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Coming to a stage near you: CMPA fall theatre schedule

From lesser-known stories to Sondheim classics, Belmont’s College of Music and Performing Arts will offer a full slate of plays and musical productions this semester.

Starting the year off on the weekend of Friday, Oct. 7th, both musical theatre's Sondheim On Sondheim and theatre's The Good Times Are Killing Me open.

Sondheim On Sondheim, a celebration of one of our generation's most prolific musical theatre composers, will show in the Troutt Theatre from Friday, Oct. 7th to Sunday, Oct. 9th. Be prepared to laugh, cry and leave with a feeling of nostalgia as Belmont's musical theatre department "educates and challenges audiences bringing into question the ideals that society pushes on us," said the director of the Musical Theatre program, Nancy Allen.

Across the Street in the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, The Good Times Are Killing Me, "an autobiographical comic drama about growing up in an interracial neighborhood in the mid-1960s", shows from Friday, Oct. 7th to Sunday, Oct. 9th as well. The Good Times Are Killing Me will look to open the audience’s eyes to the struggle imposed on minorities in a setting dominated by the majority.

After the packed weekend of performances, the theatre and musical theatre departments will go straight into rehearsals for their following pieces, A Doll's House and Into The Woods, respectively.

A Doll's House, the story of Nora Helmer, "a young housewife who suffers from a crippling dependency on her husband," and her journey to find self-assurance in a world that looks down upon it, runs from Friday, Nov. 4th to Sunday, Nov. 12th in the Black Box Theatre. With a message that is more prevalent than ever, A Doll's House seeks to highlight what is considered good in modern relationships.

The following weekend Into The Woods opens with a bang; it is "an epic story about wishes, family, and the consequences caused by the choices we make, all told through the compelling lens of Sondheim's exquisite score and complex yet engaging lyrics!" Running from Friday, Nov. 18th to Sunday, Nov. 20th in the Troutt Theatre, CMPA will present the critically acclaimed production right on Belmont’s campus.

The fall 2022 season tackles themes of freedom and faith, all while honoring those we have lost along the way. Reserve tickets at the Belmont box office.

PHOTO: The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts; Isaac Wetzel/Belmont Vision

This story was written by Zach Watkins

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