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Stephens announces 2014-15 Performing Arts season

August 25, 2014

The School of Performing Arts at Stephens College has a variety of entertainment lined up for the school year, including musicals, dramas, comedies and more.

“We have a very exciting and eclectic season ahead of us with something for everyone, ranging from the modern classic Anouilh’s Antigoneto the beautiful and loved Anne of Green Gables to Tom Andes’ original musical, Color Blind, to the much lauded musical, Gypsy,” Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian said.

Students will also be showcasing their theatrical talents at the entirely student-run Warehouse Theatre, and dance students will choreograph and perform during the annual dance concerts. Bach’s Lunch, a student recital series, also promises to entertain, and the film department will host screenings and lectures throughout the year.

Season sponsors are Joe Machen’s Dealerships and KFRU News Talk 1400 AM. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, 100 Willis Ave., (573) 876-7199 or The Box Office opens on Sept. 2.

Playhouse Theatre Company

(All Playhouse performances are held in the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.)

She Kills Monsters

By Qui Nguyen 

[Adventure Comedy, PG-13 for Adult Situations]

7:30 p.m., Sept. 19-20, 26-27; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 21

Action, adventure and geek attitude abound in this 2013 American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) Distinguished Play

“Deceptively breezy & rather ingenious.” That’s what The New York Times called this comedic romp through the world of fantasy role-playing begun when Agnes finds her deceased sister’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook. Acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a touching look at adolescence framed by an action-packed homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

The Light in the Piazza

Book by Craig Lucas, Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel

[Musical, PG]

7:30 p.m., Oct. 24-25, 31, Nov. 1; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Oct. 26

Of course, 1950s Italy leads to adventure and romance in this six-time Tony Award winner

This lovely musical inspires with romantic classical music and opera and sees Margaret, a wealthy Southern tourist, spending the summer in the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. When Clara falls in love with a beautiful young Italian, Margaret must reconsider her daughter’s future, and her own.

Anne of Green Gables

By R.N. Sandberg, adapted from L.M. Montgomery’s novel

[Comedy, All Ages]

7:30 p.m., Dec. 5-6, 10-11; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Dec. 7Experience again the literary classic that has touched hearts for generations

Known for its bright, charming, resourceful and highly imaginative heroine, as well as the beauty of its setting on Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables has captivated audiences for generations. Experience this timeless tale for the first time, or share it with someone you find charming/and irrepressible, too.  


By Jean Anouilh

[Classic, PG]

7:30 p.m., Feb. 6-7; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees, Feb. 7-8

A timeless story of rebellion, passion and power as seen through a modern lens

In a world fraught with moral compromise, how does one maintain personal integrity—and at what cost? That’s the dilemma faced by faithful sister Antigone as she mourns her two dead brothers in this thoughtful adaption of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy.


By Laura Marks

[Thriller, PG-13]

7:30 p.m., March 6-7; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 8

A new work about today’s struggles from a heralded new dramatist

First produced by the groundbreaking N.Y.C.-based Women’s Project Theatre, this darkly comic thriller is set at the height of the recent foreclosure crisis and explores just how far we’ll go to get back what’s ours. When single mother Crystal loses more than her house, her desperate quest to regain what she’s lost turns into the fight of her life.

Color Blind

By Tom Andes

[Musical, PG-13]

7:30 p.m., March 13-14; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 15

Visual and performing arts collide in this original new production developed right here in Columbia, Mo.

What lies at the heart of the creative process? Local performing artist and Stephens College music faculty member Tom Andes explores this compelling question in his original new musical. When Michael Stevens, a struggling art professor, loses the ability to see color, a student and a hallucination (in the form of Pierre August Renoir) try to help him through it.


Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

[Musical, PG-13]

7:30 p.m., May 1-2, 6-8; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, May 3

Let us entertain you with some of the most memorable musical numbers from the American stage

Join Rose, June and Louise on their trip across the United States during the birth of burlesque. You’ll be tapping your toes to favorites like “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Together (Wherever We Go)” as we end our season with one of America’s quintessential musicals.

Warehouse Theatre Company

(All Warehouse performances are held in the Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.)


By Eric Lane

[Coming-of-age Comedy/Drama, PG-13 for Language]

7:30 p.m., Sept. 25-27; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 28

“Incredibly witty and heartfelt”

That’s what the Cape Code Times said of this coming-of-age tale that begins when two teenagers form a fragile bond during their job at a local farm stand. Together, along with one’s 11-year-old sister, they begin a road trip that leads to adventure, revealed secrets, and an honest look at love, loss, friendship and family.

