Performing Arts Club Comedy Show

HU Singers and the Performing Arts Club will be presenting a comedy show Nov. 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. in Ilfeld Auditorium.  The program, titled “LOL :- ) Broadway” will include musical numbers from The Producers, Into the Woods, Company and Avenue Q. Into the Woods is a musical written by Stephen Sondheim.  Inspired by Bruno Bettelheim’s 1976 book, The Uses of Enchantment, the musical intertwines several fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm with the added twist of exploring the consequences of the characters choices. Stories include Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella.  The musical, Company, also by Sondheim, revolves around Bobby, his girlfriends and his married friends. Bobby is a single man unable to commit to a serious relationship.  The musical centers on the celebration of his 35th birthday.The Producers, a comedy/musical adapted by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan from Brooks’ 1968 film of the same name, is the story of two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by overselling interests in a Broadway flop. Complications arise when the show, which makes fun of Hitler, unexpectedly turns out to be successful. Avenue Q is a musical inspired by, and in the style of the popular children’s program Sesame Street. The difference lies in the content of Avenue Q as it deals with racism, pornography, homosexuality and other adult themes.  The characters are in part monsters and puppets who live on a rundown street in an outer borough of New York City.  The Performing Arts Club was created by music student Joseph Chavez in the spring of 2008 as a way for students to learn the craft of musical theater, do fundraisers for future events such as the choir trip to Austria, and recruit new students into the music program.  As a recruitment tool the club has shown success as the music program has grown since the inception of the club.  The HU Singers and musical theater classes were created to meet the needs of the growing student body. The group includes Joseph Chavez, Lisa Cisneros, Karliz de Marco, Devin Barad, Eliza Woodyard, Shawn Woodyard, Jacqueline Gomez, Stacy Romero, Nicole Robinson, Stephanie Salas, Marie Trigg, Kitty Sinclair, Kassily Karlin, Jesyka Moore, Sage Harrington, Peter Scott and Erin Lopez.  Ticket prices are $10 for general public, $5 for seniors, NMHU faculty and staff and students are free with an ID.  The show does have adult themes and may not be suitable for children under 14.