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Stephens College announces ‘Season 70: A Season That Will Move You’

August 28, 2017


The School of Creative and Performing Arts is celebrating 70 years of inspiring, entertaining and often thought-provoking theatre, music, dance and film performances at Stephens College.

“Season 70: A Season That Will Move You” will showcase a blend of classic works and those with a modern twist. The box office opens ­­­Aug. 31.

Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, said the season marks a vibrant time for the arts at Stephens.

“The talents of our wonderful Stephens women are complemented with the talents of visiting guest actors, designers, choreographers and directors,” she said. “The legacy of the performing arts at Stephens is rich and deep and will be honored with an enormously varied repertoire in theatre, music and dance. We hope that Columbia can join us for a season that is really on the move.”

The first show of the season is “Intimate Apparel,” a classic story set in 1904 New York City by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage that is told through a contemporary lens. The show opens Sept. 15. 

Other productions from the Playhouse Theatre Company include “Blithe Spirit,” a comedy for all ages; Cole Porter’s musical extravaganza “Anything Goes”; “The Heiress,” a drama about self-identity and awareness; “When We Were Young and Unafraid,” a resonating dialogue around the issues of domestic violence; and “Into the Woods,” a classic fairy tale musical filled with characters from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella” and many more.

The student-run Warehouse Theatre Company will offer four performances, including “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche,” “A Gulag Mouse,” “Twelfth Night” and a “One Act Festival,” featuring four one-act plays.

Stephens’ dance program will present its “Annual Dance Company Spring Concert” and “New Works Dance Concert.”

New this year for music at Stephens is “March Family Christmas,” a different take on the annual Victorian holiday celebration. This year, the show will focus on the exceptional women in the March family portrayed in “Little Women,” penned by Louisa May Alcott. There will also be the Bach’s Lunch, the free monthly recital series as well as fall and spring choral concerts.

TRYPS Theatre for Young Audiences will feature “G2K Cinderella” in December followed by “Madagascar: A Musical Adventure TYA” and “Seussical Jr.” in the spring.

Stephens’ film program will showcase “Best of the Year Student Films” in the fall and “Senior Film Showcase” in the spring. The Citizen Jane Festival, celebrating 10 years of independent film by independent women, runs from Oct. 26-29. The festival features works of women filmmakers from around the world.

To secure your tickets, contact the Stephens College Box Office at (573) 876-7199 or

Get complete details for the 2017-2018 season, including dates, times and locations of events and ticket prices.

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