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ETSU Theatre and Dance announces 2018-19 season: ' A season of old classics with new twists'

Contributed • Sep 21, 2018 at 6:04 PM

East Tennessee State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance has announced the four shows that will headline its 2018-19 season at the Bud Frank Theatre.

• ETSU will open the season with “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the timeless classic of a boy named Jack, his mother, a cow named Milky White, some magic beans and a giant at the top of a beanstalk.

Written by Chris Stiles and directed and choreographed by faculty member Cara Harker, the show will run Oct. 7-11 and will feature aerial dance.

• Everyone’s favorite detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson will unravel their most notorious case in “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.” The show runs Nov. 15-18 under the direction of Bobby Funk.

In addition to the two actors portraying Holmes and Watson, three other actors will perform nearly 40 characters in this fast-paced comedy. Can Holmes and Watson crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir?

Will Eno’s Middletown will appear on the ETSU stage Feb. 21-24 and will be directed by Melissa Shafer. This funny and deeply moving play takes place in a small American town where a friendship develops between a longtime resident and a newcomer.

The lives of Middletown residents intersect in peculiar and emotional ways during a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.

• “Sense and Sensibility,” directed by Herb Parker and adapted by Kate Hamill, will close the 2018-19 season, running April 11-14.

Based on the novel by Jane Austen, the story follows the Dashwood sisters and their recently widowed mother as they embark on a new journey in life where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.

The design team for the season includes Beth Skinner and Karen Brewster, costume designers; Jonathon Taylor, scenic designer; Zach Olsen, technical designer; and Shafer as lighting designer.

In addition to evening performances, school performances are scheduled for “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” and “Sense and Sensibility.” For more information about the season, visit www.etsu.edu/theatre.

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