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Department of Theater and Dance Production Season 2015-2016

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Artistic Director  Chuck Harper

September 23, 26 at 7:30 p.m. 

Dunham Hall Theater

September 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m. 

Metcalf Theater

Join us for our teriffic linup of shows for this year's Xfest

Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward

Directed by Kathryn Bentley

October 12 – 15 at 7:30 p.m.

October 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Dunham Hall Theater


The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting "happy medium," one Madame Arcati.

Dance in Concert

by Dance Faculty, Alumni, Guest Artists, and Selected Students

Artistic Director, Kristin Best Kinscherff

November 9 – 12 at 7:30 p.m.

November 13 at 2:00 p.m.

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Martha Graham.  “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”  Voltaire.  “If you dance, you dance because you have to.” Katherine Dunham. 

Join us for this years top notch performances highlighting the choreography of our professional dance faculty, local choreographers and our talented dance students.

Come see what the fuss is all about!

A Good Woman

(Based on the play The Good Soul of Szechuan by Bertolt Brecht)

Adapted by Chuck Harper and Ensemble

Directed by Chuck Harper

December 2 – 3 & December 7 – 10 at 7:30 p.m.

December 4 & December 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Metcalf Theater

Set in China, Shen Te is a poor, but warmhearted prostitute and because she alone was willing to shelter three gods, they have favored her with a gift of money. She purchases a tobacco shop, but quickly discovers her kinsfolk and other customers take advantage of her kindness. Enter her tough, no non-sense cousin, Shui Ta who helps her exact just payment. Ultimately, Shui Ta is accused of murdering Shen Te. In the climactic trial scene, Shui Ta reveals a startling secret!

5 Women Wearing the Same Dress

by Alan Ball

Directed by Peter Cocuzza

February 15 – 18 at 7:30 p.m.

February 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Dunham Hall Theater

During a very fancy wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with their own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of women's spirit.

The Drowsy Chaperone

Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

Music & Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison

Directed by and Music Director, Marc Schapman

April 19 – 22 at 7:30 p.m.

April 23 at 2:00 p.m.

When a diehard theater fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

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Monday - Friday - 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

On Performance Dates:
Wed. - Fri. - 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sat. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Matinees 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

SIUE Students have FREE! Admission to the Theater & Dance Department's Main Season and some Student Produced Productions.

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