Theatre and Dance Main Stage Season Schedule
October 10, 2007
A handsome drifter, a blond bombshell, an arrogant dictator,
and an unlikely feminist are just a few of the characters featured
in this season’s main stage productions from department
of theatre and dance.
Henrik Ibsen’s ground-breaking drama, “A Doll’s
House” opens the season. Set in Victorian Copenhagen,
the play explores the role of women in a changing society,
and asks the question, “In the 128 years since this play
was written, has the social and political status of women really
changed?” Oct.10-14, Johnson Theatre.
November brings a lively musical fresh from Broadway featuring
the songs of Elvis Presley and book by Jo DiPietro. “All
Shook Up” is about a small Midwestern town that gets
turned upside down when a stranger rumbles in with a smokin’ guitar
and some scandalous dance moves. Rife with nostalgia, “All
Shook Up” features Presley ballads, love songs, and classic
dance numbers that will have everybody’s feet tapping.
Nov. 7-11, Johnson Theatre.
The fall semester closes with “Midwives,” an intimate
drama set in rural Vermont. “Midwives,” by Dana
Yeaton, based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, explores the
personal costs paid when our choices profoundly affect the
welfare of others. Nov. 28- Dec. 2, Hennessy Theatre.
In 2008, the spring semester opens with Ken Ludwig’s “Shakespeare
in Hollywood,” a rollicking farce set in 1930’s
Hollywood. Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon
and Puck, have magically materialized on a movie set, and are
dazzled by the glamour of show biz. Toss in a love triangle,
mistaken identities, and a movie mogul, and let the merrymaking
begin. Feb. 20-24, Johnson Theatre.
In April, the UNH Dance Company double bill features original
pieces created for UNH by Professors C. Laurence Robertson
and Gay Nardone. Dinéhtah, which is Navajo for “land
of the people,’ is a classic ballet infused with Native
American dance and music. Dinéhtah tells the story of
a young man and a rebellious young Navajo woman’s spiritual
journey of self discovery.
“Puttin’ on the Ritz” is a nod to old Hollywood
glitz and glamour as Fred and Ginger glide across the floor,
Carmen Miranda dances a saucy samba and George Gershwin sits
at the piano with fingers ready to fly. “Puttin’ on
the Ritz” is this season’s jazz, tap and aerial
dance extravaganza. April 2-6, Johnson Theatre.
The final production, “Ubu Roi,” tells the story
of a cowardly but ambitious man’s rise to power, and
subsequent fall. Drawing parallels between history’s
brutal dictators and today’s world leaders, “Ubu
Roi,” by Alfred Jarry, is certain to disturb, thrill
and provoke both thought and emotion. April 16-20, Hennessy
In addition to the main stage productions, each semester theatre
and dance majors perform student showcases in dance, musical
theatre, aerial dance and puppetry. These entertaining and
inspiring showcases are performed, directed, designed and choreographed
by theatre and dance students. These events not only allow
students to showcase their talents but also demonstrate how
they apply coursework into their craft. Tickets range in price
from $3.50 to $5. All proceeds from student showcases go to
theatre and dance scholarships.
An addendum to the season calendar is a special guest performance
of “Republic of Dreams” from Double Edge Theatre
of Ashfield, Mass.. “Republic of Dreams,” conceived
by Stacy Klein, explores the writings, art and life of Polish-Jewish
artist Bruno Schultz, and his banal death at the hands of a
jealous Nazi. Feb. 16-17, Hennessy Theatre. Tickets, $10/$15.
For more information about Double Edge Theatre, visit www.doubleedgetheatre.org.
For tickets, contact the MUB ticket office, Monday through
Friday, 10: a.m.-4 p.m., or call 2-2290. You may also purchase
tickets at www.unhmub.com/ticket. Tickets for UNH main stage
productions are $12.50-15.50 for general admission; and $10.50-13.50
for seniors, UNH ID holders, and groups of 15 or more.
The box office opens one hour prior to curtain in the lobby
at the Paul Creative Arts Center. For more information, and
show times, please call the Theatre and Dance office at 603-862-2919,
or visit us at www.unh.edu/theatre-dance.