Theater-by-the-Grove 2010–2011 Productions

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    Following is a list of Theater-by-the-Grove productions for the 2010–11 semester:

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    Crimes of the HeartCrimes of the Heart

    By Beth Henley
    Directed by Barbara Blackledge
    October 7-9 and 13-16 • 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 10 • 2:00 p.m.
    Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
    A Theater-by-the-Grove Production

    Tickets available  online and at the Hadley Union Building (Pratt Drive) starting Monday, September 20, 2010; at the HUB, Reg $14, Disc $12, I-card $8. 

    Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Crimes of the Heart is a warm-hearted and brilliantly imaginative play teeming with humanity and humor as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters. The oldest sister is facing diminishing marital prospects, the middle sister is back after a failed singing career, and the youngest sister is out on bail. Their troubles—grave and yet, somehow, buoyant—are highlighted by a prudish cousin, an old flame, and a comically awkward young lawyer. Ultimately, it is a story of how these women escape the past, finding strength from within their own family. This production contains situations which may not be suitable for younger children.

    Sixteen Dancing DivasSixteen Dancing Divas

    Directed by Holly Boda-Sutton
    October 29-30 • 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 31 • 2:00 p.m.
    Zink Hall Dance Theater
    An IUP Dance Theater Production

    Tickets available  online and at the Hadley Union Building (Pratt Drive) starting Monday, October 18, 2010; Reg $14, Disc $12, I-card $8.

    Loosely based on the Grimm fairy tale Twelve Dancing Princesses, Sixteen Dancing Divas is an updated version which tells the tale of sixteen teenagers. Each night, their parents lock them away in their bedrooms, but come each morning, the soles of their brand-new shoes are worn through, much to the parents’ amazement and confusion. The devious divas attempt to keep their secret, but like any teenager who tries to keep a secret from her parents, they are eventually found out.

    White ChristmasIrving Berlin’s White Christmas

    Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
    Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
    Directed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith
    Musical direction by Sarah Mantel
    Choreography by Joan Van Dyke
    Thursday–Saturday, December 2-4 • 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 5 • 2:00 p.m.
    Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    A Music Theater and Theater-by-the-Grove Production

    Tickets available  online and at the Hadley Union Building (Pratt Drive) starting Monday, November 15, 2010; Reg $15, Disc $12, I-card $9.

    From the silver screen, to Broadway, to our own Fisher stage, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is sure to spread the holiday spirit. The year is 1954 as a song-and-dance duo and World War II Army vets, Bob and Phil, take a trip up to Vermont for a pre-holiday gig. They find a sister song-and-dance act to be a perfect match, and team to raise everyone’s spirits with a string of hit songs, including the most popular song of all time, “White Christmas.”

    CrucibleThe Crucible

    By Arthur Miller
    Directed by Jason Chimonides
    February 17-19 and 23-26 • 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 20 • 2:00 p.m.

    Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
    A Theater-by-the-Grove Production

    Tickets available  online and at the Hadley Union Building (Pratt Drive) starting Monday, January 31, 2011; Reg $14, Disc $12, I-card $8.

    The Crucible is both a moving portrait of a community tragedy and an explosive political allegory set against the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s. When the Salem minister’s daughter is struck speechless, her father sets about looking for the cause. He suspects and alleges witchcraft. Soon, a quiet New England village erupts in suspicion and terror as neighbor accuses neighbor. At the center of the storm stand two people—John and Elizabeth Proctor—who refuse to bend in the face of public hysteria. This production contains situations which may not be suitable for younger children.

    An Evening of Dance and PercussionAn Evening of Dance and Percussion

    Directed by Holly Boda-Sutton and Michael Kingan
    March 26 • 7:00 p.m.
    Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
    A Dance Theater and Percussion Ensemble Production

    In a one-night-only performance, this unique presentation takes on a different beat as the two groups explore the music and dance of different cultures and genres. The always rousing and always unpredictable evening is an exceptional program that unites the overwhelming talents of two of the university’s most popular and engaging performance ensembles.

    Tickets available  online and at the Hadley Union Building (Pratt Drive) starting Monday, March 24, 2011; Reg $14, Disc $12, I-card $8.

    Comedy of ErrorsThe Comedy of Errors

    By William Shakespeare
    Directed by Richard Kemp
    April 14-16 and 27-30 • 8:00 p.m., and April 17 • 2:00 p.m.
    Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
    A Theater-by-the-Grove Production

    Tickets available  online and at the Hadley Union Building (Pratt Drive) starting Monday, March 28, 2011; Reg $14, Disc $12, I-card $8.

    The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s most farcical and accessible of comedies. Two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, unknowingly end up in the same town. Confusion runs rampant in this bawdy story as each is mistaken for the other by wives, mistresses, business partners, and the authorities. In this production, the mysterious and exotic quality of Shakespeare’s original location, Ephesus, is transported to the sultry, tropical glamour of Havana in the 1950s. This production contains situations which may not be suitable for younger children.

     

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    The Department of Theater and Dance is fully accredited by the National Schools of Theater. The Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Schools of Music.

    Theater-by-the-Grove, Dance Theater, and Music Theater are funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.