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Theatre Arts

The Theatre Arts Program is comprised of innovative and multi-talented students dedicated to creating high-quality theatrical productions at Sacred Heart University.

MAINSTAGE

Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

November 15 – 18, 2018


By Oscar Wilde

You can never be too (two) Earnest. The results would be a world filled with chaos, mistaken identity and uncontrollable laughter! But when you're Wilde, you have to take that chance. The Importance Of Being Earnest tells the story of two bachelor friends, dandy Algernon Moncrieff and reliable John (Jack) Worthing, as they take on double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. But the gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse… and with the formidable Lady Bracknell. Oscar Wilde's much loved and exhilarating masterpiece, with its high comedy and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance Of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.

Event held at Edgerton Center Mainstage

MAINSTAGE

Hair

Hair

April 11-14, 2019


Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
Music by Galt MacDermot


HAIR celebrates the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory. To an infectiously energetic rock beat, the show wows audiences with songs like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Starshine,” “Hair,” “I Got Life,” and “Let The Sun Shine.” Exploring ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace, HAIR remains relevant as ever as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Claude, Sheila, and Berger are a trio of unlikely friends: an Oklahoma farm hand on his own for the first time ever, an upper-middle class debutante, and a freewheeling hippie living in Central Park. Together, they are swept up in the counter-culture movement of the '60s. But love and politics clash when Claude is drafted into the Vietnam War. Can Claude, Shiela, and their troupe of free spirits keep love alive in the Age of Aquarius?

Event held at Edgerton Center Mainstage

LITTLE THEATRE

As Bees in Honey Drown

As Bees in Honey Drown

September 27-30
October 11-14, 2018


By Douglas Carter Beane

We follow young writer Evan Wylar, New York City’s latest “hot young thing,” who is irresistibly drawn to Alexa Vere de Vere, a name-dropping socialite who promises him fame and fortune. In the end, Alexa is not who she appears to be, and Evan is left in the lurch. To figure out the truth about Alexa, Evan seeks out others she “discovered.” At the crux of this insightful comedy are questions about what is most important — creating a persona you believe everyone wants to be or being true to yourself? And how far are you willing to go in order to achieve fame?

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

LITTLE THEATRE

Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

November 1-4 and 8-11, 2018


Book by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney
Music by Dan Studney
Lyrics by Kevin Murphy


Lust! Paranoia! Murder! Marijuana! Lock up your children... and your spouse! (You’ll have more fun without them!) Reefer Madness has descended upon us! Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall victim to marijuana, leading them on a downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. The addictive and clever musical numbers range from big Broadway-style showstoppers to swing tunes like "Down at the Ol’ Five and Dime" and the Vegas-style "Listen to Jesus, Jimmy."

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

LITTLE THEATRE

Disgraced

Disgraced

March 21-24 and 28-31, 2019


By Ayad Akhtar

Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Pakistani American Amir seems to be living the American Dream. A successful New York lawyer, he enjoys a comfortable life with his American wife, a talented artist influenced by Islamic imagery. But when his Muslim heritage is questioned, his life begins to unravel and a celebratory dinner with friends leads to a fiery debate on prejudice, identity and faith.

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

LITTLE THEATRE

Bat Boy

Bat Boy: The Musical

February 14-17 and 21-24, 2019


Story and book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe


Based on a story in The Weekly World News, BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife, Meredith, and teenage daughter, Shelley. Bat Boy is happy with his new life, but when he naively tries to fit in with the narrow-minded people of Hope Falls, they turn on him, prodded by the machinations of Dr. Parker, who secretly despises Bat Boy. Shelley and Bat Boy, who have fallen in love, run away together from the ignorant townfolk and have a blissful coupling in the woods, but their happiness is shattered when Meredith arrives and reveals a secret. Soon the entire town arrives and hears the shocking story of Bat Boy's unholy origin.

