Persephone Theatre announces 2012/2013 Season
“This season is Saskatoon’s passport to international adventure. You’ll journey from 1950’s Italy to Austria to Greece to the English countryside and back. If you enjoyed last season, you’re in for another great time at the theatre!” – Del Surjik, Artistic Director.
The upcoming season is filled with reasons to once again join us in the theatre. From the classic wit of Oscar Wilde to the signature linguistic style of Harold Pinter, from the massively popular music of Rodgers and Hammerstein to an Olivier Award winning comedy, this season will have remarkable offerings for everyone to enjoy. And there will be even more to look forward to this year, as we have added performances to every mainstage show. Plays will now run for two and a half weeks. Now is the chance for subscribers to get the seats that they’ve had their eye on! Subscriptions are available for the added Friday, Saturday and Sunday Matinée, with Thursday and Sunday reserved for single and corporate sales.
The mainstage season will open with Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest. Gentleman chums Jack and Algernon take romantic entanglements to a whole new level in this trivial comedy for serious people. We’ll follow up with a nod to romance courtesy of the Tony Award winning musical The Light in the Piazza, a journey to Italy with young love in the air. During the Christmas season, all ages will be delighted by the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite The Sound of Music – the largest production in Persephone Theatre’s history! To bring some much needed warmth and laughter into the winter in the New Year, we give you the Olivier Award winning comedy Shirley Valentine, in which a middle-aged Liverpool housewife gets offered a free trip to Greece. And if you love the classics, you’ll be as excited as we are to see the work of a true 20th century master, Harold Pinter. His critically acclaimed drama The Caretaker will feature Pinter’s own dear friend and local treasure Henry Woolf, as an old tramp who finds shelter in the cold and shabby home of two brothers. To wrap up the season, we offer you the sharp dramatic comedy Sexy Laundry, a risqué getaway with a feisty couple seeking refreshment after twenty-five years of marriage.
The spirit of combining established works with fresh and exciting offerings will be echoed in our Deep End Series. Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a critically acclaimed comic odyssey following a woman who answers a dead stranger’s cell phone, will ring open the season. We’re also excited to give you the World Première of A History of Breathing, a post-apocalyptic tale from Dan Macdonald, who brought you the hilarious and horrific Velocity in the 2010/2011 Deep End. The season will culminate in a show-stopping ride at a carnival in Uranium City, also known as the darkly delightful musical cabaret Ride the Cyclone!
Persephone Theatre Youth will feature prominently again this season, with seven productions between the SaskTel Youth Tour, ISC Youth Series and Kinsmen Young Company. The very successful and popular Persephone Theatre School will also see some big changes this year. Our Youth Program Director Will Brooks has been hard at work creating new and exciting opportunities for theatre enthusiasts ages 6 and up. Stay tuned on our website for program expansions!
The 2012/2013 season marks an important time in the history of Persephone Theatre. As we celebrate the records that we broke in ticket sales last season, we are committed to exceeding the high expectations we both have for our theatre. Join us as we break more records with another unforgettable season!
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