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Theatre and Dance Series

The Secret Garden

Music by Lucy Simon
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Dr. David Sollish

This enchanting classic of children’s literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Night Mother. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his disabled son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

October 4-7 at 7:30 pm
October 7 at 2:00 pm
Henderson Auditorium


By Nick Dear
Directed by Robert Homer-Drummond

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

November 3-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 pm
November 4 and 11 at 2:00 pm
November 5 at 3:00 pm
Belk Theatre

Fall Dance Concert

November 16-18
Henderson Auditorium


Music, Lyrics, and Book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Directed by Dr. David Sollish
Choreographed by Katie Stewart

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Grease Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

February 20-24 at 7:30 pm
February 24 at 2:00 pm
February 25 at 3:00 pm
Belk Theatre

Spring Dance Concert

March 21-23 at 7:30 pm
Henderson Auditorium

Our Town

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Dr. David Larson

Timeless, profound and beguilingly simple, Wilder’s theatrical classic was described by Edward Albee as “the greatest American play ever written.” Our Town presents the small town of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire at the turn of the twentieth-century. The three-act play is narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets. The play depicts the simple daily lives of the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually face their own mortality in one of the most climactic scenes of the American theatre. The message is simple–relish the moments that you have.

April 3-7 at 7:30 pm
April 6 at 2:00 pm
April 7 at 3:00 pm
Belk Theatre