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre

Summer Theatre

BARNUM

Barnum

PERFORMED July 2018

Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Michael Stewart
Book by Mark Bramble


“Barnum” traces the career of Bridgeport’s own P.T. Barnum, America’s greatest showman, from 1835 to 1881. Over the objections of his grounded and level-headed wife Charity, Barnum attempts to create a a show in which the main attractions are freaks of society. Included in this mix are the oldest woman alive, the smallest man in the world, a glamorous Swedish opera singer, and Jumbo the Elephant! This staging will focus on the struggles and relationships of all of those who are different on the outside, but wish to be loved on the inside. Presented in a chamber-style staging in SHU’s Little Theatre.

Summer Theatre

Godspell

Godspell

PERFORMED July 2018

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak.


Parables vibrantly come to life in this most beloved family-friendly musical based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Follow Jesus and his disciples as they create a community and teach tolerance and kindness through lessons intertwined with an eclectic blend of songs. This 2012 revival version is updated with contemporary references and features new arrangements of Stephen Schwartz’s (composer of Wicked and Pippin) score, include the songs “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts,” and “Beautiful City.”

New Works Program

New Works

Sacred Heart University’s Theatre Arts Program is proud to present its returning New Works Program. The Theatre Department at SHU has become known for its nurturing of student playwrights through the popular TheatreFest program during the academic year. This tradition continues throughout the summer by inviting high school students from around the country, and upcoming Broadway artists, to submit new plays and musicals for a professional workshop experience at Sacred Heart University.

Emerging Artists Series

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Young Playwright Public Reading

The Emerging Artist Series (EAS) celebrates the high school playwright by working on two plays selected through a national competition. After a series of workshops, scene analysis, story work and rewrites, you are invited to attend a reading performed by members of the SHU Repertory Company. There will be an audience talkback.

Event held at Little Theatre

Free / Ticket Required
Limited Seating

New Musical Workshop

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New musicals need a safe environment to work on stories, rewrite scenes and compose new songs long before the title lands on Broadway. SHU Summer Theatre has created an opportunity for Broadway bound playwrights, composers and directors to work hand-in-hand with the SHU Repertory Company. The workshop will culminate with a reading/singing of the musical performed by members of the Sacred Heart Rep Company. After the musical presentation there will be an audience talkback with the creators.

Event held at Little Theatre

Free / Ticket Required
Limited Seating

TAP subscribers save more — A Theatre Arts Program subscription lets you choose three performances to attend and receive your tickets at a discounted price! Save over 30% and support our growing Theatre Arts Program. All seats are completely exchangeable for another TAP performance up to three days prior to the originally chosen performance. To learn more or start your subscription please contact the box office at (203) 371-7908.

Theatrefest

TheatreFest is a three part series where students begin the journey of writing to a fully produced play. The first step, students write scripts and read in front of a live audience for constructive feedback by the audience. The second step, the student-written scripts are staged and performed for a live audience. The third step, students produced a full version of their show, including set, costumes, props, sound and lighting. Events are typically held at Little Theatre, from October to April, and are FREE and open to the public.

IMPROV

Join TAP’s own Improv troupe – “The Pioneer Players” – for a make-it-up-as-we-go night of hilarious gags and games. Like the long-running hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway, the night consists of a series of games in which our student performers get themselves in funny situations live, as comedy ensues. Events are typically held at Little Theatre, from October to April, and are FREE and open to the public.

Coffeehouse

TAP’s Coffeehouse is a space for open expression; whether it is poetry, a monologue, or a song. Join us for a warm beverage and insight into the creativity of our student body. Events are held at the Edgerton Center Atrium, from October to April, and are FREE and open to the public.

Gender Benders

Expect the unexpected with Gender Benders! Students pair up and swap traditional male and female singing roles in music. This rip-roaring fundraiser for the Theatre Arts Program will be a night full of great music and tons of laughs! This event are held at the Edgerton Center and is FREE and open to the public.

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