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2015-2016 Performance Schedule

An Evening Of One Acts

October 8th, 9th and 10th at 8 p.m.
October 10 at 2 p.m.
Blaney Theatre in Steele Hall

This popular annual event showcases the directing talents of our creative student directors.  Sometimes irreverent, sometimes enlightening, but always entertaining, these shows will often challenge your mind…and your morals!  Subject matter may not be suitable for our young patrons.


The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet
By Peter Bloedel

NOVEMBER 5th, 6th, and 7th  at 8pm
NOVEMBER 7th  at 2pm

    A reinvention of Shakespeare’s tragic love story, complete with rhymed couplets, creative wordplay and fantastical machines---similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with if he ever had his way with the script.       

                                    Verona’s the place from where our play’s picked.

                                    Two families lived there, and man were they ticked.

Fun for the whole family, this whimsical telling of a familiar tale is sure to delight.  Seussification…marks the nineteenth annual first year student show.  Join us as we watch these talented students make their Cal U debut!  Always a great deal of fun!

Miracle on34th Street, The Musical
Book by  Meredith Willson
Music and Lyrics by  Meredith Willson
Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture with story by Valentine Davies and screenplay by George Seaton 

December 3rd, 4th and 5 at 7 p.m.
December 5th and 6th at 2 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre in Steele Hall

Join the Department of Theatre & Dance as they once again bring this heart-warming story to life!  Say bah-humbug to the Scrooges as Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this musical adaptation of the popular holiday favorite. A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine“Miracle” on 34th Street, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, fostering camaraderie between Macy’s and Gimbel’s Department Stores, and convincing a divorced, cynical single mother, her somber daughter and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth.

Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries” and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment!  Cal U students and local community join together to welcome the holiday season to the Mon Valley!

By Ira Levin
FEBRUARY 25th, 26, and 27th at 8pm
 FEBRUARY 27th at 2pm

The saying goes that if there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it should be fired by the end of the play (attributed to Anton Chekhov).  So what happens when the walls are covered multiple weapons of mayhem?  Ira Levin (of Veronica’s Room and
Rosemary’s Baby
fame) has written a comedy-thriller that is at once self-conscious and self-referential.  Filled with twists and turns that will leave the audience guessing until the curtain comes down, Deathtrap is sure to be a suspense-filled evening of theatre. 

Yet Another Funeral
Book by Anthony N. Carrola
Music and Lyrics by Dominic A. Carrola

APRIL 7th, 8th and 9th at 8pm
APRIL 9th at 2pm

Join the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Music Department at Cal U as they unite to bring to life an original musical with music and lyrics by stand-out Commercial Music Technology student, Dominic Carrola.  This landmark occasion will allow students and audiences alike to experience the birth of this romantic comedy on the stage of Steele Hall’s Mainstage Theatre. Experience love, death, and redemption through a dissatisfied-with-life hotel clerk, a down-on-his-luck journalist, and a mysterious man.    Yet Another Funeral is the first original musical to be produced by the Department of Theatre & Dance.  We hope it is the first of many collaborations with the Department of Music.

To Achieve or Not to Achieve:  That is the Question.
An exploration of self-actualization through dance.
APRIL 21st, 22nd, and 23rd  at 8pm

Theatre and Dance majors and minors explore Maslow’s theory that individuals are motivated by a “hierarchy of needs” on their journey to self-actualization. Each piece in this concert explores the individual struggle as one seeks to reach his or her full potential.  Only 1-2% of adults have actually reached self-actualization (Maslow, 1954).  Are you one of them?


For more information or to order tickets (with a credit card) by phone, call Steele Hall Box Office at 724-938-5943

All performances are free to Cal U students with a valid Cal Card, but a five dollar deposit is required. The deposit will be returned upon arrival at the show.

Non-student tickets are $12.