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

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A Christmas Carol, A Family Ghost Story

A Christmas Carol, A Family Ghost Story

December 16-17, 2022, at 8PM
Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 3PM

Based on the book by Charles Dickens
Adaptation by Grace Curley ‘23

A new SHU holiday tradition is born, with this sparkling adaptation from the mind of nationally recognized student playwright Grace Curley ‘23. This is the first annual production of this timeless holiday tale of a miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge, as he greets each Christmas with “Bah! Humbug!” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. In Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, the three spirits show Scrooge happy memories from his past, difficult realities from the present and a grim future should he continue his closed-hearted ways. This adaptation, complete with musical elements, stays faithful to the text and invites audiences to experience the wonder of the holiday season through a beloved, heartwarming tale for the whole family!

Event held at Edgerton Center

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENTS: $10
SHU STUDENTS: $5
FACULTY/STAFF FREE WITH SHU ID


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The Crucible

The Crucible

November 10-12, 2022, at 8PM
Sunday, November 13, 2022, at 3PM

By Arthur Miller

WINNER OF THE 1953 TONY AWARD FOR BEST PLAY

In the insular, Puritan community of 1692 Salem, MA, a group of young girls is found dancing in the woods and immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be determined, the citizens of Salem suspect that some more sinister force may be at hand. As long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed and disseminated and the line between truth and pretense becomes increasingly blurry, the citizens’ dogged determination to root out evil becomes more dangerous than the evil itself. When the burden of proof is invisible and the crime too terrible to name, everyone becomes a suspect and no one is safe. The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s remarkable 1953 play, remains as relevant as ever, and carries with it a stern warning: in every community torn by suspicion, the most dangerous threat may be the community itself.

Event held at Edgerton Center

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENTS: $10
SHU STUDENTS: $5
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LITTLE THEATRE

Our Town

Our Town

September 29-October 1, 2022, at 8PM
Sunday, October 2, 2022, at 3PM
October 6-8, 2022, at 8PM
Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 3PM

By Thornton Wilder

WINNER OF THE 1938 PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA AND THE 1989 TONY AWARD FOR BEST REVIVAL

This timeless drama of life is set in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, NH, and has become an American classic with universal appeal. Thornton Wilder’s most frequently performed play, Our Town, appeared on Broadway in 1938 and explores the relationship between two young Grover’s Corners neighbors, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, whose childhood friendship blossoms into romance and then culminates in marriage. When Emily loses her life in childbirth, the circle of life portrayed in each of the three acts of Our Town–growing up, adulthood and death–is fully realized.

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENTS: $10
SHU STUDENTS: $5
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October 27-29, 2022, at 8PM
Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 3PM
November 3-5, 2022, at 8PM
Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 3PM


Book by Hunter Bell
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen


2009 TONY AWARD NOMINATION FOR BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the piano. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration.

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENTS: $10
SHU STUDENTS: $5
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The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

April 13-15, 2023, at 8PM
Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 3PM

WINNER OF THE 1973 EVENING STANDARD AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien

Inspiring the movie of the same name, this musical tells the tale of sweethearts Brad and Janet, who get stuck with a flat tire during a storm and discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, an alien scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock ’n’ roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever. This is the musical your mother warned you about!

Event held at Edgerton Center

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENTS: $10
SHU STUDENTS: $5
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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

February 9-11, 2023, at 8PM
Sunday, February 12, 2023, at 3PM
February 16-18, 2023, at 8PM
Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 3PM


Book and Lyrics by Joe Dipietro
Music by Jimmy Roberts


THE LONGEST-RUNNING OFF-BROADWAY REVUE IN HISTORY HAS BEEN REVISED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!

This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.” Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance and those who have dared to ask, “Say, what are you doing Saturday night?” The 2018 version features two new songs, revised lyrics and dialogue throughout the show to reflect dating in modern times.

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENTS: $10
SHU STUDENTS: $5
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Moon Over Buffalo

Moon Over Buffalo

March 16-18, 2023, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 3 p.m.
March 23-25, 2023, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, 2023, at 3 p.m.

By Ken Ludwig


THE LONGEST-RUNNING OFF-BROADWAY REVUE IN HISTORY HAS BEEN REVISED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY!

