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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 Performances

The Tempest
The Tempest

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare

November 17-19, 2016 at 8pm
November 20, 2016 at 3pm


Stranded on a remote island, Prospero, Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful position using his sharp wits and powerful magic. He conjures a storm to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. This magical tale, with multiple intertwining plotlines, demonstrates the human capacity for love, malice and redemption.

Event held at the ECPA
General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10


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Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

April 6-8, 2017 at 8pm
April 9, 2017 at 3pm


“Jesus Christ Superstar,” the 1971 smash Broadway hit, added a new dimension to musical theatre: the rock opera. Both critically and publically acclaimed, the musical also achieved success abroad, including London’s West End. It received Tony nominations in 1972, including Best Original Score. This was a triumph for the uncharacteristic blend of rock, heavy metal and theatrical pop. “Jesus Christ Superstar” offers a combination of powerful, unforgettable music and the wrenching emotion of the greatest story ever told.

Event held at the ECPA
General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10


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Little Theatre

Doubt
Doubt

Doubt
By John Patrick Shanley

September 22-24, 2016 at 8pm
September 25, 2016 at 3pm
September 29-October 1, 2016 at 8pm
October 2, 2016 at 3pm


This powerful drama follows ultra-stern nun, Sister Aloysius, who suspects charismatic Father Flynn has been molesting the school’s only African American student, a 12-year-old boy named Donald. Allegations, mistrust and faith questioned incite confrontation between the characters of this play. “Doubt” is the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Event held at the The Little Theatre
General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10


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tick, tick...BOOM
tick, tick...BOOM

tick, tick...BOOM
Book by Jonathan Larson
Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson

October 27-29, 2016 at 8pm
October 30, 2016 at 3pm
November 3-5, 2016 at 8pm
November 6, 2016 at 3pm


Before “RENT,” there was “Tick, Tick... Boom!” This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of “Rent,” follows a composer and the sacrifices he makes to achieve his big break in theatre. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city and his best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue. Yet Jon is still waiting tables and trying to write the next great American musical. Set in 1990, this compelling story of personal discovery is presented as a rock musical with instantly appealing melodies and a unique blend of musical theatre styles.

Event held at the The Little Theatre
General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10


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Working the Musical
Working the Musical

Working the Musical
Based on the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso

February 16-18, 2017 at 8pm
February 19, 2017 at 3pm
February 23-25, 2017 at 8pm
February 26, 2017at 3pm


“Working,” the musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and social historian, Studs Terkel, celebrates everyday people in a genuinely funny and touching way. Newly adapted by Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Pippin,” “Godspell”) and Nina Faso, this musical exploration of people from all walks of life is the workingman’s “A Chorus Line.” With songs by all-star composers Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Tony Award winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Susan Birkenhead and Grammy Award winning James Taylor.

Event held at the The Little Theatre
General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10


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Spoon River Anthology
Spoon River Anthology

Spoon River Anthology
By Charles Aidman
Conceived from Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology”

March 16-18, 2017 at 8pm
March 19, 2017 at 3pm
March 23-25, 2017 at 8pm
March 26, 2017 at 3pm


This astonishingly stirring and emotionally satisfying offering explores the accounts of a fictional small town’s triumphs and failures, and loves and losses, based on epitaphs from the town’s gravestones. The dead, “sleeping on the hill” in their village cemetery, awaken to tell the truth about their lives through tales of war, poverty, religion, and marriage in this gossipy detail of middle America.

Event held at the The Little Theatre
General Public: $22
Senior Citizens: $15
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $15
Student: $10


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Theatrefest

Readers Theatre

October 13-16, 2016 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 the Martire Building, Room E145
Free Admission

Black Box Staging

December 8-11, 2016 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 the Little Theatre
Free Admission

New Fully Produced Shows

April 21-22, 2017 at 8pm
April 23, 2017 at 3pm
April 28-29, 2017 at 8pm
April 30, 2017 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 the Little Theatre
Free Admission

Theatre Arts Program

Improv

September 15, 2016 at 10:10pm
October 20, 2016 at 10:10pm
November 10, 2016 at 10:10pm
December 1, 2016 at 10:10pm
January 26, 2017 at 10:10pm
February 9, 2017 at 10:10pm
March 30, 2017 at 10:10pm
April 19, 2017 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 the Little Theatre
Free Admission

SHU Coffeehouse

December 6, 2016 at 10:10pm
April 18, 2017 at 10:10pm


TAP’s Coffee House 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 the Edgerton Center Atrium
Free Admission

Gender Benders

February 3, 2017 at 8pm

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 the Edgerton Center
Suggested Donation $5 at Door

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