swanson-center-img_78242Piedmont College Theatre announces 2011-2012 season

Northeast Georgia theatre goers will be humming along with tunes such as “Bali Ha’i,” and “Send in the Clowns,” as the Piedmont College Theatre presents its 2011-2012 season, which includes musicals, dramas, comedies, and romance.  

The season will begin with the production of "South Pacific," a musical set during World War II, with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Directed by professor John Spiegel, the play will run at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct.1; and 2 p.m., Oct. 2, on the Mainstage Theater. Set on an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Do to the nature of the show some content is for mature audiences.

The second production for the fall is “A Christmas Carol,” a Christmas family classic by Charles Dickens, directed by professor Bill Gabelhausen. Hateful Ebenezer Scrooge will be visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 17-19; and 2 p.m., Nov. 20, on the Mainstage Theater.

The first show in the spring is “A Little Night Music,” a romantic musical exploring the subject of love, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The show, directed by Gabelhausen, will transport the audience back to 1900s Scandinavia at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16-18; and 2 p.m., Feb. 19, in the Blackbox Theater. This production is for mature audiences.

PCT will close the theater season with “The Nerd,” which tells the story of architect Willium Cubbert, who owes a debt to Rick Steadman for saving his life. Rick attends Willium’s 34th birthday party and Willium becomes unhappy when Rick turns out to be a hopeless “nerd” with no sense, intelligence or tact. The play by Larry Shue is directed by Spiegel, with shows scheduled for 7:30 p.m., April 12-14; and 2 p.m., April 15, in the Mainstage Theater. This production has some mature language.

All the performances will take place in the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communication. Admission is $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For more information about fine arts at Piedmont or to reserve tickets, call 706-778-8500 ext. 1355 or go online to www.piedmont.edu/FA.