Red Deer College theatre studies students are gearing up for an exciting new season of first-rate entertainment.
Kicking things off is Fuente Ovejuna! which runs Oct. 13-15 and Oct. 18-22 in Studio A. Curtain is 7:30 p.m.
There are also weekend matinees Oct. 15 and 22 starting at 1 p.m.
Based on historical fact and described as a “fiery play about injustice and the will of the people to overcome a brutal régime,” this play of the Spanish Golden age of the 17th century crackles with passion and love.
When the wedding between local young lovers is broken up by an oppressive commander, things begin to rapidly escalate. The excesses of manipulation, undue imprisonment, needless torture and abuse of authority are rank, and the people know that something has to be done.
The town plots the overthrow of their overlord, and to accept the consequences. When later confronted with a deadly choice between freedom and assigning responsibility for their deeds, the villagers choose to respond ‘Fuente Ovejuna did it!’ The play is recommended for recommended for ages 14 and up.
Next up is Toad of Toad Hall, which has been adapted by Philip Goulding from the Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. The play runs Nov. 24-26 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 on the Arts Centre mainstage with curtain at 7:30 p.m. Weekend matinees run Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 at 1 p.m.
Follow the madcap adventures of the wealthy Mr. Toad from his arrest for stealing a motorcar, to his trial, imprisonment and his ultimate escape.
Now, with a little help from his friends, Toad begins a daring campaign to battle the weasels and regain Toad Hall.
The new year dawns with a Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night, which runs Feb. 9-14 and Feb. 14-18 on the mainstage with curtain at 7:30 p.m. Weekend matinees runs Feb. 11 and 18 at 1 p.m.
A love triangle like no other, this gender bending comedy is full of mischief and madness. Throw in a stormy night, a shipwreck, a missing twin, sword fights, jealousy and a melancholy malcontent in yellow stockings and you have love and hijinks as only Shakespeare can deliver.
Finally the season wraps with The King is the King. Performance dates are April 11-14 in Studio A with curtain at 7:30 p.m. A weekend matinee is set for April 14 at 1 p.m.
An overly pampered king, bored with life, devises a game to amuse himself. Mischieviously he selects a commoner and makes him king for a day.
Enter Abu al-Husan who is brought to the palace in a drunken stupor and is put on the throne. The King’s plan immediately goes awry when Abu assumes the role with ease and no one notices that a switch has been made – not even the queen.
Meanwhile, tickets for RDC shows will now be handled by the Black Knight Inn Ticket Centre. The Black Knight will serve Arts Centre patrons via web, telephone and in person sales. The ticket office at the Black Knight Inn will be also open daily and the Arts Centre ticket booth will open an hour before each performance.
“We are confident that Black Knight will provide patrons of the arts with friendly and efficient service that will properly support the fine performances we host in the Arts Centre,” said Torben Andersen, dean of arts at RDC.
For ticket information, call 403-755-6626 or toll free at 1-800-661-8793 or check out www.blackknightinn.ca.