George and Charlotte Hay, former stars of the stage have brought their acting company to Buffalo, NY, to perform Cyrano and Private Lives in repertory, when they receive word that the famous director Frank Capra is in town to see two performers that he is interested in casting in his next big movie. George turns to liquor to calm his nerves to disastrous effect. Their daughter Rosalind has left the acting company to pursue a non-theatre life. The current company ingénue Eileen is pregnant after an affair with George. And Charlotte’s acting agent confesses his love for Charlotte. All this while Rosalind is introducing her new boyfriend Howard to her parents and her former boyfriend, company supporting actor Paul.

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENTS: $10
SHU STUDENTS: $5
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SUMMER THEATRE 2023

RENT

RENT

July 14-15, 2023, at 8PM
Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 3PM
July 21-22, 2023, at 8PM
Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 3PM

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson


WINNTER OF FOUR 1996 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, AND BEST BOOK AS WELL AS THE 1996 PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA

RENT is a show about falling in love, following your dreams and finding your voice! RENT has become a pop-cultural phenomenon. The story follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side. In this groundbreaking musical, these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts and learn that there is “no day but today!”

GENERAL PUBLIC: $22
SENIOR CITIZENS/ALUMNI: $15
STUDENTS: $10
SHU STUDENTS: $5
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Event held at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, July 22, 2023, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 23, 2023, at 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 30, 2023, at 6 p.m.

BBy William Shakespeare
Guerilla Shakespeare


WINNTER OF FOUR 1996 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL, BEST ORIGINAL SCORE, AND BEST BOOK AS WELL AS THE 1996 PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA

We take the Bard outside with a streamlined script and a lean and mean cast! The SHU Repertory Theatre Company creates a unique performance that highlights the flexibility, immediacy and intimacy of the legendary Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

FREE. TICKET REQUIRED.


Event held at the Naclerio Commons Amphitheater

New Works Program

New Works Program

Sacred Heart University’s theatre arts program is proud to present its returning New Works Program. The theatre arts program 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 upcoming Broadway artists to submit new plays and musicals for a professional workshop experience at Sacred Heart University.

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Little Theatre
FREE. TICKET REQUIRED.

New Musical Workshop

New Musical Workshop

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 Sacred Heart Repertory Theatre Company. The workshop will culminate with a reading/singing of the musical performed by members of the SHU Repertory Theatre Company. After the musical presentation, there will be an audience talkback with the creators.

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Little Theatre
FREE. TICKET REQUIRED.

Theatrefest

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 Edgerton Center, from October to April, and are FREE and open to the public.

Reader’s Theatre

The first step in script development, new student-written scripts are read in front of a live audience. Constructive feedback is provided by the audience and fellow participants to the author. The goal is a fully produced production. With just a stool and a script, this bare bones reading is the initial step in a journey of writing a fully produced play.

October 13-15, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 3 p.m.
Little Theatre
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL SHOWS

Black Box Staging

The second step in script development, new student-written scripts are staged and performed for a live audience. The plays are performed in a Black Box setting with limited technical aspects, and simplified sets and staging, allowing for an in-depth focus on acting and writing. This workshop features the revised script work and performances, followed by an audience and author/cast/director discussion.

November 18-19, 2022, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 20, 2022, at 3 p.m.
Little Theatre
FREE ADMISSION TO ALL SHOWS

New Fully Produced Shows (Part 3)

The final step for student-written plays. This will be a fully produced version of the show, including set, costumes, props, sound and lighting.

February 24-25, 2023, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2023, at 3 p.m.
Little Theatre
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IMPROV

Improv

Improv

The improv troupe, known as SHU’s Line Is It Anyway?, focuses on creating hilarious, in-the-moment performances for the SHU community and at off-campus events/competitions. Students who are actively involved in rehearsals participate in public performances. Rehearsals consist of warm-ups and various short-form games, alongside constructive criticism, advice on finding one’s comedic voice and building a group mind among performers. Members of the troupe can little expect growth as comedic performers and a lot of fun!

Little Theatre

THURSDAYS AT 10:10 P.M.
September 15, 2022
October 20, 2022
November 17, 2022
December 1, 2022
January 19, 2023
February 23, 2023
March 30, 2023
April 20, 2023
April 27, 2023 (Senior Improv Show)

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL SHOWS
Events held at Little Theatre

SHU Coffeehouse

Coffeehouse

SHU Coffeehouse

TAP’s Coffeehouse is a space for open expression whether it is poetry, a monologue, or a song. Join us and bring your own beverage for insight into the creativity of our student body.

September 7, 2022
October 12, 2022
November 16, 2022
February 15, 2023
March 29, 2023
April 19, 2023

WEDNESDAYS AT 8PM
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Events held at TAP Coffeehouse

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