Annual Friends of Theatre Gala to Feature ‘Farm! A Musical Experience’

Join the Friends of Theatre at Michigan State University for the ninth annual Friends of Theatre Gala supporting programs and activities for MSU Theatre students. The Gala is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Wharton Center for the Performing Arts on the Cobb Great Hall stage. Tickets are available in advance for $75 per person ($20 tax-deductible) at theatre.msu.edu. Gala guests…

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Department of Theatre Presents ‘American Idiot’ as Final Show of the Season

The final show of the Department of Theatre’s Divergent Voices season promises to rock audiences with an emotional story and incredible score. American Idiot opens Friday, April 13, in the Wharton Center for Performing Arts Pasant Theatre and runs through Sunday, April 22. Directed and Co-Choreographed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Brad Willcuts, this Tony Award-winning musical with Grammy Award-winning music explodes onto the stage as a…

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Capstone Thesis Production ‘Dog Act’ Runs March 16-25

The 2018 MFA Acting candidates in MSU's Department of Theatre present "Dog Act" as their capstone thesis production. Written by American playwright Liz Duffy Adams and directed by Christina Traister, Associate Professor of Acting and Movement, "Dog Act" follows traveling performer Zetta Stone, her companion Dog, and her diverse theatre troupe in this post-apocalyptic vaudeville as they journey through the wilderness of the…

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Immersive Theatre Performance to Utilize Full Space of MSU Auditorium

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is proud to present its first-ever immersive theatre performance where the show is not limited to the stage, but rather moves throughout the venue, encouraging audience members to get up out of their seats for what is sure to be a unique theatrical experience. This production also marks the premiere of Thus With A Kiss I Die,…

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Department of Theatre Freshman Showcase Kicks Off Tonight

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre will present, as its Freshman Showcase, a magical production ofGiants Have Us in Their Books and Other Works by Jose Rivera, giving the new voices in the Department of Theatre an opportunity to shine. Directed by Department of Theatre Specialist Dionne O’Dell, this collection of short, fantastical, "children's plays for adults" is infused with magical realism and…

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Department of Theatre to Present ‘The Misanthrope’

The MSU Department of Theatre is proud to present Molière’s The Misanthrope in a lively verse adaptation by Constance Congdon, based on a translation by Virginia Scott. Directed by Dan Smith, this biting comedy of manners brings rococo elegance and philosophical flair to the Arena Theatre November 10-19.

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Students and Broadway Professionals Collaborate on New Musical

Anna Birmingham, a junior double majoring in Theatre and Social Relations and Policy with a minor in Musical Theatre, has spent the last two weeks working with Broadway professionals as part of the imáGen collaboration between MSU’s Department of Theatre and Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity. Each year, since 2014, imáGen invites Broadway writers, actors, and dramaturges to…

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Divergent Voices Theme of 2017-2018 Department of Theatre Season

In a time where debate may be equivalent to yelling, where respect means only similar points of view, where we all seem to only agree on disagreement, theatre must do what it was created to do: offer an outlet for “Divergent Voices.” With the theme “Divergent Voices,” the MSU Department of Theatre 2017-2018 season will offer chances to examine topics, characters, and…

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New MSU Musical Theatre Touring Company to Premiere

Michigan State University's Department of Theatre announces its new Musical Theatre Touring Company, which will have its premiere at the Friends of Theatre "A Bite of Broadway" gala on Wednesday, May 10, at Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The Musical Theatre Touring Company is a group of elite students from MSU's Musical Theatre immersion program who will take musical theatre performances on the…

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