Theatre/Dance Season

2023-2024 MAIN STAGE SEASON

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FACTORY GIRLS

Book, Lyrics, and Music by Creighton Irons and Sean Mahoney
Directed by David Kaye
Music Directed by Emily Zentis
Choreography by Mary Beth Marino

DATES: 10/4/23 at 7pm  |  10/5/23 at 7pm  |  10/6/23 at 7pm  |  10/7/23 at 7pm  |  10/8/23 at 2pm
LOCATION: Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $18 General Public  |  $15 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+  $8 Youth (17 and under)

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of Factory Girls, a captivating new musical by Creighton Irons and Sean Mahoney. Set against the backdrop of a bustling industrial town, this electrifying show weaves a tale of resilience, friendship, and empowerment.

Courageous factory workers dare to dream beyond the confines of their monotonous lives. As they navigate the challenges of the factory floor, their aspirations ignite a spark of rebellion that will change their destinies forever. With unforgettable melodies and poignant lyrics, Factory Girls takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, celebrating the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Experience the power of solidarity and the triumph of individuality as these women find their voices and forge a path to freedom. Filled with heart, humor, and unforgettable tunes, Factory Girls is a must-see musical that will leave you inspired and uplifted. Join us for a musical journey that resonates with the timeless essence of the human experience.

FACTORY GIRLS was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in 2009.  www.namt.org.

FACTORY GIRLS was developed at the graduate musical theater writing program at The Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.


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BLITHE SPIRIT

Written by Noël Coward
Directed by Raina Ames

DATES: 11/1/23 at 7pm  |  11/2/23 at 7pm  |  11/3/23 at 7pm  |  11/4/23 at 7pm  |  11/5/23 at 2pm
LOCATION: Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $16 General Public  |  $14 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+  $8 Youth (17 and under)
SPECIAL MATINEE FOR SCHOOL GROUPS 11/2/23 at 9:30AM.  CONTACT JAMIE.CLAVET@UNH.EDU FOR MORE INFO.

Experience the uproarious wit and supernatural charm of Noël Coward's timeless comedy, Blithe Spirit. Set in the sophisticated world of the 1930’s, this sparkling play invites you to a delightful evening of laughter and mischief.

Follow the misadventures of Charles Condomine, a skeptical writer researching the occult for his next novel. When a séance goes awry, Charles unwittingly summons the spirit of his tempestuous, dearly departed first wife, Elvira. As the ghostly Elvira makes herself at home, chaos ensues, leaving Charles torn between two worlds and two wives.

Noël Coward's razor-sharp dialogue and impeccable comedic timing create a whirlwind of hilarity as the living and the dead collide in a battle of wits and egos. Filled with eccentric characters, clever repartee, and unexpected twists, Blithe Spirit is a masterclass in farcical comedy that has enchanted audiences for generations. Join us for a night of supernatural merriment that will leave you in stitches and with spirits lifted.  “Blithe Spirit” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com


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THE 2024 UNH DANCE COMPANY CONCERT

THE MAGIC OF BUGS
Directed by Gay Nardone; Choreographed by Mary Beth Marino and Gay Nardone
Experience the enchantment of The Magic of Bugs dance production with the Jazz/Tap/Aerial Dance Company. Jazz, tap, and aerial dance converge in a mesmerizing display of creativity and movement. Delve into a world where dance tells the tales of bugs, weaving a spellbinding narrative with each step, rhythm, and graceful flight. Unveil the magic!

DON QUIXOTE
Directed by Assaf Benchetrit; 
Choreographed by Assaf Benchetrit and Susan Endrizzi
Join the UNH Ballet Company, embarking on a dazzling journey with the Don Quixote ballet. Transporting you to sun-soaked Spain, this captivating performance brings to life the tale of romance, adventure, and chivalry. With breathtaking choreography and a vibrant score, experience the magic of Cervantes' classic masterpiece like never before. Come experience a balletic spectacle that enchants hearts.

DATES: 2/22/2024 at 7pm  |  2/23/2024 at 7pm  |  2/24/24 at 2pm & 7pm  |  2/25/24 at 2pm
LOCATION: Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $16 General Public  |  $14 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+  $8 Youth (17 and under)
SPECIAL MATINEE FOR SCHOOL GROUPS 2/21/24 at 10:00AM.  CONTACT JAMIE.CLAVET@UNH.EDU FOR MORE INFO.


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William Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT

Directed by Jamie Clavet

DATES: 3/27/24 at 7pm  |  3/28/24 at 7pm  |  3/29/24 at 7pm  |  3/30/24 at 2pm and 7pm
LOCATION: Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $16 General Public  |  $14 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+   |  $8 Youth (17 and under)
SPECIAL MATINEE FOR SCHOOL GROUPS 3/28/24 at 10:00AM.  CONTACT MIKE.WOOD@UNH.EDU FOR MORE INFO.

