From hilarious to poignant and anywhere in between, the theater productions of this season touch upon topics that anyone can relate to.
Touring shows presented by performers from Broadway and abroad along with productions presented by IUP students and faculty members combine to offer theater-goers a season with humor, honesty, music, and heart.
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April 26–28 and 30, May 1–3, 7:30 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts
Music and Lyrics by Stephen SchwartzBook by Roger O. HirsonDirected by Rob Gretta
Musical Direction by Oliver Lo
Choreographed by Joan Van Dyke
IUP’s Theater-by-the-Grove presents the iconic Broadway musical Pippin. A young prince yearning to find adventure makes a strange alliance with a group of travelers who takes him on a magical journey to be extraordinary. But is the journey real…
or only in his mind?
12–13 and 17–20, 7:30 p.m., and
October 14, 2:00 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts
Directed by Rick Kemp, Dramaturgy by Rachel DeSoto-Jackson
“Life stories, past and present, lost and found, weave together in a rich and textured tapestry of who we are as a nation. What does it mean to belong?
“The show is created by a process known as ‘devising’ in which company members collaboratively create and shape dramatic material for performance.”
Tuesday–Saturday, November 13–17, 7:30 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
By Johnna Adams Directed by Rob Gretta
In a clinical drug trial to cure their psychosis, two patients
meet, fall in love, and must decide whether to build a world together or
continue to live in the worlds the drugs seek to destroy in this engaging play.
Monday, December 3, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Ripped from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail,Spamalot is an outrageous Broadway musical comedy telling the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as
they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail. Flying cows, killer rabbits, and
show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide
are eating up Spamalot!
Friday, February 22, 7:00 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
Taking bubbles to the max! Mixing comedy, music, and interactive bubble
magic, Jeff Boyer engages and delights audiences. Amusing and educating family
audiences for over 21 years, Boyer’s unique, inclusive and interactive art
separates Bubble Trouble from other bubble shows. Only $5 for a child’s ticket!
Thursday, February 28, 6:30 p.m., Beard Auditorium, Stouffer Hall
The Independents is a musical comedy/drama about three solo artists who
collide at the same crossroads and discover harmony. Thus is born “RGB”
(at least until they come up with a better band name), and what follows
is their roller-coaster-ride journey across America for a one last shot
at musical glory.
February 27–28 and
March 1–2, 7:30 p.m., Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts
Coordinated by Michael Schwartz
From tiny seeds, mighty oaks do grow! Incubating the work of
students, alumni, and faculty, the Acorn Project nurtures and showcases theater
and dance student growth by providing opportunities to perform, produce,
direct, write, and design.
Tuesday, April 16, 8:00 p.m., Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Broadway’s best party is turning up the volume to 10! Nominated
for five Tony Awards, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era of 1980s
Hollywood. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted
Sister, Whitesnake, and more, this 10th anniversary production will have you
ready to rock!
Birth of the Cool: A Tribute to Miles Davis
Saturday, September 2, Sound Choices
60’s 70’s 80’s: Artist Legacy of IUP
September 10–November 6, University Museum
September 27–October 5, Theater-by-the-Grove