White Plains PAC Season to Include Spring Awakening, Cats, The Laramie Project

News   White Plains PAC Season to Include Spring Awakening, Cats, The Laramie Project The White Plains Performing Arts Center has announced its 2011-12 season, which includes the Tony Award-winning musicals Spring Awakening and Cats, which will be performed at the White Plains Theatre.

Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World will kick off the season July 8 and feature a 30-piece orchestra and a cast of 10. The production will run through July 10 and is a co-production from the New Musical Theatre Series and WPPAC.

Following Songs for a New World, WPPAC partners with Harrison Summer Theatre to present the New York regional premiere of Spring Awakening beginning Sept. 16. The Tony Award-winning musical explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with great poignancy and passion and runs through Sept. 18.

Menopause, the Musical, presented by GFour Productions, will begin performances Oct. 11. The musical, running through Oct. 23, is described as the “hilarious celebration of women and the change” and is set to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Drowsy Chaperone, winner of five Tony Awards, will be presented by the Conservatory Theatre and begins performances Nov. 4. The production, with performances through Nov. 6, is described as "a musical within a comedy" and addresses the great unspoken desire in all of us: to be entertained.

Following The Drowsy Chaperone, WPPAC will present the Tony Award-winning musical Cats. Based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot, the production will include matinee performances and special events for young audiences and runs Dec. 9-18 and Dec. 28-30. The Rocky Horror Show will kick off the new year and is brought back after a sold-out run in 2011 by the Conservatory Theatre. The production, running Jan. 13-15, 2012, has added a midnight showing Jan. 14 and encourages audience participation.

The WPPAC Mainstage will present Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me A Tenor March 9-18. The show, according to press notes, "is packed with hilarious hijinks of operatic proportions, guaranteed to leave audiences teary eyed with non-stop laughter."

The Conservatory Theatre will present The Laramie Project April 13-14 followed by a presentation of The Laramie Project: TEN YEARS LATER April 20-21. The new work confronts the issues of tolerance and bullying in our schools, and both plays will include school-time performances.

The Secret Garden will conclude the season with performances running May 11-20. The musical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel is presented by the WPPAC Mainstage.

The White Plains Performing Arts Center is located at 11 City Place, White Plains, NY. For more information and tickets, visit www.wppac.com.

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