Carroll Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season

Friday, May 3, 2019

HELENA – Carroll College Theatre announced its 2019-20 season of four productions to be produced in the FLEX Theatre in the lower level of the Carroll College Campus Center. Carroll College Theatre, in an ongoing effort to celebrate the stories of women, is producing an entire season of shows about women in science, written by female authors and composers. This season was planned to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment which afforded women the right to vote.

  • They Promised Her the Moon by Laurel Ollstein runs September 27 through October 6, 2019. In 1960, the famed “Mercury Seven” trained at NASA to become the first American astronauts. But they weren’t alone. Thirteen women also underwent the same rigorous psychological and physical testing. The first woman to be tested, Jerrie Cobb, even out-performed her male counterparts. But while Alan Shepard and John Glenn went on to become household names, Ms. Cobb never got that chance. In vividly theatrical terms, They Promised Her the Moon tells the unknown true story of this exceptional and unjustly overlooked woman—skilled aviator, world-record-holding pilot, successful business executive—and the powerful forces that kept her from reaching orbit. Local favorite, Dee Smith III will direct.
  • She Persisted 2019, a festival of scenes by women, runs November 20 through 23, 2019. Carroll’s Women in Theatre class will select scenes from plays written by women about women in science to produce in this student-produced event.
  • Emile: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight by Lauren Gunderson runs February 7 through 15, 2020. Tonight, 18th century scientific genius Emilie du Châtelet is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history's most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves, and ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history. Assistant Professor Kim Shire will direct.
  • Maria and the Butterflies by Katherine Gee Perrone with score by Dana Cardon runs April 17 through 26, 2020. Our final show of the season is a first for Carroll College! We are commissioning this play to be written telling the story of Maria Sibylla Merian, a painter and scientist from the 1600s who studied and illustrated the metamorphosis of bugs and butterflies. This hour-long play will be entertaining for all ages. We will host audiences for school day matinees as well as weekend performances for the public. Assistant Professor Kim Shire will direct.

Other items of interest:

●      Tickets will go on sale in August via the Carroll College Theatre Facebook page or the Carroll College Theatre website.

For more information contact:

Kimberly Shire
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Carroll College