UVM Theatre offers dramatic upcoming season

With a vast variety of genres and a slew of talented actors, UVM’s Theatre Department brings the written word to life on stage, once again, this upcoming year.After a successful ’08-’09 UVM theater season featuring “Eurydice,” “Cabaret” and “The Seagull,” the upcoming bill looks to be just as enticing.The 2009-2010 season opens from Oct. 1 to 3 and 8 to 11 with George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man,” an “anti-comedy” according to the UVM Theatre Department.The play is about “the proud daughter of a military officer who finds a soldier, who values comforting chocolates over bullets, hiding in her bedroom. With the candy-eating, peace-loving soldier, she begins to question not only her romanticized ideas of war but of love,” the UVM Theatre Department said.From Nov. 12 to 14 and 19 to 22, George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” plays at the Royall Tyler Theatre.The play tells the tale of the Sycamore family, a zany bunch of free-spirited entrepreneurs. “The king of modern comedies,” according to the UVM Theatre Department, the story tellsthe tale of daughter Alice’s travels and travails with her rich, conservative boyfriend.A Vermont tradition, Patricia Clapp’s “The Toys Take Over Christmas” returns to UVM forits 19th season on December 5 and 6.The seasonal favorite follows the adventures of Sunny, a cheerful, inquisitive rag doll brought to life by the toymaker, whose toyshop is filled with living toys, according to The Austin Chronicle.The 2010 winter season comes to a dramatic close with a rendition of John Michael Tepelak’s “Godspell,” running from Feb. 18 to 20 and 25 to 28, 2010.The immensely successful rock opera based upon the Gospel of Matthew will feature songs “Prepare Ye,” “All for the Best” and “Day By Day,” according to the UVM Theatre Department.Whether you’re a play-loving literary buff or just want to get down to some religious show tunes, the coming performances at the Royall Tyler Theatre are sure to entertain.