Classics, original play highlight RVC Studio Theatre season

The 2005-06 Rock Valley College’s Studio Theatre season continues with a holiday musical brought back by popular demand. The Christmas Schooner, last produced on the RVC stage in 2001, returns with several of the original cast members reprising their roles. It’s the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather on Lake Michigan to bring Christmas trees to homesick German-American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition despite his wife’s misgivings until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission. With its powerful and exquisite score, The Christmas Schooner is family entertainment at its best, hearty and wholesome.

Sponsored by Williams Tree Farm, Rockton, this show opens Wednesday, Nov. 30 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 10.

In February, the Studio Theatre will offer its newest entry in the Original Works Program, The Mayor of West Belvidere, which attempts to answer the question, “Why does a certain small Midwestern city keep shooting itself in the foot?” Maybe things will change as a newly elected mayor starts her first term in office. How will she deal with charges that she “stole” the office? How will she deal with the President of the U.S.? or the “Dirty Dozen”? These are just some of the challenges found in this political comedy. Find out which foot takes the bullet when The Mayor of West Belvidere takes the stage Feb. 1-11.

The Studio Theatre season concludes with its annual Agatha Christie mystery, Appointment with Death. Among the towering red cliffs and the ancient ruins of Petra sits the corpse of Mrs. Boynton, the cruel and tyrannizing matriarch of the Boynton family. A tiny puncture mark on her wrist is the only sign of the fatal injection that killed her. With only 24 hours to solve the mystery, Hercule Poirot recalls a remark he overheard in Jerusalem, “You do see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?” Mrs. Boynton was, indeed, the most detestable woman he had ever met. Join RVC Studio Theatre for its annual magical mystery tour to see if Poirot gets it right this time. Appointment with Death is sponsored by SwedishAmerican Medical Foundation and runs March 29 through April 8.

Tickets for all Studio plays are still available for most performances, though seats for The Christmas Schooner are selling fast. To purchase tickets or for additional information, call the Rock Valley College box office at (815) 921-2160, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

From the Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue

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