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Our Town

Written by Thorton Wilder

Directed by David Taylor Little

University Theatre

  • September 16-17, 20-24 at 7:30 pm
  • September 18 at 2:30 pm

Thorton Wilder's most frequently produced play, Our Town, is a timeless drama of life in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and has become an American classic with universal appeal. Our production brings the story to life using the cast, crew, and Muncie community member's memories and special objects to make the story uniquely ours.

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door  
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Directed by Dee Dee Batteast and Bill Jenkins

Musical Direction by Beth Truitt

Choreography by Dylan Cole Passman

University Theatre

  • November 4-5, 8-12 at 7:30 pm
  • November 6 at 2:30 pm

Currently on Broadway, this James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim classic takes everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece where each person's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door 
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

The Nutcracker

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Original choreography by Marius Petipa

Directed by Audra Sokol and Christie Zimmerman
Choreography by Mya Ajanku, Susan Koper, Audra Sokol, and Christie Zimmerman

Emens Auditorium

  • December 10 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Featuring live music by Ball State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gregory Robbins, the age-old tale of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker provides the setting for the return of the Department of Theatre and Dance and School of Music collaboration to the Emens Auditorium stage! Enjoy an unforgettable kickoff to the holiday season with the telling of the story of Clara, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker Prince.

Please Note: ALL tickets are available for sale at the Emens Auditorium box office or by calling 765-285-1539/

All tickets: $10  

Sweat

By Lynn Nottage

University Theatre

  • February 10-11, 14-18 at 7:30 pm
  • February 12 at 2:30 pm

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door  
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door 

The Spongebob Musical

conceived by Tina Landau
book by Kyle Jarrow
with music and lyrics by various artists

Directed by Andy Waldron and Anne Beck
Musical Direction by Jay Schwandt
Choreographed by Anne Beck

University Theatre

  • March 24-25, 28-April 1 at 7:30 pm
  • March 26, April 2 at 2:30 pm

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door  
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door

Child (12 and under): $12 in advance, $14 at the door

A Taste of Broadway

Choreographed by Molly Garner

University Theatre

  • April 26-29 at 7:30 pm

From the theaters in Times Square all the way to Muncie, enjoy dance inspired by some of the most famous Broadway musicals! 

General Public: $18 in advance, $20 at the door  
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $15 in advance, $17 at the door 

Child (12 and under): $12 in advance, $14 at the door

The Secret in the Wings

Written by Mary Zimmerman

Directed by Drew Vidal

Strother Theatre

  • October 14, 19, 21-22, 25, 27 at 7:30 pm
  • October 16, 23 at 2:30 pm

“Once upon a time” is the password to a spellbinding netherworld of rarely told fairy tales – including Three Blind Queens and The Princess Who Wouldn’t Laugh – framed by a unique twist on the beloved classic Beauty and the Beast.

General Public: $15 in advance, $17 at the door 
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $12 in advance, $14 at the door

The Moors

Written by Jen Silverman

Directed by Karen Kessler

Strother Theatre

  • October15-16, 18, 20, 24, 26, 28 at 7:30 pm
  • October 22 at 2:30 pm

Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.

General Public: $15 in advance, $17 at the door 
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $12 in advance, $14 at the door 

A Midsummer's Night Dream

Written by William Shakespeare

Directed by Emily Tzucker

Strother Theatre

  • February 24-25, 27-March 2 at 7:30 pm
  • February 25-26 at 2:30 pm

Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. In the end, Puck reverses the magic, and the two couples reconcile and marry.

General Public: $15 in advance, $17 at the door 
Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $12 in advance, $14 at the door  

Please note: For the 2022-2023 season, all productions usually produced in the Cave Theatre, AC 007, will be performed in Recital Hall, AR 217, across the hall from the David Owsley Museum of Art. Please use the Riverside Avenue entrance; an elevator is available to access the second floor.

The Fall Cave Theatre Series will include 3 one-acts running in rep with 2 titles included in each performance.

Fine Arts Building, Recital Hall, AR 217

  • November 5-12 at 7:30 pm
  • November 6 at 2:30 pm

Trifles

Written by Susan Glaspell

Directed by Alaina Moore

  • November 5-7, 9-10, 12 at 7:30 pm

Trifles is unusually powerful and effective, and gives fine roles for two good actresses. The wife of a strangled farmer is arrested on suspicion. While officers and neighbors are searching the old farmhouse for evidence, two women friends discover a slain canary and a broken cage. This evidence can prove the wife guilty, but by keeping her secret, they free her. An American classic by one of the original members of the Provincetown Playhouse, where this play was premiered.

Ludlow Fair

Written by Lanford Wilson
Directed by Erin Takahashi

  • November 5, 7-8, 10-11 at 7:30 pm
  • November 6 at 2:30 pm

In the words of the Village Voice, this “…is a bedtime story about two girl roommates. Rachel is glamorous, fast-living, sometimes lost in her own self-dramatizations; Agnes is plain, matter-of-fact, her shyness masked by a kooky personality. The play is ostensibly about Rachel: She turned her latest boyfriend in to the police when he stole from her, and now she is remorseful—now she decides she is in love with him. Agnes tries to cheer her up with wisecracks, then tries to rekindle her self-awareness, and finally Rachael goes to sleep. Agnes is left alone, thinking about her lunch date with the boss’ disappointing son tomorrow. And suddenly it is her play, the realist is the true romantic. Agnes’ unprepossessing but real emotions outweigh Rachel’s trumped-up, self-indulgent flourishes, and suddenly the play is simple and moving.”

Three More Sleepless Nights

Written by Caryl Churchill

Directed by Lily Weidenbach

  • November 6, 8-9, 11-12 at 7:30 pm
  • November 6 at 2:30 pm

Using what is now Caryl Churchill's famous devise of overlapping dialogue, this one act focuses on relationships and happy endings....or can there be a happy ending?

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Fall Choreography Projects

Choreography by BFA and BA/BS Dance Majors 

Korsgaard Dance Studio (BG 213), Ball Gym

  • October 4-6 at 7:30 pm

Selected works from dance majors highlighting the best in original dances that vary in style and form. 

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door 

Contemporary Collaborations

Choreography by Audra Sokol and others

Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • February 23-25 at 7:30 pm
  • February 26 at 2:30 pm

This contemporary dance concert will be an experiment to showcase choreography created by student and teacher--the possibility to lead and learn, engage and implement movement and phrases, all while utilizing original music by local musician Adam Crawley.

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Spring Choreography Projects

Choreography by BFA and BA/BS Dance Majors 

Korsgaard Dance Studio

  • April 21-23 at 7:30 pm

Selected works from dance majors highlighting the best in original dances that vary in style and form. 

General Public/Faculty/Staff/Students/Seniors: $6 in advance, $8 at the door