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Date: 08/01/2005
New American Theater's 34th Season
by Press Release

New American Theater's 34th season is packed with performances you won't want to miss.  This line up has a Shakespeare classic, a world of fantasy and a rockin' beat.  And there is a special treat... New American Theater is proud to have its founding father J.R. Sullivan back as a guest director for "Stones in His Pockets.'

 

New American Theater's 34th Season

 

Over the Tavern

By Tom Dudzick

Opens September 23, runs through October 16

(Recommended for middle school age and older)

Student matinees available

 

This heart-warming comedy deals with the trials of Rudy Pazinski, a 10 year-old boy growing up in 1950's Buffalo.  Young Rudy has driven his teacher, Sister Clarissa, to a minor heart attack with his questions about the universe and his constant imitations of Ed Sullivan.  His teenage sister is a ball of nerves as she learns about dealing with boys, his older brother is a misguided bully and his father has a hair- trigger temper that sets off his long-suffering mother.


Alice in Wonderland

 

By Lewis Carroll

Opens November 25th, runs through December 30th
Student matinees available

 

This adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic comes with all the fantasy and silliness for which it is famous.  Follow Alice as she chases a white rabbit down a whole and suddenly finds herself in a word full of fantastic tea parties, Cheshire Cats, round faced twins, talking flowers, cookies that change her size, and a Red Queen that wants to chop off her head!

 

 

A Midsummer Nights Dream

 

By William Shakespeare

Opens February 3, runs through February 26

(Recommended for middle school and older)

Student matinees available

 

This loopy comedy is one of Shakespeare's best!  Two sets of lovers escape into the woods on a summer's night to pursue their love, only to fall under the spell of a mischievous fairy named Puck.  Elsewhere in the woods, a group of tradesmen are rehearsing a play, and get a visit from Puck who turns the head of one of their company into the head of an ass.  By the end, all the mischief has been corrected, and the tradesmen put on a truly ridiculous play for the lovers who are blessed by the spirits.  Filled with wonder and joy, this play deals with the transformative power of love and proves that love "doth make fools of us all.

 

 

 

Stones in His Pockets

 

By Marie Jones

Directed by J.R. Sullivan

Starring Steve Vrtol

(Recommended for Middle School and older)

 

Opens March 10, runs through April 2nd.  This amazing two-person play will be directed by: NAT founder J.R. Sullivan!  NAT is proud to welcome Jim back to his artistic home for this delightful play.  When a film crew descends on a small village in Kerry county Ireland, everyone wants to get involved and chaos ensues.  There's a colorful cast of characters including the locals who come out to be extras, the British assistant director, the film diva, and one of the last surviving extras from John Wayne's "The Quiet Man" Hilariously funny, touching, and moving, this actor tour-de-force calls on two actors to play over a dozen characters each!

 

 

Tommy

 

Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend

Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff

(Recommended for high school and older)

Opens April 28, runs through May 21

 

You'll love this rock opera with such amazing hits as "Pinball Wizard" "Listening to You" and "See Me, Feel Me."  This Tony award- winning musical is the story of a boy who, through a series of events, is traumatized into silence.  He regains his voice and becomes a cult hero/messiah figure after he discovers a knack for pinball.  With amazing visuals, great music and choreography this play is sure to please audiences with its glitz and flash!

 

 

Season Subscriptions:

 

Opening Night

Adult: $115   Senior/Child: $99

 

Weekend Nights

Adult: $99     Senior/Child: $79

 

Weekday Nights

Adult: $89     Senior/Child: $69

 

Preview Night

Adult: $79     Senior/Child: $59


Alice in Wonderland

Opening Night

Adult: $31     Senior/Child: $28

 

Weekend Nights

Adult: $27     Senior/Child: $22

 

Weekday Nights

Adult: $21     Senior/Child: $17

 

Call about their special flex passes so you are not locked in to a specific show.

 

Single Tickets

Alice in Wonderland/Tommy

Opening Night         

Adult: $34     Senior/Child: $29

 

Weekend Nights       

Adult: $29     Senior/Child: $24

 

Weekday Nights

Adult: $25     Senior/Child: $20

 

Preview Night

Adult: $24     Senior/Child: $19

Over the Tavern/A Midsummer Night's Dream/Stones in His Pockets

Opening Night         

Adult: $29     Senior/Child: $24

 

Weekend Nights

Adult: $25     Senior/Child: $20

 

Weekday Nights

Adult: $22     Senior/Child: $17

 

Preview Night

Adult: $19     Senior/Child: $14

 

Call the NAT box office at 815-964-6282 to order you tickets.  Don't miss on this outstanding season of theater.

Contact Information
New American Theater
118 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61101
815-964-6282
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