In the Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts, we firmly believe that infusing the arts into all we do helps create a better world for all of us.
Inspired by that belief, we bring you a 72nd season rich in inspiring entertainment in all its forms as well as thought-provoking works that challenge and transform. Whether you are here for the first time, or you have been a patron for many years ... whether you are here for a charming family-friendly production or taking in a play or dance that challenges your perceptions ... whether you are a fan of dance or film, poetry or prose, theatre or music, we thank you for your support and commitment. You are an advocate for the arts with us. Join us on our journey ...
Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Musical | PG-13 for Mild Adult Themes
Sept. 20-21, 27-28, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 22, 28, 2 p.m. (Two matinees!)
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! ABBA's hits tell this hilarious story of love, laughter and friendship as a young woman searches for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Join us for a night filled with ABBA songs such as “Dancing Queen,” “SOS” and “Waterloo.”
Oct. 25-26, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m.
The power of music and our musical heritage. The Great American Songbook is the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century. Hear beloved standards as women embrace the music of the '20s, '30s and '40s with vivacious singing and exquisite fashions of the times. Stephens' own Tom Andes serves as music director.
By Charles Dickens, adaptation by Richard Powers Hardt
Originally commissioned and produced at Theater Works, Peoria, Ariz.
Holiday Show | All Ages
Dec. 6-7, 11-12, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
“God bless us, everyone.” Be inspired by the legendary transformation of a miser on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas spirits. Populated with cherished characters like Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol is brought to life with the magic (including life-size puppets portraying the ghosts of Christmas past and future) that only live theatre can create. Spend your holidays experiencing this traditional and magical production that shows us the true meaning of Christmas.
By Jane Austen, adaptation by Jon Jory
Romantic Comedy | All Ages
Feb. 6-8, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 9, 2 p.m.
A timeless love story brought back to life. Based on Jane Austen’s classic English novel, we meet Jane, Mary, Catherine, Lydia and Elizabeth — the daughters of the Bennet family. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth's most urgent priority, but with four sisters, an overzealous matchmaking mother and a string of unsuitable suitors, it is difficult to escape the subject.
When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, all feelings of attraction are muted by his pride and her prejudice. Come see this story of manners, courtship and relationships that tells a classic tale of disdain turned to love.
By Lauren Gunderson
Comedy | PG-13 for Adult Humor
March 12-14, 7:30 p.m.; March 15, 2 p.m.
“A play about feminism? Girl, stop.” Four beautiful, strong women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris.
This grand and dream-tweaked comedy by one of the most produced contemporary female playwrights is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world.
Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton; book by Patricia Resnick
Musical | PG-13
May 1-2, 7-8, 7:30 p.m.; May 3, 2 p.m.
Working women unite! Join three female coworkers at a 1970s male-dominated company as they work together to get revenge on their chauvinistic, lying boss … while making the workplace a better place for everyone. An outrageous and hilarious introduction to a new era of girl power. With music and lyrics by song-writing legend Dolly Parton.
By Kathryn Walat
Theatre for Young Audiences Production
Comedy | All Ages
Nov. 2, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
A colorful, fast-paced delight. Ten-year-old Violet is determined to show the world, not to mention the cool kids at school, just how special she is. With the help of her assistant, Freddy, she sets out to break a world record, but becomes accidentally extraordinary when she’s struck by lightning — twice — and gains control over all things electric. Under the name Miss Electricity, Violet zaps her way through circuits, bullies and tests, but could lose everything when the power goes to her head.
By Jessica Dickey
Contemporary | PG-13
Oct. 4-5, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 6, 2 p.m.
The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.
By Jennifer Haley
Dark Comedy | PG-13
Nov. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
In a suburban subdivision with identical houses, parents find their teenagers addicted to an online horror video game. The game setting? A suburban subdivision with identical houses. The goal? Smash through an army of zombies to escape the neighborhood for good. But as the line blurs between fantasy and reality, both parents and players realize that fear has a life of its own.
Classic | PG-13
Feb. 21-22, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
Join us for the allegorical accounting of the life of Everyman, who represents all mankind. Everyman tries to convince other characters to accompany him in the hope of improving his account in a morality play as relevant today as it was in the 15th century.
By Bryna Turner
Comedy | R
April 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; April 5, 2 p.m.
This fast-paced and funny period biography was inspired by letters between Mary Woolley and Jeannette Marks, two academics who worked at a women’s college at the turn of the 20th century. Follow their relationship as they try to ignite a feminist revolution.
Feb. 20-22, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2 p.m.
Celebrate the beauty of expression through a variety of dance styles. A highly anticipated Stephens tradition, the annual dance concert showcases classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance. The world dance selection is a vibrant fusion of contemporary jazz and Irish, choreographed by a visiting guest artist. The storybook ballet will feature Stephens dancers alongside young students from The Children's School at Stephens College.
April 17-18, 7:30 p.m.; April 19, 2 p.m.
Exciting new works give a glimpse of the future in choreography. Members of the Stephens Dance Company perform adjudicated student choreography in this edgy concert that will leave you inspired by dance styles ranging from contemporary ballet and modern to musical theatre.
Free for All Ages
All performances held in Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall.
Oct. 31 & Nov. 21, 2019; March 19 & April 30, 2020
A great way to spend your lunch hour! Enjoy listening to vocal soloists and ensembles as they perform a variety of musical theatre, vocal jazz, classical and choral works. Get there early because seats go quickly.
Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
This evening of seasonal song features both A Class Act musical theatre troupe in excerpts from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas as well as The Velvetones’ jazz stylings of traditional carols like “Let It Snow,” “Carol of the Bells” and “O Tannenbaum.”
April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy vocal jazz standards and ensemble numbers presented by The Velvetones.
Nov. 17, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Join The Stephens Concert Choir for an evening of choral music.
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