CBA kicks off stage season with play by Chekhov

   The Christian Brothers Academy Drama Department kicks off its 29th season of performances Nov. 3-5 with the Fall Drama production of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

   Since its first production in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre, The Cherry Orchard has become one of the most performed plays in the Western world, a high comedy whose principal theme, the passing of the old semi-feudal order, is symbolized in the sale of the cherry orchard owned by Madame Ranyevskaya.

   This is the 11th year of the CBA Fall Drama. Performances will take place in the chapel. Tickets are $5 and will be available in the main office the last week of October.

   A special dinner-theater experience will be offered at the closing-night performance, Nov. 5.  Guests will enjoy an elegant sit-down dinner in the LGI lobby, followed by the evening’s presentation of The Cherry Orchard.

   This year’s middle school musical production is Bye Bye Birdie. Directed by Tim Davis, this staple of American musical comedy follows the adventures of rock star Conrad Birdie who gets drafted into the army. His fans are devastated, including struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on The Ed Sullivan Show to a fan picked in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but her boyfriend is jealous about it.

   This year’s spring musical, Mame, will be performed March 24 and 25 at the Nottingham High School Auditorium. The musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a sharp-witted, wealthy eccentric. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother’s only child, Patrick. Her adventures take us from the speakeasies of the Roaring ’20s to the Depression following the crash of the stock market. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control.

   Tickets for Mame are $10 for all seats and will be available in mid-March.

For more information, contact CBA at 315-446-5960 or visit www.CBASyracuse.org.

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