Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance kicks off its new season this week with the opening of “Buried Child.”

The 2010-11 season offers everything from 20th century drama to Shakespearean romance to musical theatre, children’s theatre, a stage adaptation of a classic novel, a dance concert and a showcase of VSU Theatre & Dance’s musical theatre students and student choreography.

The season also offers special events early next year.

THE SEASON

BURIED CHILD: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, 17, 18; 3 p.m. Sept. 19; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, 21, 22, Lab Theatre. Playwright Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1979 breakthrough drama that dissects the erosion of the American family in the context of the social and political environments of the 1970s.

ROMEO & JULIET: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, 8, 9; 3 p.m. Oct. 10; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 13, Sawyer Theatre. William Shakespeare’s immortal tale of young love found and tragically lost.

SWEET CHARITY: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 13; 3 p.m. Nov. 14; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 17, Sawyer Theatre. With music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and book by Neil Simon, VSU Theatre & Dance’s annual musical of a dance-hall girl’s search for true love, with songs that include the famed “Big Spender,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

ENCHANTED MIRRORS: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 5, Sawyer Theatre. This year’s children’s theatre production is an original “choreodrama” by VSU Theatre & Dance’s Eric Brandt Nielsen with music by James Shrader, VSU Music department head. In addition to these listed dates, this show will tour schools in the region. To book this show at an area school in February or March 2011, call Jacque Wheeler, (229) 333-5820.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 18, 19; 3 p.m. Feb. 20; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23, Sawyer Theatre. Playwright Jon Jory’s stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel about a young woman’s coming of age amidst Britain’s early 19th century’s expectations of manners and morals, and yes, there’s a bit of love, too.

25th ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. March 31, April 1, 2; 3 p.m. April 3, Sawyer Theatre. VSU Theatre & Dance presents an annual dance show celebrating a quarter century of dance, featuring original dances from VSU’s dance instructors and choreographers.

EMERGING ARTISTS SHOWCASE: 7:30 p.m. April 21, 22, 23; 3 p.m. April 24. Music theatre performances and original choreography by VSU Theatre & Dance students.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SLEEPING BEAUTY: THE BALLET: Jan. 28, 29, Valdosta High School Performing Arts Center, North Forrest Street. Produced by the Valdosta School of Ballet, and also featuring faculty and students, this production raises money for VSU Theatre & Dance scholarships.

ANNUAL CABARET FUND-RAISER: Jan. 23, VSU Student Union Ballroom. Students present a dinner experience of song to benefit VSU Theatre & Dance scholarships.

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are on stages within the VSU Fine Arts Building, corner of Oak and Brookwood. Tickets: Regular shows, $12, adult; $10, senior adult; $8, child, nor VSU student; $7, group rate of 10 or more. Musical, $15, adult; $12, senior adult; $10, child, non-VSU student; $10, group or 10 or more. Special event shows have different prices. Season memberships also available. More information: Call (229) 333-5973 (once school returns); or visit www.valdosta.edu/comarts

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