APA Theatre presents Auntie Mame
The award winning theatre program of the Huntington Beach Academy for the
Performing Arts in Huntington Beach will be presenting the epic comedy Auntie
Mame. There will be four performances- November 15-17 at 7:30 pm and
November 18 at 2:00 pm at 1095 Main Street; Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Auntie Mame has a wildly
successful history. The novel by
Patrick Dennis was published in 1955 and spent 112 weeks on the best seller
list. The play adapted by
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee The play opened on Broadway in 1956 and was a
Tony Award winning hit that ran for 639 performances. The film adaptation opened
in 1958. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, it was the # 1 Box Office Hit of
the Year. The musical adaptation Mame
opened in 1966 and was a huge hit running until 1970.
The story of an orphaned boy coming to live with his colorful aunt
contains some of the funniest characters and scenes ever written.
It spans almost twenty years including the years of Mame trying to bounce
back from the Stock Market Crash.
Stage Directions Magazine presented the winners of the 2012 Stage Directions’
High School Theatre Honors programs announcing the top five theatre programs in
the United States. Selected as the
Best Theatre program in the Southwest was APA’s program.
Headed by Auntie Mame’s director
Robert Rotenberry, APA’s Theatre Department has been very fortunate to have
talented students both on stage and off. APA’s
shows are student designed and the multiple sets that create the locations for
the twenty five scenes that zip by in this much loved comedy featuring a
multitude of costumes and wigs as we move from the roaring twenties to the
forties. The large cast of forty six
students are all in high school.
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