Theatre Arts Performance Schedule

2014-15 Performance Schedule

Dames at Sea

DAMES AT SEA was an off-Broadway hit when it premiered in 1968 with the fresh face of Bernadette Peters. It is a musical with book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise. The musical is a parody of large, flashy 1930s Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals. Follow Ruby, our saucer-eyed, “Broadway Star-To-Be” as she taps her way from chorus girl to overnight sensation. This tap dancing show is full of fun and mayhem…you will be sure to laugh until it hurts. This production is directed by Joel P. Rogers. Performance dates are October 9, 10, 11, at 7:30 pm and October 12 at 2:30 pm.

Directed by Joel Rogers
October 9, 10, 11, at 7:30 pm
October 12 at 2:30 pm

$12 for adults; $10 for students
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Flyin' West

By Pearl Cleage
Following the end of the Civil War, many former slaves, anxious to leave the South and the increasing disappointments and dangers of Reconstruction, took advantage of The Homestead Act and went West to build new lives for themselves and their families. Many of these homesteaders were black women who overcame tremendous odds to work their own land and make a place for themselves in an often harsh and forbidding environment. Set in 1898, FLYIN' WEST is the story of some of these African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.

Directed by Jessica West
November 19, 20, 22 at 7:30 pm
November 23 at 2:30 pm

$10 for adults; $8 for students
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The Laramie Project

A play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project (specifically, Leigh Fondakowski, Stephen Belber, Greg Pierotti, Barbara Pitts, Stephen Wangh, Amanda Gronich, Sara Lambert, John McAdams, Maude Mitchell, Andy Paris, and Kelli Simpkins) about the reaction to the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crimes laws in various states, including Wyoming. The play draws on hundreds of interviews conducted by the theatre company with inhabitants of the town, company members' own journal entries, and published news reports. It is divided into three acts, and eight actors portray more than sixty characters in a series of short scenes.

Directed by Bill Gregg
February 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 pm
February 22 at 2:30 pm

$10 for adults; $8 for students

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Zombies from the Beyond (a Musical)

is an American musical comedy with book, music, and lyrics by James Valcq. The show examines American ideals and foibles during the era of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a tone that is often parodistic and sometimes genuinely satiric, all following closely the structural form of grade-B space paranoia films that were popular during the 1950s.

Directed by Joel Rogers
April 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 pm
April 12 at 2:30 pm

$12 for adults
$10 for students

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Theatre Arts Awards Night

Performances by BA Theatre and BFA Musical Theatre majors and presentation of awards to students for outstanding achievement in Theatre Arts.
May 3,  6:30pm

No admission charge

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FOR MORE INFORMATION OR RESERVATIONS CALL (828) 689-1239.
FALL PLAYS ARE PRODUCED IN OWEN THEATRE ON THE CAMPUS OF
MARS HILL UNIVERSITY, MARS HILL, NORTH CAROLINA

Spring 2015 Performance venue will be Moore Auditorium.

Press information contact: Bill Gregg, 828-689-1377, bgregg@mhu.edu