1999 Theatre Archive


  • January 29 1999
  • By William Shakespeare
  • Directed by Ric Prindle
  • (Univ. Theatre)

The themes are still current-faithlessness, deception, and ambition. The play has everything a modern audience would wish for: witches, treachery, murder and enough blood to satisfy the most ghoulish or audiences. This is a special repeat performance of the show because this production has been chosen as a finalist in the five-state regional competition of Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

  • February 4-6 1999
  • By Josie Alvite, Melody Jeffery and Sharlene Franke
  • (Studio Theatre)

All seven of the dances tell a story of personal reflection. “Each piece is what we want to give to the audience,” said Josie Alvite.

  • March 5-6, 12-13 1999
  • Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Directed by Edgardo de la Cruz
  • Book by Hugh Wheeler
  • (Univ. Theatre)

This Stephen Sondheim musical concerns three mismatched couples on a weekend in the country. Featuring the song, “Send in the Clowns,” this comedy almost requires a scorecard. The original production won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Music and lyrics, and Best Book.

  • March 10 1999
  • Directed by Rhoda Kaufman
  • Dramatic and interpretive readings from women and ethnic literature.

Improve Mania

  • March 12&13 1999
  • Supervised by Ric Prindle
  • (Studio Theatre)

The group is made of 17 students, mostly consisting of Prindle’s advanced improv class, and will create spontaneously on stage with help from the audience’s suggestions.

  • March 24-28 1999
  • (Univ. Theatre)

American College Dance Festival. Joe Goode performance group opens March 24.

  • April 24 1999
  • (Univ. Theatre)

Theatre & Dance present the annual festival were high school students from around the area compete for best individual scene and best design.

The Secret Garden

  • May 7-9 1999
  • By Francis Hodgson Burnett
  • Adapted by Sylvia Ashby
  • Directed by Will Huddleston
  • (Univ. Theatre)

A long neglected garden is discovered by 10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, who is living on an English estate with her uncle and bed-ridden cousin, Colin. Mary and her friends decide to restore the garden, and in the process help to heal Colin and his father.

Dance Concert, Myths & Legends

May 20-22 1999

  • Directed by Laura Renaud-Wilson and Sara-Lynne Simpson-Marcus
  • Choreographed by Laura Renaud-Wilson, Laura Ellis and students
  • (Univ. Theatre)

A dance concert by CSUH Dance Company. Myths from the Mexican, Spanish, Philippine and African-American cultures are the inspiration as choreographers integrate folk dance origins into a multitude of contemporary dance forms. Rich, colorful, dynamic.

  • June 3-6 1999
  • Supervised by Edgardo de la Cruz.
  • (Studio Theatre)

The annual showcase produced and directed by advanced theatre students.

The Suppliants by Aeschylus

  • June 16-17 1999
  • Translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft
  • Directed by Edgardo de la Cruz
  • Choreographed by Laura Renaud-Wilson, Edgardo de la Cruz and company members

The story is based on the legendary fifty daughters of Danaus, who were descendants of Zeus. Born in Egypt, the Danaids have fled with their father to Argos in Greece to escape forced marriages to their cousins, the sons of Egyptus. This production was originally intended for the Cyprus Arts Festival this June and was also going to Budapest and Transylvania, but the war in Kosovo put a stop to all these plans.

Highlands Summer Theatre The Little Mermaid

  • July 30-31, August 2-7 1999
  • A stage adaptation directed by Ed Wright
  • (Studio Theatre)

The Little Mermaid was written in 1837 by Hans Christian Anderson. Since that time may people have read and fallen in love with this tale. The story of a little mermaid whose love for a prince she saves from drowning, and her longing to be his bride, is at the heart of this tale. The little mermaid will do anything to have her dreams come true, even if it means making a pact with the evil sea witch. Our production is an adaptation with a much happier ending.

Highlands Summer Theatre

  • August 12-15 1999
  • By William Shakespeare
  • Directed by Dana Chohlis (workshop production)
  • (Studio Theatre)

Shakespeare’s romp in the forest where nymphs, satyrs and fairies abound. Add a few mortals, throw in a love potion, cross match a few couples, mount a play within a play, and hope that it turns out in the end.

Highlands Summer Theatre

  • August 20-29 1999
  • By Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill
  • Directed by Don Cate
  • (Univ. Theatre)

Based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, The Threepenny Opera tells the story of a debonair gangster, Mack the Knife, and his cohorts. It follows Mack as he is betrayed once and then again. Condemned, imprisoned, and without hope, he is finally pardoned by the Queen herself.

  • September 24, October 2 1999
  • Directed by Jeff Beck
  • (Studio Theatre)

Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy of language rich with invention, a war of the sexes. King Ferdinand of Navarre and his three friends, who swear off worldly ensnarements in order to follow their studies. But soon the Princess of France shows up with her three beautiful ladies-in-waiting and things quickly get out of hand.

The Altarpiece of Yumbel (a celebration of Chilean culture)

  • November 12-13, 19-21 1999
  • A play by Chilean Isidora Aguirre
  • Directed by Edgardo de la Cruz
  • (Univ. Theatre)

This play is a memorial and homage to those who “disappeared” in Yumbel under the Pinochet regime. Death is a reality, but it stops being a statistic when it invades one’s life in unjustified inhumanity that makes cruelty an unfathomable act. This play speaks for all the “disappeared” and for those who are left behind devastated by a senseless world that offers no reasons—Edgardo.

A Christmas Carol

  • December 10-11 1999
  • By Charles Dickens
  • Directed by Christine Plowright and Adam Fresquez
  • Adapted by Robert Knight and Christine Plowright
  • (Univ. Theatre)

The timeless Dickens tale follows Ebenezer Scrooge through a long, dark winter nights, until he is transformed and discovers the true spirit of Christmas.