There were at least 200 people at tonight's gathering at Columbus State University's Theater on the Park as Larry Dooley announced the 2011-12 season.
Dooley is in his first year as chairman of the Columbus State University department of theater.
The season includes brand-new plays as well as classics like Anton Chehkov’s “Three Sisters.”
The biggest announcement, though, was the first summer season ever for the department. The two plays in June will be "Blue's Clues" and "Nunsense."
Never miss a local story.
“We decided to take the leap (to present the summer shows),” Dooley said. He said it will take about 30 student actors, technicians and faculty to have a successful summer season.
For the summer shows, because there is a skeleton crew at CSU, he may open up auditions for the community to take part. And if it is successful, Dooley hopes to hire guest artists next summer.
“We also need a name for it,” he said. All of the suggested names so far haven’t met his approval. One of those suggested names was Slightly Off Broadway or SOB. That was a no-no.
Dooley added one more show for the 2011-12 season so the number is up to seven.
“We don’t have any more faculty,” so adding more shows is not feasible at this time, he said.
The offerings include the winner of the Larry Corse International Playwriting Competition, “The Campaneras,” opening the season on Sept. 22. Written by Kathy Coudle King, it is based on the true stories of former political prisoners in Uruguay during that country’s “dirty war” of the 1970s.
Other titles include “Noises Off,” the British farce featuring slamming doors and a two-story revolving set and “Three Sisters,” about the young women bored in Russia, facing infidelity, fire, drunkeness and the drudgery of work.
Another new show, “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom,” written by Jennifer Haley is about teenagers who are addicted to a horror video game that morphs into their actual neighborhood.
The students will tackle “Caroline, or Change,” the Tony-nominated musical about a Jewish household with a black maid in 1963 Lake Charles, La. The musical genres include blues, rock, gospel, R&B and soul.
The children’s series include “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “The Toys Take Over Christmas” and “How I Became a Pirate.”
Season tickets for Mainstage are $64-$72; $55 for the Pick 4; $15-$24 for the Family Series and $78-$96 for both the Mainstage and Family Series. They are on sale now.
Single tickets go on sale later this summer. They are $22 for musicals; $17 for dramas and comedies; $10 for family shows.
CSU signed an agreement with the W.C. Bradley Co. to allow theater patrons to park in its Front Avenue parking lot.
The Theater on the Park is at 6 W. 10th St.