This timeless comedy invites you to escape into the enchanting Forest of Arden where mistaken identities, romantic entanglements, and uproarious misunderstandings abound.

Follow the spirited Rosalind as she runs away from danger and disguises herself as a young man, embarking on a journey of self-discovery and love. With a cast of colorful characters including the melancholic Jacques, the charming Orlando, and the witty Touchstone, this play explores the complexities of human nature with Shakespeare's signature wit and insight.

As You Like It celebrates the transformative power of love and the joy of embracing one's true nature. Set against a backdrop of lush poetry and unforgettable dialogue, this production promises laughter, romance, and a celebration of the human spirit.


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A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Directed by Tom Alsip

DATES: 4/17/24 at 7pm  |  4/18/24 at 7pm  |  4/19/24 at 7pm  |  4/20/24 at 7pm  |  4/21/24 at 2pm
LOCATION: Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $18 General Public  |  $15 UNH ID Holder/Senior/Group 15+   |  $8 Youth (17 and under)

PLEASE NOTE: For the benefit of our deaf patrons, an ASL Interpreter will be at the April 20th performance.

Indulge in the exquisite melodies and intricate relationships of A Little Night Music, a musical masterpiece by Stephen Sondheim. Set in a summer estate, this enchanting story of desire, nostalgia, and second chances weaves a web of entangled hearts. As the sun-dappled evenings unfold, intertwined lovers and mismatched pairs navigate the complexities of romance and yearning. Sondheim's lush score, including the iconic "Send in the Clowns," elevates the tale to a symphony of emotions, blending humor and poignancy seamlessly. With a cast of unforgettable characters led by the wistful Desirée Armfeldt, A Little Night Music is a celebration of love's many facets. Immerse yourself in a world of elegant charm where waltzes and whispers carry secrets of the heart. Join us for an unforgettable theatrical experience that captures the beauty of fleeting moments and the melodies of the human soul. A Little Night Music is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  www.mtishows.com


SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

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MOLLY MCFOLLY AND THE LITTLEST LEPRECHAUN

Written by David Kaye
Directed by Lauren Rose (based on original direction by David Kaye)
DATE: 5/5/24 at 1pm
LOCATION: Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $2
ALSO TOURING FEBRUARY-MAY 2024 (FRIDAYS ONLY).  BOOK YOUR DATE TODAY!    

Molly McFolly tends to act before she thinks. She also often thinks she knows more than she does. This leads to a series of follies, including the folly caused by a bit of stereotyping (as it turns out, about Leprechauns). Featuring Celtic Music and puppets, this show is about learning lessons the hard way and making unlikely friends.


STUDENT-GENERATED WORK

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The John C. Edwards University Prize Plays Workshop

Written, directed and performed by students.
DATE: 12/2/23 at 7pm
LOCATION: Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
PRICE: $5
The John C. Edwards University Prize Plays Workshop (UPPW) is a 2-week new play development opportunity awarded to original student's works directed and performed by students in a night of public staged readings. This award was originally dedicated by actor, writer, director, producer Mike O'Malley '88, (Snowpiercer, Yes Dear and Glee), in honor of Professor John C. Edwards.

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Student Showcase Performances

PRICE: $5

  • Ballet Showcase: 11/9/23 at 7:30pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.
  • Musical Theatre Cabaret: 12/5/23 at 7pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center..
  • Aerial Dance Showcase (Featuring Level 1 Students) : 12/6/23 at 6:15pm in the Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall.
  • Aerial Dance Showcase (Featuring Level 2 Students): 12/6/23 at 7:30pm in the Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall.
  • Puppetry Showcase: 12/6/23 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.
  • Dance Showcase: 12/11/23 at 7pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.
  • Ballet Showcase: 4/6/24 at 7:30pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.
  • Musical Theatre Cabaret: 4/30/24 at 7pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.
  • Aerial Dance Showcase: 5/1/24 at 7pm in the Newman Dance Studio, New Hampshire Hall.
  • Puppetry Showcase: 5/1/24 at 7pm in the Hennessy Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.
  • Dance Showcase: 5/6/24 at 7pm in the Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center.
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Student Capstone Performances

PRICE: Free

  • October 27 & 28 at 7pm: Tia Narie Apicella, Kaitlyn Beauchemin, Lia Cruz, Tess Hornbeck
  • November 17 & 18 at 7pm: Mia Cosco, Sam Rizzo
  • December 8 & 9 at 7pm: Kaci Kneeland, Lizzie Schwarze
  • March 8 & 9 at 7pm: Sam Flurey, Rowan Dunning
  • April 26 at 7pm & April 27 at 6pm: Niko McPherson, Emily Baldwin, Taylor Lahaise, Tobias Laber-Smith
  • May 3 at 6pm & 4 at 7pm: Olivia Valianti, Krista Farrell