Department of Theatre and Dance
Walter Gloor Mainstage Season
Please note that curtain time for performances of all Walter Gloor Mainstage productions is 7:30 PM for evening performances and 2:00 PM for matinees.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased and excited to announce its 2016-17 Walter Gloor Mainstage Season! It will be a Gala Year celebrating the opening of the Rockefeller Arts Center addition.
Special Event: Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in Residence August 22-September 9, 2016
Paul Taylor 2 will be in residence for three weeks, with showings of their work, and they will set a piece on Fredonia Dance Ensemble members for their April 2017 concert.
Godspell - musical by Stephen Schwartz, book by John-Michael Tebelak, based on the Gospel of St. Matthew.
Bartlett Theatre, Oct. 21-23, 27-29, 2016.
Directed by Paul Mockovak
Musical Direction by James Welch
One of the most-beloved and most produced musicals of all time, this is the show that will be on the boards for the formal Opening Ribbon-Cutting Celebration of the RAC Addition on the weekend of Oct. 21-23. This is also Alumni Weekend, and we hope to welcome many alumni to campus for this special event.
The Man Who Came To Dinner - play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.
Marvel Theatre, November 30 - December 4, 2016 (six performances over 4 days; shows @ 2PM and 7:30PM Saturday Dec. 3)
Directed by Dr. James Ivey
Featuring Tom Loughlin as Sheridan Whiteside.
This holiday classic features a large and diverse cast of over 25 actors, a large unit set, a boy’s choir, and penguins! The original Broadway show featured Monte Woolley as Sheridan Whiteside, and Edith Atwater as Maggie Cutler. The 1942 movie saw Woolley repeat his performance as Whiteside, with Bette Davis taking the role of Maggie. The show will be performed 6 times over 4 days, with matinees and evenings on Saturday and Sunday of the run.
The Illusion - play by Tony Kushner, adapted from the 17th-century play L'Illusion Comique by Pierre Corneille.
Bartlett Theatre, Feb. 24-26, March 2-4, 2017.
Directed by Jessica Hillman-McCord
The play is an indulgent feast of language, as only Tony Kushner can deliver. The story is of a father who seeks out a sorceress to help him find out what has become of his missing son. The sorceress presents him three different possibilities throughout the course of the play. Kushner creates a wonderfully theatrical world around the words, which should provide enticing for all audiences.
Pirates of Penzance - music by Arthur Sullivan, libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Marvel Theatre, March 31-April 2, April 6-8, 2017
Directed by Tom Loughlin
Musical Direction by Ray Stewart
This Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera underwent a modern revision as a Broadway musical produced by Joe Papp's Public Theatre in 1980, and was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 1981, winning three, including Best Revivial of a Musical. The musical is a light-hearted romp through a world of soft-hearted pirates, dainty daughters, keystone cops, and of course young romance. Produced in cooperation with the Fredonia School of Music, this show is fun for all the family.
The Fredonia Dance Ensemble - Helen Myers, Artistic Director, and various choreographers.
Marvel Theatre, April 27-30, 2017
Along with the piece set by the Taylor 2 company, the FDE will once again in its 11th year bring a variety of dance styles to the Marvel Theatre. Whatever they have up their sleeves, you can be sure it will be quite interesting.