Update: "Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical" has been replaced by "9 to 5: The Musical" in May 2020.

The Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts announces its 72nd season, “Art … For a Better World,” featuring a rich schedule of inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking productions including theatre, dance, music, readings and film.

For the second year in a row, Stephens’ theatre program is ranked No. 3 for Best College Theater by The Princeton Review. (Learn more.)

“At Stephens, we firmly believe that infusing the arts into all we do helps create a better world for all of us,” says Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. “Inspired by that belief, we bring you a 72nd performing arts season rich in inspiring entertainment in all its forms.”

The Playhouse Theatre Company season opens on Sept. 20 with “Mamma Mia!,” ABBA’s hit musical. Other productions from the Playhouse Theatre Company include the all-ages musical retrospective “Great American Songbook”; Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol”; “Pride and Prejudice,” adapted as a romantic comedy for the stage by Jon Jory; feminist comedy “The Revolutionists” by contemporary playwright Lauren Gunderson; and "9 to 5: The Musical" with music and lyrics by song-writing legend Dolly Parton. Stephens’ Theatre for Young Audiences program will present the colorful, fast-paced “Miss Electricity” by Kathryn Walat at the Macklanburg Playhouse on Nov. 2.

The student-run Warehouse Theatre Company will offer four performances: “The Amish Project,” a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community; “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom,” a dark comedy about an online horror video game; 15th century classic morality play “Everyman”; and comedic early-20th century period biography “Bull in a China Shop.”

Stephens’ dance program will present its Annual Dance Company Concert featuring classic ballet, modern and contemporary dance; and New Works Dance Concert, showcasing adjudicated student choreography.

Stephens’ music students will present the annual “Bach’s Lunch” student recital series in Historic Senior Hall Recital Hall, as well as evening choral and ensemble concerts in the fall and spring. “Happy Holidays and All that Jazz” on Dec. 8 will feature excerpts of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” as well as The Velvetones’ jazz stylings of traditional carols.

Stephens’ digital filmmaking program will premiere films directed by graduating seniors in December and showcase digital films by continuing students in the spring. These screenings are free and open to the public.

Stephens’ English, creative writing and women’s studies programs will present several readings and events, including the Writers on the Edge series, featuring award-winning authors in various genres; the New Script Showcase by student winners of Stephens’ New Script Competition; the Harbinger student literary magazine launch party; and From Fashion to Flash Fiction, student readings of creative works inspired by the spring exhibit in the Historic Costume Gallery.

To secure your tickets, contact the Stephens College Box Office at (573) 876-7199 or boxoffice@stephens.edu. The box office opens on Aug. 30.

Check out the Performing Arts website for complete 2019-2020 season details, including dates, times and locations of events and ticket prices.


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