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Northeast State Theatre stages '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'

Staff Report • Oct 1, 2018 at 11:19 AM

Maelstroms and madness?! Narwhals and Nemo?! You have permission to come aboard the Northeast State Community College Department of Theatre’s latest production of dramatic adventure!

Northeast State Theatre invites you to explore the frightening depths of the deep seas and the human soul in its adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea playing this fall.

Opening night is Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theatre on the Blountville campus. Evening performances continue Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. There is a special matinee performance at noon on Nov. 9 and another matinee on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

In this new adaptation of Jules Verne's classic 19th-century saga, an emphasis on action strips this adventure down to its essence, bringing spectacle and ensemble to the fore. The College’s award-winning Theatre Department crew pulls out all the stops of light, sound, and action to retell the Jules Verne story.

In this show, a global expedition brings together prolific naturalist Professor Arronax, his devoted assistant Conseil and the gritty harpooner Ned Land. Our heroes board the Nautilus, the world's first submarine vessel led by the dangerous and enigmatic Captain Nemo. The Captain leads his crew on a perilous tour of the seven seas to the ends of the known earth.

Our three heroes are confronted by harrowing challenges, incredible adventure, and a host of most unusual creatures. The trio must wrestle with the dark forces that lurk in the depths of men's souls if they are ever to return home alive.

The story foretells with uncanny accuracy the inventions and technology of the 20th century. While this work is primarily an adaptation of a classic piece of literature, it also contains a hint of satire, which stems from our love of '80s and '90s genre films, action-comedies in particular. References to Predator, Die Hard, The Last Boy Scout, The Whole Nine Yards, Jaws and Blade Runner are peppered throughout the script to help lend a contemporary flavor.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for Northeast State faculty and staff, and $5 for non-Northeast State students and children. Admission is free to current Northeast State students presenting valid student identification at the door.

The play is being directed by Northeast State Theatre instructor and technical director Brad McKenzie. The play is presented through special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Ill.

In compliance with the American Disabilities Act, Northeast State honors requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Direct requests can be made at least 10 days in advance to (voice and TTY) 423.279.7640. Note: Audience members may be issued diving equipment on request.

Get your tickets now at http://www.northeaststate.edu/boxoffice or call 423.354.5169 for more information.

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