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Bethel College Announces 2014-’15 Theatre Season

The Bethel College theatre department is pleased to announce the 2014-’15 theatre season. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at or call the theatre department office at 574.807.7747. Tickets for individual shows go on sale as noted below.

Fall Comedy – “The 39 Steps”
Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan, from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 matinee at 1 p.m.
Individual tickets on sale Sept. 12

In “The 39 Steps,” a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she's a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on the man's trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! With the serious spy story played for laughs and the allusions to some of Hitchcock’s other films, this will surely be an unforgettable evening of entertainment!

Fall Drama – “Electra”
By Sophocles, adaption by Frank McGuinness
Nov. 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Individual tickets on sale Oct. 20

The Sophoclean classic: When King Agamemnon returns from the Trojan War with his new concubine, Cassandra, his wife, Clytemnestra (who has taken Agamemnon's cousin Aegisthus as a lover), kills them. Clytemnestra believes the murder was justified, since Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter, Iphigenia, before the war, as commanded by the gods. Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, rescued her young twin brother, Orestes, from her mother by sending him to Strophius of Phocis. The play begins years later when Orestes has returned as a grown man with a plot for revenge, as well as to claim the throne.

Christmas Concert – “Light and Life to All He Brings”
Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 6 matinee at 2 p.m.
Individual tickets on sale Nov. 3

Bethel’s Christmas concert for 2014 is a joyous celebration of music featuring John Rutter’s “Gloria.” Accompanying the choir will be piano, brass, organ and percussion. “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Joy to the World,” the “Hallelujah Chorus” as well as many other works, will proclaim Light and Life to our lives. The Concert Choir, Voices Of Triumph and The Collegians, as well as instrumentalists, soloists and faculty members will take part in this annual Christmas concert. 

Spring Musical – “Seussical the Musical”
Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, co-conceived by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and Eric Idle, based on the works of Dr. Seuss
March 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
March 28 matinee at 1 p.m.
Individual tickets on sale Feb. 16

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge — not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. 

Summer Show – “See How They Run”
A family-friendly farce by Philip King
May 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.
May 30 matinee at 1 p.m.
Individual tickets on sale April 20

Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress, a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who “touches alcohol for the first time in her life,” four men in clergyman suits presenting the problem of which is which, and a sedate Bishop aghast at all these goings on and the trumped-up stories they tell him. This farce, creatively titled from the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice,” is an evening of nonstop laughs and witty humor.