Both Music and Drama departments perform complete productions Fall and Spring semesters. They are fully costumed, staged, with live orchestra when appropriate.
by Sarah DeLappe
September 26 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
September 27 at 8 p.m.
September 28 and 29 at 2 p.m
Every week, nine teenage girls on a soccer team meet to warm up. Their conversations — filled with attitude, anxiety, and hope — humorously tackle the large and small challenges of their approaching adult lives.Learn More
9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
October 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
October 19 and 20 at 2 p.m.
Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy — giving their boss the boot! While he remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can't she?Learn More
Too Many Sopranos
Music by Edwin Penhorwood
Libretto by Mika Lynn
October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
October 26 at 2 p.m.
It seems that planet Earth isn’t the only place with too many sopranos. St. Peter finds himself having to explain to some recent arrivals at the pearly gates that there is only room for one of them in the Heavenly choir. What’s a girl to do? Join us in Heritage Hall for an intimate and hilarious look into the afterlife of opera singers.Learn More
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by Eric Bentley
November 14, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m.
November 16 and 17 at 2 p.m.
In this epic parable, a brave and intrepid peasant girl rescues a baby in the midst of a flaming, war-torn city. As she strives to save herself and the child, she proves a better caregiver than its wealthy and selfish natural parents.Learn More
The Ties that Bind
By Kelly Renee Armstrong, MFA Playwriting
Candidate Hartke Studio
February 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.
February 8 and 9 at 2 p.m.
It’s Thanksgiving in the town of Bethel, North Carolina, and a family gathers together to celebrate. But underneath the pristine veneer of their lives and the loving counsel of Pastor Viola, two cousins face a crisis that threatens to expose the hidden fissures in the family’s life.Learn More
A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
February 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.
February 29 and March 1 at 2 p.m.
Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik’s town, the estranged lovers’ passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick’s wife, Anne; Desirée’s current lover, the Count; and the Count’s wife, Charlotte. Both men — as well as their jealous wives — agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.Learn More
The Tender Land
Music by Aaron Copland
Libretto by Horace Everett (aka Erik Johns)
March 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m.
March 29 at 2 p.m.
Aaron Copland, the “dean of American composers,” may have thought that opera was “la forme fatale,” but that did not stop him from creating a quintessential American coming-of-age opera. Inspired by James Agee’s and Walker Evans’ Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Copland had college singers in mind and thought universities were the most congenial venue for this work. Please join us in our congenial venue, the Hartke Theater.Learn More
Measure for Measure
By William Shakespeare
April 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
April 25 and 26 at 2 p.m.
Novitiate Isabella pleads with a powerful ruler to save her incarcerated brother from the death penalty and he offers her a deal: If she has sex with him, he will save her brother. Negotiating a moral path through the situation, she finds the strength to forge her voice and identity.Learn More