CSUSB’s Theatre Returns with ‘A Season to Shout About!’

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– CSUSB’s Department of Theatre Arts presents its 2018-19 Season to Shout About, featuring a 1960s Malibu beach party gone horribly wrong, a tale of star-crossed love in the Midwest, and a Tony-Award winning New York musical from the creator of “Hamilton,” and much more.

“Ann Bowman, Dominatrix Empress of planet Earth! Has a catchy ring, don’t you think?” – Chicklet

The theatre arts department launches its main stage season in 1962 Malibu with “Psycho Beach Party” by Charles Busch, a spoof of 1960s beach party/surfing movies and 1970s slasher schlock.

Florence “Chicklet” Forrest is a not-so-innocent tomboy who longs to become the first female surfer at Malibu Beach. Chicklet also happens to have multiple personalities, including an African-American check-out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve, and the entire accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman.

Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a murderer on the loose? An ever-growing list of colorful suspects begins to emerge including surfer Kanaka, exchange student Lars, and even Chicklet’s own mother.

“Psycho Beach Party,” directed by professor Tom Provenzano, will run Nov. 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., Nov. 11, 17 and 18 at 2 p.m.

“I’m not one of those girls that jump in a hot-rod every time you boys turn the corner and honk.” – Madge

A bittersweet romance, with a slice of familial tension, a chunk of rivalry between the good boy and the bad boy, and just a dollop of mid-century sexism gives you the Pulitzer prize-winning drama “Picnic” by William Inge.

It is Labor Day, in a small, Kansas town where two families are preparing for an annual picnic in their shared backyard. Complications arise when Hal Carter, a drifter, comes to town looking for work and visits his college friend, Alan. But when sparks begin to fly between Alan’s girlfriend Madge and Hal, complications arise leading to unintended consequences.

“Picnic,” directed by Terry Donovan Smith, opens on the Barnes Theatre stage March 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m.,
March 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

“Hey guys it’s me. The biggest disappointment you know!” – Nina

On May 31, The Ellen Weisser Endowed Theatre Showcase presents our season’s grand finale: the Tony Award winning musical, “In The Heights,” music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

Filled with salsa, hip-hop, soulful ballads and moments of pure musical bliss, “In The Heights” tells the tale of the vibrant melting pot of cultures in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood: A place where descendants of Cuban, Dominican and Puerto Rican immigrants come together, where the windows are always open, and the streets explode with songs and rhythms of three generations. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

“In The Heights” is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations.

As Miranda said, “Our show is about home, and where you belong.”

With eight performances, “In The Heights,” directed by professor Kathryn Ervin, plays May 31, June 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances June 2, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m.

Individual and season tickets can be purchased from the CSUSB Theatre Arts Box Office, or online at theatre.csusb.edu. Subscriptions range from $20 to $50, with individual tickets at $6 for students and children under 17; $12 for faculty, staff, senior citizens and military; $15 for adults.

Performances take place in the Ronald E. Barnes Theatre on the CSUSB campus. Parking at CSUSB is $6 Monday-Friday and $3 on the weekend, but is available for free with a 2017-18 theatre arts season subscription.

For additional information, please contact the Theatre Box Office at (909) 537-5884 or theatrearts@csusb.edu

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communicationat (909) 537-5007 and visit inside.csusb.edu.

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