The 2013-14 performing arts season at Stephens College promises laughs, drama, dance and lots of music.
“There is entertainment here for everyone from Uncle Vanya, a Chekov classic to the new musical Respect: A Musical Journey of Women,” said Mimi Hedges, who is serving as interim dean of the School of Performing Arts. “We are offering a spot of comedy with Inspecting Carol and a wonderful Holiday Choral Concert in early December.”
Students will also be showcasing their talents at the Warehouse Theatre, an entirely student-run operation; student choreographed dance concerts will take the stage in November and again in the spring; the Bach’s Lunch Recital Series runs throughout the school year; and film students will have a chance to show off their best works in the spring.
This year's season sponsors are KRFU News Talk 1400 AM and Joe Machens Dealerships. Ticket sales begin Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Stephens Box Office, (573) 876-7199 or [email protected].
The Stephens School of Performing Arts capitalizes on the strengths of the College’s theatre, dance, music and film departments. Students perform alongside the men and women enrolled in the College’s Professional Conservatory Training Program. Stephens theatre department is ranked 16th in the country by The Princeton Review.
Playhouse Theatre Company
(Unless otherwise noted, all Playhouse performances are held in the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.)
[Romantic Comedy, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Sept. 13-14, 20-21, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 15
By John Cariani
You’ll fall in love with this hilarious play about the quirkiness of love. It’s a cold winter night in Almost, Maine, a town so far north it’s almost in Canada and one that doesn’t actually exist because the residents never organized it. Under shimmering northern lights, the play is a series of nine vignettes about townspeople falling in and out of love. Expect some surprise endings as hearts are captured, broken and mended. This is a comedy for anyone who has ever been in love—or almost.
A Catered Affair
[Musical, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Oct. 18-19, 25-26, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Oct. 20
Book and lyrics by Harvey Fierstein, Music by John Bucchino
A grieving mom wants to throw an elaborate wedding for her young daughter in this heartfelt, intimate musical from Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein that was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk award. Based on the classic 1956 film of the same name, the play follows young lovers Jane and Ralph, who plan to wed in a no-fuss civil ceremony until Jane’s parents receive an unexpected check and her mother’s wedding scheme begins. This sentimental comedy is more than ceremonial; it’s a compelling tale about family relationships and the ties that bind.
[Comedy, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Dec. 6-7, 11-12, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Dec. 8
By Daniel J. Sullivan
Get your fill of holiday cheer with this hilarious behind-the-scenes look at a community theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol gone awry! When a third-tier theatre learns its funding is about to be cut, the wacky cast of the company’s annual production of A Christmas Carol will do anything to prove they’re still worth it. Some eccentric characters in this holiday farce include a not-so-Tiny Tim, a Scrooge dreaming of performing en Español, and an ill- fated wannabe actor pulled into the center of this laugh-out-loud spoof on a Christmas favorite.
7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-15, 21-22, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Feb. 16
By Anton Chekhov
When a successful professor and his charming young bride visit his country estate, relationships are tested in this classic play written by Anton Chekhov,
the father of modern drama. Hidden love triangles, fears that lives have been wasted and the professor’s ultimate decision to sell the estate create havoc that tests morals and loyalties. Take a look at the actions and consequences of daily life in this timeless tale that ends with a dramatic climax.
A Shayna Maidel
[Historical Drama, PG]
7:30 p.m., March 14-15, 19-20, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 16 (Performed in the Warehouse Theatre)
By Barbara Lebow
Two sisters who, as girls, were separated by war reunite as women living very different lives in this poignant story about expression and hope. The younger sister is a modern New Yorker whose make-up and fashionable attire contrast sharply with her older sister’s homely appearance. She must come to grips with the horrors her older sister survived during the Holocaust, which claimed many of the family’s relatives. A Shayna Maidel, which means “a pretty girl,” explores inner beauty, resilience and reconciliation.
RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women
7:30 p.m., May 2-3, 7-9, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, May 4
Book, Music and Lyrics by Philip Roger Roy, Dana Matthow and
This internationally successful musical tells the story of women through adored Top-40 hits of the last century. RESPECT includes favorites like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Will Survive,” “Hero” and “What’s Love Got to With It.” This exhilarating musical experience encourages women to look for heroes within themselves, and is for women (and men!) of all ages!
Warehouse Theatre Company
(All Warehouse performances are held in the Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.)