Precious Little

By Madeleine George

[Dark Comedy, PG-13 for Mature Themes]

7:30 p.m., Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 2

Explore both the beauty and limits of language in this irreverent dark comedy

When a gifted linguist learns unsettling news, she finds solace with two unlikely sources: the elderly speaker of a vanishing language and a gorilla at the zoo. “A crisp, fast-moving, tough-minded but often comic play about love, language, memory, culture and commitment.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

What Every Girl Should Know

By Monica Bryne

[Drama, PG-13 for Sexual References]

7:30 p.m., Feb. 19-21; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Feb. 22

In light of recent controversies, this look at young women and their reproductive rights resonates and provokes thought

Four young Catholic suffragettes in early 20th century New York City adopt birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger as their patron saint. “Top to bottom, start to finish, What Every Girl Should Know is an excellent piece of theatre … as long as the war over women’s reproductive rights rages on, [this is] a story people need to keep telling.” —

Hearts Like Fists

By Adam Szymkowicz

[Comedy, PG-13 for Violence]

7:30 p.m., April 9-11; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 12

Comic book action will have you laughing in this superhero noir comedy about the dangers of love

Lisa’s heart beats with hope: Now that she’s joined the elite Crimefighters, maybe she can live a life with meaning. And while every beat of Peter’s wounded heart brings him closer to death, he’s designing an artificial replacement that will never break. Meanwhile Doctor X is sneaking into apartments and injecting lovers with a lethal poison. “Parody and punches fly … The combination is madcap. Pretty hysterical too.” —NY Times


Senior Dance Concert

7:30 p.m., Nov. 14-15; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 16

Macklanburg Playhouse

Original choreography and original compositions mark this artistic collaboration between Stephens and Mizzou

The culmination of personal dance experiences reflected in the choreography of graduating dance majors. The concert will include original compositions created for Stephens’ senior choreographers by composers from the Mizzou New Music Initiative and live music by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.

Annual Spring Dance Company Spring Concert

7:30 p.m., Feb. 27-28 and March 6-7; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 1

Macklanburg Playhouse

Celebrate the many styles of dance and the rare beauty of expression

An eagerly anticipated Stephens tradition, the Spring Dance Concert features a variety of dance forms such as classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance. The evening of dance is highlighted by world dance selections choreographed by visiting guest artists. For lovers of dance or anyone intrigued by the diverse beauty of the human experience.

New Works Dance Concert

7:30 p.m., April 24-25; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 26

Warehouse Theatre

Presenting vibrant new works that hold up a mirror to the future

Join us again this season as we present our edgiest dance concert. Members of the Stephens Dance Company will take on adjudicated student choreography. You’ll never know which new work will inspire you most personally.


Bach’s Lunch Recital Series

12:30 p.m., Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 20, 2014; Feb. 26, March 19, April 30, 2015

Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall

Free monthly recitals bring uplifting art to your lunch hour

Relax in the elegant surroundings of Historic Senior Hall and support Stephens students as they perform a variety of musical theatre, vocal jazz, classical and choral works. These monthly recitals are free and open to the public.

A Dickens Victorian Christmas

7:30 p.m., Dec. 7-9

Historic Senior Hall Parlors

Dickens is alive and well and greeting guests on Stephens’ campus in this annual Columbia holiday tradition

You won’t want to miss this authentic recreation of a 19th Century English Christmas celebration. Join Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickens, along with the Stephens Concert Choir, for a spirited evening of holiday music, period dance, refreshments, games and frivolity. Appropriate for all ages.

“Stephens Sings” Spring Choral Concert

7:30 p.m., April 19

Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall

Show tunes and vocal jazz for lovers of song and spirit

Join us as the Stephens Musical Theatre Choir and The Velvetones, the College’s a cappella jazz ensemble, present a year-end performance in celebration of spring and the accomplishments of our senior class. This program of show tunes and vocal jazz works is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.


Faculty Film Showcase

7-9 p.m., Sept. 5

Charters Auditorium

Stephens filmmaking program faculty will screen three shorts films. Assistant Professor Steph Borklund will screen her film “I Am One,” associate professor Kerri Yost will screen the Summer Film Institute film “Leaving Osage Lane,” and assistant professor Chase Thompson will screen his latest short film “Flat Black.”

Citizen Jane Film Festival

Nov. 7-9

Stephens College campus

If you haven’t experienced Citizen Jane, you haven’t experienced what film can be. What are you missing? 

The Citizen Jane Film Festival is an intimate, three-day film festival celebrating and showcasing the work of female filmmakers from around the world and features some of the best in independent film making, filmmaker panels, and workshops as well as celebrations of film, art and expression.

Citizen Jane Lecture Series

Scheduled throughout the year

Free lecture series celebrating and learning from female filmmakers

The Citizen Jane Lecture Series brings nationally recognized female filmmakers to Stephens to screen and discuss their work all year long. Join us in this enlightening and thoughtful look at film, art, culture and life.

Visit for more information on the film festival and lecture series.

Best of Year 2014 Student Films

Scheduled for Spring 2015

What amazing new talent will you discover? What new stories will be told?

The Stephens College Digital Filmmaking program proudly gives aspiring filmmakers the tools and confidence to tell their stories. When Stephens film students screen their best work and capstone projects, you never know what will move you—and what will make you think. Free and open to the public.

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