2021-2022 Theatre Season
September 10-11, 2021
by Anne Nelson
Based on a true story. Less than two weeks after the September 11th attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who has lost most of his men in the attack. He’s looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. As they make their way through the emotional landscape of grief, they draw on humor, tango, the appreciation of craft in all its forms—and the enduring bonds of common humanity. This production features HU faculty as Nick and Joan. Parental guidance is suggested due to tone and potentially sensitive subject matter (terrorist attacks, death).
Troupe: The Me You Don't See
Oct. 2, 2021
A perennial favorite returns for its 13th Homecoming! This year’s Troupe is presented by HU’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honors society. Enjoy a host of musical theatre selections as this group of talented performers explores the HUTC season theme of “The Me You Don’t See”. Come early to ensure your seat!
Big Fish (School Edition)*
November 18-20, 202
Book by John August
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August
Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest…and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre—for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. Big Fish (School Edition) is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com Parental guidance is suggested due to potentially sensitive subject matter (death of a loved one).
April 9, 2022
Longaker Recital Hall
This annual event showcases the talents of our graduating seniors as they present songs, scenes, and displays that are the culmination of their years of study in performance and design.
The Importance of Being Earnest*
February 24-26, 2022
by Oscar Wilde
Originally subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, this classical comedy of manners has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1895. When Jack Worthing decides to create an imaginary alter-ego—a brother named “Ernest”—to escape the duties of country life and have some fun in the city, he never imagines the confusion and troubles that await him as a result. As he attempts to woo his friend Algernon’s cousin Gwendolyn, Algernon escapes to the country pretending to be Ernest in order to woo Jack’s young ward Cecily. Threats of heartbreak—along with much hilarity—ensue as the ladies try to untangle who exactly “Ernest” is.
April 29-30, 2022
Celebrate HU talent with this biennial favorite that features one-act plays directed, produced, acted, and designed entirely by students! Presented by the Theatre Management class.
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