The Classics at Brucemore Presents Hay Fever PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:23

The eccentric and self-absorbed Bliss family will inspire non-stop, sidesplitting laughter to audiences during the Classics at Brucemore production of Hay Fever, July 10 – 12 and 17 – 19 at 8:00 p.m. The 19th annual Classics at Brucemore performance, directed by Jim Kern, will uphold its reputation as one of Brucemore’s signature events. The estate’s natural amphitheater will provide a captivating backdrop as the Bliss family breaks social conventions on and off the stage, interacting with the audience and the surrounding area.  Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beverages to the show; the gates will open at 7:00 p.m.  Advance tickets are $15 for Brucemore Members and students and $18 for adults.  All tickets at the gate are $20.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.brucemore.org, by calling (319) 362-7375, or by visiting the Brucemore Store located in the Visitor Center.

Hay Fever, written in 1924 by Noël Coward, takes place on a single weekend in June at the summer home of the wealthy and bohemian Bliss family.  Each family member, without consulting the others, has invited a special guest for the weekend.  However, the family is so egotistical that the needs of their guests (and their overwhelmed household employee Clara) go completely unnoticed.  While the Blisses may be awful people to visit, they are hilarious to watch as they turn what should have been a weekend of intimate leisure into riotous mayhem.

Audiences attend the Classics once and realize that what is in their picnic basket is nearly as important as what is onstage. From carryout pizza or deli-sandwiches to elaborate spreads of antipasto plates and roasted chicken, dining is taken to a new level with Brucemore’s version of dinner and a show. Packing for a Classics picnic just became easier. Brucemore is partnering with The Early Bird to offer patrons the opportunity to have their picnic waiting for them at the show. Select one of three dining options, call Brucemore (319) 362-7375 to place an order, pick it up in the Visitor Center the night of the event, and enjoy the Classics experience. Picnics must be purchased at least 36 hours before the show date by calling (319) 362-7375. A “Classics Package” is also available, including a wine tote, two picnics, and a bottle of wine. A complete list of the picnic options can be found at www.brucemore.org.

Sponsored by Rockwell Collins and media sponsored by The Gazette, KCRG-TV9, and Hoopla, Hay Fever features a cast of the area’s finest actors. Seven return to the Classics stage, including Angela Billman, Matthew James, Jim Kropa, David Morton, Marty Norton, Cherryl Moon Thomason, and Kristen Wilcox. Making their Classics debut are Aaron Murphy and Lindsay Prince. For additional information, please visit the Brucemore website, www.brucemore.org.

The Classics at Brucemore began as collaboration between Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996, thus launching outdoor theater in Eastern Iowa. The Classics celebrates a rich history of quality live theater, from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy and twentieth century American drama. Much more than a play performed outdoors, the Classics fully utilizes the natural amphitheater, incorporating the estate itself into the action; actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience’s picnics.

Experience Brucemore, an unparalleled blend of tradition and culture, located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At the heart of the historic 26-acre estate stands a nineteenth-century mansion filled with the stories of three Cedar Rapids families.  Concerts, theater, programs, and tours enliven the site and celebrate the heritage of a community.  For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit www.brucemore.org.

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