By Tara Bennett
With the end of June comes the end of the 2014/15 season for most of the local arts organizations. We want to end on a cliffhanger with a forward look to what’s in store for the next year of Baton Rouge theatre, music, and dance. You’ve got plenty of time to enjoy the summer, of course, but it’s not too early to get excited about fall (or get a season subscription to your favorite company).
Theatre Baton Rouge
Next to Normal
Winner of three 2009 TONY Awards including Best Musical Score, and winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next To Normal takes a deep look at a suburban family as they try to come to terms with a family member’s mental illness.
Lovers of Monty Python and the Holy Grail need to see this show. Paying ode to the classic film, this staged musical takes us back to when King Arthur searched for the Holy Grail and was taunted by a Frenchman.
The Miracle Worker
Oct. 30-Nov. 15
Based on the real-life story of Helen Keller, this play centers on the volatile relationship between Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, who will do all she can to stop Keller from being institutionalized.
The Compleat Works f Wilm Shkspr
Ever seen 37 Shakespeare plays performed in under three hours? This fast-firing comedy parodies all of the Shakespeare plays with only three performers in two acts. If you haven’t seen this show, then you haven’t lived.
Glengarry Glenn Ross
Coffee is for closers! This Pulitzer-winning play takes the darkest possible view of human nature. Written by David Mamet (one of America’s greatest playwrights), you won’t want to miss this gritty tale.
Into the Woods
Take several favorite fairy tale characters, and put them together to create a rare, modern classic that is now a Tony-award winner. Just remember to be careful what you wish for it just might come true.
Don’t Dress for Dinner
April 15-May 1
Wildly entertaining, this farce focuses on a weekend of philandering between a man and his mistress before things go horribly, horribly wrong as his wife and her lover also show up at the country home.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
This bizarre mash-up of Chekov’s major works earned playwright Christopher Durang the 2013 Tony for Best Play. With a healthy dose of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Greek tragedy Cassandra, you’ll find plenty to laugh over.
The Little Mermaid
The classic Disney movie was turned into a Broadway sensation and will be making its way to TBR for the regional premiere. You know the story well, so be sure to join Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder for old times and possibly a new song or two.
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
BRBT celebrates the opening of its 2015-2016 season by hosting Philadelphia’s premiere contemporary ballet company for one night only performance. This performance will combine classical ballet with contemporary dance moves.
The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou
BRBT’s annual staging of the holiday classic with a Cajun twist has understandably become a local festive tradition for those of us who somehow haven’t yet had our fill.
Regional Dance America Southwest
BRBT is hosting the 2016 Regional Dance America Southwest Festival, a national association of adjudicated ballet companies comprised of five regional organizations. Baton Rouge Ballet will perform with ten other companies from around the region and then conclude the festival and 2015-2016 season with a closing gala performance.
Baritones on the Bayou
A one-night-only concert featuring four Opera Louisiane baritones and some special guests.
Halloween Opera Ball
Dance the night away at this spooky Macbeth-themed ball!
Hansel and Gretel
The classic fairy tale returns to Opera Louisiane’s Young People’s Opera Program.
A heartwarming concert for lovers and friends alike!
Pirates of Penzance
May 12 and May 14
Two chances to see this Gilbert and Sullivan classic.
FOUR GALLERIES TO CHECK OUT
Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility shows dynamic artists from the Baton Rouge area each month. If you can’t afford the art on the walls, check out the Art-O-Mat for one-of-a-kind pieces at $5.
Glassell Gallery is the place to go to catch a glimpse of the developing students from LSU’s College of Art & Design. With a varied list of programming, there are many chances to emerge yourself into contemporary art.
Circa 1857 features unique pieces created by local and international artists. A mixture of the eclectic, visitors can find something that can be found anywhere else in the city.
Ann Connelly is a leader among the region’s artistic community, representing promising emerging artists at both the local and national level. As a high-end establishment, visitors will feel as if they’ve stepped into an NYC art gallery.