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The Great American Trailer Park Musical '11

Sparkling like aluminum siding, this campy, caustic musical fable is ripe with adultery, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco, and the Ice Capades. Complete with a trashy Greek chorus of trailer park divas, Armadillo Acres is Florida’s most exclusive mobile home community. But when a stripper on the run comes between an agoraphobic housewife and her tollbooth collector husband, the hurricane of laughter begins to brew. Performances 7:30 p.m. March 24-27

Tartuffe '11

Religious hypocrite Tartuffe worms his way into a family’s good graces, and is promised the daughter's hand in marriage (even as he secretly attempts to seduce the wife). His machinations and hypocrisies are eventually exposed, but is it too late to save the family from eviction, prison or worse? Moliere's classic comedy satirizes religious hypocrisy, blind piety, and deceit, and this adaptation captures these themes in playful irreverent rhyme. Performances 7:30 p.m. Feb 17-20

Voices for Change '11

Student-developed and produced performance pieces based on contemporary issues of justice and social equality.

 

Ragtime '10 October

This powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America is still relevant today. Ragtime intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The Tony-winning score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.

Spooky Dog & The Teen-age Gang Mysteries '10

NOT FOR CHILDREN! - Enjoy the uproarious and campy adventures of a dog detective named Spooky, his spaced-out hippie friend, and their gang! These “meddling kids” confront criminals, but what do they do about their own burgeoning sexual desires? Or those tasty dog treats with unexpected side effects? Or the penchant they suddenly have for busting a move? Musical numbers, improvisation, and audience participation will be included. You’ll never see Saturday morning the same way again!

 

Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) '09 November

In this exuberant comedy, Constance, a drab and dusty academic, is transported into two Shakespearian tragedies, engaging in a personal voyage of self-discovery while helping to save the lives of Juliet and Desdemona. With an abundance of twists, fights, dances, seductions and wild surprises, the play is an absolute joy of theatricality! Performances: 7:30 p.m. November 19-22

Toolbox '09 & '10

At the end of each semester, we present two evenings of original sketch comedy and improvisation -- Take a study break and relieve your stress by laughing away your pre-finals jitters!

Voices For Change '10 January

Student-developed and produced performance pieces based on contemporary issues of justice and social equality.

 

Spike Heels '10 February

You’ll want to keep your Jimmy Choos out after Valentine’s Day for this one! Pygmalion goes awry in this contemporary comedy of manners which explores sexual harassment, misplaced amour, and the possibility of a four sided love triangle. This modern, smart comedy gives us two extraordinary women in ordinary circumstances who burst bubbles in their respective relationships. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Feb 18-21

Frame of Mind '10 April

Frame of Mind -- A collection of songs about Changing Perspectives Frame of Mind is an original musical revue featuring songs from The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Songs for a New World, Rent, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, Light in the Piazza, Next to Normal, Avenue Q, A New Brain, Altar Boyz, Company, Elegies, and The Last Five Years. Frame of Mind is an all-student production: conceived by, produced, directed, designed and performed by students. Performances: April 8, 9 & 10 at 8:00pm in the Studio Theatre

All in the Timing '10 March

A contemporary collection of one-acts which explore modern existential ideas through hilarious thought provoking scenarios. A twisted, fragmented, highly amusing comedy of miscommunications told through tongue-tied wordplay and over-the-top antics, All In the Timing is an award-winning play sure to have you aching with laughter! Winner of the John Gassner Playwriting Award, this critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun. Performances: April 22nd -25th at 7:30pm

 

Children of Eden - October - '09

A joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business! Freely based on the story of Genesis, Children Of Eden is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that "the hardest part of love... is letting go.

Tales from My Grandmother's Attic - December '08

In the corner of Grandmother's large and dusty attic, two young and curious explorers discover a long-forgotten trunk and are immediately captured by its secrets and the lost stories inside. Join in the adventure and let your imagination soar in this exciting treasure of tales from around the world. Included are "King Grisly Beard" (Germany and New Zealand), "Osgood and the Dragon" (Denmark and Greece), and "The Rainbow Goblins" (Italy). Performances: December 4-8 at 7:30 pm, & Sat. Dec. 6 Matinee at 1 p.m.

Workshop '09 April

Celebrate the talent and creativity of students from all disciplines! These student-written, student-directed, student-produced comedies usually involve 50+ student actors, and are often considered the highlight of our season! Performances:April 16-19 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Power Plays- November '08

Nothing is as it seems. Supposed roles of power in society are challenged in this unusual piece of "theatre of the mind". The evening consists of three short plays: The Way of All Fish, a bizarre office exchange between a business executive and her meek secretary; Virtual Reality, a comical glimpse into the seedy lives of two men involved in an illegal warehouse transaction; and In and Out of the Light, in which a dentist plans a bit of adultery with his ex-stripper hygienist. Performances: 7:30 p.m. November 13-16

Voices For Change-March '09

The changing social and political climate sets the stage for these student-developed and produced performance pieces based on contemporary issues of justice and social equality.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat-October '08

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams, and his father's favorite son. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

 

Macbeth-February '09

Among the best-known of William Shakespeare's plays, this archetypal tragedy tells of the dangers of the lust for power and the betrayal of friends. Macbeth is a decorated and loyal war hero, but loyalty only goes so far when greatness and history beckon and murder is simply a matter of military coups and secret assassinations.

Angels in America-March '09

An epic yet intimate drama centered on two couples (one gay, one straight) whose relationships are disintegrating, Angels in America reveals the darker side of America in the 1980s one of greed, conservatism, sexual politics, and the discovery of an awful new disease: AIDS. Subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," the play is a political call to arms for the age of AIDS. Mr. Kushner's convictions about power and justice are theatrically expressed in styles ranging from precise realism to surrealistic hallucination, from black comedy to religious revelation. Characters move in and out of conversations with each other, sometimes even overlapping vignettes, and settings rapidly change from offices to bedrooms, from hospital wards to an imaginary South Pole.