EDINBURG – Season subscription sales are now in full swing for our upcoming 2011-2012 season.  University Theatre Productions at The University of Texas Pan American gives Valley audiences a wide variety of quality live-theatre presentations. 

 The theatre presents two sets of offerings during the regular academic year: Mainstage and Children's Theatre. Mainstage plays are designed to appeal to the general public.  Usually, they are well-known plays that every serious theatre lover should familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with. The UTPA Children's Theatre program showcases two productions per year that normally feature a mix of adult and child performers, plus the P.A.C.T. (Pan American Creative Theatre) summer drama camp for young people during three weeks every summer.  Please call the Box Office or Brian Warren at 956-665-7474 to see how to get your child involved!

Mainstage starts off its fall season with The Tragedy of King Lear, Oct. 5-9. A profound examination of the essence of human dignity, it is impossible to count the number of other novels, plays and film scripts that have been influenced by this intensely majestic yet unforgiving tragedy.

Our second fall production is The Birds, November 16-20, 2011. A classic Greek comedy by Aristophanes, this play is sure to delight everyone.

The spring season begins with Arsenic and Old Lace, a true American comedy classic, Feb. 29 - March 4. To many it's most remembered from the 1943 Frank Capra movie starring Cary Grant, Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre, but like so many successful films, it started as a play.

We conclude our spring season with Latina, April 25-29. This modern play centers around the hilarious and heartwarming stories of the Latina employees of the Felix Sanchez Domestic Agency and Body Shop.

Our fall children's production is James and the Giant Peach, December 8 - 11, 2011:  In Roald Dahl's famous story, magic produces a peach the size of a houseboat!  Soon, young James Henry Trotter climbs aboard for the ride of his life with his new family of overgrown insects - a ladybug, a spider, and a grasshopper, to name a few.  Where do they end up?  Come to our dramatization to find out!

Our spring children's production is The Yellow Boat:  This touching tragedy for children is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who died at the age of 8 of AIDS which he acquired from a blood transfusion.  The play is a moving affirmation of the strength and courage of children everywhere.

To become a season subscriber or for a 2011-2012 season brochure or for additional information you may contact the University Theatre Box Office at 956 665-3581 or email Elva Galvan at galvane@utpa.edu.