Watching movies come to life on stage thickens the plot’s tension, heightens the characters’ dilemmas, and challenges cast members who must pause when the audience goes to the restroom. Animate film’s frozen frames with this GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get two tickets for general-admission seating to see The Pavilion, presented by Penfold Theatre Company at Hyde Park Theatre (a $40 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, May 3, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, May 10, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, May 13, at 5 p.m.<p>
Winner of Austin Critics Table Awards for the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons in the Best Musical Production category, Penfold Theatre Company brings to life The Pavilion, a tale of teenage love revisited 20 years later. Penned by Craig Wright, who has written for Six Feet Under and Lost, and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, The Pavilion examines the story of Peter and Kari, former sweethearts who reconnect at their 20-year high-school reunion. On a set dreamed up and realized by designer David Utley, the characters reconvene in a glowing pavilion made more luminous by the dark sky, light-ensconced trees, and hanging purple lanterns that surround it.
To get audience members in the reunion mindset, the theater space has been embellished with artifacts from the imaginary Pine City High School’s 1992 heyday, when mascots were just wild animals that chewed their way into the gym. While mingling with other guests, theatergoers can pose for retro prom-style pictures before watching the drama unfold on stage.
Penfold Theatre Company
Penfold Theatre Company takes offense to the notion that the best theater comes from New York. In every successful season, the Round Rock stock of actors and artists give the Great White Way a run for its money with inspired productions. Hatched in the summer of 2007—after an 18-hour road trip led its founders to the dramatic potential of the hills of north Travis and Williamson Counties—Penfold quickly blossomed into a community jewel and a critics’ darling. Winner of the Austin Critics Table Award for Best Musical Production for the third year in a row, the troupe embarks on a new season filled with comedy, drama, and music—all while breeding new stocks of young thespians in their Penfold Players acting classes and summer camps.
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