Theatre & Film produces 4 theatrical shows a year representing a variety of forms and eras with at least one production each season being a major musical. The primary mission of Theatre & Film is to bring quality experiences to departmental students, the University community and the area at large through the production of culturally relevant works. Join our mailing list.
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Theatre & Film auditions are open to the university and local community. There are two auditions, one for the Fall Semester shows and one for the Spring Semester shows. Additional auditions will be announced as necessary.
Written by David Ives
Adapted from Le Menteur by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Lauren Bone Noble
September 22-23; 26-29; October 3-6 – Performance at 7:30pm
September 23-24; October 1; 8 – Performance at 2:00pm
Paris, 1643. Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in the capital, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What our hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend, Alcippe. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world's greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by All in the Timing's David Ives.
Book & Lyrics: Chad Beguelin
Book: Bob Martin
Music: Matthew Sklar
Directed by John Carden
Choreography by Joe Jackson
November 10 – November 11 at 7:30pm
November 11 – November 12 at 2:00pm
Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Four eccentric Broadway stars are in desperate need of a new stage. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town prom, they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the high school dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. On a mission to transform lives, Broadway’s brassiest join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens and the result is love that brings them all together. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical, The Prom expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classic musical comedy with a message that resonates with audiences now more than ever.
Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Sarah Flanagan
February 23 – 24; Feburary 27 – March 2 @ 7:30pm
February 24 – 25; March 2 – 3 @ 2:00pm
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.
Songs by The Go-Go's
Adapted by James Magruder
Based upon The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney
Conceived and Original Book by Jeff Whitty
April 16 – 19 at 7:30pm
Head Over Heels is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening. This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”
A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction—only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts.
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