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Throw Your Head Back & SingA Tribute to Maya Angelou
Thursday, September 29 @ 7 PM
Feet Don't Fail Me Now!Rhythmic Circus
Friday, September 30 @ 8 PM
Serpentine Pink - A World Premiere!By Megan Breen
October 4-9
The Milk Carton KidsThursday, October 27 @ 8 PM
Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter"a solo tour-de-force"
Friday, November 4 @ 8 pm
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African TaleDallas Children's Theater
Thursday, November 17 @ 6:30 pm

Serpentine Pink

By Megan Breen


In the weird, wild west of the Joshua Tree desert, a venomous combustion of lust, love, pain and desire weave a darkly seductive tale as a beautiful biker named Jaymee tries to win back her adorable trailer park lover, Henrietta, after a jealousy-fueled attack. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance in this world premiere production. Adult content, language and violence. More

Children of Eden

Book by John Caird
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby


From the composer of Wicked, Godspell and Pippin comes a joyous and inspirational musical about family and faith. Based on the Book of Genesis, Children of Eden is a candid, heartfelt, and often humorous look at the age-old conflict between parents and children. Features JMU theatre and musical theatre students. More

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare


The Tempest puts on a collision course a ship of nobles, a horde of frightening and fantastical island creatures, a handful of would-be murderers, two bumbling clowns, and a pair of teenage lovers, all of whom Prospero, an embittered father and exiled magician, must maneuver as he charts his way to vengeance or forgiveness. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More

Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter

Directed by John Malkovich


Renowned British film, stage and television star Julian Sands was a longtime friend of Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet, Harold Pinter. Before his death in 2008, an ailing Pinter asked Sands to fill in for him at a special reading. Pinter spent hours with Sands, providing him with insight on how to deliver his poems. This unique collaboration laid the groundwork for the rich and humorous solo tour-de-force, A Celebration of Harold Pinter. More


Featuring the JMU Opera Theater


Meet Candide - hero, lover and optimist. Not even war, earthquakes, shipwrecks, a volcano, several grisly deaths, and lost love can shake his optimism … or can it? Leonard Bernstein’s comedic operetta, based on Voltaire’s biting satire of social mores, politics, innocence and unfettered optimism, blends riotous comedy and sophisticated melodies to take you on grand adventure you will never forget! More

Autumn Opera Gala

VIP Seating for Candide, a Pre-Performance Dinner and Dialogue


This exquisite evening features a cocktail reception, a pre-performance “backstory chat” about Candide presented by a noted opera scholar, and a ticket to the 8 pm performance. Opera director Don Rierson and members of the cast will meet and greet guests. More

John Steptoe's Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Dallas Children's Theater

Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott
Music and lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa


When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of different dispositions, travel through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way, the girls encounter many mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness, and strength of spirit. Recommended for grades K-6. More

The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket

By Sarah Argent

In collaboration with Barnstorm Theatre Company


Poetic, humorous and rich in visual antics, this play explores the friendship and shared adventures of best pals Henry and Bucket as they transform their rusty, dusty, battered and bockety world into a place of wonder! Since its founding in 1991, Barnstorm Theatre Company has been producing high-quality professional theatre in its hometown of Kilkenny, Ireland, and on tour across Europe and North America. Suitable for ages 4+. 1 hour without intermission. More

This tribute to opera born out of the Jazz Age will feature graduate students from the JMU Opera Theater performing selections from Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera (1928) and Street Scene (1947) including “Wouldn’t You Like to Be on Broadway?” and “I Got a Marble and a Star,” Cole Porter songs like “It’s De-Lovely,” and tunes from George Gershwin’s one-act jazz opera, Blue Monday (1922), and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat (1936). More

Guys and Dolls

A Musical Fable of Broadway


Roll the dice and fall in love with one of the greatest musicals of all time! This American classic, set in New York City around the same time it opened on Broadway in 1950, features an eclectic ensemble of high-rolling gambler “guys,” well-meaning missionary “dolls,” and brassy-voiced showgirls in a toe-tappingly fun and romantic fable about gambling men and the strong-willed women who love them. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

By Neil Simon

Walnut Street Theatre




In this freshly conceived production of Neil Simon’s classic by the acclaimed Walnut Creek Theatre, true comedy ensues when a modern man faced with a midlife crisis looks for something new and different, but ends up finding himself in the same situation, again and again! More

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado

Featuring the JMU Opera Theater


Boasting a masterful script and incredible score, The Mikado joins The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore as one of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s comic opera masterpieces. Love triumphs in the end, but not before heads almost roll! More


By William Inge


It’s Labor Day, 1953, and as summer gives way to autumn and freedom to the obligations of work and school, an 18-year-old girl watches the changes from her front porch: her boyfriend preparing to leave for his last year of college, a sister discovering her femininity—and a stranger who walks into her small Kansas town. Suddenly it seems everything she knew is open to question. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. More