‘Cats in Concert,’ ‘Spring Awakening’ Among 2013 STC Offerings

Street Theatre CompanyStreet Theatre Company has released their 2013 season lineup. What follows are the shows, dates and STC-provided descriptions for a wide-ranging mix of classic and contemporary fare:

Love Letters (Feb. 1-9, 2013) 

A unique and imaginative theatre piece that is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences.   Evocative, touching, frequently funny, they chronicle over nearly 50 years of hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.

Cats in Concert (Feb. 20-24, 2013)

The hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical in concert, based on the poetry of TS Eliot, tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” when they decide which cat will ascend to the “heavyside layer” and come back to a new life. With hit Broadway songs including, “Memory”, this show is sure to entertain all ages.

Baby (March 29-April 14, 2013)

Three couples on a university campus deal the desperate lows and the comic highs that accompany the anticipation of a baby. There are the college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined to try; and the middle aged parents, looking forward to seeing their last child graduate from college when a night of unexpected passion lands them back where they started.

Spring Awakening (May 10-26, 2013)

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is a rock musical that celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that is hard to forget. Set in late-19th century Germany and featuring the pop rock music of Duncan Sheik, Spring Awakening explores teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer turmoil of their awakening sexuality.

The Colored Museum (June 14-30, 2013)

A precursor to shows like “In Living Color”, The Colored Museum produces ten “artifacts” of the black experience in America. A savage and hilarious satire, some pack a real wallop, some are both funny and powerful, and some are downright hilarious and also carry a message.

Spamalot (Sept. 6, 2013)

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

The Children’s Hour (Oct. 11-27, 2013)

Set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, a rumor started by a malicious student soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy as irreparable damage is done.

Hair in Concert (Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 2013)

This explosive rock musical in concert tells the story of a group of politically active hippies who struggle to balance their lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society.  With phenomenal musical numbers including “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “I Got Life,” Hair has a vitality, timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in America.

ClassAct Dramatics Youth Productions

Really Rosie (July 12-27, 2013)

Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn’s Avenue P, entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies, notably directing and starring in an Oscar winning movie. Written by the author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are and other popular children’s books, Really Rosie is a jewel for children and adults.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Nov. 2-10, 2013)

The spooky classic story by Washington Irving is complete with thrills, chills and laughs that will keep young audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina, Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones, and of course…the headless horseman!

For more information on the shows and season tickets visit www.streettheatrecompany.com.

*Logo art courtesy Street Theatre Company.

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About Evans Donnell

Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman's "The People vs Larry Flynt" among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (www.americantheatrecritics.org).