Greensboro College Theatre Presents ’70s Disaster-Movie Parody “Disaster!” Oct. 19-22

October 3, 2017 11:10 am
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – What if you took all those 1970s disaster movies and rolled them into one big parody?

What if you turned that parody into a musical featuring some of the best-known songs of the ’70s?

Then you’d have “Disaster!,” Greensboro College Theatre’s fun-filled, family-friendly musical that sends up the disaster-movie genre, Oct. 19-22 in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building on campus. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 19-21, and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22.

All tickets are $10 and may be reserved by emailing tickets@greensboro.edu.

“Disaster!,” with concept by Seth Rudestsky and Drew Geraci, book by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, direction by Perry Morgan, choreography by Ashley Hyers, and musical direction by Marie Denig, is a new musical straight from Broadway. It pays homage to classic disaster films and features some of the most unforgettable songs of the ’70s, like “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff.”

It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending are a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her 11-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman, and a nun with a gambling addiction.

What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost … or at least escape the killer rats.

With larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue and some of the most recognizable songs of the ’70s, “Disaster!” will have audience members dancing in their seats and rolling in the aisles. Entertainment Weekly called “Disaster!” “pure maximalism — a big, old-fashioned musical with big numbers and big performances.”

Greensboro College’s Department of Theatre seeks to provide a strong foundation in theatre while allowing the student to emphasize in a particular area such as directing, acting, or arts administration.

The coursework is integrated with the production work to provide a better understanding of the many facets of the theatre. Required participation on stage or backstage on all theatre productions allows the techniques and theories that are examined in the classroom and the laboratory to be tested in a performance setting.

For more information on the program, contact David Schram, Jefferson Pilot Professor of Theatre and department chair, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5243, or email schramd@greensboro.edu

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features an 18-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities.


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