Nevada Conservatory Theatre announces 2014-15 stage lineup

Works by great playwrights, from William Shakespeare to Athol Fugard to Luigi Pirandello, join two musicals — and a play titled “Nevada” — on the schedule for Nevada Conservatory Theatre’s 2014-15 season.

The professional theater training program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NCT stages a wide array of plays and musicals, with casts augmented by members of Actors Equity, the professional actors’ union.

This season proves no different, with destinations ranging from a segregated South African township to “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The complete 2014-15 NCT schedule:

“My Children! My Africa!” — Sept. 19-28 (Black Box)

South African playwright Athol Fugard addresses the tragedy of apartheid in this tale of a black teacher in a segregated township who tries to persuade one student that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa’s problems.

“Nevada” — Oct. 10-19 (Judy Bayley Theatre)

David Kranes’ memory play presents the Silver State as a place of discovery and dreams, hope and discouragement, where the central character, his best friend and his girlfriend come to the end of their journey.

“The Last Five Years” — Nov. 6-9 (Judy Bayley Theatre)

“Bridges of Madison County” Tony-winner Jason Robert Brown’s intimate musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love during a five-year period, with one telling her story backward while the other relates his story chronologically.

“As You Like It” — Dec. 5-14 (Black Box)

William Shakespeare’s enchanting comedy follows fugitives from court into the magical Forest of Arden, where mistaken identity — and unexpected romance — await.

“Six Characters in Search of an Author” — Feb. 20-March 1, 2015 (Judy Bayley Theatre)

Luigi Pirandello’s absurdist classic explores the relationships among authors, their characters — and the theater practitioners who bring them to life.

A Collaboration with Cockroach Theatre — March 19-22, 2015 (Black Box)

Production to be determined.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” — May 1-10, 2015 (Judy Bayley Theatre)

Six eclectic (and sometimes eccentric) tweens vie for the title spelling championship, sharing humorous and poignant tales of their lives in this musical featuring a score by “Falsettos” Tony-winner William Finn.

For information on season or individual tickets to NCT’s upcoming productions, call 702-895-2787.

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