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Art League announces season line-up

Troubled schoolgirls, opera divas and nonconformists are featured characters in the league's upcoming plays.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 21, 2000


A murder mystery, the life story of a great opera singer and a zany comedy about British newlyweds will be the subjects for the upcoming plays at the Citrus County Art League, 2644 N Annapolis Ave, Hernando.

The art league's opener is Agatha Christie's Towards Zero, running weekends from Oct. 13 to 29. The 1951 play takes place at Gull's Point, a seaside home belonging to a widow. The play is a murder mystery involving a famous tennis player and a troubled schoolgirl. Auditions are Aug. 21 and 22. Jerry Rust directs.

Another British play, No Sex Please, We're British, follows, with performances Feb. 2 to 18. This farce finds a a young married couple attempting to overcome the obstacles of family, neighbors, work and a stash of porno. Auditions are Dec. 11 and 12. Bill Halavan directs.

The season then offers an inside look at the music business with Master Class. The play takes the audience into the high-powered world of opera as seen through the eyes of diva Maria Callas. The great singer is teaching a master class at the Julliard School of Music in New York and her insights to musical scales and the music business are revealed. Performance dates are weekends from March 23 to April 8. Auditions are Jan. 29 and 30. Pat Lewkiwicz directs.

The season closes with A Thousand Clowns, playwright Herb Gardner's 1962 comedy about a free-wheeling eccentric Murray Burns, who is forced to conform to mainstream society in order to maintain custody of his nephew. Performance dates are May 11 to 27. Auditions are March 19 and 20. Peter Abrams directs.

Also on the agenda will be the Art League's musical Carnegie Hill, directed by Ana Sandoval, which will be performed in December. A Second Stage drama, Lovers and Other Strangers, will also be offered, but no dates have been set.

Season tickets are $28. To order, call Lee at 746-0648.

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