Normandale Theatre Department Announces 2015-16 Performance Schedule

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College Theatre Department will have five performances as part of the 2015-16 season.

The 2015-16 theatre season begins with The Gravedigger: A Frakenstein Play and Dr. Seward's Dracula running on October 28-31 and November 4-7 in the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre. The other production in the fall semester is The View From Here, which runs from December 3-5 in the Black Box Theatre.

During the spring semester, Normandale's Theatre Department will present The Dining Room and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The Dining Room will run on February 25-27 and March 2-5 in the Black Box Theatre, while The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs from April 21-23 and April 28-30 at the Premanand Fine Arts Theatre.

Adult admission is $10, while senior/staff/student tickets will be $5. Season tickets are available for a discount. Please call 952-358-8884 to make reservations or email at boxoffice@normandale.edu. Stay tuned to Normandale's website and the Normandale Theatre Department's Facebook page for more details.

The following are descriptions of the five performances that will take place during the 2015-16 academic year:

The Gravedigger: A Frankenstein Performance: Set in the late 1700's, in one of Bavaria's forgotten cemeteries, a lone gravedigger discovers a hideously scarred man hiding in a fresh grave. What the gravedigger doesn't know is that the man is none other than the legendary monster created by a mad doctor. What the scarred man doesn't know is the gravedigger's hand in his creation. What neither men know is they are hunted by their shared past.

Dr. Seward's Dracula: Dr. Jack Seward has isolated himself from the rest of the world after losing his love and dearest friends to Dracula. Soon a strange man begins haunting him in the night and a series of eerily similar murders puts him at the center of the horror once again. Is the vampire still lurking? Why is this novelist named Stoker so interested in his story? In an electrifying climax, the young doctor must come face to face with his demons, both real and imagined.

The View From Here: Misery loves company! Fern an agoraphobic woman in her late thirties, is waiting on a sign from above, telling her she can embrace the outside world. Along with a dysfunctional group of oddball friends and family, Fern's fears are put to the test and hilarity ensues. The View From Here sheds an insightful light on the idea of individuality and how we can help "cure" each other's insecurities through love and support.

The Dining Room: The Dining Room is a thought-provoking play that revolves around an artifact slowly losing its importance in the American home - the dining room table. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes - some funny, some touching, some painful. The varied scenes are filled with identifiable characters of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity - leaving us to question how we nurture those deepest human connections when things are moving so fast around us.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Six spellers enter, one speller leaves, and the losers get a juice box! The Tony Award-winning musical comedy is the story of six young middle schoolers in the throes of puberty who learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser. This hilarious tale of over-achievers' angst chronicles the experience of these adolescent outsiders as they (and a few lucky audience members) compete for the spelling championship of a lifetime.