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Blinn’s Brenham Theatre Arts announces 2011-2012 season

The Blinn College Theatre Arts program will present “a year of inspiration” in the 2011-2012 season. For the upcoming season, Program Director Bradley A. Nies and Technical Program Director Kevin Patrick selected a historical “who-dun-it,” a musical adventure for the child in all of us, a comedy of manners (with no manners), and a charming trip through the Bible. Tickets are $5 at the Student Center ticket office, and Blinn students receive two free tickets with their Blinn ID.

The Blinn players, in cooperation with the dramatic arts honor society Delta Psi Omega and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology, will present:

The season opens in October with “Amadeus,” by Peter Shaffer. Combining fiction and history to detail the final years of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the play focuses on Antonio Salieri, the court composer for the Emperor of Austria in the late eighteenth century. Propelled by jealousy, Salieri plots the tragic downfall of his rival, Mozart. The historical “who-dun-it” explores the rivalry between the two and the mysterious death of Mozart, which serves as the backdrop for this psychological glimpse into the effects of success and failure.

Performances will be Oct. 6-8 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center Auditorium. High School Preview Performances will be Oct. 6 and 7 at 1 p.m. This show will be Blinn’s entry into the 2011 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

“Raggedy Ann and Andy”
In November, the Blinn players bring America’s most endearing folk dolls to life in the musical “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” by Patricia Thackway. An adventure that will capture the imagination of young and old alike, the story unfolds in a special playroom where wonderful, magical events transpire. A newcomer has arrived in the playroom: fancy French doll Babette. When Babette is kidnapped by the Prince of the Loonies, the two rag dolls set off into the deep, deep woods to rescue her.

Performances will be Nov. 16-19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Special Elementary School Preview Performances will be Nov. 16-18 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. This production will be produced as part of Blinn’s Service Learning Project for the Brenham campus.

“God of Carnage”
The season continues in the spring with Blinn’s take on the 2009 Tony Award-winner “God of Carnage.” Translated by Christopher Hampton, the fast and furious comedy begins with two sets of parents meeting to resolve a conflict between their children. But, as the evening progresses, the parents’ attempt to solve the issue in a “civilized manner” turns to chaos when each adult becomes increasingly childish. This self-proclaimed “comedy of manners ... without manners” also won the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, as well Best Direction and Best Actress in a Play at the 2009 Tony Awards.

Performances will be Feb. 23-25 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center Auditorium. Special High School Preview Performances will be held Feb. 23-24 at 1 p.m. This show will be Blinn’s entry in the 2012 Texas Community College Speech and Theatre Association Play Festival.

“A Funny Thing Happened To Me on My Way Through the Bible”
The theatre arts program closes the season with the collection of humorous sketches and monologues in “A Funny Thing Happened To Me on My Way Through the Bible.” Written by Martha Bolton, the charming scripts parody famous Bible stories such as Noah and the Ark, Sampson and Delilah, David and Goliath, and Jonah and the Whale. The entire show will be directed by Blinn College theatre arts majors.

Performances will be April 13-14 at 7 p.m. in the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center’s MRW Studio Theater. Special 2011 High School Recruitment Touring Performances will be April 9-12. This show will be presented as part of the Blinn College Theatre Arts Student Showcase.