'On Golden Pond' presented in Rudder Theatre beginning Thursday

Members of the Montana Repertory Theatre will present their version of Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Rudder Theatre on the campus of Texas A&M University. The play is part of the MSC OPAS Intimate Gatherings series. Tickets range from $35 to $55 and are available at the MSC Box Office on the first floor of Rudder Auditorium, 979-845-1234 or boxoffice.tamu.edu

What has been described as the funniest production in its nearly 24-year history of Brazos Valley TROUPE opens Thursday for an extended run to accommodate spring break.

Nooses Off by Don Zolidis is a spoof of Michael Frayn's classic farce Noises Off as well as Dame Agatha Christie's classic mystery Ten Little Indians.

Nooses Off "is easily one of the most hilarious plays I've ever had to pleasure to read, direct, produce and present ever," said M.A. Sterling, TROUPE's amazingly talented managing/artistic director. "The only play funnier, in my opinion, is the current Broadway smash hit The Play That Goes Wrong.

Nooses Off "is beyond funny and this cast has absolutely taken each and every challenge, dramatically, comedically and even physically, head on and we have created quite a spectacle for our audiences," Sterling said.

The 2016 comedy centers on an acting troupe preparing to open a mystery, Nine Little Indians -- without credit to Dame Agatha, of course. The actors fall in and out of love, the costume designer is bent on revenge and chaos rules.

Nooses Off opens at 7 p.m. Thursday at TROUPE's 29th Street Studio, 3702 E. 29th St. in Bryan's Town & Country Center. Other performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, before spring break. Future performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24, as well as 3 p.m. March 24 and 25.

Tickets are $15 for general admission for ages 12 through adult, $12 for TROUPE members and $7 for children 3 through 11. Premium up front table seating is $25 per person or four seats for $85. Bistro tall rear table seating is $20 per person. Tables may be reserved by TROUPE members and nonmembers -- but why wouldn't you want to support this marvelous theater be becoming a member? Tickets will be available at the door or online at www.eventbrite.com. TROUPE members may reserve seats by emailing bvttix@yahoo.com.

The cast of Nooses Off includes Daniel Beck, Henry England, Molly Fleener, Skylar Geddes, Jessica Goodman, Brit Holland, Tessa Jae, Erin Lewis, Marissa Moats, Macy Nugent, Dakota Riggs, Kit Rodriguez, Jacob Smith, Caroline Stanton, Caitlyn Stowers, Liam Vantine, Sage Vantine, Maddie Weeks and Kentaro Yamauchi.

Sterling directs with Larry Adams as a co-director. The other co-directors, Joseph Finch and Emma Lawson, also serve as properties master and mistress while Marissa Moats serves as costume designer with assistance from Maddie Weeks. Kevin Lewis is set designer and Haille Goodman is scenic designer. All technical design and lighting and sound is by Calista Moats and Andrew Dixon.

Sterling said, "The cast, crew and company of Brazos Valley TROUPE's Nooses Off is primed and pumped to present this play and we hope that our community will come out, see and laugh, laugh, laugh because it is just that funny."

Nooses Off, as are all TROUPE productions, is family friendly fare, appropriate for all ages.

Absolutely Golden

The moving play On Golden Pond comes to Rudder Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, part of the MSC OPAS Intimate Gatherings series.

Ernest Thompson's play is the story of Norman Thayer, a cranky 80-year-old retired professor, and his wife, Ethel, who summer in their cabin on a beautiful New England lake. Their estranged daughter and her new boyfriend, Bill, arrive with Bill's 13-year-old son, who is left with the Thayers while Chelsea and Bill head to Europe for the summer. Over the course of the summer, Norman and young Billy form a strong friendship and, eventually, Norman and Chelsea bond.

"Humane, poetic, and very funny, this story continues to resonate because we all have mothers and fathers, we all cope with aging, and we have all experienced being lost -- and hopefully found," says an OPAS press release.

Most people know On Golden Pond from the 1981 Oscar-winning film starring Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Dabney Coleman and Doug McKeon. But even if you have seen the film many times, there is nothing like seeing the play life on stage.

Tickets range from $35 to $55 and are available at the MSC Box Office on the first floor of Rudder Auditorium, 979-845-1234 or boxoffice.tamu.edu.

The play contains strong language.

The Intimate Gatherings Series is sponsored by Sterling Auto Group and Allstate.

Save the date

One of the most anticipated events in the arts community is the annual announcement of the new MSC OPAS season. So be sure to mark your calendar for 6 p.m. on April 24, when the 2018-19 season will be revealed.

The event will be in the Bethancourt Grand Ballroom inside the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M campus.

I have no idea what will be on the new season, but OPAS Executive Director Anne Black assures me it will be fantastic.

Season tickets will go on sale immediately after the announcement.

Don't forget that OPAS still has plenty of outstanding entertainment left on its current season, Including Cabaret, Amazing Grace and The Mountaintop.

Overtures

Today -- Lerner & Loewe's Camelot, The Theatre Company behind JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts in Bryan's Tejas Center, 2 p.m.. $7 to $20. (www.theatrecompany.com)

Through March 14 -- Traditional Arts of the Bedouin, J. Wayne Stark Galleries in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M, Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Free (uart.tamu.edu)

Through March 14 -- Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965, J. Wayne Stark Galleries in the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M, Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. Free (uart.tamu.edu)

Through June 2 -- Bits and Bytes: The Innovation of Home Computers, Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in side the Brazos Center in Bryan, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students and children. (www.brazosvalleymuseum.org)

April 6 and 7 -- 6th annual Brazos Valley Symphony Society's Premiere Market, Brazos County Expo, $5. (www.bvso.org)

April 21 -- Annual Sundown Social sponsored by the Washington on the Brazos State Park Association at Rockin' Star Ranch in Brenham, featuring a steak dinner, cocktails and a performance by singer Dale Watson, 6 p.m. (979-830-1824 or office@wheretexasbecametexas.org)

Every Sunday -- Open mics and poetry slams sponsored by Mic Check Poetry, 8:30 p.m. Revolution Café in Downtown Bryan, (miccheckpoetry.com)

Items for Arts Watch should be emailed to robert.borden@theeagle.com. Deadline is noon Tuesday before the weekend you want it to run.

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