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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

Avenue Q
Avenue Q

Avenue Q

July 13-15, 2017 at 8pm
July 16, 2017 at 3pm
July 20- 22, 2017 at 8pm
July 23, 2017 at 3pm
July 27-29, 2017 at 8pm
July 30, 2017 at 3pm

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton, who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that, although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, not to mention puppets, Avenue Q is a truly unique show that has quickly become a favorite for audiences everywhere. This show is Rated R for mature content. Parental discretion is advised.

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

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July 22, 2017 at 6PM
July 23, 2017 at 6PM
July 29, 2017 at 6PM
July 30, 2017 at 6PM

Bring a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine! We take the Bard outside to the University Commons Amphitheater with a streamlined script and a lean and mean cast! The Sacred Heart University Repertory Company creates a unique performance that highlights the flexibility, immediacy and intimacy of a legendary Shakespeare play.

Event held at the University Commons Amphitheater.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

New Works
New Works


Pre-Broadway composers and National High School Playwright winners present original work in a table read setting with post-show audience talkback.

All events are held at The Little Theatre.
New Works events are FREE and open to the public.


Book by Michael F. Mitri and Dan Elish
Music by Douglas J. Cohen
Lyrics by Dan Elish and Douglas J. Cohen
Based on an Original Story by Michael F. Mitri

July 28, 2017 at 5pm

Mudville is a new American musical comedy that incorporates the classic 1888 poem "Casey at the Bat", imagining its background and its aftermath. Casey on his journey from star baseball player for the Mudville Nine, to the goat of the Big Game, and then back on the often bumpy road to redemption. Along the way we meet the other characters that round out Casey's story, notably his sister, Kelly, her young son, Jeremy, television sportscaster and love interest, Josie Carlyle, and Mayor Tommy Larson, who owns the team, the TV station and just about everything else in town. "Mudville" is a musical for anyone who's ever struck out in a big spot, whether literally or figuratively, and then worked to overcome it. In other words, it's a story for all of us.


Written by Brie Leftwich
Cherry Hill High School
West Cherry Hill, New Jersey

July 14, 2017 at 1pm

The Rather Exciting Dinner Party
Written by Gwendolyn "Wendy" Kuhn
Georgetown High School
Georgetwon, Texas

July 21, 2017 at 5pm

New Works


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.

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.

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.

Main Stage Performances

Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar

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


“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.

The Tempest
The Tempest

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare


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.

Little Theatre

Spoon River Anthology
Spoon River Anthology

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


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.

Working the Musical
Working the Musical

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


“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.


By John Patrick Shanley


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.

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

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


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.

Theatre Arts Program



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.

SHU Coffeehouse


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.

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!

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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