Alexandria, LA – Robert Harper, LSUA’s new Director of Theatre and Empty Space Players, has announced ESP’s 2013-2014 season, dedicated to the memory of longtime theatre director and community leader, Richard Gwartney. This musical season will include a production of The Fantasticks, the longest running musical in history, and close with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Also included in the season will be two Open Mic Nights, one for Halloween and one for Valentine’s Day.
The 2013-2014 Empty Space Players season is dedicated to Richard Gwartney, our friend and colleague, who passed away in 2011. Richard was a theatrical and artistic fixture in central Louisiana for over twenty years. It is with fondness and gratitude that we highlight his contributions to theatre at LSUA during the entire season.
Love, adventure, and magic are in the air as The Fantasticks takes the stage at LSUA’s Black Box Theatre. The musical allegory, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, tells of a young couple falling in love and their meddling fathers, all guided by the mysterious bandit El Gallo. Memorable songs from the musical include Try to Remember, Soon It’s Gonna Rain, and They Were You. The Fantasticks will open on Thursday, November 14, 2013, and run through Sunday, November 24.
Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is Broadway’s greatest farce and one of the funniest musicals ever written. Forum seamlessly combines situations from the timeless comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the fast-paced, slapstick energy of classic vaudeville to create a non-stop entertainment extravaganza. Noted musical numbers include Comedy Tonight, You’re Lovely, and Everybody Ought to Have a Maid. Forum will open April 3, 2014, and run through April 13.
Ticket prices for the two musicals are $10 – General admission; $5 – Students and Seniors. All productions are presented at the LSUA Black Box Theatre in the new MPAC Building in the rear of campus.
The Halloween Open Mic Night rises from the grave on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Empty Space Players invites all to bring their scariest, spookiest, creepiest, and most blood-curdling story, song, poem, monologue, mime, etc., and share them with us. We ask that the offerings are kept under 15 minutes. Come in costume if you like and help us get into the Halloween spirit. This event is free and open to students and the community. It promises to be a night of spine-tingling delight!
Tired of the same old run-of-the-mill Valentine’s Day date? Join us for the Valentine’s Open Mic Night on Friday, February 14, 2014, at 7:00 pm, for an evening idyllic and creative. Following the format from Halloween, and free and open to all, we ask you to bring your best material with a romantic theme and inspire us. And there should still be time afterwards for that candlelit dinner!
For more information, please contact Robert Harper at 318-473-6473.