From cat-themed entertainment for children to adults-only dark humor, the Brewery Arts Center has it all in the upcoming weeks.
First up is two evenings and two afternoons of feline-focused fare from BAC Stage Kids, the arts centeras theater group for children aged 6 to 16. The 20-member troupe is performing two pieces: aThe Aristocats,a a musical based on the classic Disney animated film about the adventures of a cat named Duchess and her three kittens, who are saved from the evil butler Edgar by an alley cat named Thomas OaMalley, followed by Kitty Kabaret, a series of songs, poetry readings and even a magic act that the kids chose themselves.
The two shows last about 75 minutes and are geared to children of all ages.
Performances are Sept. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 12 and 13 at 2 p.m. at the BAC Performance Hall on King Street. Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. Tickets are $1 less if purchased from a member of the cast.
Children audition for the theater group in the summer and spend the year preparing various shows they perform in the fall, during the winter holiday season and in the spring.
aThey learn all aspects of theater and although they can only rehearse on the weekends, they put in a professional work ethic,a said Andie Anderson, BACas creative director and artistic director of BAC Stage Kids.
Auditions for the groupas next show a" aJust So,a a musical based on Rudyard Kipling stories a" is being held Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the BAC Performance Hall.
Strictly for adults is aPounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead,a a BAC Performing Arts Collaborative performance of Eric Bogosianas one-man rage about politics, culture and the gender wars. Jim Godwin, who starred in BACPACas summer musical, aUrinetown,a is reprising the show that he and director Karen Chandler staged eight years ago.
Bogosian, a New York actor and playwright who gained fame with his 1987 hit play aTalk Radio,a is now familiar to many as Capt. Danny Ross on aLaw & Order: Criminal Intent.a
Performances of the one-man show are Sept. 17-19 and Sept. 24-26 at 7:30 p.m. at the BAC Performance Hall. Tickets are $16.50 for adults, $13.50 for seniors and can be ordered at the BAC Web site, www.breweryarts.org.
The BAC Web site warns that the show contains adult language and subject matter.
aItas very edgy, very funny,a said Anderson. aAnd itas not recommended for kids under 16.a