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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.

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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



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Hair

Hair

April 4-6, 2019 at 8pm
April 7, 2019 at 3pm


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



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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



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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



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Ordinary Days

Ordinary Days

February 14-17 and 21-24, 2019


Music and lyrics by Adam Gwon

Set in New York City, the musical follows four characters, Claire, Jason, Warren and Deb, exploring how their ordinary lives connect in the most amazing ways.

Event held at Edgerton Center Little Theatre



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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

Theatrefest

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

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.

Part 1 / Readers 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 18-20, 2018 at 8pm
October 21, 2018 at 3pm


Event held at Martire Building, Room E145

Part 2 / 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 Blackbox 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.

January 24-26, 2019 at 8pm
January 27, 2019 at 3pm


Event held at Little Theatre

Part 3 / New Fully Produced Shows

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

April 12-13, 2019 at 8pm
April 14, 2019 at 3pm
April 26-27, 2019 at 8pm
April 28, 2019 at 3pm


Event held at Little Theatre

FREE ADMISSION TO ALL SHOWS

IMPROV

Improv

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.

Little Theatre Dates
September 6, 2018 at 10:10pm
May 2, 2019 at 10:10pm


Edgerton Center Dates
October 18, 2018 at 10:10pm
November 29, 2018 at 10:10pm
December 6, 2018 at 10:10pm
January 24, 2019 at 10:10pm
February 28, 2019 at 10:10pm
March 7, 2019 at 10:10pm
April 25, 2019 at 10:10pm


FREE ADMISSION TO ALL SHOWS

Coffeehouse

Coffeehouse

SHU Coffeehouse

October 17, 2018 at 10:10pm
April 23, 2019 at 10:10pm


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.

Event held at Edgerton Center Atrium

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Gender Benders

Gender Benders

Gender Benders

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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!

Event held at Edgerton Center

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