The wait is over.
Theatre NDSU finally announced their 2017 – 2018 season on Dec. 12 in a video posted to their Facebook page. Producing one musical and three plays, the upcoming season has the potential to be their most entertaining and magical yet. Sold out performances characterized the 2016 – 2017 season, and next year’s season promises to continue to impress.
Next year’s productions include: “Urinetown,” “How I Learned to Drive,” “Tartuffe” and “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells Batman Smells.”
“Urinetown” is a hilarious, satirical musical commenting on politics, society, capitalism and corporations.
When a city-wide drought leads to a water shortage and the corporation “Urine Good Company” assumes control of all public toilets, community members are forced to pay to use the restroom.
“Urinetown” will be directed by professor Nick Albrecht, Theatre NDSU’s newest professor of musical theatre. According to Albrecht,”It’s about politics. It’s about people. It’s about love. It’s about society in general and what happens when certain things don’t go certain ways.”
“Urinetown” is a show Theatre NDSU has been hoping to produce for a long time because “we could do it in a unique way and do it very well.”
“How I Learned to Drive” is a play by Paula Vogel that brings audiences on a journey through the life of a young woman struggling to find her place within her family and the world around her. This show brings forth a wonderful opportunity for Theatre NDSU — their first ever main-stage student director.
Theatre NDSU artistic director and professor of directing Jess Jung states, “For the past three years, Theatre NDSU has been thoughtfully expanding our directing program. This season we have our first student co-directing ‘The Odyssey’ (premiering this spring) on the main-stage. We also added another advanced directing class to our curriculum. Next year will be our most exciting development: we will have a student directing ‘How I Learned to Drive’ solo.”