Klein Oak Theatre Directors Matthew Robinson, Christopher Pruett and Brie Garza announced upcoming show titles for the 2015-16 season – Dearly Departed and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – at the Sept. 3 theatre parent meeting.
The 2015-16 season opens with Twelve Angry Jurors at 7 pm Sept. 18, 19 & 21. Twelve Angry Jurors is based on the play by Reginald Rose, adapted from his 1954 television series. Staged in a 1964 London production, the Broadway debut was 50 years later in 2004 by the Roundabout Theatre Company, where it ran for 328 performances. Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen jurors try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.
Coming up in November, our second play of the season is Dearly Departed, a comedy written by playwrights David Bottrell and Jessie Jones in 1992. It’s the story of the beleaguered Turpin family, who find that living and dying in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: drinking, the threat of financial ruin, bratty kids, eating disorders, nosey neighbors and suspicions of infidelity. Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn to their friends and neighbors for comfort, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral. Show dates for Dearly Departed are 7 pm Nov. 6, 7 & 9. Refer to the Call Board to view the company of Dearly Departed.
The Klein Oak Fine Arts Department 2016 musical is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Auditions for Klein Oak students are the week of Nov. 16-20 after school. Show dates for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee are 7 pm Jan. 29 & 30 and Feb. 5, 6 & 8, 2016.
Please join the Klein Oak Theatre Booster Club to support our students and department throughout the exciting upcoming season. Your volunteer and financial support enables their success. To join, download the registration form.