Theatre and Dance Season

Theatre and Dance Series is the main production season of the Department of Theatre and Dance, consisting of five to seven theatrical productions and three dance concerts annually. Works to be performed are specifically chosen to expose students to the broad spectrum of dramatic and choreographic literature, including timeless classics and contemporary genres. Policies for non-traditional casting ensure equal opportunity for students to explore diverse roles and stretch themselves artistically. Each project is directed and/or choreographed by resident or guest artist directors and choreographers and performed by the Department’s theatre and dance majors.

The Studio Theatre Series allow students and faculty to produce work quickly and simply, free from the constraints and costs of fully-staged productions. It is a laboratory for exploration that emphasizes acting as an art form. These performances give us the unique opportunity to explore a creative process that requires less production support and focuses more on character, speech, voice, and movement.

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2022-2023 Season

The Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University wants to bring the experience of live theatre and dance to everyone by engaging the audience with entertaining, diverse, relevant and inspirational programming. We would like to share the passions of student artists who are eager to engage  with their fellow audience members.

We are excited to present our 2022-23 season where Everyone’s Welcome!


JOHN J. CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC/DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE & DANCE

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Directed by Bryan Knowlton

“The Pirates of Penzance” is a comic opera written by W.S Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan that concerns Fredric, a young apprentice who is released from a band of Pirates. He then later meets the daughter of Major-General Stanley and falls in love. However, a revelation is made, and he must battle not only his sense of duty to his apprenticeship and the Pirates but to his new love. In this modern, and explorative telling of the opera, we put aside gender to challenge the notion of masculinity and femininity. 

Thursday, October 13 @  7:30 pm
Friday, October 14 @  7:30 pm
Saturday, October 15 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 15 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 20 @ 7:30pm
Friday, October 21 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, October 22 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, October 22 @ 7:30pm

Life Hall Studio 1200
$15.00


DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

Black Snow Illustration by Matt Dawson

BLACK SNOW
Keith Reddin’s dramatization of the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
Directed by Debbie Saivetz

A writer’s dream turns into a nightmare as Sergei Maxudov’s novel is finally going to be presented as a play at the renowned Independent Theater of Moscow, and the rehearsals reveal the hypocrisy and frustration of producing a truly artistic piece. A bitingly funny adaptation of Russian literary giant Bulgakov’s famous unfinished theatrical novel, Black Snow is a hilarious send-up of Stanislavsky’s famous “Method” and the acting profession in general.

Saturday, October 15 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, October 15 @ 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 19 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 20 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, October 21 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22 @ 2:00 pm

Alexander Kasser Theater
$20.00

Illustration by Matt Dawson


JOHN J CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC | DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

PIPPIN
Book by Roger O. Hirson and Bob Fosse
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Directed by Peter Flynn

What are you willing to give to make your life extraordinary? What if you could have fame and glory handed to you? PIPPIN explores the journey of one young man who knows he’s meant to be great but knows not what it will cost. This multi-Tony Award-winning musical dazzles with exciting choreography and show-stopping songs by the writer/composer of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz. 

Friday, November 11 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 12 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 16 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 17 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, November 18 @ 7:30 pm

Memorial Auditorium
$20.00


DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

dance nation logo

DANCE NATION
by Clare Barron
Directed by Erin Gorski

Somewhere in Harrington, Ohio, a competitive dance team of turbulent 13-year-olds are forging a dance revolution while their older selves look on. Luminous with possibility and ravaged by insecurity, the characters grapple with the rawness and agonizing tenderness of adolescence. 

Saturday, December 3 @7:30
Tuesday, December 6 @ 7:30
Wednesday, December 7 @7:30
Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30
Friday, December 9 @ 7:30
Saturday, December 10@ 2:00
Saturday, December 10@ 7:30

Life Hall Studio 1200
$15.00


DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

a dance performance

FALL DANCE 2022
Directed by Kathleen Kelley

Fall Dance 2022 celebrates each Montclair State Dance major class in dances by our innovative guest artists and faculty. Our seniors shine in guest repertory from the Urban Bush Women company, set by Artistic Director Samantha Speis. Our faculty share new world premieres: Jessica Dimauro Marks choreographs for our first years, Cameron McKinney for our sophomores, and Christian von Howard for our juniors.

Wednesday, December 7 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 8 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 10 @ 7:30 pm

Memorial Auditorium
$20.00


DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

EVERYBODY
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Tommy Schrider

The ever-inventive Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has penned a timeless and timely riff on the Medieval morality play. It’s a wildly fresh, seriously funny, and deeply human meta-story that asks the big questions about what it means to live, what it means to die (if anything!), and how we might travel through the world with a bit more grace and compassion. Oh, and be a bit better about recycling along the way.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, February 17 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 18 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 18 @ 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 23 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 24 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm
Friday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm 

Life Hall Studio 1200
$15.00


DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

a black and white image of an elephant

ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD
by George Brant
Directed by Sonoko Kawahari

“When a traveling circus arrived in a muddy Tennessee town in 1916, the hunger for spectacle and the power of hysteria collided and took a tragic turn.  Based on a true story, Elephant’s Graveyard recounts why the hanging execution of a gigantic elephant happened, with personal narrative and lush theatricality that will reverberate long after the curtain goes down.”

Saturday, February 25 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 25 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, February 28 @ 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 1 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday,  March 2 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 3 @ 7:30 pm

Alexander Kasser Theatre
$20.00


DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

DANCE MAKERS
Directed by Maxine Steinman 

Come see the next generation of dance makers! In this curated dance concert, Montclair State student choreographers bring their individual and distinct creativity to Memorial Auditorium. 

Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 24 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 @ 2;00 pm
Saturday, March 25 @ 7:30 pm

Memorial Auditorium
$20.00


JOHN J CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC | DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

BRIGHT STAR
Music, Book & Story by Steven Martin
Music, Lyrics & Story by Edie Brickell
Directed by R. Lee Kratzer

Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s BRIGHT STAR tells the story of a woman’s harrowing journey to face her past and reckon with her future. With a powerful and graceful score inspired by the pair’s 2013 collaboration bluegrass album, “Love Has Come for You,” this tale of optimism in the face of impossible choices brings us closer to what makes us humanour capacity for closeness and forgiveness. 

Thursday, March 30 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, March 31 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 1 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 1 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 4 @ 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 5 @ 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 6 @ 7:30 pm

Life Hall Studio 1200
$15.00


JOHN J CALI SCHOOL OF MUSIC | DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE AND DANCE

ON THE TOWN
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book and Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Directed by Ashley Rodbro

Three sailors on shore leave in New York City during World War II find romance and adventure in the first Broadway musical written by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green, with legendary choreography by Jerome Robbins.

Saturday, April 15,  2:00 pm
Saturday, April 15, 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 18,  7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 20, 7:30 pm
Friday, April 21, 7:30 pm

Alexander Kasser Theater
$20.00

 


SPRING DANCE 2023
Directed by Christian von Howard 

Spring Dance 2023 features the choreographic works of Stefanie Batten Bland, Kathleen Kelley, Michelle Manzanales, Maxine Steinman, Christian von Howard and other guest choreographers.

Thursday, April 27 @ 7:30 pm
Friday, April 28 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 29 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, April 29 @ 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 30 @ 2:00 pm

Memorial Auditorium
$20.00