Don't worry, you didn't miss it. The Armstrong Atlantic State University Department of Art, Music and Theatre's Masquers theatre troupe will reprise its summer presentation of "A Company of Wayward Saints" Aug. 23-24 in Armstrong's Jenkins Hall. The performance will mark the kickoff for the Masquers' new fall season, which will feature four new productions.
According to Mario Incorvaia, arts marketing director for the Department of Art, Music and Theatre at Armstrong, the Masquers are a student theatre troupe with a 75-year history.
"Aside from the Inkwell, the student newspaper, they are the oldest continuous student organization on campus," Incorvaia said. "It's where the Savannah Theatre began."
IF YOU GO
What: "A Company of Wayward Saints"
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23-24
What: "Masquers IMPROV Night"
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6-7
What: "Dreams of Anne Frank"
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19-22
What: "The Amen Corner"
When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9 and 14-16, 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17
Location for all events: Jenkins Hall, Armstrong Atlantic State University
Info for all events: 912-344-2801 or www.tickets.armstrong.edu
Incorvaia said "A Company of Wayward Saints" is mostly family friendly, but some references may be too mature for younger audiences and he doesn't recommend the show for children.
"It's a little glimpse into what a commedia troupe would be. It's a comedy. They are trying to go home and don't have the finances. They must perform for the Duke to make money so they can make their way home."
The new fall programming will begin with Masquers IMPROV Night at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6-7 at Jenkins Hall. The unscripted performance is free and doors open at 7 p.m.
"We started the improv series last fall and we are continuing with the same plan," Incorvaia said. "This will probably turn into a separate improv troupe at some point, and these show have proven to be very popular. We had to add an extra performance in the spring."
On Sept. 19-22, Masquers will present the student-directed presentation of the award-winning play "Dreams of Anne Frank."
"This show is definitely appropriate for a younger audience," Incorvaia said.
The full-length dark comedy "Killer Joe" will take stage Oct. 24-27.
"Both 'Anne Frank' and 'Killer Joe' have student directors," Incorvaia said. "Both directors are very excited. It's important to give our students a chance to work at every level in the department."
Incorvaia does warn that "Killer Joe" is for mature audiences only.
The season finale will be "The Amen Corner," with several shows in November.
"This show is our big finish," Incorvaia said. "This is a collaborative theater project with Savannah State University. This is the first time we have partnered with Savannah State."
"We will have joint auditions and co-directors. Each director is a faculty member from each school. They will work together in this production and there will be equal say as far as directors' decisions. Each school will bring resources to the production."