2013-14 Theatre Arts Schedule
October 10-13, 2013
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
A group of actors, musicians, and theatre backers get together for an audition in the country, which is interrupted by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher” who has already killed three chorus girls in their most recent production. Mayhem ensues in this send-up of the murder mystery genre. Curtain times for this show: Thursday and Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 2:00 p.m.; Sunday: 1:30 p.m.
November 29 - December 1
CMU will partner with Talking Horse, with performances at their new venue in Columbia
Almost, Maine by John Cariani: On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream.
Student Directed One-Acts
CMU Theatre Arts majors present a full slate of one-act plays to develop their directing skills in realistic theatre.
The Marriage of Figaro
The CMU Opera Workshop presents a production of The Marriage of Figaro performed in English and Italian. Sunday's Matinee performance begins at 2:00 p.m.
Something's afoot in the castle! The clever valet, Figaro, is about to marry his pretty bride-to-be Susanna, but his skirt-chasing master, Count Almaviva, has eyes for her, too, and is determined to thwart their intentions. A rebellion of classes ensues and Figaro, Susanna and the Countess conspire to expose the Count's infidelity and bring him to his knees to beg forgiveness for his philandering ways. In a madcap frenzy of disguises, mistaken identities and amorous intrigue, all is reconciled; and love is restored for all in the Almaviva household.
Mozart's sublime operatic comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, is filled with the most joyous, heartfelt and masterful music with an amusing array of wonderfully flawed and human characters who never fail to entertain and delight!
February 27 - March 2
Story Theatre: All Three of Us and Other Stories
Guest Director and famed Story Theatre innovator Carol Sills will work with CMU students to create their own production. Story Theatre is somewhat malleable in that it is a technique based in improv to stage classical tales. Sills plans to select stories from the Grimms and other sources.
Carol Bleackley Sills, director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works, has been Viola Spolin's editor since 1983. She studied with Spolin and collaborated with husband Paul Sills to create many theaters, including The Game Theater, Story Theater, The Body Politic, Century Hall, The Learning Theater and Sills & Co. She presents workshops annually at the Wisconsin Theater Game Center and recently directed The Tao of Chuang Chou at New Actors Workshop in New York. She is also a painter and educator.
April 24-27, 2014
Blue Window by Craig Lucas
A long running Off-Broadway hit by the author of Reckless and Prelude to a Kiss, Blue Window is set before, during, and after a Manhattan dinner party thrown by Libby for her apartment house neighbors, including a narcissistic actor, a parachute instructor, an aspiring songwriter, a secretary, and a lesbian couple. As Libby nervously prepares for the party, she keeps insisting that she's not ready...that it's too soon. We find out more as the evening progresses.
Thursday - Saturday house opens at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30.
Sunday Matinee house opens at 1:00 p.m. and the show begins at 1:30 p.m.
Please see the ticket information page for more details