From hilarious comedy to poignant drama, classical dance to jazz, blues and bebop, Sam Houston State University is poised for another thrilling performing arts season.

Following the theme "Somewhere in Time," the university's Department of Theatre and Dance will stage 10 events this season, each with a historically significant setting ranging in time from Victorian England to contemporary America. Throughout the year, the stages at SHSU's Mainstage and Showcase theaters will be transformed to reflect the trappings of 19th century America, the Great Depression, World War II Canada and post-war USA.

The theatrical line up includes two riveting dramas, three comedies, a musical melodrama, and a Christmastime classic. Also highlighting the season are three dance concerts: two showcasing the works of student and faculty and the third offering a lively musical review of classics from the 1930s and 40s.

In addition to the major performances, spotlights will shine on three competitive events demonstrating a wealth of student dance and theatrical talent.

Also this season, the public is invited to take a seat on the cutting edge of creativity as students and faculty stage their own work during Experimental Theatre Nights at the Showcase Theatre. Dance students and faculty will also take a turn performing original works at special "Dances at 8:00" events scheduled throughout the season.

SHSU Theatre and Dance season performances run from October through May. Individual and season tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased by calling 409-294-1339 or 409-294-1329.

The 1996-97 SHSU Department of Theatre and Dance calendar includes the following performances:




Ticket prices are $7 for Mainstage shows and dance concerts and $5 for Showcase productions. All musicals are $10. SHSU students and senior citizens receive a discount.


Media Contact: Phillip Rollfing

Sept. 20, 1996