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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.

Main Stage

Noises Off
Noises Off

Noises Off

November 16-18, 2017 at 8pm
November 19, 2017 at 3pm


Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and – of course – flying sardines!

Event held at Edgerton Center

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


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In the Heights
In the Heights

In the Heights

April 12-14, 2018 at 8pm
April 15, 2018 at 3pm


In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.

Event held at Edgerton Center

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


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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.

Little Theatre

Be More Chill
Be More Chill

Be More Chill

February 15-17, 2018 at 8pm
February 18, 2018 at 3pm
February 22-24, 2018 at 8pm
February 25, 2018 at 3pm


Not quite one of the cool kids and not nerdy enough to fall in at the other end of his high school’s cliquey social spectrum, Jeremy Heere is almost invisible. That is, until he discovers a tiny supercomputer that gives him access to everything he wants: girl, parties, popularity. Truly the teenage dream—or so he thinks. Is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk? Be More Chill is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini.

Event held at Edgerton Center

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


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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

March 15-17, 2018 at 8pm
March 18, 2018 at 3pm
March 22-24, 2018 at 8pm
March 25, 2018 at 3pm


A play by Tennessee Williams. This Pulitzer Prize winning play is an American treasure brimming with intensity and wit, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof follows the powerful Southern family of the aging Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama. As their son Brick and his beautiful but sexually frustrated wife Maggie “the Cat” scramble to secure their part of Big Daddy’s estate, troubled relationships come to a stormy climax and a shockwave of secrets are revealed.

Event held at Edgerton Center

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


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Next to Normal
Next to Normal

Next to Normal

Already Performed in November 2017

Next to Normal, winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 3 Tony Awards®, is a rock musical that the New York Times called “brave,” “breathtaking,” and “a work of muscular grace and power.” Next to Normal follows a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the wrenching affects her illness has on her family. While this emotionally rigorous show honestly portrays the pain of the mother’s mental illness, it is surprisingly hopeful. The music is vibrantly alive, and the dialogue will make you laugh through your tears.

Theatrefest

Theatrefest

Part 1/ Readers Theatre

October 26-29, 2017 at 7pm

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.

Event held at Martire Building, Room E145

Free Admission

Part 2/ Black Box Staging

January 25-28, 2018 at 8pm

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.

Event held at Little Theatre

Free Admission

Part 3/ New Fully Produced Shows

April 20-21, 2018 at 8pm
April 22, 2018 at 3pm
April 27-28, 2018 at 8pm
April 29, 2018 at 3pm


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

Event held at Little Theatre

Free Admission

IMPROV

Improv

Improv

August 31, 2017 at 10:10pm
September 14, 2017 at 10:10pm
October 19, 2017 at 10:10pm
November 7, 2017 at 10:10pm
December 7, 2017 at 10:10pm
January 18, 2018 at 10:10pm
February 8, 2018 at 10:10pm
March 28, 2018 at 10:10pm
April 19, 2018 at 10:10pm
May 1, 2018 at 10:10pm


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.

Event held at Little Theatre

Free Admission

SHU Coffeehouse

December 5, 2017 at 10:10pm
April 17, 2018 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

Free Admission

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

Free Admission

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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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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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.

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