Generations of patrons have come to SRJC to be entertained through song, dance, laughter and passion.


 

Tickets may be purchased at the Burbank Auditorium Box Office on the Santa Rosa campus, located at 1501 Mendocino Avenue, from noon to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, or one hour before each performance in the Burbank lobby.

For performances in Newman Auditorium, the Newman lobby will also serve as the box office for last minute purchases. To purchase tickets, please call the Box Office at (707) 527-4307.

Tickets are also available online atwww.SummerRep.com. There is a $4 fee for on-campus parking.

Ticket Prices: General $25, Senior $18
Students with ID/Youth (under 12) $18

Performances for the 2015 season include:

Opening Night of South Pacific

South Pacific
Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodger and Oscar Hammerstein
Book by Oscar Hammerstein and Joshua Logan

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize and five Tony Awards, South Pacific is considered one of the greatest musicals of all time. Set in a tropical island paradise, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of war and prejudice. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in an alien culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949. The songs, by now deeply engrained in American culture, include the romantic “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Younger than Springtime,” the spirited “There is Nothing Like a Dame” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-A My Hair,” and the haunting “Bali Ha’i.”

Performed in Burbank Auditorium
July 2, 3, 14, 15, 23, 25, 26
August 7, 8


 

Peter and the Starcatcher
By Rick Elice
Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be “The Boy Who Never Grew Up.”Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan that will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight. This musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. The winner of five Tony Awards, Entertainment Weekly calls Peter and the Starcatcher, "an absurdly funny fantastical journey.” While appropriate for all ages, this Peter Pan prequel will be best appreciated by children 10 and older.

Performed in Burbank Auditorium
June 27, 28, 30
July 1, 16, 17, 18, 19, 28, 29   


  

Little Shop of Horrors
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken

Charming, tuneful and hilarious! One of the longest-running off-Broadway musicals of all time, Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes and overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, tough-talking, R&B-singing carnivore who offers the florist fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing its true self. Don't miss the fun of Little Shop of Horrors!

Performed in Burbank Auditorium
July 10, 11, 12, 21, 22, 30, 31
August 1, 2, 4, 5, 6


 

Jane Austen’s Emma
Adapted by Michael Bloom

Emma Woodhouse is Jane Austen's most maddening, endearing heroine. Clever and effervescent, young Emma is also a bit too accustomed to having her own way, although only her friend Mr. Knightley seems to notice. Nearly 200 years after its publication, Emma continues to delight, both as a coming-of-age tale and a lively satire of Austen's elegant and quirky characters. This sparkling adaptation features a spectacle of Regency dance, revelry, and romance that will welcome audiences into Austen's witty, captivating world.

Performed in Newman Auditorium
June 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
July 16, 17, 18, 19, 28, 29 


 

Tartuffe
By Molière

A devilish comedy about the art of deception and the price of misplaced faith. A seemingly pious Tartuffe ingratiates himself to Orgon, gaining access to the man’s lavish house and throwing his family into chaos. But it’s hard for thoughts to turn heavenward, especially when someone is hiding in the closet or under the table. The world’s most famous scoundrel’s story,Tartuffe, is comedic genius and all in rhyming couplets! This modern interpretation of Molière’s most popular play is as passionate and insightful as the day it was written, and just as entertaining.

Performed in Newman Auditorium
July 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 21, 22, 30, 31
August 1, 2