Performances

Join us for our 2019-2020 Season!
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  • bring it on

    Bring It On: The Musical

    November 7-17, 2019:
    Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday, 11 am; Friday-Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday, 2 pm.

    Stillwell Theater | $5 to $20

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    Book by Jeff Whitty

    Lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Music by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda  

    Directed by Justin Anderson

    Music Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan

    Choreography by Tim Ellis and Joseph Pendergrast

    If you had one chance to shine, how far would you go to make sure you succeeded? Do the ends ever justify the means? Filled with sass and determination, Bring It On: The Musical—based on the hit film—explores these questions within the cutthroat world of competitive cheerleading alongside the complexities of high school friendships, rivalries, romances, and betrayals. 

    Cheer captain Campbell is poised to have the perfect senior year at Truman High School when unexpected redistricting forces her to transfer to neighboring Jackson High School. Though the deck is stacked against her, she befriends the dance crew team and their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle. Together they manage to form a powerhouse squad that just might take them to the National Championships. 

    Come for the fresh sound and explosive dance; stay for the hilarity and heart when Bring It On storms the Stillwell Theater stage this fall. 

    • image of research forum

      TPS Undergraduate Research Forum

      Friday November 8, 2019
      12-1:30 pm; Joe Mack Wilson Building, Room 103

      free event

      Coordinated by Tom Fish

      This year's 5th Annual Theatre and Performance Studies Undergraduate Research Salon will showcase new ideas around research and the use of performance as an exciting and innovative tool for engagement with our history, our culture, and our world. 

      Listen to great ideas and engage in great conversation. 


       

      • holiday benefit theatre

        Holiday Benefit Performance

        December 8, 2019, 7 pm
        Stillwell Theater | $10 

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        Coordinated by faculty in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies 

        A celebratory compilation of beloved holiday songs, music, and stories.

        All proceeds benefit Theatre and Performance Studies majors pursuing a study abroad program.

        • Minton-sparks

          Minton Sparks

          February 6-8, 2020: Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 8 pm
          Stilwell Theater | $12 to $20

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          Minton Sparks fuses wildly original poetry and an intoxicating gift for spinning tales into music and storytelling performances that share her memories of growing up in a small-town southern family.

          Her appearances range from the venerable Old Towne School of Folk Music to the Lincoln Center in New York City to the Grand Ole Opry. Sparks’ performances are punctuated with music from the acoustic guitar of John Jackson, who’s perhaps best known for having played with Bob Dylan.

          “Where to begin with the genre defying Minton Sparks: poet, storyteller, singer, comedienne, educator, writer, activist, essayist, philosopher, painter, performance artist? Ms. Sparks holds a curved mirror to society.”  –Huffington Post

          This is an ArtsKSU Presents Event. 

          • the normal heart

            The Normal Heart

            February 18-23, 2020: 
            Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm.
            Onyx Theater | $5 to $12

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            By Larry Kramer

            Directed by Zachary Elton

            Based on true events, Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart is centered on a group of gay men living during the early years of the AIDS epidemic in America. As countless people become infected, the characters must confront interpersonal and political discrimination in order to fight for their rights to live and love. Weaving together a story of romance and politics, Kramer crafts a scalding indictment of discrimination and a poignant story of love and compassion, insisting that only through community and love can we overcome hatred. 

            • Othello the Remix

              Othello: The Remix

              March 12-14, 2020: Thursday, 7:30 pm; Friday-Saturday, 8 pm
              Stillwell Theater | $20 to $35

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              Created and Performed by the Q Brothers

              Described as charismatic, wildly inventive, funny, and sophisticated, The Q Brothers bring a must-see regional premiere to the Atlanta Metro area.

              This “lightning-fast, hip-hop version of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of jealousy and self-doubt is absolutely brilliant, and immense fun. Not only does this show’s fire-powered hip-hop lingo fall trippingly from the actors’ tongues, but just as Shakespeare helped shape English, rap has dramatically refashioned it.”--Chicago Sun Times

              “Brilliant...Othello: The Remix is to be seen—more than once. It’s that great! This show has everything. Topical humor is worked into the ongoing lyrical verse. Songs bring playful and profound moments. It’s like your snarkiest thoughts set to an upbeat tune that wiggles and glides.” fourthwalsh.com

              Photo courtesy of Michael Brosilow

              This production is an ArtsKSU Presents Event.

