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JMU School of Theatre and Dance

2016-2017 Season 

Mainstage Theatre

Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre

Studio Theatre

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Mainstage Theatre

Guys and Dolls
A Musical Fable of Broadway

Based on a story and characters of Damon Runyon
Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

Tuesday-Saturday, February 21-25 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 25 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 26 @ 2:00 pm

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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. With several London and Broadway revivals, Guys and Dolls has won 9 Tony Awards, 8 Olivier Awards and 7 Drama Desk Awards, and features an upbeat, unforgettable score than includes hits like “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Take your chances on this “perfect musical comedy!” Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

New Voices in Dance
Featuring JMU's Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Thursday-Sunday, March 30-April 2 @ 8:00 pm

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Come and witness the rising talent of the next generation of choreographers in this concert featuring works by selected JMU dance majors. The performance will also include dances by world-renowned choreographer Doug Varone, up-and-coming New York-based Nadia Tykulsker, and faculty artist Shane O’Hara.


By William Inge

Tuesday-Wenesday, April 25-26 @ 8:00 pm
Friday-Saturday, April 28-29 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 30 @ 2:00 pm

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Winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play

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, a couple tussling over whether to wed, a new teacher about to begin her first job—and a stranger who walks into her small Kansas town. Suddenly it seems everything she knew is open to question. Who can be trusted? What is beauty really worth? What obligations go with independence? Madge has just one day to find her answers or let the possibilities slip away. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.


Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre


Senior Dance Concert

Thursday-Saturday, February 9-11 @ 8pm
JMU’s senior dance majors are on the verge of graduation and entering into their exciting careers as dance artists. Come watch them as they showcase their amazing work in this annual concert.

AXIS Dance Company

Wednesday, March 1 @ 8pm

AXIS is one of the world’s leading and most innovative ensembles of dancers with and without disabilities. Paving the way for physically integrated dance, AXIS transforms perceptions of dance and disability. This moving performance features a new dance theatre work called To Go Again, a collaboration between AXIS and San Francisco-based choreographer Joe Goode that brings to light issues facing our nation’s veterans and addresses their resilience following severe life changes. AXIS has performed in more than 100 cities nationwide and internationally in Europe and Russia. The troupe has been featured twice on the FOX hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance.

A talk-back with company members will follow the performance. The AXIS residency is supported by the CVPA Cultural Connections Artist-in-Residence Grant, a JMU Student Affairs and University Planning Innovation Grant, and the Office of Disability Services.

Spring Student Dance Concert

Wednesday-Saturday, April 19-22 @ 8pm
This exciting concert features talented young dancers and choreographers from JMU’s Dance program.

Studio Theatre

Lake Monsters

by James Lex

Tuesday-Saturday, February 7-11 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 11 @ 2 pm

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After her brother Sky goes missing, Jody returns to their childhood vacation spot in search of him. Once she arrives, she meets Sky’s friends, Natalie and Hudson, a couple on the verge of an explosive breakup. Jody soon realizes that everyone has secrets, no one will tell the truth about her brother’s disappearance, and the stories her brother carved aren’t the only mysteries of the dock.

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

by Anne Washburn

Friday-Tuesday, February 24 - 28 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 25 @ 2 pm

Tickets available at Forbes Center Box Office

What will endure when the cataclysm arrives—when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. A paean to live theater, and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another.


Body Awareness

by Annie Baker

Friday-Saturday, March 24-25 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26 @ 2:00 pm
Monday-Tuesday, March 27-28 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets available at Forbes Center Box Office

It's ‘Body Awareness’ week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home, Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing, even going so far as to contemplate posing for him. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce's adult son, who may or may not have Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to express himself physically with heartbreaking results.

Nominee: Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award  

"The deepest and richest of the three plays by Annie Baker that make up the Shirley, VT Plays Festival...Editor's Pick!" - The Boston Globe 

Still Alive

Book by Ricky Drummond
Music by Jonathan Coulton

Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 15 @ 2:00 pm
Monday-Tuesday, April 17-19 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets available at Forbes Center Box Office

Still Alive is a new zombie/robot apocalypse survival musical adventure with music and lyrics by Jonathan Coulton and book by Ricky Drummond. In order to stay alive in a world under siege by the undead, Jon and his friends create a robot army to defeat the zombies and free humanity.  It's your typical #RomZomBotCom.


Spring dates coming soon!

10-minute plays performed in two blocks. Directed and designed by JMU School of Theatre students.



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