Santa Maria’s Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, or PCPA, has recently announced its 50th season.
The 2013-2014 season kicks off Nov. 7 with the delightful Mary Poppins, a show that needs no introduction. The same goes for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which opens Feb. 13 after a break for the holidays.
Also opening in February is the brilliant and daring Spring Awakening, a rock musical based on the turn-of-the-century expressionist drama by German playwright Frank Wedekind. The musical version’s book and lyrics were written by Steven Sater, with music by Duncan Sheik. In its time, Wedekind’s original was frequently banned or censored due to its critical portrayal of sexual repression in late-19th century Europe and stark depictions of pubescent sexuality, homosexuality, rape, child abuse, and abortion.
The 2006 Broadway adaptation gave the play the rock’n’roll treatment, and this suits it absurdly well: songs like “The Bitch of Living” and “Totally Fucked” feel well-suited to give voice to the angst of teen boys, and contrast strikingly with somber numbers like “The Word of Your Body” and “The Guilty Ones.” Spring Awakening opens Feb. 27, 2014.
Starting April 24, catch Michael Frayn’s hilarious Noises Off, a backstage farce centered on a troupe of amateur actors putting on a terrible comedy called Nothing On.
June and July bring us back into family musical territory, with Forever Plaid (opening June 14) and Oklahoma! (opening July 16)
On July 31 is the exciting world premiere of José Cruz González’s The San Patricios. The writer of The Heart’s Desire and Invernio presents an 1840s political drama about the “war-inside-the-war” between the U.S. and Mexico. “[I]mmigrant and native, Catholic and Protestant, officer and an enlisted collide as we rediscover the personal stories submerged in a conflict where Manifest Destiny met Conscientious Objection,” the play’s synopsis reads.
Lastly, Naomi Iizuka’s 36 Views opens Sept. 11, 2014. Centered upon two characters who may have discovered an ancient Japanese manuscript, 36 Views reveals “an exotic game of greed, sensuality and shifting perceptions,” according to the play’s synopsis:
“Interweaving western and eastern artistic traditions, this play explores the sometimes tense relationship between restored original and replicated artifact, intension and word, expected and actual.”
Single tickets go on sale Oct. 11. For more information, visit pcpa.org.