Blinn College-Brenham Theatre Arts unveils a season of tall and twisted

This season’s productions features tall tales with a twist

August 29, 2018

The Blinn College-Brenham Campus Theatre Arts Program’s 2018-19 season will feature five tall tales with a unique twist.

“The theme this year is ‘Tall and Twisted Tales,’” said Brad Nies, Theatre Director. “All of these plays are different from anything we have done in the past.”

The season will begin with Robert Kauzlaric’s “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” a play based on the book by H.G. Wells. The tale will feature characters played by Nies and returning Blinn students. After surviving a shipwreck and being rescued by brutish soldiers, mild-mannered Edward Prendick finds himself on an island ruled by the disgraced Dr. Moreau. Ruthlessly pursing what he believes to be God’s work, Moreau experiments on living creatures and fills his dystopia with a menagerie of tortured Beast Folk desperate to obey laws they cannot comprehend.

Nies will play Dr. Moreau, Jennifer Patrick will direct, and Kevin Patrick will serve as Technical Director.

“This is going to be the first scary play that we have ever done for our faculty showcase, so it is going to be really fun,” Nies said. “The costumes are going to be incredible and the ideas Jennifer and Kevin Patrick have for that show are amazing.”

“The Island of Dr. Moreau” will open at 7 p.m. Oct. 11-13 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center. The high school preview performances will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 11-12.

In November, the Theatre Arts Program will perform Roald Dahl’s “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a gigantically amusing musical adapted by Matthew White, Ana Sanderson, and George Pelecis.

“Roald Dahl’s ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ is a beautiful musical version that was written based on his series of ‘Revolting Rhymes,’ which features children’s stories in the form of rhymes,” Nies said.

The fun family musical follows the adventures of Jack and his animal friends as they defy the Giant and Jack’s mother. When the magic bean he obtains in exchange for the family cow turns into a gigantic beanstalk, Jack gets to have a fairytale adventure of his very own.

The curtain will rise for “Jack and the Beanstalk” at 7 p.m. Nov. 15-17 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, in the O’Donnell Center. The elementary school preview performances will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16.

In February, Blinn will present “Peter and Alice” by John Logan. Based on the real-life meeting of Alice Hargreaves and Peter Davies at the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition in 1932, this moving drama lays bare the lives of these two amazing individuals. In doing so, the play examines the lost innocence of the boy and girl who served as the inspiration for Peter Pan and Alice and Wonderland.

“This is a new play and I am really excited about it,” Nies said. “It deals with fairy tales and how these childhood idols grew up and lost their innocence.”

Show times are 7 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, in the O’Donnell Center.

The final performance of the season will be the Blinn College 10-Minute Play Festival, which will include original plays written by local high school students directed and performed by Blinn theatre arts majors. This performance will take place at 7 p.m. April 4-6 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in the O’Donnell Center.

Tickets for all shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students, children, and senior citizens. Blinn students, faculty and staff receive free tickets with the code “staffcomp.”

To purchase tickets, visit www.blinn.edu/boxoffice, email boxoffice@blinn.edu, or call 979-830-4024.

In addition to the five performances, Blinn’s chapters of Delta Psi Omega and the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology will present Slaphappy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, and Thursday, March 28, in the O’Donnell Center. The improvisation troupe is a cross between Jerry Seinfeld, Comedy Sportz Houston, and William Shakespeare, and will dazzle the audience with its engaging and grounded scene work. Both events are free of charge.

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