October 30, 2020

Season of laughs, thrills, nostalgia

The USU Eastern theatre faculty is excited to announce its 2012-2013 season. It promises to be a season of laughs, thrills and maybe some nostalgia, says Dr. Corey Ewan. “After having to rethink our first show due to circumstances beyond our control, we will open on Oct. 4-13 with I’ll Be Back Before Midnight written by Peter Colley.” Ewan will direct the show.
It is a murder/thriller with the plot centering on a husband, Greg, and his wife, Jan, who’s recovering from a nervous disorder. They rent a remote farmhouse from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories.

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The USU Eastern theatre faculty is excited to announce its 2012-2013 season. It promises to be a season of laughs, thrills and maybe some nostalgia, says Dr. Corey Ewan. “After having to rethink our first show due to circumstances beyond our control, we will open on Oct. 4-13 with I’ll Be Back Before Midnight written by Peter Colley.” Ewan will direct the show.
It is a murder/thriller with the plot centering on a husband, Greg, and his wife, Jan, who’s recovering from a nervous disorder. They rent a remote farmhouse from an odd farmer who delights in telling gruesome ghost stories.
When the husband’s sister arrives, all manner of frightening events occur. Bodies appear and disappear pushing Jan closer and closer to the brink of madness.
“It will keep you jumping and guessing to the end,” Ewan said.
“Rehearsals have been fun with a cast of new faces, Ewan added. Playing Jan is freshman Miranda Cox from Bear River High School. Playing Greg, her husband is returning sophomore Timothy Swensen, from Grantsville High School. Rounding out the cast include Cameron West, a USU Eastern Ambassador and freshman from Juab High School and Brynne Hunt, freshman from Carbon High School.
“They are an enthusiastic bunch and are really being put through their paces as they are learning new things and dealing with an eccentric director,” Ewan said.
We will follow it with a holiday favorite, A Christmas Story, written by Jean Shepherd and adapted by Philip Grecian. This is Shepherd’s memoire of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s.
“Join us on Ralphie’s quest to get “an official Red Ryder 200 shot, carbine action, range model air rifle,” without shooting his eye out and avoiding Aunt Clara’s Christmas present,” Ewan said.
This is a Christmas favorite and will be quite fun to see live. Kris Bushman-Stuffle, visiting lecturer and CEU alumna, will direct this soon to become perennial favorite.
Almost Maine by John Cariani will open the Spring Semester season. Directed by professional actor and director Morgan Lund, Almost Maine is a series of love stories, both “unexpected and hilarious” taking place “on a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter in the fictional town of Almost, Maine.
The New York Daily News calls it “sweet, poignant and witty.”
The final production of the year finds Ewan directing Ken Ludwig’s comedy, Moon Over Buffalo. It is a backstage farce dealing with Charlotte and George Hay on tour in Buffalo, NY. They get an unexpected shot at starring in a film directed by Frank Capra of It’s a Wonderful Life fame, who is also flying in to see their matinee performance.
“Hilarious misunderstandings pile on madcap adventures . . . in this love letter to live theatre (The Boston Herald).” This will be a great theatre season with a bit of everything for everyone. All productions will take place in the Geary Theatre on the USU Eastern campus. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. there are no Wednesday or Sunday shows. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for non-USU students and faculty, and as always, $2 for USU students with a current USU activity card.

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