The newly formed McPherson College Performing Arts Department announces its 2009-2010 schedule of Theatre and Music performances.

The season opens with the classic musical The Sound of Music, which will be celebrating its 60th Birthday next year. This show opens September 25 & 26 and also runs Homecoming weekend, October 2-3 in Brown Auditorium.

There will be a Fall Choir Concert on October 4th at the McPherson Church of the Brethren. McPherson College Choir and Singers will be featured performing a variety of music from the past and present, including standard classics, spirituals, vocal jazz and contemporary choral literature. This performance brings together choir alumni, student families, and college and community persons as the culminating event of homecoming weekend.

The House of Bernarda Alba, by Fredrico Garcia Lorca, will open on Halloween weekend. This original Spanish piece written in the 1930’s will be translated into English by MC students Rebecca Grosbach and Alexia Hall, and adapted by Jd. Bowman. The show will also be performed in Mingenback Theatre November 6-7.

In December, the department will present Rumors by Neil Simon. Originally written 20 years ago and first presented at McPherson College in the mid-1990s, Rumors will return to the stage in Brown Auditorium on December 4-5. This production is the senior project of Ashley Andrews.

The McPherson College Choir Concert of Christmas Classics will be performed on December 13th. Featured will be Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata,” a contemporary choral work scored for choir and two brass choirs. Complementing the program will be religious and secular music of the Christmas season.

January 2010, Children’s Theatre will return to McPherson College. Area elementary schools will visit campus to watch The Prince Who Wouldn’t Talk by James Brock. The show will be open for public performance on January 22-23. This production is the senior project of Rachel Arnold.

Nature vs. nurture will be pondered in Willy Russell’s musical Blood Brothers, which will show February 26-27 in Brown Auditorium. This tragic story about twins separated at birth is the senior project of Kelsey Leiker.

Spoon River Anthology is the classic collection of poetry which has been adapted and will be brought to McPherson College’s stage by Dr. Rick Tyler March 18-20. Based on the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters, this play serves as a dramatic retelling of the lives of individuals from a sleepy town who speak from the grave, giving insight into shocking scandal and tragedy.

The Annual Spring Choir Tour will take place April 14-18, with the choir touring the neighboring states of Nebraska and Iowa as well as select cities in Kansas. They will present a home concert at the McPherson Church of the Brethren on April 25.

The performing arts department will culminate the year with a collection of songs from musicals written over the last seven decades in the year-end Broadway Musical Review. Songs from the classic, Oklahoma, to the recent, In the Heights, will be performed May 7-8.

Additional events sponsored by the department throughout the year include Forty Fingers, a program of music for two pianos and eight hands in Mingenback Theatre on September 13, The Nutcracker Ballet Wichita will be held in Brown Auditorium on December 6, and the Salt City Big Band Tea Dance will be held in Mingenback Theatre April 11.