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McLean Theatre Company Launches New Season

The 2013-14 season opens with the exclusive concert performance of “The Last Five Years.”

The award winning McLean High School Theatre Company (MTC) introduces 2013-14 season—beginning with an exclusive concert performance of Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years,” Sept. 28, the family-favorite, “Annie,” the hilarious satire “Bald Soprano” as the Virginia High School League (VHSL) competition entry, the modern American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” Performances appear in the Burks Auditorium or Black Box Theater and are led by Artistic Director Amy Poe. Advance tickets are available at www.mcleandrama.com or directly at www.brownpapertickets.org.

The season kicks off with one concert performance of “The Last Five Years,” Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

In this finely crafted Jason Robert Brown musical, the two characters chronicle their five-year marriage. This one night “engagement” takes place one-month prior to MTC’s entry of “The Last Five Years” in the Virginia Theater Association state theater competition, Oct. 25-27. Recent Signature Theater Idol Award-winner Alex Stone joins fellow junior Lily Lord as Jamie and Cathy. Joining Poe, Walter (Bobby) McCoy, (1st Stage, Keegan, McLean Community Players) directs music and provides accompaniment. MTI has granted rights for this single performance with ticket availability limited to 250 patrons. This show is most suitable for ages 13 and up.

Leapin' Lizards! Annie, the popular comic strip heroine, takes center stage beginning opening night, the Friday after Thanksgiving, and continuing with a two-weekend run, Nov. 29-Dec. 7. In this fun-filled adventure, Annie and her lovable mutt Sandy foil Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and find a new home and family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical and rightly timed for the beginning of holiday celebrations.

For the VHSL entry, MTC brings forward “Bald Soprano”—one of the most performed plays in France.

In this hilarious satire on the English middle class, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" talk to each other at cross purposes, while their guests, "Mr. and Mrs. Martin" fail to understand, and the maid and a fire chief enter the absurd fray, getting nowhere at all. The VHSL competition, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 18, is open to the public without ticketing with competition location to be announced.

MTC brings the modern American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” to the stage April 24-26. Based on the Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, the drama is renowned for its warmth and humor despite dealing with serious issues.

The season concludes with William Shakespeare’s comedy, “The Taming of the Shrew,” May 8-10.

Spawning numerous adaptations including Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate” and film “10 Things I Hate About You,” the plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate “shrew” and is considered one of the Bard’s most enduring comedies.

McLean Theatre Company comprises students, parents and teachers at McLean High School working together to produce challenging and award winning theatrical productions. The home of McLean Theatre Company is the 700 seat Burks Auditorium and the more intimate 75 seat Black Box Theater at 1633 Davidson Road, McLean.