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The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
Sept 27 - Oct 5, 2013

By Moisés Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris & Stephen Belber
Directed by Thomas Ouellette

This ensemble play revisits the revolutionary docudrama The Laramie Project, the true story behind the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young Laramie, Wyoming college student. Two men received life convictions for the crime, believed to be motivated by homophobic hate. In 2008, ten years later, the team that wrote the
original Laramie returned to the town that was forever changed by Matthew’s death. The Laramie Project : 10 Years Later looks at the wounds of the past, the discomfort in the present, and the hope for the future.

September 27 -28 @ 8pm
September 29 @ 4pm
October 2 – 4 @ 8pm
October 5 @ 2pm & 8pm

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Nov. 15-23, 2013

Music & Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Missy Barnes
Musical Direction by Jamey Ray

The Tony-Award winning musical comedy will capture the heart of everyone who has felt like an outsider, overachiever, or both! We join six quirky, young students as they anxiously await their turn to prove their spelling prowess in the annual spelling bee. As they tumble through the tricky pubescent moments of adolescence, the contestants learn that there’s much more to life than winning: family, love, and most importantly, self-acceptance.
Childhood may not be as simple and uncomplicated as we remember.

November 15 – 16 @ 8pm
November 17 @ 4pm
November 20-22 @ 8pm
November 23 @ 2pm & 8pm


A Clean House
February 14-22, 2014

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Aradhana Tiwari

A beautiful modern-day fairy tale, Sarah Ruhl sprinkles a bit of magic throughout this serio-comic romance. Forever musing over the creation of “the perfect joke,” Brazilian immigrant, Matilde, works as a cleaning lady for two married doctors. Their melodic life is interrupted when the husband falls quickly and deeply in love with one of his cancer patients, claiming to have found his soul mate. As the wife tries to recalculate her life, Matilde teaches them all that laughter and humor are truly the best medicines for any ailment.

February 14-15 @ 8pm
February 16 @ 4pm
February 19 – 21 @ 8pm
February 22 @ 2pm & 8pm


Song & Dance
March 14 - 15, 2014

Directed by W. Robert Sherry

After nearly thirty years of dance excursions, Song and Dance takes on an all new shape for the 21st Century. Song and Dance combines the talents of our musical theatre and dance students, faculty, and staff. The evening begins with a cabaret style songfest featuring musical moments from the best of Broadway and concludes with concert dance works choreographed by significant American masters. You will not want to miss this 21st Century inaugural event.  


March 14 @ 8pm
March 15 @ 8pm

The Lost Comedies of William Shakespeare
April 18-26, 2014

Created and Directed by David Charles

What happens when the King’s Men arrive for a performance of Shakespeare’s latest comedy only to receive word of his untimely death? Cobbling together their knowledge of his earlier works with the audience’s generous memories and suggestions, the players must extemporize their own offering to raise the spirits of all in attendance. Come and celebrate the Bard’s birthday as the King’s Men (and women!) create a one-of-a-kind improvisational romp—a lost comedy of William Shakespeare. Star-crossed lovers, woodland fairies and cross-dressing maidens are sure to be in store: no two performances will be alike!

April 18-19 @ 8pm
April 20 @ 4pm
April 23 – 25 @ 8pm
April 26 @ 2pm & 8pm