Wyoming Arts Council

Casper College's Douglas Garland exits to "A Little Night Music"

From a Casper College press release:

Longtime Casper College costumer, occasional director and theatre instructor, Douglas Garland, will leave Casper College and the Casper community following the final performance of the college’s summer musical “A Little Night Music.” As a thank you to the community, and in celebration of Garland’s career at the college, every person who purchases a ticket at the box office will receive a pass for two complimentary tickets to use themselves or to give to others.

“Every theatre artist has a ‘bucket list,’ a wish list of plays we would like to direct, design or act in before we die. Most of them include at least one musical by Stephen Sondheim,” said Garland. “It has been on my bucket list to direct and design for many years. At last, the time has come!” he exclaimed.

“’A Little Night Music’ was first produced in 1973 and won many Tony awards for its cast, designers and the coveted Best Musical nod. Since that time, it has been a favorite for theatres around the world. The show was revived on Broadway in 2009, won another Best Actress Tony Award for Catherine Zeta-Jones.

“A Little Night Music” features the well-known song “Send in the Clowns,” which won composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1975, due in part to singer Judy Collins’ hit version of the song. Since Collins’ version many singers, including Barbara Streisand and Frank Sinatra, have recorded the song.

“The story focuses on a group of upper class lovers searching for ‘the one.’ They have all ended up with the wrong partner and are scheming to get themselves aligned with the correct partner,” said Garland. “It seems so many of us waste our lives searching for the ‘what if’s’ that we overlook the bounty standing directly in our path,” he added.

“A Little Night Music” will run July 18-19 and 23-26 on the McMurry Mainstage in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre each night at 7:30 and also on Sunday, July 27 beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students ages 5 to 18. Tickets can be purchased at the Krampert Theatre Complex box office between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, by phone at 307-268-2500, one hour before each performance, for that performance only, or online at caspercollege.edu/theatre.

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