The EPCC Performers Studio 2015 Summer Repertory will continue its summer run this week with “Bonnie and Clyde (The Musical)” at the EPCC Transmountain Forum Theater, 9570 Gateway North.
The show will open Thursday, June 18, and will continue through Saturday, June 20, with all show times beginning at 8 p.m. On Sunday, June 21, the show will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Now in it’s eighth year, the Summer Repertory opened the season with “The Deconstruction of a Drag Queen,” in collaboration with the El Paso Sun City Pride and PRIDEFEST 2015, June 3-5 and continued with “Unnecessary Farce” June 11-14.
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The 2015 Summer Repertory's next production will be Bonnie and Clyde: the musical, opening Thursday, June 18.
After “Bonnie and Clyde (The Musical),” the Tony Award-winning Green Day rock musical “American Idiot” will close out the final weekend of June from the 25 through the 28.
Producing and performing four shows during the summer, Director Keith Townsend said the Summer Repertory is a more intense program and process than the main-stage Theatre Ensemble season during the regular academic year.
“The students are involved in some manner with all shows, either as performers or technical production personnel, and the shows are performed in repertory fashion, where a different show is performed each week during the month of June and then repeated during the month of July,” he said.
“We usually will hold over one or two of the shows as encore performances at the beginning the next academic year as a way of introducing new students to the theatre program.”
Encore performances of “Unnecessary Farce” and “American Idiot” will take place the first week in September.
More than 100 people auditioned for the company in April and two sets of callback auditions got the company down to 40 people. Townsend said the experience level ranges from under a year of experience to several years of actual production and performance work.
Rehearsal begins in April and continues through May.
“During the month of May we do intense rehearsals in preparation of the shows opening in June,” Townsend said. “Each show has a five to six week production period with rehearsals starting at 1 p.m. and running until up to midnight each day, including weekends.
Each show gets a two week run during the summer, with the possibility of being brought back as an encore in September. All in all, the process is over four months from start to finish.”
Tickets are $7 for EPCC students, staff and senior citizens, $10 for non-EPCC students and military and $15 for general admission.
Proceeds from the productions will go toward scholarship money for the EPCC Theater and Forensics students. Parental guidance is advised as performances may address sensitive material, it may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13. Children under the age of seven will not be admitted.
Ticket reservations may be placed by phone (915) 831-5056 or at the Forum Box Office, which opens two hours before show time.