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2016-2017 Season

GETTING INVOLVED: Roles are cast by audition. Backstage positions are by arrangement with design faculty and directors. Involvement in all productions is open to all ESU Students. No prior experience required. We train.

Audition information is posted on the bulletin board in the Fine Arts Building lobby. Auditions for the theatre for young audiences are generally the first or second week of school. Auditions for the winter production are generally 1 month into Fall semester. Auditions for the One Acts are mid-late Fall. Auditions for the Spring production are early Spring semester.

Main Stage Productions

Our Town
by Thornton Wilder
October 13-15, 7:30 p.m., October 16, 2:00 p.m.
Smith McFarland Theatre, Fine & Performing Arts Center
Directed by Susan P. O'Hearn, Professor of Theatre
Scenic and Costume Design by Yoshinori Tanokura, Associate Professor of Theatre
Lighting Design & Technical Direction by Christopher Domanski, Associate Professor of Theatre

Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize, Our Town is a timeless classic of American drama. Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, the drama follows the Webb and Gibbs families of Grover's Corners, N.H., through the cycle of life in early 20th century America. New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson, reviewing the original production, called Our Town "a hauntingly beautiful play." New York Times critic Frank Rich, reviewing a recent revival, said, "Its astringent distillation of life and death in the fictional early 20th-century town of Grover's Corners, N.H., is desperately needed ...so Americans can remember who we are ... The true American faith endures in Our Town.

The production is recommended for ages 10 and above.

The 39 Steps
February 28, March 1 - 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.; March 5, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Dale Snow Theatre, Fine & Performing Arts Center
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan & the movie of Alfred Hitchcock
Licensed by ITV Global Entertainment Limited
An original concept by Simon Corbel and Nobby Dimon
Directed by Stephanie Daventry French, Professor of Theatre
Scenic and Costume Design by Yoshinori Tanokura, Associate Professor of Theatre
Lighting Design & Technical Direction by Christopher Domanski, Associate Professor of Theatre

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced, frolicking, whodunit. Winner of the 2008 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, this treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously small cast), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance. The New York Times called the riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft "Theatre at its finest... Absurdly enjoyable! This gleefully theatrical riff on Hitchcock's film is fast and frothy..."

The production is recommended for ages 8 and above.

Little Shop of Horrors
April 19-21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.; April 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; April 23, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre, Fine & Performing Arts Center
Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman; music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman; screenplay by Charles Griffith
Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renich, Producing Director)
Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Schubert Organization
Directed by Margaret Joyce Ball, D.M.A., professor of theatre
Scenic and Costume Design by Yoshinori Tanokura, Associate Professor of Theatre
Lighting Design & Technical Direction by Christopher Domanski, Associate Professor of Theatre

Little Shop of Horrors delightfully mixes comedy and sci-fi horror in a rock musical by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, the creative team for Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Menken's score in the style of early '60s rock and roll, doo-wop and Motown enlivens the story of a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. One of Off-Broadway's longest running musicals, the piece is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors, directed by Roger Corman.

Recommended for ages 10 and above

Student Productions

Stage II One Act Plays
November 17-19, 7:30 p.m.; November 20, 2:00 p.m.
Dale Snow Theatre, Fine & Performing Arts Center

Stage II, the student theatre organization, is responsible for all aspects of the production including play selection, directing, acting, design and technical elements.

Scene It?
December 7-8, 7:00 p.m.
Dale Snow Theatre, Fine & Performing Arts Center
A festival of scenes showcasing the work of the ESU Theatre Department's Directing Class
Each evening will feature a different selection of scenes.
Open to the public at no cost. No tickets are required.

The production is recommended for mature high school students and adults.

Musical Theatre Organization (MTO) Musical Revue
March or April 2017, date and time TBA
Smith-McFarland Theatre

Open to the public at no cost

Staged reading of New American Drama

STET
by Kim Davies
Saturday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
Smith-McFarland Theatre, Fine & Performing Arts Center

A young reporter is assigned to write about sexual assault on a college campus and must find a unique angle for the story that will sell. During her investigation an encounter with a student alerts her to what looks like the cover-up of a terrible crime and a perfect cover story for the magazine. Struggling to bring the story to light, the ambitious reporter won't let anything get into her way, not even the truth.

The production is recommended for mature high school students and adults

A staged reading of a new American drama presented through a partnership between the Pocono Mountains Theater Company and ESU's Theatre Department.

Open to the public at no cost. Reservations suggested. For reservations, please email SarahT.Schwab@gmail.com, and include your name, the title of show, and the number of seats requested.

Tickets

Pricing for all shows unless otherwise noted
General admission, $12
Faculty/staff and senior citizens (with ID), $10
Students (with ID), $7
Youth, $5

Tickets are available online in advance at esu.edu/theatretickets (credit cards only online).

Remaining tickets are available at the box office one hour before curtain on performance dates (cash and checks only at the box office).

For reservations or other information, please email esuarts@esu.edu or call (570) 422-3483.