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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.

Summer Theatre

BARNUM

Barnum

July 5, 6, 7, 2018 at 8pm
July 8, 2018 at 3pm
July 12, 13, 14, 2018 at 8pm
July 15, 2018 at 3pm
July 19, 20, 21, 2018 at 8pm
July 22, 2018 at 3pm


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.

Event held at Little Theatre

General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10


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Summer Theatre

Godspell

Godspell

July 27, 2018 at 8pm
July 28, 2018 at 8pm
July 29, 2018 at 3pm


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.”

Event held at Edgerton Center

General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10


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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

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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