Conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, "Godspell" was composer Stephen Schwartz’s ("Wicked") first major musical theatre offering. While interweaving gospel, folk rock, pop and vaudeville musical genres with Commedia style vignettes, the high-energy playful musical recounts several of the parables found in Matthew and Luke. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus's messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life as community is formed and sustained. This new 2012 Broadway revival version features new arrangements of Schwartz’s dazzling score.
"A family-friendly show that deserves to run forever!" -The Wall Street Journal
DATES: Oct. 9-11, 16-17 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 11, 18 at 2 p.m.
*Suitable for ages 10 and up; Contains serious subject matter
Student Directed One-Acts
Every couple of years or so, the faculty takes a huge risk and turns the asylum over to the inmates. We called this madness Student Directed One-Acts and it is exactly what it sounds like. This is a great opportunity for upper classmen to choose plays they would like to direct (often exploring the work of a single playwright or a particular theme of interest) and to give underclassmen a tremendous performance opportunity early in their PBA careers. A faculty member serves in a supervisory capacity, but we are committed to letting the students flex their own artistic muscles and rarely are we disappointed with this approach. They unfailingly take ownership of this project and it always becomes one of their most memorable theatrical experiences at PBA. And a great one for the audience as well!
DATES: Nov. 21-22 at 7:30 p.m.
"The Curious Savage"
Written by John Patrick, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Tea House of the August Moon," "The Curious Savage" is a gentle and funny play that asks some very important questions about the nature of sanity and our obsession with fame and fortune. Call it "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" meets "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." This play has been a crowd pleaser ever since it opened on Broadway in 1950 starring the legendary Lilian Gish; and for good reason. Typical of Patrick’s work, it is beautifully crafted and has great heart. It also manages to make you think while making you laugh. And much like the plays of Kaufman and Hart, it pokes fun at all, with malice towards none. Well…maybe just a little.
DATES: Feb.19-21 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
*Suitable for ages 12 and up
"Little Shop of Horrors"
With a book by Howard Ashman and an R&B score by Alan Menken, "Little Shop of Horrors" is a charming tongue and cheek rock musical. A meek floral assistant stumbles across an exotic plant, which he names Audrey II after his coworker crush. However, he soon realizes that the plant intends to conquer the world. This comedy is the ultimate cautionary musical that satirizes Hollywood ‘B’ movies, Science Fiction and even Goethe’s Faust legend. Join us this spring as Fern Street becomes “Skid Row;” but be careful, “Don’t Feed the Plants!” They might just take over the whole building.
DATES: April 16-18, 23-24 at 7:30 p.m.; April 18, 25 at 2 p.m.
*Suitable for ages 12 and up; Contains serious subject matter
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