              • genesis project and cosmogonic puppet show

                The Genesis Project and Ex Nihilio: the Cosmogonic Puppet Show

                The Genesis Project and Ex Nihilio: the Cosmogonic Puppet Show will be presented as a double bill. 

                April 8-9 & 12, 2019: Wed. - Thursday, 7:30 pm; Sun. 7 pm
                Onyx Theater | $5 to $10

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                The Genesis Project

                Devised by Charles Parrot and KSU students

                Directed by Charles Parrot

                This experimental retelling of the prehistories of Genesis is generated by the cast, with improvisation and movement inspired by an eclectic blend of classical art and popular culture. The Genesis Project re-stages these ancient stories through modern eyes to demonstrate the enduring value of myth, metaphor, and poetry as equipment for living.

                Ex Nihilio: The Cosmogonic Puppet Show

                Created by Jim Davis and KSU students

                Directed by Jim Davis

                For millennia humans have asked the big questions: Where did we come from?  Why are we here? What does it all mean? It’s about time to get some answers.

                Ex Nihilio: The Cosmogonic Puppet Show tells the story of everything and answers literally every question you’ve ever had about anything.  And it does it with puppets.

                • thumbelina

                  Thumbelina (A world premiere adaptation for Young Audiences and Families)

                  April 10-12 and 17-19, 2020: Friday April 10 at 8 pm; Friday, April 17 at 11 am; Saturdays, 11 am and 3 pm; Sundays, 3 pm. 

                  Stillwell Theater | $8 to $14

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                  Devised by KSU Students

                  Directed by Rosemary Newcott, former Sally J. Tomlinson Artistic Director for Youth and Families, Alliance Theatre

                  Composed and Music Directed by Amanda Wansa Morgan

                  “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

                  Greatness comes in all shapes and sizes. Thumbelina is tiny, beautiful, and delicate. She is also resourceful, creative, and courageous. Join her as she explores the world and discovers her nascent powers in a new musical version of the treasured Hans Christian Anderson story.

                  • Kiss Improv Showcase

                    K.I.S.S. Improv Showcase

                    April 10-11, 2020: Friday, 10:30 pm; Saturday, 8:00 pm
                    Onyx Theater | Free

                    free event

                    Coordinated by Amanda Wansa Morgan

                    Our resident improv ensemble offers an evening of performances on the fly.  Side-splitting, surprising, and at times, absolutely silly.

                    Note: This event may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 16.

                    • Alumni student performances

                      An Evening of KSU Alumni Performances

                      April 15-16, 2020, 7:30 pm
                      Onyx Theater | $5 to $10

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                      Coordinated by Karen Robinson

                      Anything goes in this evening of new and original works by TPS Alumni.

                      • Student and alumni performances

                        An Evening of KSU Student Performances

                        April 17-18, 2020. 8 pm
                        Stillwell Theater | $5 to $10

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                        Coordinated by Karen Robinson

                        Witness endless creativity and a multitude of genres as TPS students explore any and all possibilities for theatre and performance.

                        • research image

                          TPSUndergraduate Research Forum: Festival Edition

                          April 17, 2020, 5 pm
                          Onyx Theater | Free

                          free event

                          Coordinated by Tom Fish 

                          The TPS Undergraduate Research Salon showcases new ideas around research and the use of performance as an exciting and innovative tool for engagement with our history, our culture, and our world--highlighting some of the best of our nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate research from the last five years. 

                          Listen to great ideas and engage in great conversation. 

                          • Musical Theatre cabaret

                            Musical Theatre Cabaret

                            April 19, 2020, 7 pm
                            Stillwell Theater | $5 to $10

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                            Join us for irresistible melodies during our closing event of our 2020 Spring Festival of New Works and Ideas! Performance to be followed by a reception.

                             

                            • tellers theatre

                              KSU Tellers Spring Showcase

                              April 23-24, 2020: Thursday, April 23, 7:30 pm; Friday, April 24, 8 pm
                              Onyx Theater |  $5

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                              Directed by Charles Parrott

                              The KSU Tellers invite you to join them as they present their best solo-performances from the spring semester.

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