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  • Season Highlights 2009-2010
  • Theatre Arts

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  • 2009 – 2010 Season

    Main Stage

    Rent
    Rent, the immensely popular rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, tells the story of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. Featuring many memorable tunes, including “La vie Boheme” and “Seasons of Love,” Rent burst onto the scene in the late ‘90s and quickly became a classic. 

    Pinocchio
    Carved from a piece of pine by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, the puppet Pinocchio dreams of becoming a real boy. Join us for this adventurous piece of physical theatre complete with masks, clowning and child-like imagination. Fun for the whole family!

    Hamlet
    The play with one of the most famous questions ever asked by one of the most famous theatrical characters of all time, Hamlet is a powerful and influential tragedy. Shakespeare vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness—from overwhelming grief to seething rage—and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

    Spring Awakening
    Spring’s Awakening, Frank Wedekind's groundbreaking 1890s play, is a daring exploration of teenage sexual awakening set against a backdrop of religious and parental repression. The audience can only pity the confused adolescents squeezed in its vise: pretty buds bursting into doom.

    Second Stage

    An Evening of Two One-Acts: How Will You Know Us Now, Or Anytime?  &  The Proposal
    Richard Paul Klein, MSUM’s award-winning student playwright, scores another hit with How Will You Know Us Now, Or Anytime?  Secrets are revealed that will test personal beliefs and family pride.
    Anton Chekov’s The Proposal explores courtship in this satirical comedy.  Can love conquer all, or is love a fuse just waiting to be lit?

    Works-In-Progress: A Concert
    A winter showcase of dance featuring work of student dancers and choreographers.  These “works in progress” will be a sampling of dance pieces in various stages of completion.  Most of these works will continue to be polished and presented as part of the spring dance concert, An Evening of Dance.

    The Vagina Monologues
    The Vagina Monologues is presented in part with V-Day. V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

    Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Musical Celebration
    More so than any composers and lyricists who have written for the stage, the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein have become an integral part of our everyday lives. We sing them in the shower, we dance to them in ballrooms, and we hear them on the radio, in clubs, elevators and supermarkets too.  Come hear the music of R& H performed by MSUM students in a collaborative concert featuring the Theatre Arts and Music Departments.

    The Student Directed One-Acts & New Play Festival
    An exciting festival showcasing the work of MSUM theatre students as directors, actors, designers, stage managers, dramaturges and playwrights. Putting theory into practice!

    An Evening of Dance
    Join us for a dynamic dance concert featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers.  You are sure to be entertained with dances featuring ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap.