‘King of Shadows’ to begin theatre department 2016-2017 season

By KALEB PAFFORD, Ranger Reporter:

The fall semester is here and so are new shows in the Amarillo College Theatre: The King of Shadows, Pseudolus, Six Characters in Search of an Author and First Date, the musical are taking the stage this season.

The first show to hit the stage is The King of Shadows written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, about a classical theatre character from the Shakespearean play Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the show the main character, Nihar, claims to be running from the characters with descriptions resembling the King of Shadows and his wife from Midsummer Night’s Dream. He runs into a graduate student named Jessica Denomy and asks her for help. “I thought it was an amazing story, honestly I was in a daze after reading it,” said Hannah Johnson, a theatre major, who auditioned for the cast.

Technical Director Monty Downs said he hopes that the student actors will have a good experience with the AC theatre, and that the “audience gets an intriguing night with the show.” The performances will be Oct. 6,7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee show at 3p.m. Oct. 9.

The second play hitting the stage, showing Dec. 8-11, is Pseudolus, written by Plautus. This play is the classic selection for this season, and an ancient roman farce, written about the slave Pseudolus and his dedication to help his master, Calidorus, free his love.

Taking the stage Feb. 23 through the 26 is Six Characters in Search of an Author written by Luigi Pirandello. In this story the six characters tell their unfinished story with the hope of finding an author to finish said story.

When spring arrives, the musical First Date, book written by Austin Winsberg, music and lyrics written by Alan Zachary, will leap onstage, showing the events that transpire during Aaron and Casey’s blind date, all wrapped up in modern music.

“I was looking for newer music, and a younger cast to go along with the AC students,” said scene shop foreman and show director Keith Gamblin. The show will take the stage April 28 and 29, along with May 4, 5 and 6. Until then, Gamblin said he is “waiting for surprises.”

All shows will be $8 for adults, $6 for students, and $4 per ticket for groups larger than 10. For any questions regarding the shows, call the box office at 371-5359.

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