IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, RUMORS & THE SOUND OF MUSIC Set for BrightSide Theatre's 4th Season

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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, RUMORS & THE SOUND OF MUSIC Set for BrightSide Theatre's 4th Season

Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass and Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak have announced BrightSide Theatre's 4th Season - 2014-2015 - "Celebrating Friends & Family" - It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Rumors, and The Sound of Music. "These three pieces of theatre entertain us as we celebrate what it means to have the love of friends and family in our lives," explains Executive Director Julie Ann Kornak. From the warmth of the holiday spirit, to the hilarious lengths we go to help our friends, to creating our own loving families as we travel the journey of life - come celebrate at the theatre with friends and family.

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
November 28 - December 14, 2014
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue in Naperville
by Joe Landry |directed by Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass

Celebrate this holiday season by gathering your friends and family and step back in time to Christmas Eve in 1946 at the WBST Radio Studio and be a part of the live audience broadcast of It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Watch five actors and a live Foley sound effects artist bring this beloved American holiday classic to captivating life as they play fifty different characters in this inventive retelling of the timeless story. With the perfect blend of Christmas cheer and theatrical magic, audiences will fall in love all over again with George Bailey and the angel named Clarence who saved his life on Christmas Eve.

Rumors
March 6 - March 22, 2015
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue in Naperville
by Neil Simon |director TBA

Neil Simon, America's best known multi-award winning playwright, takes us on a high-stakes ride with this hilarious laughing-until-you- cry comedy, as we see the lengths we will go to protect our friends. Four couples are invited to the elite townhouse of the Deputy Mayor of New York and his wife to celebrate their tenth anniversary. However, the guests discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host - the deputy mayor- is lying upstairs with a bullet hole in his ear lobe. Comic complications arise when, considering everyone's upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening's events from the local police and, more importantly, the press! Watch as the evening spins out of control in this laugh-out-loud Neil Simon farce.

The Sound of Music
June 12 - June 28, 2015
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue in Naperville
book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse | music by Richard Rodgers | lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
directed by Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass | choreographed by Jeni Donahue

So many families are formed in so many different ways just like the family at the center of one of the world's most beloved family-classic musicals Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. Celebrate the journey of how the Von Trapp Family comes to be in the story of Maria, who falls in love with Captain von Trapp and his seven children, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Austria. The jewel in the Rodgers and Hammerstein crown, The Sound of Music contains some of the most famous songs ever written for the stage, including The Sound of Music, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, Climb Every Mountain and Edelweiss.

Affordable tickets starting at $20 are available for BrightSide Theater's 2014-2015 Season, providing opportunities for Season Subscribers, Groups and Individuals to enjoy our season of Celebrating Friends & Family as only BrightSide Theatre can produce. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit us at www.BrightSideTheatre.com or call the Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

BrightSide Theatre Youth Project

BrightSide Theatre continues its commitment to young artists with the belief that involvement in arts programs increases the development in children on both an academic and social scale while building self-esteem, we designed The BrightSide Theatre Youth Project to provide a professional and educational learning experience for grade school to high school students aged 8-18 interested in exploring musical theater. In this program, children work directly with professional directors, musical directors, choreographers, designers, and artists to develop their own theatrical skills. (Our staff has/currently works with professional theatres including, Paramount Arts Center, First Folio, Chicago Shakespeare, Broadway in Chicago, Drury Lane Oak Brook.) After very successful productions for the last two seasons, we are happy to announce that this year's BrightSide Theatre Youth Project's production will be Disney's Aladdin JR.

Disney's Aladdin JR.
March 7 - March 15, 2015
Theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth Avenue in Naperville
book by Jim Luigs | music by Alan Menken | lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
directed by Artistic Director Jeffrey Cass | choreographed by Jeni Donahue

The beloved story is brought to thrilling theatrical life with all of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film - Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more. With just one rub of a magical lamp we are transported to a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. It's a journey filled with all the unforgettable songs from the Academy award-winning film score, including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me," and more exciting new songs.

Tickets on sale on February 1, 2015 - $12 for Adults and $10 for Students. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit us at www.BrightSideTheatre.com or call the Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).

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