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Lee Theatre Announces 2021-22 Season

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Lee Theatre is back for a new season of three shows, including a spring musical, with in-person audiences.

“We are very excited to welcome our campus and local community back to the theatre,” said Christine Williams, professor of theatre at Lee. “While we were extremely thankful for the opportunity to offer virtual performances last year, there is nothing like a live, in-person audience, and we cannot wait to share our work with the community again. This season we have three family-friendly, exciting shows.”

The season opens soon with the student-directed comedy, “The Iliad, the Odyssey, and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less,” by Jay Hopkins and John Hunter. Senior theatre major Laura Harris will direct the play, which will run Sept. 24-25 and Sept. 30- Oct. 2. The show will be performed in the Buzz Oates Black Box Theatre as the five-person cast plays dozens of different characters, speeding through all of Greek Mythology with a comedic modern twist.

“Sense and Sensibility” by Kate Hamill is the second show Lee is taking to the stage this year. Directed by Williams, this play will run Nov. 5-6 and 11-13 in the university’s Dixon Center. A stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, this play follows the fortunes and misfortunes of the Dashwood sisters. Set in late 18th-century England, “Sense and Sensibility” is full of humor, emotions, and theatricality.

The 2021-22 theatre season will close with the musical “Tuck Everlasting” by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle. Dan Buck, associate professor of theatre at Lee, will direct the musical while Ron and Chery Brendel from Lee’s School of Music will provide musical direction. Based on the best-selling children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, the show follows the adventures of Winnie Foster as she discovers the magical secret of the Tuck family and an immortal spring. “Tuck Everlasting” will run from April 1-2 and 7-9 in the Dixon Center.

At this time, all shows are planned to have in-person, open audiences. Lee Theatre follows the university’s COVID-19 guidelines, which currently means that masks are required for all attendees. Other mitigations may go in effect depending on school and local policies.

Online ticket sales are available within a week of opening night on Eventbrite or through the Lee Theatre Box Office in the Communication Arts Building. For more information on Lee Theatre, visit leeuniversity.edu/theatre, call the box office at (423) 614-8360, or follow LeeUTheatre on Facebook.

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