The Department of Theatre and Dance

The Department of Theatre and Dance

College of the Arts Montclair State University

John J. Cali School of Music | Department of Theatre and Dance

The Pirates of Penzance

Life Hall Studio Theatre | $15.00
Thursday, October 13 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, October 14 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, October 15 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, October 20 @7:30pm | Friday, October 21 @ 7:30pm Saturday, October 22 @ 2:00pm | Saturday, October 22 @ 7:30pm

Music by Arthur Sullivan | Libretto by W. S. Gilbert | Directed by Bryan Knowlton
The Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera written by W.S Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan that concerns Fredric, a young apprentice who is released from a band of Pirates. He then later meets the daughter of Major-General Stanley and falls in love. However, a revelation is made, and he must battle not only his sense of duty to his apprenticeship and the Pirates but to his new love. In this modern, and explorative telling of the opera, we put aside gender to challenge the notion of masculinity and femininity.

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Black Snow

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, October 15 @ 2:00 pm | Saturday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm | Wednesday, October 19 @ 7:30 pm Thursday, October 20 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, October 21 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm

Keith Reddin’s dramatization of the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
Directed by Debbie Saivetz
A writer’s dream turns into a nightmare as Sergei Maxudov’s novel is finally going to be presented as a play at the renowned Independent Theater of Moscow, and the rehearsals reveal the hypocrisy and frustration of producing a truly artistic piece. A bitingly funny adaptation of Russian literary giant Bulgakov’s famous unfinished theatrical novel, Black Snow is a hilarious send-up of Stanislavsky’s famous “Method” and the acting profession in general.

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Pippin

Memorial Auditorium | $20.00
Thursday, November 10 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, November 11 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, November 12 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm | Wednesday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, November 17 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, November 18 @ 7:30 pm

Book by Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Peter Flynn
What are you willing to give to make your life extraordinary? What if you could have fame and glory handed to you? Pippin explores the journey of one young man who knows he’s meant to be great but knows not what it will cost. This multi-Tony Award winning musical dazzles with exciting choreography and show-stopping songs by the writer/composer of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz.

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Dance Nation

Life Hall Studio Theatre | $15.00
Saturday, December 3 @ 7:30 pm | Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30 pm Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, December 10 @ 2:00 pm | Saturday, December 10 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, December 3 @ 2:00pm | Tuesday, December 6 @ 7:30pm

by Clare Barron
Directed by Erin Gorski
Somewhere in Harrington, Ohio, a competitive dance team of turbulent 13-year-olds is forging a dance revolution while their older selves look on. Luminous with possibility and ravaged by insecurity, the characters grapple with the rawness and agonizing tenderness of adolescence.

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Fall Dance 2022

Memorial Auditorium | $20.00
Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 pm Saturday, December 10 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, December 10 @ 2:00pm

Directed by Kathleen Kelley
Fall Dance 2022 celebrates the creative achievements of all Dance major classes led by our innovative guest artists and faculty. Our seniors shine in guest repertory from the Urban Bush Women company, set by artistic director Samantha Speis. Our faculty share new world premieres: Jessica Dimauro Marks choreographs for our first years, Cameron McKinney for our sophomores, and Christian von Howard for our juniors.

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Everybody

Life Hall Studio Theatre | $15.00
Thursday, February 16 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, February 17 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, February 18 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, February 18 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, February 23 @ 7:30 pm | Friday February 24 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm

by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Tommy Schrider
The ever-inventive Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has penned a timeless and timely riff on the Medieval morality play. It’s a wildly fresh, seriously funny, and deeply human meta-story that asks the big questions about what it means to live, what it means to die (if anything!), and how we might travel through the world with a bit more grace and compassion. Oh, and be a bit better about recycling along the way.

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Elephant’s Graveyard

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm | Saturday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm | Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:30 pm Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, March 2 @ 7:30 pm

by George Brant
Directed by Sonoko Kawahari
When a traveling circus arrived in a muddy Tennessee town in 1916, the hunger for spectacle and the power of hysteria collided and took a tragic turn. Based on a true story, Elephant’s Graveyard recounts why the hanging execution of a gigantic elephant happened, with personal narrative and lush theatricality that will reverberate long after the curtain goes down.

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Dance Makers

Memorial Auditorium | $20.00
Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, March 24 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, March 25 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, March 25 @ 7:30 pm

Directed by Maxine Steinman
Come see the next generation of dance makers! In this curated dance concert, Montclair State student choreographers bring their individual and distinct creativity to Memorial Auditorium.

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Bright Star

Life Hall Studio Theatre | $15.00
Thursday, March 30 @ 7:30 pm | Friday, March 31 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday, April 1 @ 2:00 pm Saturday, April 1 @ 7:30 pm | Tuesday, April 4 @ 7:30 pm | Wednesday, April 5 @ 7:30 pm | Thursday, April 6 @ 7:30 pm

Music, Book, & Story by Steve Martin
Music, Lyrics, & Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by Rebecca L. Miller
Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s BRIGHT STAR tells the story of a woman’s harrowing journey to face her past and reckon with her future. With a powerful and graceful score inspired by the pair’s 2013 collaboration bluegrass album, “Love Has Come for You,” this tale of optimism in the face of impossible choices brings us closer to what makes us human—our capacity for closeness and forgiveness.

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On the Town

Alexander Kasser Theater | $20.00
Saturday, April 15, 2:00 pm | Saturday, April 15, 7:30 pm | Tuesday, April 18, 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 pm | Thursday, April 20, 7:30 pm | Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Directed by Ashley Rodbro
Three sailors on shore leave in New York City during World War II find romance and adventure in the first Broadway musical written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, with legendary choreography by Jerome Robbins.

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Spring Dance 2023

Memorial Auditorium | $20.00
Thursday, April 27 @ 7:30 pm | Friday April 28 @ 7:30 pm | Saturday April 29 @ 2:00 pm Saturday April 29 @ 7:30 pm | Sunday April 30 @ 2:00 pm

Directed by Christian von Howard
Spring Dance 2023 features the choreographic works of Stefanie Batten Bland, Kathleen Kelley, Michelle Manzanales, Maxine Steinman, Christian von Howard, and other guest choreographers.

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