Musicals, ‘Macbeth’ and More

By EMILY CLANCE
A&E Editor

With auditions for their first play taking place last week, Piedmont’s theatre department
is gearing up for their 2014-2015 season of productions. The first will be “Sweet Charity,” a
musical about a dancer-for-hire looking for love in New York City.
After premiering on Broadway in 1966, the show was nominated for nine Tony Awards
and later adapted into a movie starring Shirley MacLaine and John McMartin in 1969.
Piedmont’s production will be performed from Oct. 2-5.
The second play of the fall semester is “Hush: An Interview with America.” The play is
the department’s selection for their yearly children’s theatre performance and shows how a
blind girl named Maggie Parks experiences the world.
Auditions for “Hush” will be held after “Sweet Charity” closes and are open to any
Piedmont student; the show will run from Nov. 20-23.
The department will open the spring semester with William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”
The source of many theatre superstitions, “Macbeth” chronicles the rise and fall of a brave
Scottish general who is told by three witches that he will one day become King of Scotland.
It is Shakespeare’s shortest and darkest tragedy, taking on themes of ambition,
arrogance and madness. “Macbeth” will be performed from Feb. 12-15, 2015.
For the final show of the season, the theatre department selected “One Flew Over the
Cuckoo’s Nest.” Based on the 1962 novel by Ken Kesey, it premiered on Broadway in 1963
and ran for six months. It serves as a look into mental institutions and their practices as it
follows its narrator, “Chief” Bromden while he observes a fellow patient, Randle Patrick
McMurphy.
The well-known film adaptation starring Jack Nicholson was based on the novel, not the
play, and won five Academy Awards. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will run from
April 9-12, 2015.
Always popular with students, Piedmont’s theatre productions are an inexpensive and
entertaining way to spend an evening. Tickets for all productions are $5 for general
admission and free for Piedmont students and faculty. For more information, call 706-778-
3000 ext. 1355.