The Smell of the Kill
[Dark Comedy, PG-13 for Dark Themes]
7:30 p.m., Sept. 26-28, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 29
By Michele Lowe
Settled in the North Chicago suburb of Wilmette, Nicky, Debra and Molly have tolerated one another for years during dinners arranged by their husbands who are old college roommates. For the first time, while preparing dessert, the trio exchange confidences and discover that all three of their marriages are on the brink of disaster, and the three women are facing the challenges of their lives. When the men mistakenly lock themselves in a basement meat locker, the women are faced with a tough life-or-death decision: leave the men out in the cold permanently? Or let them out to thaw?
The How and the Why
[Adult Contemporary, PG-13 for Mature Themes]
7:30 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 3
By Sarah Treem
An up-and-coming graduate student, Rachel Hardeman, meets Zelda Kahn, an established senior faculty member, and the exchanges between student and teacher quickly reveal that there’s more history lurking under the surface. This intimate and keenly perceptive play, from playwright Sarah Treem of HBO’s In Treatment series, explores science, survival of the fittest and the difficult choices women of every generation face.
[Coming-of-age Comedy, PG-13 for Sexual References]
7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-22, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Feb. 23
By Catherine Trieschmann
Fourteen-year-old Laney is an aspiring writer with an imagination that is as off-kilter as her awkward adolescence. But when Laney ends up in Oxford, Mississippi with a mother in crisis after a divorce and a twisted back, faith is up in the air. When she befriends Maribel, a fervent believer in the power of Jesus Christ to save her, Laney’s love for storytelling spirals out of control. Laney embarks on a hilarious spiritual and sexual journey that challenges her mother’s secular worldview and discovers that divine and earthly love may not be so far apart.
Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief
[Comedy, PG for Sexual References]
7:30 p.m., April 10-12, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 13
By Paula Vogel
Desdemona, having slept with Othello’s entire encampment, revels in her bawdy tales of conquest. Her foils and rapt listeners are the other integral and re-imagined women of this Shakespeare tragedy: Emilia, Desdemona’s servant and the wife of Iago, and Bianca, now a majestic whore of Cyprus. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel turns Shakespeare’s Othello upside down to take a glimpse into the lives of the infamous women in Shakespeare’s world and what challenges they faced.
Senior Dance Concert
7:30 p.m., Nov. 15-16, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Nov. 17
The culmination of personal dance experiences reflected in the choreography of graduating dance majors. This year’s concert will include original compositions created for Stephens students by composers from the Mizzou New Music Initiative as well as live music.
Annual Dance Company Spring Concert
7:30 p.m., Feb. 28-March 1, 7-8, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 2
An eagerly anticipated Stephens tradition, the Spring Dance Concert features a variety of dance forms such as classic ballet, modern dance, jazz and tap. The evening of dance is highlighted by a variety of world dance selections.
New Works Dance Concert
7:30 p.m., April 25-26, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, April 27
Adjudicated student choreography performed by members of the Stephens Dance Company.
Bach’s Lunch Recital Series
12:30 p.m., Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 21, 2013; Feb. 27, March 20, April 24, 2014
Historic Senior Recital Hall
A great way to spend 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.
“Stephens Sings” Winter Choral Concert
7:30 p.m., Dec. 8, 2013
Historic Senior Recital Hall
The Stephens Concert Choir and The Velvetones, the College’s a cappella jazz ensemble, invite you to a joyous evening of classical, vocal jazz and seasonal works in the graceful beauty of Historic Senior Hall. This concert is for all ages and is free and open to the public.
“Stephens Sings” Spring Choral Concert
7:30 p.m., April 13, 2014
Historic Senior Recital Hall
Join us at Historic Senior Hall as the Stephens Concert 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 classical and vocal jazz works is appropriate for all ages and is free and open to the public.
Citizen Jane Film Festival
Oct. 4-6, 2013
Stephens College campus
This festival features independent films made by independent women. Short and feature films in all genres are showcased as well as a variety of panel discussions and special events. Visit www.citizenjanefilm.org for more details.
Best of Year 2013 Student Films
Scheduled for Spring 2014
Stephens College film students screen their best work of the past year. Free and open to the public.
Citizen Jane Lecture Series
Scheduled throughout the year.
The Citizen Jane Lecture Series brings nationally recognized female filmmakers to Stephens to screen and discuss their work. The series is funded in part by an educational grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.