The Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts announces its 71st season, “Art for All Ages, All Stages,” featuring a rich schedule of inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking productions that span from theatre and dance to music and film performances. 

Stephens’ theatre program is notably ranked No. 3 “Best Theater” ranking, according to The Princeton Review.

Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian, said the season name represents what the School is and what it means to the Columbia community.

“We invite the community to come celebrate 'Art for All Ages, All Stages' all season long with the School of Creative and Performing Arts,” she said. “Whether you’re a first-time theater-goer or a longtime patron; coming out to see a charming family-friendly production; to take in a play or dance that challenges your perceptions; or to attend a dance or film, or poetry or prose, performance, we have something for you.”

Performances will be held during the College’s yearlong celebration of 185 years of inspiring, challenging and offering opportunity to women. 

The Playhouse Theatre Company season opens on Sept. 21 with “Fun Home,” contemporary musical theater based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name. Other productions from the Playhouse Theatre Company include the comedy “Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood,” which provides an innovative perspective on the classic tale of Robin Hood”; the Tony Award-winning musical retrospective “Leader of the Pack”; Tennessee Wiliams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” winner of the 1955 Pulitzer Prize; “Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar,” a classic drama; and “Pippin,” an American musical theater gem featuring an unforget­table score from the Grammy and Oscar winner and musical theatre legend Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Children of Eden).

The student-run Warehouse Theatre Company will offer four performances: “The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women,” a comedy with audience interaction; a contemporary drama, “Sans Merci,” as well as the classical drama “Machinal”; and “Anton in Show Business,” a dark comedy.

Stephens’ dance program will present its “Annual Dance Company Concert” and “New Works Dance Concert.” New to Stephens this year will be lunch-time dance showcases that highlight the class accomplishments of Stephens dance students. Featured styles will include jazz, ballet, world dance, modern and musical theatre.

Stephens will present a second rendition of “A March Family Victorian Christmas,” an annual favorite of the holiday celebration. The show focuses on the exceptional women in the March family portrayed in “Little Women,” penned by Louisa May Alcott. A new music production, titled “The Great American Songbook,” will bring together singers from all voice studios in a performance of the most-loved songs from the Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley and musical theatre. There will also be Bach’s Lunch, the free monthly recital series as well as fall and spring choral concerts and showcase ensemble concerts.

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, dubbed as independent film by independent women, runs from Nov. 1-4. The festival features works of women filmmakers from around the world. Citizen Jane Suggests, a monthly film series, held at Ragtag Cinema, features films directed by women and stamped with Citizen Jane approval! 

The Writers on the Edge series, sponsored by the English, creative writing and women’s studies programs, will welcome guest writers such as award-winning novelists, visual artists and poets from a diverse range of genres.

To secure your tickets, contact the Stephens College Box Office at (573) 876-7199 or The box office opens on Aug. 31.

Check out the Performing Arts website for complete 2018-2019 season details, including dates, times and locations of events and ticket prices.

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