New and improved kick-lines have been a spring staple for more than a quarter of a century, but next year Triangle Club will only produce one original show each academic year. In a return to the traditional Triangle schedule, the club will put on an original show in November, take the show on tour over Winter Break and perform the same show in the spring for reunions.
According to the club's outgoing president, Eric Yanoff '98, by mounting the original show in the fall, seniors will be able to be a part of the production without the added pressure of thesis due dates.
The new schedule will also enable the complete cast to remain intact for the McCarter Theatre performances and the winter tour.
The schedule change means that Triangle Club is currently working on two different shows – one for this spring and one for next fall.
"These five months are the trickiest because we're putting up this show and writing the next show at the same time," said incoming president of the club, Len Teti '99.
To accomplish this goal, Triangle Club has implemented a writing program that brings in professional writers from New York to work on the show with students.
"It gives Triangle's writing just a little more structure," Teti said.
Triangle will have greater flexibility with the spring show next year, said Teti, explaining that the show will not have to be portable.
Teti said the club can make use of McCarter Theatre's extensive facilities by incorporating a more elaborate set and a larger pit orchestra without having to consider the practicality of traveling with the show.
"We are able to go no-holds-barred on this particular show," Yanoff said.
Vice chairman of the Triangle Club Board of Trustees, Thos Paine '75, said the decision to return to the traditional Triangle schedule was made by the trustees about a year ago.
Paine said the success of the 250th anniversary show, "The Tiger Roars," proved the club could produce an original show under tight time constraints.
"We are really excited about getting it all back together in one academic year," Paine said.
'In Lava and War'
The spring show, "In Lava and War," is a return to the book-show format. "At its heart it's a love story," Teti said.
"It's a cross between 'South Pacific,' 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest' and 'Joe versus the Volcano,' " Teti said.
Teti added that the show will include well-planned physical comedy and the standard Triangle humor.
Last year's spring show, "It's a Wonderful Laugh," consisted of comedy sketches tracing the cycle of life.